If you have business to do in Mozambique, this is the hotel to stay. Situated in the center of downtown Maputo, next to the Cathedral and the City Council, the Pestana Rovuma is a city icon. Overlooking the Bay of Maputo and the gardens populated by jacarandas and red acacia near the cathedral, the strong African-oriented decor helps you stay focused on your work while never letting you forget that you are in a magical country.
Welcome to Maputo, one of the cities with the highest growth rate in the world, where the contagious rhythm and the continuous movement help you believe that all opportunities are possible here. With a very gentle way of life and a very peculiar way of making it happen, Maputo can be your gateway to a world where the poetic sentence of amazing Mozambican writer Mia Couto makes perfect sense: "I was so afraid of loneliness that I didn't even wave flies away." This is the place where, in the words of the locals, it all goes well 360 days a year. Then there are five days when things can work out unexpectedly, but that won't prevent you from accomplishing your projects. In fact, here, the setbacks are seen as an inevitable part of life and thus relegated to its proper dimension: that of a mere moment of waiting while everything is being solved. Which will always end up happening.
After arriving at the airport and passing the customs, you will find an identified Pestana Rovuma driver which makes the transfer between the airport and the hotel, whatever the time of arrival. When you check-in, you are served a fresh juice that helps you to recover strength and energy, and also combat the ubiquitous and humid heat, that sticks to your skin when you have contact with the outside air. If you arrive late, you can always call room service and order a meal; otherwise, go immediately to the second floor where the Sesseka bar and the Monomotapa restaurant await you.
After you are completely redone, start exploring your surroundings: the Pestana Rovuma is a hotel oriented towards the business segment - which you can prove with the magnificent breakfast which is served between 6:30 and 10 A.M. In a city that begins to move by 7 and ends its days work at 5, it is good to know that you are free to plan your day in the best way, while having a delicious meal with omelets made to order and crepes or warm and delicious waffles.
In this space, which is both a hotel, a conference center and a business center, with the first floors filled with offices; you can rent a space for meetings on a monthly basis, streamline its operation or even launch your company. This is a fairly common procedure, because this hotel in Maputo has the extraordinary reputation of being a haven for government actions, state visits and even UN independent observation missions stays. In fact, inside the building is the Embassy of Thailand and the Luso-Mozambican Chamber of Commerce, which reaffirms the safety and credibility that the Pestana Rovuma gives to your stay.
Of course, for larger events, press conferences, lectures, banquets, galas or even meetings with a larger number of participants - up to 300, it has three large rooms full of natural light, with a great terrace and a view to downtown. This is where coffee breaks or party receptions are held, without ever losing contact with that African element that characterizes this hotel. Here you will always be in contact with the two parallel realities that peacefully coexist in the city: the pace of who is passing by and the pace of sellers. With vendors at every step, offering everything from shoes and ties to bread with badgia; bags of cashew nuts and peanuts to calling cards; and traffic that flows constantly from the city's left arteries, here, you'll feel that you truly at the center of urban life in Mozambique.
And, at the center of the urban life, is the great shopping: on level 0 of Pestana Rovuma you will find everything you need for your stay: a telephone support center that lets you buy and cut local operator cards for your phone; a pharmacy that has everything you need and that is one of the best known and sought in Maputo; the offices of TAP's representation in Mozambique; a stationery store with both national and foreign press; a bank with an ATM machine and, of course, clothing and office supply stores for whatever you need (or in the case of lost bags at the airport).
In addition, the Pestana Rovuma is the best stage that can find to cross the charms of Mozambique with the comforts you are used to having at home - in fact, for many guests, the Pestana Rovuma is the second house, taking advantage of the informality and the excellent environment to enjoy time in the best way. Here you will find free wi-fi and a refreshing pool overlooking the sunset, which helps you finish your long and busy day in the most relaxing way possible. The bar, where you can watch the best games of football and rugby, while drinking a Laurentina and eating peanuts, is also excellent in the evening. If you prefer the Bula-Bula terrace, one of the favorite places to have lunch for those who work nearby, you will stay closer to passers on the street and better breathe the city environment.
But life is not only work and, if you stay more than a week in Maputo, then you also need to leave the city a little bit and experience the best the country has to offer: use the most of the services of the center of activities that you'll find on the reception area, where you can book safaris and tours, both in the national reserves and in the very close South Africa. In the shopping center you can also find a car rental company if you want to explore the magnificent northern beaches, the famous Xai-Xai, Bilene and Marracuene.
Whether on business or pleasure - after all, Mozambique is a completely remote destination from the traditional ones of mass tourism - make the Pestana Rovuma your base of arrival in Maputo, your transition factor and contact with the reality of Mozambican culture and your home in this city where everything is so promising and where there is always so much going on.