Boa Vista island is beautiful place which makes you feel great immediately after landing. The hotel is just 10 - 15 min. drive from the airport. The reception team is perfect and all of them speaks english (which is not the standard in Boa Vista at all). The room we had was a bit far from the lobby, but with great view of the ocean. It was 2 bed "apartment" with very basic equipment (minibar, flat TV with only 4 french channels, small kitchenette) and two balcony (not the european 4 stars standards). The resort is all inclusive with good variety also for vegetarians. The biggest plus is the staff of the restaurant and reception (animation team are great dancers, but to be honest, If you are not the dancing fan, you will get bored after two shows). You can ask at the reception (locals knows it best :)) for the information about the island or taxi to the Sal Rei ("capital city"). It was definitely great week escape from the reality :).More
This was our third visit to the Royal Decameron as we were pleased with it in the past but we were really disappointed on this visit. Our room was at the side of the quiet pool, a good location but small room. The rooms desperately needs a lick of paint and a good deep clean. As mentioned on other reviews there is a definite lack of sun beds. To get one round the pools you need to be up by 7. The beach is not much better, all sunbeds reserved early. On the beach there are at least a dozen sun umbrellas without beds.Why?
Food was ok, just ok. It's self service and caters for all tastes but can be repetitive.
Entertainment is strange. There is dancing outside till 8pm. Then dinner. Then "showtime" at 9.30, which is always dancing. This lasts till 10pm, then nothing. Unless you want a disco that opens at 11.
The service at the bar is poor. One member of staff serving drinks for the numbers is ridiculous.
Most of the staff can be described as unwelcoming and less than cheerful. I gave up saying good morning, thankyou etc in their language and getting no response whatsoever that I gave up trying.
The clientele in the hotel is now predominantly French speaking and the hotel favours their needs beyond others.
The weather was fantastic and if we return to Cape Verde it would be only for the climate not for the quality of the hotels (We have been to others). Pity.More
The Hotel from Hello
We have just returned from a two week holiday in Cape Verde. This was our 5th visit and we though that we would try the Royal Decameron Hotel for a change before finally deciding which hotel we would stay at in the future. It will certainly not be the Royal Decameron. If you want to stay at a hotel that is worse than the basic Butlins apartment then go ahead but as this is not what we were expecting you can imagine our horror when shown to our room to find that it was a self catering apartment of the very basic kind. The whole apartment smelt terrible. The bathroom was basic with a very large crack in the bath which had been repaired with a pile of sealer, there was mould on the tiles, the shower did not stay on the wall when turned on and the light did not work. The storage in the bedrom consisted of a single wardrobe with no drawers whatsoever (apparently there were no drawers in the whole of the hotel). The lounge area consisted of a sink, cooker rings, the fridge was dumped on the worktop and there was also a microwave. The was no what we had booked and was nothing like the drescription in the brochure or pictures.
The pool area looked absolutely stunning with the views of the beach and sea. Unfortunately the tiles lifted as you walked over them, there were not enough sunbeds and both ends of the pool and I might add the childrens pool were covered in what appeared to be clean axle grease but was in fact sun tan oil etc.
The restaurant buffet was not large enough for the amount of people staying in the hotel, the food tureens were not filled regularly, the selection was poor and the staff were unhelpful and sullen to the point of rudeness.
The main bar was manned by one barman and the size of drinks were ridiculous.
Needless to say we asked to be transfered out of this hotel from hell and returned to the Rui Touareg which I might add is excellent for the rest of the holiday.More
A Beautiful Relaxing Holiday
The Royal Decameron Hotel in Boa Vista, Cape Verde is a wonderful hotel to have a really relaxing holiday. Based on the beach, it is the paradise we all dream of when looking though those holiday brochures.
The Hotel is well run, by the General Manager, Pedro and the Thompson Rep, Dion is terrific asset with her local knowledge and friendly, caring attitude.
The rooms are clean and well serviced on a daily basis and the whole site is kept clean and fresh throughout the day.
The restaurants are excellent and the food choice is brilliant. I defy anyone to not find something to eat at breakfast or evening meal time.
The staff, although friendly are a little 'morose' and need to smile and interact a bit more. That said the reception staff are brilliant and this is not a criticism or a problem unique to this hotel.
The only criticism i will give is the lack of Sun Loungers available for all guests. Despite being continually told there were sufficient - there clearly are not! This is demonstrated, by the number of loungers, pilfered at one time or another from the neighbouring hotel on the beach.
The animation teams can be a little annoying, but this is their role and being a hotel that was predominantly occupied by French people at the time we were there, they do not bother you too much.
All in all Cape Verde is a relatively new destination and will i am sure soon catch up with the rest of the more popular destinations. At this time it is a quiet, idyllic destination for a guaranteed relaxing holiday.
One thing that was a little disappointing was the lack of Internet Service. You can pay for it, but it can be expensive and very sporadic, working only in reception. I am sure in time to come this will be sorted.
Well done to everyone working at the Royal Decameron, keep up the good workMore
steve j, wales, uk
Stayed at Royal decameron sept 2014. First impressions of accommodation not brilliant but bearing in mind we are in a relatively poor country it is palatial compared to how locals live. Needs a lick of paint, swimming pool refurbished and bathrooms in the apartments updated. Gym facilities limited but 6 spin cycles available so plenty of scope for cardiovascular training. Not airconditioned in gym so early morning best. Entertainment really good particularly enjoyed trying the archery. Food excellent better than neighbouring karamboa which we stayed in previously. Francesca super head chef who even cooked me some of the fish I caught off the beach, tasted superb. Beach was amazing beautiful quiet street of white sand. Sun loungers get them early else you struggle to get one at the pool. Not quite enough loungers on the beach but plenty of lounger cushions that with a towel on them are more than adequate. Fishing off the beach awesome!!! Took my own gear and caught loads. To the alarm of some bathers mainly small sharks, reef sharks, baby hammerheads and lemons. During day prawn and squid on the hook, night time fish baits for bigger prey. Anyone wanting info on beach fishing there message me on here. Trips did quads with quad zone. Expensive and not very adventurous. My 20 yr old son got told off for speeding (god knows how cos we were in Convoy) and threatened with having keys confiscated and abandoned on a beach 30km from the hotel. Bit unprofessional, they are very poor guides arrogant and rude. Would recommend paying deposit and taking one yourself. Catamaran trip good fun and nice bbq on the island. 4x4 day trip interesting and worth doing but can get a bit physically tiring towards end of day. Really enjoyed it though. Thomson rep was superb. Deon is the most helpful nicest rep we have had over the years while travelling with thomsons. Nothing was too much trouble for her and any problems we had, she sorted straight away. Thankyou so much deon for making our holiday special. Lastly a mention for tanko one of the waiters who looked after us in the restaurant. A great guy who arranged an impromptu birthday celebration for my son. Top guy who is a credit to the decameron. In summary stunning beach, great food, accommodation just needs bit of tidying up. Staff are great and work tirelessly to serve and entertain you. We enjoyed it Thankyou decameron :-)More
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