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Hotel Residencial Beleza Hotel 3 star
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

This small, rather odd-looking guest house is a good bet if you are working to a tight budget. It is well-maintained and reasonably comfortable, despite the basic decor, although its best asset is its Internet cafe, which means you can stay in touch with the outside world without paying through the nose.

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      Residencial Beleza   -   © EASYVOYAGE

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      Residencial Beleza   -   © EASYVOYAGE

       
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    Location 5.19 /10

    The Residencial Beleza's inland location in the town of Mindelo means it is a bit off the beaten track, but it is easy to get to and very close to the town centre.

    Accommodation 6.00 /10

    The Residencial Beleza's 21 guest rooms are divided into 2 main categories, and a tough but crucial choice will have to be made between the comfort of a double bed and the pleasure of a panoramic view over Mindelo bay. The rooms are very clean and welcoming, decorated in an understated manner, and are all more or less nice and bright. All have tiled floors and amenities include a desk, a television, a direct international telephone line, wooden furniture that is slightly rustic but in a good condition, and a refrigerator (empty or stocked, depending on the room). A no-smoking policy operates in all the rooms. The bathrooms are unfortunately less attractive, to the point of being a bit drab, but like the rest of the rooms they are impeccably clean.

    Overview 6.00 /10

    Just going by the façade of the Residencial Beleza, you may well wonder if you have come to the wrong place, but in reality this little guest house, which opened in 2007, is pleasant and bright inside, and could not be more different from the drab, faded external appearance. It is a basic but strangely attractive place, and you'll soon feel at home in spite of the fairly small entrance and reception area. To the right you'll find the aforementioned Internet cafe, which is reasonably-priced and means you do not need to leave the establishment to make a phone call or check your Facebook account at a fair price! The Internet cafe is the main pulling point of the Residencial Beleza, and the rather subdued decor does nothing to counter this. The rooms and the restaurant are reached via a staircase, meaning that this establishment cannot be recommended to older visitors - unless they are very sprightly. After climbing a few steps and scaling a wall (only joking!), you reach the twenty-or-so guest rooms, all of which have been carefully cleaned and are fresh and bright, offering splendid views out across the countryside. The restaurant, surprise, surprise, is on the top floor! Once you get up there, though, enjoying your breakfast overlooking the desert-like mountains, you'll soon remember what a pleasant place this is, and quickly forget the stairs; after all, at the end of the day, you have them to thank for the fine views unfolding in front of you.

    Food and drink 6.70 /10

    There is no restaurant to speak of here, but breakfast is served in a fairly large room on the 4th and final floor. Some tables are set out, but it would not be a bad idea to change the layout to offer the level of intimacy you would expect.The breakfast buffet is presented on a table at the entrance, and consists of coffee, tea, bananas, yoghurts and bread. Both quantity and variety are rather limited, but the room is bright and offers beautiful views across Mindelo. Lunch and dinner are served à la carte on request and it is worth placing your order 2 or 3 hours in advance, if possible. There are a few kinds of meat, fish and Cape Verdean specialities to choose from, such as 'cachupa' (sweet corn, broad beans, fish or meat), 'feijoada' (broad beans cooked with beef), 'guisado' (meat with manioc, apples and bananas) and 'cuscus' (pronounced 'cous-cous') if you prefer something you may be more familiar with.

    To know

    Card payments are not accepted here - you can only pay in cash.

    Unlike other guest houses, the Residencial Beleza has the peculiarity of its own Internet cafe, complete with 2 phone booths and 3 computers, which means you can surf the Internet and make international phone calls at a reduced cost. This is not something to be sniffed at, because making international calls from here on a mobile phone is very expensive, as we found out. The prices charged to use these facilities are more attractive than those usually found in hotels in Cape Verde, with an hour's Internet use charged at ?1.50, and phone calls charged at ?0.10 a minute to landlines and ?0.35 a minute to mobile phones.

    Although the most popular board basis here is the bed and breakfast option, you can also have lunch and/or dinner for an additional charge.

    The hotel is open all year round.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning

    advantage

    • The Internet cafe
    • The panoramic restaurant
    • The cleanliness of the rooms
    • The tranquillity

    disadvantages

    • The rather unattractive façade
    • The simplicity of the lobby
    • Only breakfast is included

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