I get it, Mozambique and Maputo especially is expensive. But walking downstairs through a ill kept storage room then through a "dorm" (really, it was a hallway with bunk beds) to get to our private room in the basement was, quite simply, depressing. Perhaps if you stayed in one of the dorms upstairs, you wouldn't be as disillusioned with your stay.
There were only two toilets and three showers to service the entire building. I had to wait in line for fifteen minutes just to take a wee in the morning. My partner didn't have any cold water by the time he was able to shower.
We bought groceries and big water bottles at the store and discovered one of our bottles of water was missing the next morning. Furthermore, we couldn't really enjoy our breakfast in the dining area because there seemed to be a business meeting going on that involved using all of the chairs. Obviously this isn't completely The Base's fault, but there seemed to be no awareness or enforcement of sharing the space at prime breakfast time.
There is no wi-fi and if you want to use the internet, the only connection is through a very slow desktop computer at the front desk. I wouldn't bother. First you have to wait for whoever is on duty to get off of Facebook, and then for how slow it is, it isn't worth paying the fee involved.
Also we were told we would have to wake up around 8:00AM for the cleaning women. This boggled my mind. I had just gotten off of a long bus ride, I was going to be getting on another the next night, I was paying to stay- to sleep in a bed- and I had to wake up before check out time? Ridiculous. The cleaning women were there ALL DAY LONG too! So when I was out of my room, I felt I was constantly in the way of someone trying to sweep a floor or clean the kitchen or... It was annoying.
Why this place is Number One is beyond me... it's not that nice. the people weren't overly friendly (except the guard, who seemed very pleasant) and I did not feel like I got my money's worth. at. all.