I stayed at the Polana on an overnight while in transit. Everything about the hotel was top notch. My room was extremely comfortable, welcoming, and relaxing. The public areas of the hotel were all exquisite. Unfortunately, I only had about 11 hours at the hotel, and 7 of those were spent sleeping. Given that I was able to get the same rate here as what I paid at the Cardoso Hotel, I definitely would make this my choice of lodging next time I am in Maputo. It is also really close to the Arts & Craft Park, which was nice.
I did find it a bit strange that they did not carry US-plug adapters, as many other hotels have a few on-hand just in case a guest forgets their's. Also, their complimentary internet has a bandwidth cap, which you can end up running through very quickly.
Make sure to have staff help you with any large bags if you are staying in the new building below, as the only way to get there is by staircase.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The “Grand Dame” of Africa, as the Polana Serena Hotel is widely known, is a must-see historical landmark when talking about the city of Maputo. The elegance and splendour of its façade are the living memory of bygone colonial times; its luxurious interiors whisper stories of the many generations who spent nights protected by the hotel’s majestic walls, kings and queens, ambassadors and presidents, princesses and common travellers; its gardens, perfect and romantic lookouts offer a breathtaking view over the Indian Ocean.Built in 1922 in the heart of Maputo, one of the most exclusive residential areas, the Polana Serena Hotel belongs to the elite of the most famous hotels in the world. The splendor of its colonial lines blend tradition and art, making your stay an unforgettable journey through the past, looking to the future. Faithfull to the Serena Group philosophy of integrating architecture with cultural heritage, the Polana Serena Hotel offers a mix of elegance, grandeur and ethnicity, in a space equipped with the most modern solutions, luxurious facilities and excellent service. ... more less
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