Went to the Royal Decameron back in May for 10 days and enjoyed the holiday so much we went again in early October for 2 weeks. This was the first time I have returned to the same hotel and it didn't disappoint. The staff recognised us and made us feel really welcome. Yes we did have a couple of issues with the rooms, eg air con not working, but any problems were always fixed quickly. The food was lovely and I was always eating too much - but then that's the point of AI! Deon was great again, catching up with a good friend, the hotel will be sad to see her head off to her new hotel in Maderia next year. The animation teams, particularly Blue, were pleased to see us back, and actually participating in the activities this time! Juan Carlos and Andrea stole the shows in the evenings with amazing routines and costumes. My travel buddy is off doing her own hols next Easter so I may go back again on my own just for a quick break in the sun and do some whale watching which I missed last time round!More
Relaxed & chilled out
Weâve recently returned from a very nice relaxing holiday at the Royal De Cameron, The trip to the hotel is only a short hop virtually across the road to the hotel â on arrival we were met with a nice cool drink whilst our bags were taken care of and delivered to our room shortly after, we paid the tourist tax of â¬20 each and for security we took the option of a safe which was an additional â¬20 â This was literally the only money we spent as everything on the complex was totally inclusive incl cocktails, coffees, cold drinks and all the food including the two specialised restaurants â one Italian and one Cape Verdian.
Wi-Fi is an additional â¬7 per hour if you are keen to hog your computer/ phone whilst on holiday.
The complex is very good with two main pools, one quiet pool and one with a few more activities going on, the hotel rooms are very spacious with two double sized beds a mini fridge, air conditioning and a good sized bathroom all with a good sized balcony. If you visit you will notice people constantly cleaning up â your room is cleaned daily and you have the added option of also taking large towels for the pool and beach.
We couldnât fault the food available and there was always something to suit our appetite including some delicious deserts, the hotel also had specialised evenings with nice displays on a fish table, a cheese table etc.
Most of the staff donât speak much English but do try to accommodate you â but please donât worry as the staff you deal with (reception, bar) speak very good English; the staff were always friendly and very helpful.
You will find the usual holiday bind of fighting for sunbeds in the morning - but the beach which is exceptional is always a nice alternative (be it a little breezy)
We visited the main town Sal Rei (â¬10 each way by taxi)â but unfortunately thereâs not too much there, which is really sad as the local people are so nice and friendly â if you overlook the fact they see you as a meal ticket that is.
If we had one complaint â it is that this hotel caters mainly for the French and tends to do almost everything with the French in mind, others may disagree but everyone has an opinion.
Overall we would definitely visit this Island again, the resort the people and of course the lovely weather was perfect, we felt sorry for the locals but you can find that anywhere you go, unfortunately the country is very young in tourist terms and has very little history to show â however it does try hard to leave an impression and you can only praise them for that, I can see this country improving and its infrastructure only getting better â which just might spoil it.More
Northy_9, Manchester, UK
Good place with excellent staff
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
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