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Solar Windelo

Alto Santo Antonio, Mindelo, Sao Vicente 2110 Cape Verde
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#1 of 14 guest houses in Mindelo
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From our small hotel you will have one of the most beautiful views in town. You will dominate the whole city, from the Porto Grande bay, known as one of the most beautiful in the world, to the Monte Cara, with, facing, the island of Santo Antão.We are offering 3 types of accommodations: - studio flats/efficiencies, - rooms, - suites,in a convivial atmosphere and at very moderate prices.
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Free parking
Free internet
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Paid wifi
Free breakfast
Non-smoking hotel
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Air conditioning
Private balcony
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Harbour View
Languages Spoken
English, French
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acorna wrote a review Dec 2022
Vilnius, Lithuania4465 contributions433 helpful votes
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Note, that the review is based on the economy room on the first floor, hence largely the negatives are connected to that, the rooms on the second floor might not have these problems. The room and bathroom, same as whole hotel are clean, rooms are quite atmospheric. My room had a view into a dark inner court, which was not a problem, I knew that beforehand. The problem was that on the second night there was an onslaught of mosquitoes. Windows were open all the time as there was no AC, only an electric fan and nobody has warned about the mosquitoes, so I had an unpleasant night. And yes, do not forget earplugs, it is noisy there: dogs and music from the neighbourhood. Water in the bathroom was almost OK though it did took time to warm which meant wasting it. Breakfast was OK, especially that it was coupled with a fantastic view from the terrace. Service was fine, though not falling over their heads to be helpful, especially when compared with other places I stayed in Cape Verde. And finally – the location: it is fine, close to the centre, though some walking uphill when coming from downtown. Not good idea to walk later in the evening (was warned by the locals,though not at the hotel). Also note, that there are lots of stairs at the hotel to carry your luggage.
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Date of stay: December 2022
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Response from Sarva Mangalam, Owner at Solar Windelo
Responded 27 Dec 2022
Dear Jurga Motiejunaite, As I already did with the first one you posted on another website, I answer this review. Though I can see you soften your tone a little bit on this second one, which is nice :-) So yes, you stayed in our BUDGET room “Estoico” for two nights early December (30€ for a couple, with private bathroom, breakfast and WiFi included). You did not forget to mention it this time. But, trying to be an objective reader, I really fail to see how being in a room or suite located on the second and third floors (you forgot the top one...) would improve most of the “negatives” (as you called them) you listed. True, these rooms and suites above are larger, better equipped and all but one have view to the bay and air conditioning but, let’s recap: 1- SERVICE: as you may have realized, the B&B is managed by a Cape Verdean family along with local friends. The atmosphere in this team of five is excellent, and usually our guests enjoy a very warm welcome and very helpful service (rated 9.4 out of 10 on average if you take the time to check other websites). Note also that we ALWAYS recommend our guests to take a taxi when coming back from the town center at night (3 to 10 minutes ride depending on the location, 150 escudos--1.40 euros--to 180 escudos--1.65 euros) because, although the insecurity level is very low in Mindelo, especially since most streets (included ours) have public lights and many are equipped with surveillance cameras (as is our B&B), we want to minimize the chance of a bad encounter. It is absolutely IMPOSSIBLE that my staff or myself failed to give you that advice when you checked in, we have been doing this for 16 years now. It is AUTOMATIC. One last remark: you may realize that, unlike computer/smartphone/social media/Internet websites… this connected word that you seem fond of, and probably drives your existence, you have been interacting with HUMANS at our place. With this last category, there is—normally—a bidirectional exchange… for the communication to be smooth and agreeable. 2- MOSQUITOES: We don't warn our guests about mosquitoes because... there is close to ZERO in winter (November to March) in São Vicente... Personally, after 20+ years, the only period of the year when I see—a few of—them is August to mid-October. But well, I take your word, you had to keep your window opened (December nights are usually no so warm, even in Cape Verde) and the ceiling fan (fairly powerful I reckon) was not enough. So an army of mosquitos attacked you that night. What a bad luck! 3- DOGS and MUSIC: It is true, we are located in town, there is—very rarely—music around and sometimes stray dogs barking at night. Maybe earplugs could be a good option for people who have a light sleep. But please, for 1-, 2- and 3- listed above, how would an accommodation located above the first floor improve the situation? Especially when there would be more stairs to climb—what a pain, this walking uphill and all these stairs, all this to enjoy a view! I guess I should now study the possibility to install a cable car coming from downtown and an elevator in the house. What do you think? I wonder if our readers will make sense of your review and follow your advice, which is not to book economy rooms. Because myself, who finds your comments senseless and inaccurate in the context of Mindelo, in Cape Verde, I would suggest they do if their budget does not allow them to reach higher. Looking forward to answer your next review on another website… Amaury de Cazanove Owner
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Alan C wrote a review Oct 2022
Crowthorne, United Kingdom63 contributions75 helpful votes
Spotlessly clean, friendly and helpful staff, wonderful view from the balcony over Mindelo Bay and the town. Simple, but good breakfast. Just note that some rooms do not have air con, so those could be warm during the hot season (check on the website which ones). But I wholeheartedly recommend the Solar Windelo.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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bobjonas wrote a review Feb 2022
Berlin, Germany22 contributions7 helpful votes
The hotel is well located, at 10 minutes from center. The owner speaks french and is very kind and always eager to help. Breakfast also good and perfect to start the day. Best aspect is the view, you just cannot get tired of it.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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oliver-k6 wrote a review Nov 2019
Canton of Zurich, Switzerland941 contributions107 helpful votes
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We spent four nights in Hotel Solar Windelo (room "Suite Vasco"). The hotel is located on a hill and therefore offered a very nice view of the city. The room itself was very spacious and clean. The water pressure in the shower was good. The staff was friendly. Breakfast was simple, but good. The hotel also organized a taxi to the airport for us, which was nice. What can be improved: 1. The internet connection was often bad. I did three speed tests at three different times on three different days (see picture). The download rate varied between 0.87 and 14.1 Mbps and the upload rate between 0.00 and 1.00 Mbps. Therefore, for example a Skype call is hardly possible. 2. The bed was uncomfortable and narrow (according to Google Measures 1.35 m - see picture). If you're not thin and don't want to stick to your partner all night, it gets tight. When one of us moved, the other person woke up. Not as a critique, just as an information: There is neither a refrigerator nor a television in the room. Enjoy the view!;) Additional tourism tax was 220 Escudos per person and night. Overall, we were happy with our choice and can recommend the hotel!
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Amaury-CV, Propriétaire at Solar Windelo
Responded 7 Dec 2019
Dear Guest, Thank you for this very interesting review, which reminds me of a site inspector's report :-) ... and that you copied/pasted in about every websites that could authorize comments on our hotel... except one I think. One of your measurement is definitely wrong: if you had used a simple standard measuring tape (a bit old fashioned maybe?), you would have checked that the mattress itself is 1.40 m wide (standard 140x190cm).... and therefore the bed is much wider than 1.35 m. Now, I personally never heard of Google measure before I read your review, but there seems to be an obvious lack of precision. Also, this mattress is of very good quality, we never received a complain about the bed in this suite before...but still, we are sorry to read that you felt uncomfortable sleeping in it. Now, regarding the Internet connection, I agree it is not be the best, definitely far from most European standards but... have you actually TRIED to use Skype ? Because my wife and myself are using it almost daily when we are there, as well as WhatsApp. True, it is not always the best connection, there are cuts sometimes, but globally... it works. Best computerized regards, Amaury de Cazanove Owner
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GJNOttawa wrote a review Nov 2019
Ottawa38 contributions23 helpful votes
Small hotel that is charming for a short stay on Sao Vicente. We were there for five nights and the staff was great with advice, arranging transport, and suggesting places to eat. The advantage of it is that it's up on the hill so aside from the view, if you make sure you get one of the balcony rooms, you'll get a great breeze. We even had a small fridge just outside the room to keep water and drinks cold. The only downside is Mindelo is full of quasi-feral dogs that live on the street -- if you are a light sleeper, bring earplugs because they are active all night long.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Response from Amaury-CV, Gérant at Solar Windelo
Responded 10 Nov 2019
Dear Guest, Thank you for your kind and accurate review :-) Best regards, Solar Windeo team
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Tony Westenbroek wrote a review Sept 2019
Ottawa, Canada86 contributions63 helpful votes
We stayed on Sao Vicente for 5 days and were very happy to have the Solar Windelo as a home base. The room was quite large. I think we had the room featured in the picture when you search for the hotel. The view of the harbour was great (especially at the end of the day). The staff was wonderful - they helped me when I was a bit under the weather. Everything was spotless.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Response from Amaury-CV, Propriétaire at Solar Windelo
Responded 30 Sept 2019
Dear Guest, Thank you for your nice comment and assessment of our service :-) You were in the suite "Vasco", which indeed is often the room we advertise first. Greetings from the whole Solar Windeo team
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DanO68 wrote a review May 2019
Alexandra, New Zealand658 contributions474 helpful votes
We had a great stay at the Solar Windelo and were really impressed with everything. We got a very warm welcome from Amaury and the staff and he was able to get us lined up with some rental bikes and suggested routes. The guesthouse is located on the side of a hill so there are great views over the city and bay from many of the rooms. It is about a 5min walk down to the city center and restaurants, and about 10min to the ferry terminal. The neighborhood seemed very safe and quiet. The room was relatively big, very clean, bright and airy with a nice ensuite bathroom. We never tired of the view from our room and spent lots of time out on the balcony enjoying it. The bed was a bit small, a double I think, but we still had a peaceful, uninterrupted sleep. We had free Wifi and a good AC unit which kept us cool in the night. Our only minor complaint was that there was no mini-fridge in the room. The guesthouse served a great breakfast which really got us started off right for the day. Overall we had a great stay and would highly recommend it to other travelers looking for a comfortable base in Mindelo.
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Date of stay: May 2019
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Lens1212 wrote a review Apr 2019
Geneva, Switzerland8 contributions1 helpful vote
We spent two nights in Amaury and his staff’s beautiful house. The view from the terrace and the dining room is breathtaking ! The room was spacious and perfectly clean. We enjoyed the breakfast (especially the mango juice and the omelette eggs!). We thank the owner and his wonderful staff for all the precious information about Sao Vincente and even Santo Antao and recommand this place warmly ! Léna & Arnaud 23.04.2019
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Date of stay: April 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Amaury-CV, Propriétaire at Solar Windelo
Responded 24 Apr 2019
Hello Léna, Thank you for your very nice comment. It was a pleasure hosting you guys. All the best, Amaury
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ATbbg wrote a review Feb 2019
London, United Kingdom22 contributions3 helpful votes
We stayed for 2 nights and were very happy. One of the reasons I chose it was for the sunset view and we were not disappointed. The rooms are of a good size, simple, clean, well looked after. Breakfast was good and everyone of the team was helpful, welcoming and friendly. Unlike another review - we didn't hear dogs fighting, nor did we feel unsafe in the area. It's quiet, residential, but close to shops, restaurants and the port, up a slightly steep hill. Perfect. Thanks!
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Date of stay: January 2019
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Response from Amaury-CV, Propriétaire at Solar Windelo
Responded 21 Feb 2019
Dear Guest, Thank you for your very kind comment. Greetings from all the team!
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Maike T wrote a review Nov 2018
Cape Town Central, South Africa17 contributions
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Rooms were simply decorated, but clean and the bed was comfortable. Amaury and his team were very friendly,the breakfast was good - always fresh fruits and they even baked a birthdaycake :). The view over Mindelo and the Harbour is pretty nice and you can walk easily into the city. We would definitely recommend Solar Windelo! Thanks to Amaury and the team, Feli & Maike from Germany.
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Date of stay: November 2018Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Amaury-CV, Propriétaire at Solar Windelo
Responded 25 Nov 2018
Hello Feli, hello Maike, I was nice nice hosting you and your friend, always friendly and smiling :-) Thanks and friendly regards to both of you, Amaury
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£36 - £47 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Cape VerdeSao VicenteMindelo
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Solar Windelo
Which popular attractions are close to Solar Windelo?
Nearby attractions include Mercado municipal mindelo, sao vicente (0.3 miles), Museum Centre Cesaria Evora (NMCE) (0.2 miles), and Jazzy Bird (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Solar Windelo?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, free parking, and free internet access.
What food & drink options are available at Solar Windelo?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Solar Windelo?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Solar Windelo?
Conveniently located restaurants include Taverna, Restaurante Avenida, and Casa Tchicau.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Solar Windelo?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and French.
Does Solar Windelo have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.