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Polana Hotel

The grand dame of Maputo, the Polana Serena Hotel boasts one of the city's most desirable addresses, overlooking the bay. The historic hotel is a majestic building, evoking the style and sophistication of colonial times with its gardens, Victorian lift and five-star luxury. The Polana was built in 1922 and is widely considered one of Africa's finest old luxury hotels. A sunset drink in one of its cocktail bars is a must for passing visitors not tempted to splash out on an extravagant stay. There are three restaurants at the hotel: the Varanda Restaurant which is open all day; the Delagoa fine-dining French restaurant; and the Aquarius sushi restaurant. There is also a stunning outdoor pool area set in extensive tropical gardens and overlooking the bay, a casino, a spa, and many other luxury features. It is not clear exactly how much of the hotel is open to non-guests and accessibility of the bar and restaurants may depend on how full the hotel is at any given time. If you are looking to splurge on some luxury while in Maputo, the Polana Serena Hotel is your best bet. The hotel is centrally located and close to many of the city's most popular tourist attractions; it is worth asking permission to stroll around the gardens and see the view at the very least.

Address: Av. Julius Nyerere

Website: www.serenahotels.com/serenapolana/