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Hotel Pousada Monte Cara Hotel 4 star
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SAO VICENTE - CP 534 Cabo Verde Mindelo, Cape Verde -
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This charming little guest house with its warm welcome and well-designed decor is located in a quiet part of Mindelo, making it perfect for those who want to take it easy and keep the hustle and bustle of the city centre at arm's length.

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      Pousada Monte Cara   -   © Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE

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      Pousada Monte Cara   -   © Carlos Rodrigues / EASYVOYAGE

       
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    Location 3.0 /10

    The Pousada Monte Cara is located near to Mindelo town centre and São Vicente airport, which are 5 and 10 minutes away by taxi, respectively.

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    Built over two floors, the Pousada Monte Cara has 2 rooms and an apartment on the first floor and 8 rooms and a suite on the second. The 10 rooms in the first category are bright, clean and ideal for relaxing thanks to their high level of comfort. Each has its very own style. Therefore, you are just as likely to find yourself transported into an African setting as to enter a room with a more Asian feel to it. Both styles are very attractive, and you will be hard pressed to choose one over the other. The African style, for example, consists of bright colours, yellows and blues, and very original lamps shaped like plants and animals. The finishing touch is provided by the masks, which are found in many parts of Cape Verde. The decor takes nothing away from the comforts though, as all the rooms have a flat screen television, a balcony, a WiFi connection and a brand new bathroom.

    Overview 7.20 /10

    On arrival at Pousada Monte Cara, you will be plunged into the world of this charming guest house and you will almost feel cut off from the rest of the world and forget where you are. Maria, the owner and manager of the property, quickly makes you feel at home and the immaculate and attractive decor contributes to the warm and friendly atmosphere of the place. Everything has its place, nothing is left to chance, which creates a cosy, harmonious setting from the moment you cross the threshold. Potted plants are dotted throughout the hotel, the furniture and decorative features are nothing less than sophisticated, and the Cape Verdean music only adds to the lightness of this intimate and welcoming place. All this makes you want to enjoy and share your experiences of your time here, preferably with a friend or your partner. Although the establishment is not excessively large (unsurprisingly, given that it is a guest house), you soon notice that every room has been tastefully decorated, and the addition of small details mean that each one is ultimately unique. This same particular style and attention to detail can also be seen in the bedrooms, which are all different. Some draw on African influences, while others lean more towards Asia. It is just a pity that the two private houses - built after the Pousada Monte Cara - get in the way of the view. However, you will soon forget about them because all you will want to do is make the most of this haven of peace and relaxation.

    Food and drink 7.70 /10

    Breakfast is the only meal included in an overnight stay at the Pousada Monte Cara. It is prepared with care and served at your table, either indoors or on the outdoor terrace. It consists of coffee, tea, cereals, toast and various preserves from Santo Antao.

    To know

    During the carnival period, which takes place every year at São Vicente, the Pousada Monte Cara is the hotel of choice if you're looking to relax after a day of festivities.

    The hotel has French-speaking staff and is open all year round, welcoming guests for both business and pleasure.

    The Pousada Monte Cara has a small swimming pool, which was unfortunately closed during our visit due to the two neighbouring buildings under construction. This work should have been completed by now. Although the guest house overlooks the sea, the panoramic view is somewhat obstructed by the presence of two private homes.

    Ask to go up to the terrace, on the second floor. It offers a magnificent view of the countryside and surrounding mountains (including Monte Cara or 'Face Mount', which is impressive on account of the fact that it resembles the profile of a human face) as well as Lazareto, Mindelo and Santo Antao Island.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium

    advantage

    • The warm welcome
    • The peaceful, relaxing setting
    • It is a small hotel with stylish decor

    disadvantages

    • The view obstructed by the two private houses by the swimming pool
    • Only breakfast is included

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    • Overall Score nc/10
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