Like others I found Mozaika to be delightful, clean, homely and probably a bit of a western fantasy of what Mozambique should be like: colourful, decorated with quality timber and bright tiles, a swimming pool set in a tropical garden, attentive staff and so on. Having come from 8 nights in cheaper accommodation that typified the reality of life in Maputo, this was a very welcome change.
I would say this is an ideal option for those on a budget (accommodation in Maputo is unreasonably expensive), and who are looking for northern European standards of cleanliness and service, with a good dollop of African charm. I did not see any mosquitos, but I kept my screens closed on the windows and used my own roll-on insect repellent night and day. As noted elsewhere, there are mosquito nets on all the beds. The internet service seems excellent (I'm using it right now in fact) and frankly, I don't understand the fuss about the breakfast. Choices of cereals, fruits, breads, biscuit/cakes, and I believe hot food could be ordered too. Perhaps they have upgraded the breakfast since these complaints were made. I notice that the complaints came from Germanic folks, and I know that in those countries, hotel breakfasts are stupendously lavish, so perhaps it's all relative.
The old air conditioner unit in my room (room 2 in Mozaika 2) was deafening. Sounded like a jet aircraft taking off and I had enough of that on the 14 hour flight from Australia, thank you. I basically couldn't use it at night, but then the room would heat up, so periodically I would switch it on, cool down, and switch it back off. This must be addressed - split system units are cheaper to run and much quieter.
The most important issue for many travelers is that at the time of writing, they could ONLY accept VISA card. My mastercard and amex were no good with their system. This is a major problem across Maputo, where businesses are signing up to electronic payment devices seemingly without realising that they are restricted to only one type of credit card. Certainly, the reception staff had to call the help line only to be told that this was a Visa only machine. They seemed unaware that it was restricted. Moreover, many ATMs have tiny withdrawal limits and again, in my experience, most BCI ATMs would only accept Visa, with Millenium accepting only mastercard (or sometimes both). But with limits of 3000MT (about USD100) per transaction, this means lots of expensive withdrawals. Paying for the accommodation bill for two night cost me USD10...not happy about that.
Mozaika 2 is located in a fairly noisy street. Last night (a Friday), locals gathered at the bottle shop opposite with their car stereos so loud I could feel it thudding in my gut. This went on until about midnight, then at 1am another party started at the back of a block of flats. This time I just couldn't take it, so I went and asked them to turn it down. They seemed genuinely surprised but quickly turned it right down. Still, the general noise from the street is quite loud, so request a rear room unless you are a very heavy sleeper. Of course, if they fix the A/C, then it would be possible to shut the windows, which would help with the noise. Also, yes, the water pump is very loud and close to this room, but only really goes on a lot during the day.
All in all, I liked this place. I will be back as long as I can be guaranteed a quiet back room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Maputo's Best Kept Secret just got Better... ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mozaika Guesthouse Hotel Maputo