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“Disgusting”
Review of Hotel Zambeze

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Hotel Zambeze
Ranked #6 of 6 Hotels in Tete
Reviewed 5 August 2011

I have stayed in the Zambeze 2 times, in march and july 2011, along with some colleagues, in business trips to Tete.
Due to the flourishing coal mining business in Tete, Zambeze is almost all the time 100% booked, and it's very hard to get a room. Prices are the same as top quality Maputo hotels, but staff commitment to quality and good service is nearly none. The hotel is nicely placed and that's about it. Rooms are awful. Think in smoke smell, dirty sheets, pillows that smell like sweat. Leaking toilets. Bad reception small tube TVs, large and noisy A/Cs with no temperature control... You can expect bad infrastructure given you're in Tete, but dirty sheets and the uncommitted staff is truly unnacceptable. There were 2 times when my colleagues arrived, asked for the room and it was denied. After arguing for a while, the clerk gave them the room key that he originally wasn't planning to give. Breakfast and dinner aren't very good, but passable.
Don't come on tourism, unless you are the hardcore-style tourist or backpacker. If you are coming on business, bring clean sheets and some snacks, just in case.

Room Tip: There's no good room here. Suggest you bring your own clean sheets.
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  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 9 April 2011

We stayed at the hotel for one night. It's the only hotel in this surprisingly bustling and nice town in northwestern Mozambique, with very friendly people. It is located at a lively intersection in the heart of the city, with lots of foot and car traffic throughout the day. Even at night you can hear noise from outside in your room, which is essentially my main complaint. Otherwise, the rooms were okay; they were recently renovated, generally clean, and had all the necessary features, especially air conditioning and LCD TV. Breakfast was pretty basic and offered in the fifth floor restaurant which had a nice view over the beautiful Zambezi bridge. The hotel's corridors and stairways were a bit dingy; renovating them--and better insulating the windows--would go a long way toward improving the hotel's overall impression.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled on business
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5  Thank SGECHAMPION
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Reviewed 17 June 2008

This was the dark, grungy hotel that I dubbed the 'Twilight Zone hotel' after a 3 night stay in late 2006. Since then, Hotel Zambeze has undergone renovations to provide the business traveler, aid worker and occasional lost tourist a reasonably comfortable lodging option in Tete city.

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Reception: pretty friendly at first but when they asked us to pay for our rooms up front, we protested and they got unpleasant. We spoke with the general manager and he set the reception folks straight. Also, if you are on a tight budget, insist on the cheapest "economico" room, even if they say that they are all taken. When I told them that it was okay for me to stay on the first floor (where the hall way had not yet been carpeted but all other renovations had been completed), economico rooms suddenly opened up. My two colleagues had some problems (funky smell in one room; exploding toilet in another) and reception was able to move them to other rooms without any problems.
The attempt at decor in the lobby is discotheque-chic.

Rooms: I had an "economico" on the 1st floor, which is second floor American, (about USD 72) that consisted of two single beds pushed together, basic ensuite bath with toilet, sink, shower, DSTV, writing desk and air conditioning (important in Tete!). Room was clean, bed was comfortable. Furniture, sheets all appeared to be very new. Colleagues staying in slightly pricier (about USD90) "standard" rooms had a bit more decor plus mini fridges.

Noise level: pretty bad on the first floor. Construction going on outside plus the last of the hotel renovations made for a lot of noise between 8am and 5pm. Also, waking up to the sound of high heels clacking on the granite stairwell at 2am was unpleasant.

Food: The restaurant on the fifth floor has surprisingly good food. Breakfast is included in the room price and provides eggs, sausages, beans in tomato sauce, yogurt, fruit salad, cakes, toast, coffee, tea, juices. We had dinner in the restaurant twice and were pleased. The matapa (traditional ground squash leaves with coconut milk and shrimp) was flavorful and the naca na pedra (raw beef served on sizzling hot stone to cook at table) tender. There is also a lounge that serves sandwiches, fries and hands down the BEST cafe com leite I have had in Mozambique. Thick espresso sludge is served in a cup along with a tea pot of hot milk. Excellent! The lounge, a good place for informal business meetings, also has a great view of the Zambeze river and bridge

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled on business
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6  Thank Rota_Girl
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Stayed: June 2017, travelled on business
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Reviewed 11 February 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: March 2015, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Hotel Zambeze

Address: Avenida Eduardo Mondlane 6 | Inhambane, Tete 2300, Mozambique
Region: Mozambique > Tete Province > Tete
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Ranked #6 of 6 Hotels in Tete
Number of rooms: 336

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