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“Unique location - little privacy”
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Seixal, Madeira, Madeira Islands

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Very good - based on 19 reviews
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Anders B
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Unique location - little privacy”
Reviewed 31 December 2017 for a stay in December 2017

We had 4 nice days in Seixal - and the service was great. The dock house is a charming and different place. We had not read the material too well, so it was a surprise to us that the whole house is one big room - the bedrooms having one open side to the downstairs room. We're sensitive sleepers, so we took an ekstra room at the nearby and inexpensive hotel. Situated on the dock, the house offers a fantastic opportunity to be living with and by the see. A drawback to this is that the dock is a public place day and night, which at two occasions meant interrupted sleep. The equipment is functional and Seixal offers a nice walk: Caminho do Chão da Ribeira and free natural pools. But the major attraction is the sea.

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Management Response
28 Feb 2018
Thank you so much! Hope to see you soon! Best regards, Joana
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Kathleen...
Victoria, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
251 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
“Not For Us”
Reviewed 12 October 2017 for a stay in October 2017

By the time we arrived here we had travelled a lot, had colds and were in need of rest and relaxation, so that my colour my review.

I should have paid much more attention to a review posted here on TA in January 2017 saying that this would be a good spot for adventurous travellers, not for a relaxing get-away. We had booked three nights but left after one. We were very put off by tourists actually walking right into the house! Not relaxing and didn't make us feel safe and secure in any way.

The one double bed upstairs is NOT big enough for two nearly 6-feet tall people. My husband took that bed and I "slept" in a tiny very uncomfortable old, sagging single. When I moved the bed away from the wall to plug in a reading lamp, the floor was filthy. The bathroom in between the two buildings smelled "funky."

The kitchen and living area downstairs are dated but serviceable.

The owner, Joana is very, very kind and responsive. Her friend and property manager who checked us in was also very nice. There is a book in the apartment outlining nearby attractions. This place just simply was not for us. If you're okay "roughing it" a bit, and not really having any privacy, then this is for you. The location right on the protected ocean pools is gorgeous.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
18 Oct 2017
Thank you for your review Kathleen! I'm sorry that it wasn't a fit.
We have, actually, the standard Portuguese bed, since we kept the traditional furniture(180cm).
We never had this kind of complaint before, however we will see that this never happens again. Hygiene is something we take very seriously, and If there was in fact any problem with hygiene we would have appreciated if you had informed us immediately so we could understand what happened with our housekeeper and send her right away to take care of it.
Kind regards, Joana
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DrakeBaer
Princeton, New Jersey
Level 6 Contributor
115 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“We loved it, but it would be problematic for most people.”
Reviewed 14 January 2017 for a stay in June 2016
3
people found this review helpful

Mostly great, but here's the bad part first: This house is on a very public pier, and all of the pier around it, right up to the walls of the house, is public. There are no signs suggesting it's a private residence (because of ordinances that prohibit this); it looks like a bar or other tourist spot; and, as another reviewer noted, between 10 AM and 7 PM tourists will come right into the house if the doors are open and open them up if they are closed. In addition, the quality of the furnishings and kitchen are shabby... not terrible or unusable, but in need of updating. Finally, on the down side, both 2nd-floor bedrooms are open to the common area (not a problem for us), and the closures on the doors are very basic. The front doors would be very easy to pry open if a criminal wanted to get in. (Fortunately, there seems to be no crime in Seixal, but this would be an issue for someone who cares more about security than we -- two men -- do.) Now the good, which is extraordinary: The windows open directly onto the water, and the sound of the waves lapping on the shore right beneath your window is incredible, as is the fantastic -- not merely good, but fantastic -- view from the two upstairs windows. The house has a feeling of charming, rustic, historical authenticity that simply can't be beat, including the raw stone walls. It's on a wonderful beach that wasn't overly crowded in early June, and the pier attracts tourists from throughout Western Europe. So if you're socially minded and don't mind politely explaining that it's a private house over and over throughout the day, you'll have contact with lots of good people. Everyone we encountered during our two weeks there was understanding and polite. Best of all is Ernesto, the manager of the bar/cafe/restaurant across the small volcanic pool from the house (a 3-minute walk). If you patronize his establishment, tip generously and make a rapport with him, he'll take you out ocean fishing on his canoe, give you a canoe tour of the extraordinary secluded coves and cave nearby, make you extraordinary meals of fresh fish he caught that day and regale you with stories of growing up in Seixal that explain why -- despite all the hardship -- staying there makes him and the other residents so contented. The rugged, artful town is fantastic. I've recommended the Dock House to all our friends, and we look forward to returning some day. It's ideal for a certain kind of adventure traveler though not for someone looking for a relaxing private getaway.

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Reviewed 27 November 2016 for a stay in November 2016

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Management Response
28 Nov 2016
Thank you Dimitar! I hope you come back!
Best regards,
Joana
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Jcsf19
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Brilliant”
Reviewed 21 January 2015 for a stay in January 2015
1
person found this review helpful

Five stars place!!!!!! Have to come back again and again! Excellent view, accommodations and space. It's the perfect place to have some good time with friends.

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Management Response
28 Nov 2016
Thank you! We enjoy sharing our magic place with people that undestand how special it is!
I hope to see you soon.
Kind regards,
Joana
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Sugarland...
New York City, New York
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Amazing place!!!”
Reviewed 3 December 2014 for a stay in September 2014
2
people found this review helpful

Joana was an awesome host, she communicated in a timely manner, answered all our questions, recommended restaurants and places to check out, and accommodated us in terms of where to meet and drop off house keys. Her house in Madeira is AMAZING! It has that charming appeal, very quiet. The back of the house has a natural pool, and the front side has little port and a little secluded beach. It was one of the highlight of our trip! You'll have a good view of the mountain and the ocean, sleep with the sound of the waves and the breeze and since we dined outdoor, we had a perfect ocean front view for dinner and breakfast! Definitely recommending this house to all my friends and family going to Madeira!!

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Liked best: the location and view!!!
Liked least: nothing!
Travelling group: Friends
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Management Response
28 Nov 2016
Thank you so much! We enjoy sharing our magic place with people that undestand how special its conection with nature!
I hope to see you soon.
Kind regards,
Joana
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Bárbara C
Funchal, Portugal
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“North Coast Paradise”
Reviewed 1 October 2014 for a stay in January 2014
1
person found this review helpful

I've had the pleasure of staying at Casa do Cais for several times now, and every time I rest my mind at this paradisiac dock I get the feeling I'm rejuvenating in every sense possible. The 360º view is breathtaking and it can't really be put to words... plus, it's accompanied with a relaxing sea sound that thankfully never fades, even after you've left the place!
Not only is this a fantastic place to gather with some friends, since it has all the space and equipment to do so, as it can also be an utterly romantic place to just retreat with your lover.
Although there are countless natural atractions in the area, I never really felt the urge to go far from the house. I guess its magnetic peacefulness holds me down tight. :)

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