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Located in Chã das Caldeiras, casa alcindo offers a bar. Featuring a 24-hour front desk, this property also provides guests with a restaurant. Guests can enjoy mountain views. At the bed and breakfast, every room includes a wardrobe. Every room comes with a private bathroom with a shower. A continental breakfast is available daily at the property.
Pros: The owners are very welcoming and attentive to their guest. We were served a delicious lunch upon arrival. We were shown where the trails were to hike up the smaller mountain. We were shown multiple videos of when the volcano erupted in 2014.
Cons: One of my friends got sick during the night and we didn't have access to drinking water or emergency services (due to no phones).
Pros: Wery kind owners and stuff. Delicious food. Nice and useful patio.
Pros: Everything is next level compared to rest of Cape Verde. Laetita is very friendly and welcoming, she organised everything for us. The place itself is cosy and well maintained. The tour was nice and well organised . The dinner was so far the best food eaten in Cape Verde . Note there may be no hot water shower, but you are in a crater of a volcano, so just manage your expectations! Can only recommend it
Pros: Super welcome, Laetitia was amazing, very good lunch - both day, super view on Fogo, great sky in the night, climbing to the top of volcano so .... super There was not hot water on the bath, but it was no problem, if you gooing to the mountain, you must expect that there is no all comfort.
Cons: Clothes - hanger hi, hi
Pros: First, one has to take into consideration that the location of this "hotel" is in a volcanic crater at the end of quite a long and difficult dirt and cinder road. There is no provision of electricity or water for this "town", they must make their own electricity with solar panels and bring in water from quite a long distance once the collected rainwater has been used up. As a result, no hot water, minimal lighting and power available, no internet provided. If one accepts these conditions, then the quality of the hotel and room are of a very high standard. When one sees what they were able to build on top of a recent lava flow, it is quite remarkable that such a nice place could exist there. The location itself is amazing and unique. We have visited many volcanic islands and stayed in hotels or apartments there, but this one was clearly different than all the rest. It must be seen first hand to appreciate it fully. The hostess, Laetitia, was very kind, helpful, friendly and she and her husband were highly motivated to make an eco-friendly and very "local" oriented hotel and restaurant. The food was also very good and used as much as possible the local products. Our highest praise for this effort. Note that Laetitia also set us up with a guide to climb Pico do Fogo at the last minute (the evening prior to climbing it) which was also highly appreciated.
Cons: Just a minor thing: the beds were a bit hard and noisy (creaking). Also, if you drive in yourself, get good directions in advance because it is not easy to find, especially at night!
Pros: Lovely location. Great food. Very helpful service in booking an excellent hiking guide for me.
Pros: The room is quite big! The staff is very friendly and french lady was very helpful to make the best out of our short stay! Felt welcomed upon the first minute! The food is also very good!
With a stay at Casa Marisa in Sao Filipe, you'll be 6.3 mi (10.1 km) from Fogo National Park and 25 mi (40.2 km) from Church Our Lady of Conception. Featured amenities include multilingual staff, luggage storage, and laundry facilities. A shuttle from the airport to the hotel is provided for a surcharge (available 24 hours), and free self parking is available onsite.
Pros: Everything else! The people were friendly and organised everything for olus, the food was very good and quite exotic, the room was clean and nice. Checking out was also very good. Our flight was in the afternoon but they allowed us to stay longer in the room because they didn't need it which was very nice!
Cons: Our room was quite hot, our guide told us it was because a few metres under our room there was a lava lake. It was a bit uncomfortable, but manageable.
Pros: Top location in the caldera. Nice restaurant/terrace area. The host Mustafa is extraordinary: he took care of the transport and organised a guide on the same day. It is hard to find such hospitality.
Pros: Mustafa and Marisa were great hosts, and helped arrange transport and a guided hike. Casa Marisa is in a truly amazing setting!
Pros: Beautiful surroundings Help you arrange your hikes Nice Huts with a possibility to sit on the roof to watch thé stars!!
Cons: There were cockroaches in the little Huts but that's probably hard to avoid. We spent 3 days here, on the 3rd the hotel arranged transport around the island back to Sao Filipe with an agreed upon price (3 times confirmed). While on the drive, we get a call that the price has doubled (6600 to 12000)! We offer to pay more than thé original agreed upon price, to match another offer from a travel agency, but they refuse. Or we pay the original price, and the poor employee who made the mistake offer has to pay it out of his wages, or we pay the new price which for us is way more than we would have agreed upon beforehand. In 30 minutes we get 3 calls in which we feel very pressured and false arguments are being used (driver is an independent, i didn't know the employee already called (he just mentioned it before though and thé driver himself had already told us to work for the accomodation)... We decided to pay the travel agency price anyways but it ruined a part of our day and the good feeling we had about the place. There is no possibility to pay with credit Card so Bring lots of cash
Pros: Everything was perfect. Staff is amazingly helpful and attentive to guests, Tthe owner can arrange everything for you,the food simply delicious and healthy. All in all one of the most memorable stays ever.
Pros: I travel a lot and this is one of the most amazing hotels that I have stayed. The 2.0 in the name stands, like in software for Version 2. Here it is because of the fact that the previous version was destroyed by the last eruption and it was rebuilt on the fresh lava, which is still providing warm floors. The hotel is in the caldera of the volcano that I believe is the reason why the island is there in the first place. Arrange transfers in advance as the hotel is very remote and both airport and port serve on connection per day. If you don't speak the language it may be difficult to negotiate with the drivers. It takes some 1 hour to get to the hotel but even the trip is amazing. You immediately feel at home after your checkin with Mustafa, the owner and if you haven't done yet, you can discuss your entertainment, which is mostly a visit to the Volcano with the help of a local guide. It is not for the fainthearted but an incredible experience. Take shoes that are on a final voyage.... The hotel also will let you appreciate the efforts that are required to live in the Caldera, there is no municipal watersupply, no electricity and only a mobile phone network that provides for internet. (Get a free simcard on arrival at the airport and put 5GB of data on it for 10 Euro's) As a result, everything is off grid and you realise how precious water is.
When you stay at Pensao Casa José Doce in Sao Filipe, you'll be in a regional park and 6.8 mi (10.9 km) from Fogo National Park. A shuttle from the airport to the hotel is provided for a surcharge (available 24 hours), and free self parking is available onsite.
Pros: -Location -it was clean
Cons: -Food really expensive compared to other places in cha das caldeiras (and not better or more abundant) -perfect place for French speaking people, for portuguese/english/any other language not that good since the owners clearly prefer to speak just French.
Pros: He was super friendly, anything you ask he do it for you. Was easy to organise things with him. For example the transfer and a guide for hiking the vulcano, he fixed everything. The location was amazing. The room was good but simple, lovely warm shower and it was clean.
Cons: Not a big deal but seems like he was not very confident with speaking english, when there was french people around he only spoke french with them and we didnt understand anything. So if you wanna visit this place learn frence haha.
Pros: Location was great. Plenty of toilets and showers (Only one hot shower apparently but I have no problem taking a cold shower), unique building. Guide and taxis easily organised. Jose was friendly enough with us.
Cons: Trying to put us in a cheap double room when I had booked a twin (had the booking.com reservation for proof), then making it sound like he was doing us a favour by putting us in a twin, and then asking for a good review because of it. Food and drinks very overpriced. Squeaky bed (I move a lot in my sleep). Overall more expensive than expected.
Pros: Staying at José Doce's is an EXPERIENCE on its own, not only because of the location - in the Portela village in the caldera, but set aside from the "centre", reached by a 5 min walk - but for the people running it. José and Carole are amazing, truly good people with whom you feel at home - it is their home, after all!. They go the extra mile to recommend what to do and how, solve problems you may have (and we did, both logistics and health), and make you feel great. The place is simple, comfort is basic, but then, this is as much as the conditions in Cha das Caldeiras can offer, and a big part of the charm. Jose built most of the house himself, and continues to expand it. Plus, this was one of the few houses not engulfed by the lava in 2014. José and Carole can arrange excursions (we did to Pico and to one of the lava tubes), car rental and all meals in the pensao (which is convenient); the latter are not very varied, but are tasty and nutritious, and prepared with love. Carole speaks English and French, José speaks Portuguese and French - but we talked in Spanish and it worked out well :)
Cons: Nothing? Make sure you understand this is no "common" accommodation for European standards tough. If you want to experience Cha das Caldeiras, make sure to stay 3-4 nights here, with no wifi, no noise, only you, the volcano and very nice people.
Pros: Located just at the footsteps of the vulcano, clean and at a very good price. José & staff very kind and helpful, they made me feel at home away from home! I enjoyed the Cape Verde dance lessons we got in the evening, that was fun!
Pros: The house and the architecture The simplicity The terraces The niceness of Jose
Cons: Warn Jose at least half day before if you dont want to eat at the pension Without booking when you arrive double check if there are some rooms Be ready to dance the typical capo verde music ! Miss a bedside lamp and some facilities to put the clothes
You'll be centrally located in Sao Filipe with a stay at The Colonial Guest House, and 4 minutes by foot from Church Our Lady of Conception. Featured amenities include multilingual staff, luggage storage, and laundry facilities. Guests may use a roundtrip airport shuttle for a surcharge, and free self parking is available onsite.
Pros: Colonial atmosphere, breakfast
Cons: Noise of AC of neighbours an of swimming pool cleaning in the night and early morning, dirty floors. No fridge (you mayexpect this for this prize), no possibility to get fresh air in the night without leaving your door open. Very expensive glas of wine compared to all other locations
Pros: Beautiful place right in the center of São Filipe. Old colonial house perfectly restored with a lot of fine details and decorations. I enjoyed very much a small romantic patio that took part of my room. The swimming pool area is also great to relax. Excellent location with cafe/ restaurant and travel agency in the zero floor. Fully recommended!
Pros: Nice spot, the room was really cute, I loved the terrace at the first floor.
Cons: The room at the ground floor is slightly noisy.
Pros: Amazing location and structure. Great pool. Cozy and comfortable rooms. Staff nice and kind.
Pros: This is a lovely old colonial building, located right in the heart of the town. Staff were lovely, and check-in was a breeze. We had a sea facing room with a small balcony, which was nice to look out towards the island of Brava. Breakfast was one of the better ones we've had in our travels around Cape Verde, set in a lovely open courtyard right next to the guesthouse, with very attentive staff. The swimming pool and attached seating area was an unexpected bonus, as was the free shuttle to the nearby airport!
Cons: Despite advertising air conditioning in the room, our room only had a fan, making for a rather hot night. Also, the bathroom for our particular room, while private to us, was located in a separate area of the building. For this reason alone I wouldn't be able to stay more than a couple nights here as I am just too used to an ensuite.
Pros: Carefully restored colonial mansion, tastefully decorated, very comfortable beds. Very nice and helpful restaurant staff, various languages spoken.
Pros: An Unique place. This is an old Colonial House converted into an amazing Boutique hotel with charming and confortable beds. The original shape of the building was kept and plus with an amazing antique decor. The Pool is also very good and well located in the House.
Pros: The building is a sobrado from the 1880's and has some atmosphere. Situated in the middle of old San Felipe, it is convenient for shops, restaurants, markets and transport.
Cons: We had high expectations, based on the description and booked a room with balcony for nearly two weeks. On arrival we were put hurriedly into a room at the back, upper level without balcony, windows frosted and directly facing a noisy street – no view at all! The rooms at the back are noisy, with vehicle fumes and dingy (see photo). By the time we had ascertained the situation the manager had left for the evening. Next morning, after a very bad night, we met the manager and she admitted that the hotel was overbooked. Rather than spend another night in “Room 6 dungeon”, we were put in a local hotel (Bellevue) with a small room, much cheaper than Colonial, but very clean (and quiet) with a nice simple breakfast. On the third night we could finally claim the room we had booked. Hence the first two days of our stayed were ruined. We noticed that other guests also appeared to be suffering similar fate. Whilst the building has character (ignoring the large self-advertising posters which detract from the appearance), the colonial style has been poorly maintained in the rooms and the electric fittings are inept – with electric cables pinned carelessly into the door-frames and across the ceiling. The notices about not bringing own food into the hotel and cafe (Fogo Lounge) and, in particular, about not putting feet on the seats, are insulting and do not match the typical educated independent traveller clientele. The buffet breakfast was not very appetizing, prepared in an open kitchen with large numbers of flies and some ants (much more so than at other nearby restaurants). If not arriving soon after breakfast started, the warm food would be almost cold. There was no orange juice on offer and for several days no black tea bags (we ended up “smuggling” in our own tea bags). We did order omelette once or twice but the request was rather unwillingly accepted. The 3% surcharge for credit card payment should be made clear in the booking.com conditions.
Located in São Filipe in the Fogo region, Residencial Girassol, Lda provides accommodation with free WiFi and free private parking. Guests at the bed and breakfast can enjoy a continental breakfast. Residencial Girassol, Lda offers a terrace. A car rental service is available at the accommodation.
Pros: Good Bed
Cons: Sometimes the surroundings can be a bit noisy
Pros: Nice clean rooms. Friendly hospitality and perfect organisation of a trip to the Vulcano.
Pros: After our climb of Pico do Fogo we really appreciated the shower at Girassol. We also enjoyed the wall thru town to Tropical restaurant for wonderful dinner.
Cons: We liked everything.
Pros: We loved the tasty breakfasts, super hot showers, new mattress, fresh air and balcony. We did not mind the 5 minute walk down to restaurants. The owner, Enriqueta, called a competent taxi driver for us to take a round the island tour, and also to go to Cha da Caldeira.
You'll be centrally located in Sao Filipe with a stay at Hotel & Restaurante Ocean View Seafood, and 1 minutes by foot from Church Our Lady of Conception. Featured amenities include express check-in, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a 24-hour front desk. Event facilities at this hotel consist of a conference center and a meeting room. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available 24 hours), and free self parking is available onsite.
Pros: The best place to stay in Sao Felipe! Staff amazing and utmost helpful! Breakfast absolutely fresh and delicious
Pros: Reception staff was very helpful. Breakfast was really cool and best view from Hotel restaurant ever :)
Cons: bad wi-fi connection. Room comfort was average
Pros: Thé food of the restaurant is good!
Cons: Do not rent the car of the hôtel. It is not maintained and bring you into story with the 'manager'. The pool is not working too.
Pros: The location is very good. The hotel is very close to the beach and town centre. The room was big enough and clean. It had everything I needed and also a balcony which is a big plus. The bed was comfy. WiFi worked well. The breakfast was very good and tasty. The staff are very kind and friendly. The receptionist also speaks good English. Their airport shuttle service is reliable and not expensive.
Pros: Well situated and convenient place for a few days in Sao Felipe, Fogo
Cons: Room comfort could be improved
Pros: Very nice hotel and staff very friendly and helpful. Good food. Fantastic view of the ocean
Pros: Beautiful view & good food
Pros: Great service, great location, the food was delicious and we had a great time! We will be back again!!
Set in São Filipe, Casa Beiramar features a restaurant, terrace and free WiFi throughout the property. The guest house has family rooms. Guests at the guest house can enjoy a continental breakfast.
Pros: Great location and laid back atmosphere. Helpful hosts that can organize a stay in Caldeiras.
Pros: Location, building
Cons: Impractical interior design, dark rooms
Pros: It has a wonderful location. Mustafa was really kind and helped me arrange a trip to their other BnB, Casa Marisa II, at Cha das Caldeiras, which is incredibly gorgeous with flowers all around. Very good breakfasts.
Cons: I chose a garden view room which was not nearly as nice as the rooms with verandas. Really it was my problem for not booking in time. The garden view room has a private bathroom but it was very hot and I had a problem with the key. Very frustrating.
Cons: Exposed wiring, no window in room , poor WiFi
Pros: The view of Brava, from our balcony, on a clear day was beautiful. The fresh bread, from the bakery just around the corner, was very good.
Cons: Broken & rickety chairs. Tatty bed sheets & lights not working. Very expensive & just not value for money.
Pros: Very nice gently renovated sobrado right in front of the main church in the historical center of Sao Filipe. The single room does not have a sea view but I felt comfy there in the courtyard. The room has a private toilet and bathroom with hot water. Nice breakfast with delicious coffee. I also recommend to try the local bottled water Água do Fogo - the best taste so far in Cape Verde.
Pros: Camila, the employee is very nice.
Cons: The hotel is located in a beautiful house with a nice patio, close to the sea, however, it is very badly kept, no attention to details, seems abandoned. Could be a really nice place with better management.
With a stay at Gira Lua in Mosteiros, you'll be 13.9 mi (22.4 km) from Salina Beach and 24.1 mi (38.7 km) from Fogo National Park. Featured amenities include a 24-hour front desk and laundry facilities. Guests may use a roundtrip airport shuttle for a surcharge, and free self parking is available onsite.
When you stay at Hotel Xaguate in Sao Filipe, you'll be 11 minutes by foot from Church Our Lady of Conception. Featured amenities include luggage storage and laundry facilities. Free self parking is available onsite.
Pros: The hotel has seen better days and would need renovating but not devoid of some quaint charm, especially the bar and the pool. Definitely worth a visit.
Cons: The staff should have more command of foreign languages.
Pros: The pool area was great, and good air condition. was inconvenient not having a restaurant which was open at least during the evenings, and then the bar with some food was even closed on the Sunday.?
Cons: The WiFi did not work at all in my room, and I needed it for my work purposes there.?
Pros: Pool has a great location / view
Cons: - Staff was not particularly flexible in trying to arrange a cab for us to go to Cha das Caldeiras (base of the volcano) - room is a bit small
When you stay at Pensão Ngozi Nova Cidade in Sao Filipe, you'll be near the beach and 12 minutes by foot from Church Our Lady of Conception. Featured amenities include a business center, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a 24-hour front desk. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available 24 hours), and free self parking is available onsite.
When you stay at De Prince Pensao in Sao Filipe, you'll be near the beach and 8 minutes by foot from Church Our Lady of Conception. Featured amenities include dry cleaning/laundry services, a 24-hour front desk, and luggage storage. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available 24 hours), and free self parking is available onsite.