Gay Friendly Hotels Maputo

Guide to Gay Friendly Hotels in Maputo Mozambique (2023 Updated)

Mozambique is considered to be one of the most  friendliest destination for gay tourism in Africa along with other former colonies , tourist don’t feel the threat if they act normally and most of the hotels chains in the capital are gay friendly hotels Maputo.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Mozambique face legal challenges not faced by non-LGBT people. Same-sex sexual activity became legal in Mozambique under the new Criminal Code that took effect in June 2015. Discrimination based on sexual orientation in employment has been illegal since 2007.

Mozambique, along with other former Portuguese colonies, is one of the most LGBT-friendly African nations.Polls have found moderate levels of support for LGBT rights and same-sex marriage. Nevertheless, same-sex couples are unable to marry or adopt, and LGBT people still face discrimination and prejudice.

Maputo, capital of East Africa’s Mozambique, is an Indian Ocean port with preserved Portuguese colonial architecture. Many turn-of-the-century buildings are in the downtown jacaranda-lined Baixa neighborhood. The bronze-domed CFM Maputo Railway Station, for example, was completed in 1916. The Baixa also has an expansive Municipal Market. The neoclassical City Hall is in the nearby Praça da Independência square.

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1. Hotel Cardoso Maputo 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Maputo

Hotel Cardoso
Hotel Cardoso

Overlooking Maputo Bay, this sophisticated hotel in a 1920s building is a 2-minute walk from the popular Museu de Historia Natural, 2 km from the storied 18th-century Fortress of Maputo and 8 km from Maputo International Airport.

Refined rooms provide free Wi-Fi and flat-screens, plus tea and coffee making facilities. Upgraded rooms add balconies with bay views, while suites have living rooms. Room service is available 24/7.

An area shuttle is complimentary. There’s a rustic cafe, a lively bar, and an open-air restaurant with bay views. Other amenities include an outdoor pool, and a fitness centre with personal trainers. Breakfast is available.

Sitting on a cliff top in the heart of Maputo, set in lush gardens with panoramic views over Maputo Bay, lies Cardoso Hotel, the perfect place to savour the true spirit of Mozambican hospitality. Boasting 130 spacious en-suite bedrooms and suites especially tailored for the most discerning traveler.

Since opening in 1919, this majestic and iconic hotel has captured attention through its blend of Portuguese and Italian architecture positioning it as one of the most historic and finest buildings in Maputo, hosting guests from far and wide who seek a place to explore our cities´ colorful history.


Cardoso Hotel in Maputo is located on a bluff overlooking the bay. It affords beautiful views of the sea particularly at sunset. My hotel room faced the sea. It was a spacious room, very comfortable and quite nice. The balcony opened on the hotel lawns and faced the sea.

The hotel staff was impeccably courteous and friendly. Everyone spoke English. The hotel has an old world charm and is like a distinguished lady, ageing well.

First of all, the location is the vantage point of the hotel. Overseeing the Maputo Bay, the room balcony (which was very spacious) had one of the best views which could offer. The room was very spacious and so was the bathroom. The room had 2 extra sofas to sit in front of the TV. The room had enough supplies for the coffee and tea making, however did not have any mini bar/fridge. The bathroom had a very convenient bathtub but did not have a bidet as mentioned in the room amenities (the room which I took was the Flamingo Executive room).

The hotel officials arranged for an airport pick up and drop, which was a very good convenient factor for me, travelling alone. The hotel was located very next to natural history museum and city streets and everything was in a walking distance.

The breakfast was included in the room tariff however, I felt the spread for the breakfast was a bit on the lower side. The time I visited had a bot of rainfall and wind gusting around 35 kmh. Hence could not try the pool due to chill weather. The hotel had a very spacious lawn and very good lobby overlooking the bay in the ground floor, which is indeed good for any meeting for the business purposes.

The behavior of the hotel staffs were exemplary and were ready to accommodate most of the requests. Though the hotel authorities had blocked and debited some amount from the credit card which I used for booking, they instantly reversed it at the time of check-in and accepted a small token advance. The balance was settled at the time of check-out. The check-in and check-out were very smooth and the front desk did a wonderful job in clearing the payment and bill receipts fast.

How much does a room costs at Cardoso Hotel Maputo ?

Prices start 146 $/night for Deluxe King Room

Where to book online – Cardoso Hotel Maputo – Gay Friendly Hotels Maputo you can find the best hotels deals in Maputo during AZGO Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Maputo on or  or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


2. Meliá Maputo Sky 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Maputo

Meliá Maputo Sky
Meliá Maputo Sky

Located in Maputo, 1.8 km from Maputo Shopping Centre, Meliá Maputo Sky features air-conditioned rooms and free WiFi. In a prime location in the Central C district, this hotel is situated 2.5 km from National Money Museum Maputo.

The rooms in the hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Each room is equipped with a private bathroom, while some rooms have a kitchenette with a microwave. The units have a desk.

A continental or buffet breakfast is available daily at the property.

Meliá Maputo Sky has a premium location in the financial and business center of Maputo and represent a perfect combination of design and functionality. A 20-minute drive from Maputo International Airport, it’s characterized by its cosmopolitan character and experience in hospitality of one of the largest hotel chain in the world. Comprising 172 rooms, it offers an exclusive view over Maputo’s Bay and a wide range of facilities and services in order to respond to the needs and expectations of leisure and business travelers.

At Meliá Maputo Sky you can enjoy a rich gastronomic experience in the restaurant, which offers delicious dishes of local and international cuisine. In the Sky Bar and Bar Mezanino you will find the right atmosphere to relax or to have an informal meeting, while enjoying a lovely view.

The hotel is newly built, high tech, modern and very clean. staff are friendly and helpful. It is important to know what is included in Full Board and full credit from the outset. Shopping mall convenient located next to hotel. It also has its own gym and indoor heated pool.

The hotel is well located with easy access and walking distance to many businesses in downtown area. Good facilities include gym access to a world class gym and access to meeting rooms on mezzanine floor.
Great view from sky bar.

Rooms and bathrooms are small but comfortable and adequate. Lower floor rooms with odd numbers face parking garage. Upper floors with even numbers have Town and sea facing views which are preferable.

Simple buffet breakfast Staff friendly and helpful. Good economical and quality place to stay.

The sky Bar at the top level is amazing, the staff are welcoming , I felt at home.

Gay Friendly Hotels Maputo 
Gay Friendly Hotels Maputo

How much does a room costs at Meliá Maputo Sky ?

Prices start 195 $/night for Double Room. The Deluxe Room is  235$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

Where to book online – Meliá Maputo Sky – Gay Friendly Hotels Maputo you can find the best hotels deals in Maputo during AZGO Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Maputo on or  or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


3. Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence Maputo 5* – Gay Friendly Hotels Maputo Mozambique

Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence Maputo
Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence Maputo

Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence Maputo is located on the beachside avenue and features an outdoor swimming pool and views of the Indian Ocean. This hotel offers free WiFi.

Each of the rooms at this Radisson Blu is air-conditioned and equipped with a satellite flat-screen TV, minibar and tea-and-coffee-making facilities. Free toiletries, bathrobes and slippers are provided in the bathrooms. Some rooms have a balcony or terrace, while the apartments also offer a kitchen.

Enjoy a meal at any of the 3 on-site restaurants, or unwind with a drink at one of the 2 bars. An extensive breakfast buffet is served in the Filini Bar & Restaurant each morning, or guests in a hurry can choose the Grab & Run takeaway breakfast.

A sense of class!” Is what will sets the new Radisson Blu Hotel, Maputo apart from the rest bringing new international standards for travelers to Mozambique’s capital. Guests will find the hotel & residence a tranquil oasis away from the hustle and bustle of Maputo though near the city center with world-class amenities including elegant guest rooms, suites, apartments, superb dining options in the world renowned ‘Filini’ restaurant and newly arrived AZUL restaurant. With 2 swimming pools and gym, state-of-the-art conference facilities and sought after private parking places for more than 150 cars.

I believe that’s the best hotel in Africa. Amazing location, excellent breakfast and infrastructure, high speed internet convince me to return here every time. I love to walk by promenade and just enjoy ocean breath and view around. Special appreciation for the service, all employees are so well trained. It’s always a pleasure to contact front desk with any reasonable question, the employee will provide the help right a way.

Could not have asked for a more comfortable and convenient place of stay in Maputo. The rooms on the east side have a fantastic view of the Indian Ocean and its lovely to watch the sunrise over the ocean! The rooms are very comfortable and spacious. Can easily accommodate a couple of people. The wifi connectivity and the TV channels are good. The breakfast spread is a great spread and the staff are very courteous.

The hotel is right next door to a decent mall with a theater. there is a casino within walking distance as well. One of the best and high end restaurants and lounge is about a 5 minute walk from the hotel. The city centre is about a 10 minute taxi drive from the hotel. A full fledged mall is about 5 minutes taxi drive from the hotel.

Overall a great location and a fantastic place to stay. Really liked the hotel.

Radisson hotel is at least a five star hotel. It is located across the ocean in a large compound with adequate parking space. The compound has three huge buildings and at least two of the buildings hold various types of rooms in floors that reach at least ten floors. The rooms are various types and some has balcony and by the ocean view. Also, one of the building has residence type rooms.

The hotel has conference rooms, swimming pool, gym, fast WiFi, restaurants, bars, deli, hair dresser etc. Breakfast is included in the lodging and various buffet foods are served. The room I stayed was with comfortable bed, free daily water supply, coffee and tea, spacious shower, bathtub with adequate bath room amenities. The room is clean and sleep comfort is excellent.

Amazing location. Luxury, business style hotel with great trained staff. In close vicinity to ocean and lovely view. Very safe place and extremely clean. Fast speed internet. Yummy breakfast, one of the best I ever seen in my life.

Rooms a clean, the only fanny thing, they have bath inside a room- open view concept!!. Very unusual, but can be forgiven once analyze all other advantages they have. The hotel is expensive, but it worth the price they ask. I’ll stay there again for sure.

Room is of a very good size and is well furnished although the tub in the middle of the room does not look practical. WiFi is very good. Breakfast is good but the place can get crowded in the morning. Buffet lunch was not good; better options just outside the hotel. Complimentary bottled water in the room, turn down service, and free shuttle service to and from the airport lets you know they are looking to be ahead of others.

Check in was fast and courteous with fluent English speaking staff. Some fine tuning would make this a superb hotel (one lift was undergoing maintenance while the other was noisy during operation, walk in shower drain was not working properly).

Overall a very good hotel that can be on top of the list.

Gay Friendly Hotels Maputo
Gay Friendly Hotels Maputo

How much does a room costs at Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence Maputo ?

Prices start 195 $/night for Double Room. The Deluxe Room i235$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

Where to book online – Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence Maputo – Gay Friendly Hotels Maputo you can find the best hotels deals in Maputo during AZGO Festival which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Maputo on or  or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


by Sorin

Sorin is a freelance travel writer. He is an experienced travel writer and traveller. Since 2012 he explored more than 60 countries on 4 continents: Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Currently is based in Romania after spending the last 7 years in Myanmar.