Dunas de Sal

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Santa Maria, Cape Verde
Dunas de Sal - Valentine's vol-au-vent!
Dunas de Sal - Breakfast at the Dunas de Sal
Dunas de Sal - Pool at the Dunas de Sal
Dunas de Sal - View from our room at the Dunas de Sal
Dunas de Sal - Our bedroom at the Dunas de Sal

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Toonsarah Toonsarah
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A reasonable choice Feb 14, 2018
We only stayed one night here, overnighting on Sal while returning home from a few days in Praia on Santiago. On the whole we were reasonably happy with the hotel, although having stayed at the much nicer (and dearer) Hilton across the road on our outward journey we found this fell short in a number of aspects.

One of these is location as although the two hotels are neighbours, the Hilton is directly on the beach whereas this one is on the wrong side of the road, meaning that the sea is five minutes’ walk away and out of sight. This wasn’t a problem for our brief stay but if you’ve come to Sal for a beach holiday you might be disappointed.

We were also a little displeased with their check-in policy. Admitted we arrived very early on our flight from Praia, and hadn’t counted on finding our room ready. But ready it was, so to be told that an early check-in would cost us €69 seemed a ridiculous sum to access a room that we would only use to leave a suitcase and use the bathroom before heading out. Admittedly it did also include breakfast but we knew we wouldn’t eat enough to make it worth spending that amount, and with breakfast offered separately at €10 per person, the extra €49 seemed hard to justify, and we refused to pay it.

Once in our room, later that afternoon, we found it simply but nicely decorated, with a comfortable king size bed and balcony overlooking the gardens and pool. The wifi worked well and we had all the usual touches of toiletries, tea and coffee-making etc. There was a flat-screen TV and in-room safe too.

We ate in the hotel restaurant that evening, but as it was a special set dinner for Valentine’s Day it may not have been representative of their usual standard – we found the food reasonable although unexciting, and the price fair. Breakfast the next morning was mixed – OK orange juice but poor coffee, good rolls but dry bread, tasty cheese, eggs fried and omelettes made to order.

The hotel is a little out of Santa Maria – about a 20 minute walk along the road or beach, or 200 escudos by taxi. If you’re happy to be out of the centre and don’t want to splurge on the Hilton it would be an OK choice, but the location away from the beach may disappoint.
Our bedroom at the Dunas de Sal
View from our room at the Dunas de…
Pool at the Dunas de Sal
Breakfast at the Dunas de Sal
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Toonsarah says:
Thanks Jim :-)
Posted on: Mar 06, 2018
BASAIC says:
Great review, as usual, Sarah.
Posted on: Mar 06, 2018
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