In a city with not too many choices for budget travellers, Fatima’s Place is a very good value, calm, little oasis from the hustle and bustle of Maputo. A 15 minute walk from the city centre, this house on the busy Avenida Mao Tse Tung is a guesthouse/bar/restaurant and information centre rolled into one. Entering the gated and security-guarded compound, you’re first struck by the bright colours, funky sculptures and wall decorations that enliven the bar/reception area and the warm welcome. There are single to four-person rooms – all are clean and well kept. The 12-bed dorm is fan-cooled – all beds have mosquito nets and decent mattresses. There are lockers provided for use with your own lock. There is also a small, grassed camping area wackily placed on the roof of the outside chalets.
The hot water showers and common toilets are spick and span. There is also a huge amount of information for onward travel both, at the bar and on the walls. There is a comfy sitting area by the bar/reception, one in the house on the way to the inside rooms as well as a sun terrace with cushions and deck chairs. There is also a large sitting area in and around the dining area and kitchen. The common kitchen is well kept but is very short on pots, pans and utensils. There is a small menu with cheaply priced food and a well-stocked bar too. The free Wi-Fi is only available from 5pm till 7am. Notwithstanding the lack of competition, Fatima’s seems to be constantly improving and is a great choice, though a little pricey in the dorms.
Dorm beds a little overpriced
Wi-Fi only in the evenings
Beds from 800 MTC
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