In November we stayed already one week in another hotel in Santa Maria. Over there we decided to travel for a week to other islands and had to find a place to stay in Sal for the last two days before our flight back home. When we walked around in Santa Maria we found the Sal Beach Club, located directly at the beach, with a nice beach bar-restaurant in the center of Santa Maria. We made a reservation for a first floor accommodation with outside terrace and sea view for two nights. They confirmed that to us personally when we were there and also by E-Mail! We were really happy that we found that beautiful place. Not cheap but still affordable.
But one week later when we arrived they told us that there is a problem with the bathroom upstairs and we were presented a room without window, ground floor, between toilet and kitchen of the bar. No windows but some blinds and no chance to close them. It was not possible to sleep before the bar closed late night. Early morning they started their noisy coffee machines etc. and the staff of the Beach Club smoked cigarettes and talked loudly just in front of our room. It was like they where talking and smoking in our bedroom! No chance to stay inside any longer. We were very disappointed.
Moreover just next to the beach club a new building is under construction. That’s also noisy in the morning and afternoon but normally no reason for me to complain about.
After the first short night I noticed that upstairs all rooms are fully booked. There were other guests relaxing on every rooms terrace they have and nothing looked like they have a problem with a bathroom!!
They gave me the invoice with full price and when I asked if they are serious with the price for that poor accommodation the manager told me that they discount already for us. When I double checked the bill exactly I found out that they really spend us a beer and a soft drink. Five euros discount on the total bill. Amazing!
Normally I would not stay a single night in that awful place but we arrived late in the evening and had no energy to find anything else after a long trip from Santo Antao via Sao Vicente to Sal that day. It was just for two nights so we decided to survive also the second night there instead of moving to another place.
The second morning I was welcomed by some cockroaches in our bathroom. Disgusting! The worst place we stayed in Cabo Verde.
After two nights this nightmare was over and we left.
Of course I can not recommend that place but have no better alternative in Santa Maria. The huge resort (club) hotels are not what I like to stay in. The other Bars and Restaurants along the beach seem to have also rooms for rent.
All that glitters is not gold.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sal Beach Club is based in the heart of Santa Maria, right on the beach. We offer three rooms (sleeping 2-6 dependent on room) and a brilliant location overlooking the safest and best beach in Sal. Come and stay with us for a perfect beach front location, easy access to watersports including boarding, kitsurf, surf, fly boarding, fishing, diving... all located from Sal Beach Club. Join us and make use of our bar and restaurant offering the best local and English dishes. Homemade in our kitchens the fish fresh from the pier. A must during your holiday. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sal Beach Club Cape Verde/Santa Maria, Ilha Do Sal