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Sedia Riverside Hotel Maun Reviews
Comfortable after camping Sep 12, 2011
When I arrived in Maun I was positively surprised to see someone with a Sedia Riverside Hotel sign with my name on it. Didn´t expect to be picked up at the airport. The hotel is located a 10 minutes drive from the airport. I was warmly welcomed by the reception staff.
We had a nice sized double room with plenty of space for luggage. There were two very comfortable beds with nice pillows and a lovely duvet, as well as a flat screen TV, AC, ceiling fan, fridge and a kettle. Complimentary wireless broadband was available throughout the hotel. Internet service was also available in the internet café, where you can buy postcards, souvenirs etc.
The bathroom was small, but had a tub. There were also a few amenities. Water pressure in the shower was great and the hot water was super hot.
The restaurant and bar were located in the garden next to the pool. The menu was average with food like burgers and pizza. After 7 pm another menu was also offered. This contained dishes like steaks and fish. The service in the restaurant was very slow and the waitresses all seem to have an attitude problem. We seemed to be a bother to them and they never smiled. The worst dragon was the lady in the bar.
Both before and after our wildlife safari we stayed in rooms in the main building, but Sedia also offers cottages in the garden. It is also possible to camp at the camp ground in the back. When the hotel was build no trees were felled and together with the undergrowth, the garden is now home to frogs, monitor lizards, squirrels, mongoose and a range of birdlife.
It turned out that the man who picked me up at the airport on arrival was the owner of the hotel. He is a British guy married to a local. His hotel is very nice and the reception staff (specially Bonnie) as well as the maids are all sweet and helpful, but he has a big challenge with the restaurant staff. They are in desperate need of schooling in customer service.
It seems like the owner was a nice guy. Mimi, one of the waitresses was given the opportunity of starting her own business on the hotel grounds. He had set up a hut in the garden where she was running her little beauty parlor. She offered massage, pedicure, manicure and acrylic nails. For being a self made masseuse, she was pretty good. A 90 minutes Swedish massage cost 220 pula ($36).
Despite the restaurant staff, I can recommend Sedia Riverside Hotel if you are staying in Maun. It is a good place to stay before and after a safari or a trip to the delta. After 7 days of basic camping I just loved it!
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