I visited the Royal Decameron from 11th - 18th July 2014 with my two friends.
Right, lets get the worst our of the way first; the WiFi. Now, I by no means go on holiday just to sit on the internet, but as we have the Viber app, I had told my family/boyfriend to get this app and I would contact them through that to let them know I was okay (my mom is a worrier!) We bought 1/2 hour WiFi when we got there (you have to use this all at once) to contact home and let them know we had arrived safely. The next day we bought 1 hour Wifi, this can be used throughout your stay. I used 2 minutes of it and then logged out to save it, the WiFi never worked again after this. This wouldn't have been a problem if the hotel had just been straight with us, however. We were out on tours to places that had WiFi so we could have used it there, but we kept being told my the hotel 'this afternoon it will work' 'tomorrow' 'this evening' until we had to ask for our money back. Only then did the Reception Staff think to turn the WiFi off and back on again, which didn't work anyway. In the end, they subtracted the cost of the WiFi from our room phone bill which we had to use to contact home in the end.
ANYWAY, that was the only bad thing :) you are greeted upon arrival with cocktails as you check in, guided to your room (the balcony door was open when we got to our room, letting in a huge cockroach, but this was dealt with by staff) and your suitcases are brought to you afterwards.
There was three of us so our room had one bedroom with two beds and a separate living room with a fold out bed (already sorted for you on arrival)
The room was cleaned daily, in fact the hotel was immaculate which really surprised me for a supposed 3 star - I thought we'd find something a little dirty but obviously glad we didn't!
The pillows are literally the best I have ever slept on, I wish I could have smuggled one home with me! So comfortable! All rooms face the sea so you'd be really unlucky if you didn't have a sea view! We requested a first floor room and had a beautiful view of the sunset each evening.
But by far the best thing about this hotel was the food, I by no means expected this kind of quality food from a supposed 3 star! Every morning/afternoon/evening was different (bar the pizza bar always there!). Breakfast was especially impressive I thought, pancake station and omelette station where beautiful fresh food was cooked in front of you. We never experienced any upset tummies from this food, which one of my friends was afraid of. The wine was not to my taste but the cocktails were! Bafana Bafan is the best one, must try!! We must have drank hundreds between us haha :) however, you don't really seem to get drunk so maybe they water down the booze? The service of the bar & restaurant staff was great, they don't seem to hate their job like some of the Reception staff do!
The entertainment team were really nice, they didn't speak much English at all but they really did try to communicate with you and still encouraged you to join in with them, although I didn't! My friends did archery and aqua fit between them :) also got up and danced with them in the evenings lol but that isn't my thing really, and they don't pester you much if you don't want to get up..
Overall a wonderful holiday - wanna go back!
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Decameron Boa Vista Hotel Boa Vista
- Ventaclub Hotel Boa Vista
- Ventaclub Resort Boa Vista
- Royal Horizon Boa Vista Cape Verde