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“basic but perfect, great value”
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Hotel Pontao
Ranked #15 of 20 Hotels in Santa Maria
Stockholm, Sweden
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“basic but perfect, great value”
Reviewed 17 January 2014

stayed a week in january with my 5 years old.
this hotel is vary basic but the rooms are extremely clean, fresh and huge.
The beds are clearly two stars and not exactly comfy but neither too bad. linen and towels are changed every day and are fresh and nice.
the pool with a try of jacuzzi is perfect for children and a perfect place to relax.
the breakfast restaurant is very nice and tidy with panorama windows. the food is simple, but a surprising wide range of choices for beeing in Sal where almost everything is imported. They even have a staff members doing scrambled eggs or omelettes by order, a thing I have only experienced in (much) higher rated hotels or places specialized in buffees like in las vegas.
The hotel has wifi in the lobby and pool areas for 2 euros/30 min, overpriced but works wery well.
The staff is professionally friendly and helpful.
the location is good, just a short walk frm the pier (pontado) the marvelaus beach and just surrounded by restaurants. A bank office with a atm accepting most cards is just around the corner.
Would stay here again.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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United Kingdom
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72 reviews
35 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 25 April 2013

Thoroughly enjoyed staying at the hotel. Despite some language barriers with the front desk staff I had no major problems. If you need a taxi you simply go outside the hotel entrance door and wave or wait for one of the many taxis going past. Despite this you don't really need a taxi around town, unless to the airport which is approx euro 10. Beach is within walking distance and so are restaurants and bars. Breakfast was good, fresh fruit options and freshly made to order omelettes if requested.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled solo
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United Kingdom
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45 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2013

I booked this hotel on a flight and hotel rather than a package. The hotel is 5mins from the main street of Santa Maria and the same to the beach.
Great rooms, clean towels daily and an adequate breakfast..with omlette's by request !
The staff very helpful. The other guests were mainly Dutch, Germans and Italians.

Room Tip: I don't think you would have a problem with any of the rooms. Some have a pool view other the ma...
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2012

I stayed at Pontao in April/May 2012 for what i considered to be excellent value. Went to Cape Verde to dive so needed somewhere to sleep and relax. Hotel was in a great location on the edge of town. Everything - beach, dive school, shops, banks, bars and restaurants - was in easy reach. Hotel was clean, staff friendly, breakfast really good and huge room with nice en suite bathroom. Pool area was nice and very quiet - good spot for catching the late afternoon sun. Santa Maria is a party town and is expanding very quickly. Soon this hotel won't be on the edge of town but in it, however there were 2 night spots very close by and neither kept me awake.

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled solo
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Lisboa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2012

It's not a resort hotel like others on the island of Sal, but it doesn't cost the same.
I stayed there 3 nights.
Room was big and very clean.
The pool area and other common areas were clean too.
Breakfast was good.
Staff was quite nice.
Close to the center of Santa Maria and the beach.
The hotel also has a rent-a-car service; be advised the 80km included in the price, might not be enough to visit the island.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Burleson, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2011

I was very dissapointed that i had friends in santa maria i have known for 10 years, i came to visit & the hotel staFF WOULD NOT LET MY FRIENDS IN TO VISIT ME. I FINALLY CHANGED HOTELS as the staff was not accomodating.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled on business
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kent
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 June 2009

Being in our forties, my wife and I have traveled extensively. Having seen the poverty etc. in India, Africa, and Egypt and Tunisia to mention a few, we have never had such an awful holiday. We would rather have stayed again in a tent in the jungles of India than this hotel or Sal. illness was rife amongst our fellow travelers some quite serious but trying to get medical treatment was a joke. Food was terrible and so boring. I understand all water is imported but don't go near anything not bottled, not even for a swim. Service was none existant unless you wanted to buy a property on this, the most boring place on the planet. We spent best part of two weeks playing scrabble drinking what ever the hotel had available at the time and only when we could find some one to serve us. After 10 at night, forget it! Leave the hotel and the story is the same. No culture, no quisine, no local people or traditions, no natural resourses or habitats. Sorry there's a hole in a rock and a disused salt pan. The beach is nice if you dodge the glass, litter and dog dirt, assuming the 'breeze' doesn't knock you off your feet. Two fellow travelers, in their twenties, we met at the hotel paid £220 each to curtail their holiday by three days to fly to Gatwick. They lived in Manchester!! Don't waste your time coming here, there's millions of more interesting, pleasant and exciting places on the planet.

  • Stayed February 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Pontao
Address: Avenida dos, Santa Maria, Ilha do Sal 4111, Cape Verde
Region: Cape Verde > Ilha do Sal > Santa Maria
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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#1 Best Value Hotel in Santa Maria
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Pontao 3*
Number of rooms: 80
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Also Known As:
Pontao Hotel Santa Maria
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