Southern Sun

Southern Sun

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4.5
#1 of 38 hotels in Maputo
4.8 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.3 of 5 bubbles
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For the perfect combination of sun, sea and sand, the Southern Sun Maputo is spectacularly situated on the magnificent Mozambique coast. Conveniently located only 7km from the International Airport and 5 minutes from the city centre, the hotel offers you the most desirable destination for a tropical vacation along the shores of the Indian Ocean. The well appointed, comfortable and tastefully decorated guest rooms are all equipped with air conditioning, telephone with voice mail and wake-up facilities, wireless Internet, satellite TV, in-room safe and in-room tea and coffee. For your added convenience there is an in-house hairdressing salon and boutique. At the Southern Sun Maputo your time is your own. You may choose to relax on the pool terrace and enjoy the warm African sunshine, or you may prefer more adventurous options. If you feel like exploring, there are exciting city tours for taking in the exotic sights and sounds of Maputo. The city has a rich history and a fascinating mix of diverse cultures. By day or by night you will feel the energetic pulse of this enigmatic city beating to the vibrant rhythm of Africa.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Free breakfast
Beach
Airport transportation
Business Centre with Internet Access
Wifi
Infinity pool
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Poolside bar
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Salon
24-hour security
Concierge
Currency exchange
Non-smoking hotel
Doorperson
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
Room features
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Room service
Safe
VIP room facilities
Minibar
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Ocean view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
Family rooms
Smoking rooms available
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HOTEL CLASS
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4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Great View
Modern

Location

Avenida da Marginal, Maputo 4354 Mozambique
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Roy Capper wrote a review Apr 2020
Manchester, United Kingdom120 contributions22 helpful votes
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The unexpected cancellation of my onward journey flight ticket to Johannesburg put me in a bit of a dilemma. Where do you go when the world is closing it’s borders.
Southern Sun - Maputo has become my new home, and what a fantastic place to stay. Sited on the seashore this beautiful hotel should definitely be on your bucket list. The moment you walk in to the hotel it’s decor treats your eyes and makes you feel at home.
The front desk team are extremely friendly and attentive and that level of service runs throughout the hotel, be it at the bar, restaurant, poolside or house keeping.
The breakfasts are to die for and certainly are a great way to start the day. The chefs cook your food directly and with those health conscious ones amongst us they also have a fantastic cereal, fruits and pastry selections.
Orange Juice is freshly squeezed and others are available. A full coffee bar is there to satisfy you with your daily caffeine fix . The attention to detail that comes with the cappuccino is as what you would expect from a blue chip coffee house. The menus for lunch and dinner offer a great selection and the food is served like artwork - it certainly tastes as good as it looks every time.
The pool is clean and tidy and the grounds are well maintained.
Laundry is efficient and returns next day.
The gymnasium is well stocked and extremely clean, and for the those who need to maintain their look the hair salon is opposite.
There is also a nice shop by the restaurant for those everyday essentials/ treats/ gifts.
So if you are looking for a hotel that ticks all the boxes look no further, and enjoy your stay
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Carla Fernandes, Marketing at Southern Sun
Responded 7 Apr 2020
Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to highlight your experience at our hotel, moreover for choosing to stay with us among other options in the vicinity and for recommending the hotel to other travellers. It was a pleasure to being of service to you and we look forward to welcome you back in the near future. Warm Mozambican Regards, Carla
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Liselotte H wrote a review Jan 2020
Johannesburg, South Africa2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
As I went on a reunion with my sister for a week the hotel was the perfect base to tour around Maputo. The hotel is like a sanctuary with all the world class luxuries.
Every single employee from GM right down to the cleaning stuff was amazingly welcoming, friendly and courteous. The hotel and rooms are the cleanest I have seen in a long time.
Breakfast was the highlight for sure!!
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from CarlaF3369, Manager at Southern Sun
Responded 20 Jan 2020
Dear Guest, Thank you for your kind words and review. We are indeed very pleased to know that you had an enjoyable stay and appreciated the caring & friendly service of our staff. Our aim is to provide our guests with memorable experiences and we are delighted to learn that our team was able to leave a positive impression on you. Thank you once again and we look forward to welcome you back soon. Warm Mozambican Regards, Carla
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Alan Blaughtan wrote a review Jul 2021
Banbury, United Kingdom9 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My company use Southern Sun exclusively for Maputo because it maintains such exceptional standards.

Ho Tai, the hostess in the restaurant is particularly helpful and courteous.

Unbelievable breakfasts and food. Clean and with all facilities made available.

Bruce the owner, will always go out of his way for anybody to help link up business needs.

Fantastic.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled on business
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Response from Carla Fernandes, Marketing at Southern Sun
Responded 14 Jul 2021
Dear Guest, Thank you for your kind review and words. It's wonderful to hear how pleasant it was to interact with our friendly staff and how our team members impacted your visit in such a positive way. We'll be sure to pass your compliments along to Ho Tai. We strive to provide our guests with the best customer service day in and day out. Thank you once again and we look forward to your next visit to Maputo. Stay safe... Warm Mozambican regards, Carla
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Piergiorgio E wrote a review Mar 2021
13 contributions11 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Struttura molto bella e ben posizionata nella città di Maputo, con una vista incantevole sul mare. I punti a favore terminano qui. Il servizio è stato sinceramente imbarazzante: siamo stati riprotetti qui da parte di un altro hotel (Stayeasy) che evidentemente aveva avuto problemi; siamo stati ricevuti con freddezza ma professionalmente. Arrivati in camera (davvero minuscola), solo una bottiglia d'acqua per due persone e niente di disponibile nel frigobar, neanche pagando. Chiamamo di notte la reception che ci re-indirizza al servizio in camera, che non risponde. Per farla breve, ci sono volute circa 15 chiamate per avere dell'acqua, pagata molto cara. La mattina alle 7:30 gran casino nel corridoio, con le signore delle pulizie che bussano alle 8 per sapere se c'è della biancheria sporca.

Colazione niente di che, certamente non al livello della struttura.

Per la cifra pagata si trova di molto meglio. Peccato, perchè la struttura è magnifica, ma la gestione pessima; almeno, da quello che ho potuto vedere per una notte trascorsa lì.

Very nice and well located property in the city of Maputo, with an enchanting view of the sea. The pros end here. The service was embarrassing: we were re-protected here by another hotel (Stayeasy) which appartently had problems; we were received coldly but professionally. Arrived in the room (sooo tiny), only a 0.5 liter bottle of water for two people booked and nothing available in the minibar, not even paying. Separate single beds (not required - we were travelling as a couple). We call the front desk at night and they redirect us to room service, which doesn't answer. In short, it took about 15 calls to get some water, which was very expensive. In the morning at 7:30 big mess in the corridor, with the cleaning ladies knocking at 8 to find out if there is any dirty laundry.

Breakfast nothing special, certainly not at the level of the structure.

For the amount paid there is so much better. Too bad, because the structure is magnificent, but the management is bad; at least, from what I could see for one night there.
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Date of stay: March 2021
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Carla Fernandes, Marketing at Southern Sun
Responded 9 Apr 2021
Dear Guest, Thank you for your valued review. A relaxing ambience paired with personalized and high service standards is what we always aim to offer to all our guests. We value all your comments which have been addressed accordingly. Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience you experienced during your last stay with us. We look forward to welcome you back soon. Warm Mozambican Regards, Carla
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Hendrik Nel wrote a review Dec 2020
France6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
It is unfortunate that this hotel blows both hot and cold. So to be fair, let us start with the hot:
Great location;
Great Pasta dishes - especially the Smoked Salmon Fettuccini. Really good;
Friendly housekeeping staff;
Helpful management (unfortunately this only becomes apparent due to one of the 'cold' experiences)
The cold outweighs the hot by far, sadly:
Disinterested and inattentive staff in the restaurant and bar. This is probably my biggest concern with this establishment. Only when the management gets involved, does it improve - for a while. I have had too many unpleasant restaurant and bar experiences to list here. Wrong orders, delayed orders, poor food etc.
A so- called Cheese Platter which is described in the menu as a selection of Continental Cheeses: dry fruit, nuts and crackers. A plate of cubed cheddar and mozzarella, with olives and little fish crackers! (See photo)
Due to the above, I have serious reservations regarding the hotel Star rating system if this is a 4 Star establishment.
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Date of stay: December 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Response from Carla Fernandes, Marketing at Southern Sun
Responded 26 Jan 2021
Dear Guest, Thank you for your valued review. A relaxing ambience paired with personalized and high service standards is what we always aim to offer to all our guests. We value all your comments which have been addressed accordingly. Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience you experienced during your last stay with us. We look forward to welcome you back soon. Warm Mozambican Regards, Carla
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Charles Reid wrote a review Dec 2022
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Southern Sun Maputo is rather overrated from my experience and need to do so much better from maintaining cleanliness of their rooms. The musty smell of the entire building, corridors and rooms was appalling and out of the three nights booked I only stayed one. Please, the management of this hotel really need to relook at their long term strategy for managing this dilapidated resortSouthern Sun Maputo is rather overrated from my experience and need to do so much better from maintaining cleanliness of their rooms. The musty smell of the entire building, corridors and rooms was appalling and out of the three nights booked I only stayed one. Please, the management of this hotel really need to relook at their long term strategy for managing this dilapidated resort.
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Date of stay: December 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Carla Fernandes, Marketing at Southern Sun
Responded 12 Jan 2023
Dear Guest, Thank you for your valued review. A relaxing ambience paired with personalized and high service standards is what we always aim to offer to all our guests. We value all your comments which have been addressed accordingly. Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience you experienced during your last stay with us. We look forward to welcome you back soon. Warm Mozambican Regards, Carla
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Terry C wrote a review Jun 2021
Edinburgh, United Kingdom6 contributions
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Over the last 5 years I have spent a great deal of time in Maputo, most of it staying at the Southern Sun, this includes a total of over 7 months during the Covid 19 pandemic. During this period, the hotel management and staff went above and beyond to provide the highest levels of facilities and services including safety standards during this difficult period. The head chef deserves a lot of credit as he turns out some incredible dishes often to order and individual taste, especially the King Tiger Prawns and Sea Food Platter are world class. I'd like to recognise HoTai and Zuneid in particular for their incredible service always there to help and take care of me. I'd like to thank Bruce (the boss) and John (2 I/c) 😀 for their incredible support, help and friendship. Great hotel, fantastic location, incredible people and a great time. Thank you. 🙏
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: Treat the staff with the dignity they deserve and they will take care of you like never before.
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Response from Carla Fernandes, Marketing at Southern Sun
Responded 14 Jul 2021
Dear Guest, Thank you for your kind review. It is our goal to provide the highest standards of service to our guests at all times and we are glad we met all your expectations. Thank you for highlighting the great location, facilities and services during your stay. We will pass your compliments to Ho Tai and Zuneid whom make us proud day in and day out. We look forward to welcoming you soon in the near future. Stay Safe... Warm Mozambican Regards, Carla
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Roelof S wrote a review Nov 2023
Ballito, South Africa5 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a wonderful experience. The rooms are extremely comfortable with good linen, strong Air-conditioning and attention to detail. Mark and John is leading a team of friendly and well trained staff. Everyone from Reception , to Restaurant, Bar, and housekeeping is friendly and goes the extra mile to make you feel at home. I had breakfast and dinner which I enjoyed thoroughly. I will be sure to visit again.
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Date of stay: November 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled on business
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jnf385 wrote a review Feb 2020
Luanda Province, Angola2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Everything more than ok. Room, Bar (try the seafood basket or the chicken prego), Restaurant, Gym, everything.
You just need to:
- solve the Internet WiFi issue;
- put seafood on the Buffet.
It's below your standards.
In 3 weeks I'll be back.
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Review collected in partnership with Tsogo Sun Hotels
Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Response from CarlaF3369, Manager at Southern Sun
Responded 6 Feb 2020
Dear Guest, Thank you for your valued review. A relaxing ambience paired with personalized and high service standards is what we always aim to offer to all our guests. We value all your comments which have been addressed accordingly. Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience you experienced during your last stay with us. We look forward to welcome you back soon. Warm Mozambican Regards, Carla
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Chrissie G wrote a review Oct 2021
Doha, Qatar36 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I am vegan and it is a struggle for me to eat out. ANACLETO has cheerfully approached me in my first day during breakfast. The fruits in the breakfast selection are amazingly tasty yet I need something savory to follow up with.
Anacleto arranged some cooked greens for me to have for all the three days I was here and I was totally satisfied. I found comfort and trust in him because he mentioned that he is aware of how veganism works out.
He made my stay more enjoyable because I was able to nourish my body the way I want to.
I definitely encourage everyone to try the breakfast in this place. The fruits and veggies are too fresh for words. Never miss that glass of fresh OJ.
Thanks for the yummy vegan food, Anacleto!
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Carla Fernandes, Marketing at Southern Sun
Responded 26 Nov 2021
Dear Guest, Thank you for your kind words and review. We are indeed very pleased to know that you had an enjoyable stay and appreciated the caring & friendly service of our staff. Our aim is to provide our guests with memorable experiences and we are delighted to learn that our team was able to leave a positive impression on you. Thank you once again and we look forward to welcome you back soon. Warm Mozambican Regards, Carla
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Answer from V3583QIlisa
Durban, South Africa195 contributions59 helpful votes
Sorry we drove from Durban
pioneertravler asked a question Apr 2018
Alexandria, Virginia103 contributions67 helpful votes
Are the mosquitoes bad in Maputo ? Does the hotel provide mosquito nets? How far is the Central Market?
Answer from Wendy C
Coalville, United Kingdom14 contributions3 helpful votes
Hi. Not sure as to how far the central market but taxis are very reasonable. I had no problems with mosquito's while i was there.
Answer from Vumile M
Johannesburg, South Africa21 contributions3 helpful votes
Boat cruise with Maputo yatching, visit other beaches of Maputo
Stellie-Bell asked a question Oct 2017
Pretoria, South Africa438 contributions58 helpful votes
Hi. Do you trade mainly in metika or USD?
Answer from Sergio B
Johannesburg, South Africa34 contributions
Metical, you can change U$D's to the local currency at the hotel, they have a great rate of exchange
VinnieLondon wrote a tip May 2024
Doha, Qatar12,800 contributions730 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book ocean side room and check room for mould near AC unit"
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Cheryl B wrote a tip Apr 2024
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"make sure you order the seafood platter"
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Vacation43246676661 wrote a tip Mar 2024
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Hotel food is excellent but it is worth visiting the sea food restaurant on the beach next door."
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Rob wrote a tip Jan 2024
Lagos, Nigeria36 contributions11 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Try to get a sea view. It’s stunning. And try to mix work with pleasure. It’s a business hotel that can easily be a relaxation space"
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Anthony D wrote a tip Dec 2023
Johannesburg, South Africa8 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Rooms with a balcony and definitely a breakfast feast."
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PRICE RANGE
₹17,184 - ₹19,102 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
southern sun maputo hotel maputo, holiday inn maputo, southern sun hotel maputo
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Holiday Inn
LOCATION
MozambiqueMaputo ProvinceMaputo
NUMBER OF ROOMS
269
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Frequently Asked Questions about Southern Sun
Which popular attractions are close to Southern Sun?
Nearby attractions include Paroquia Santo Antonio (1.1 km), Fundação Fernando Leite Couto (1.2 km), and Atelier Dabanga (0.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Southern Sun?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Southern Sun?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Southern Sun?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Southern Sun?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Southern Sun?
Conveniently located restaurants include Sagres Shellfish Restaurant, Evolve restaurant in Southern Sun Hotel, and Botanica.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Southern Sun?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Does Southern Sun have airport transportation?
Yes, Southern Sun offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Southern Sun?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Southern Sun offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Are there any historical sites close to Southern Sun?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Fortress of Maputo (3.9 km), Vila Algarve (3.0 km), and Cemetery St. Francis Xavier (3.5 km).
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