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Mar de Baixo Ilha de Santiago, Tarrafal, Santiago Cape Verde
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#2 of 15 in Tarrafal
Vista Mar has a sun terrace, a sea view and a restaurant.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Airport transportation
Rooftop terrace
Car park
Bar / lounge
Shuttle bus service
Car hire
Currency exchange
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Sun terrace
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Air conditioning
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, Portuguese


Full view
68Somewhat walkable
Grade: 68 out of 100
13Restaurantswithin 0.5 km
2Attractionswithin 0.5 km
67Reviews3Q+A1Room tip
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oliver-k6 wrote a review Nov 2019
Canton of Zurich, Switzerland903 contributions96 helpful votes
We spent five nights in this hotel and were very satisfied. The hotel is located close to the beach and the city centre. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The room was big, the bed very comfortable and everything very clean. Also the internet connection was very good. They offered free water in the lobby, which was great. We could pay our stay in Euros with the exchange rate you get in the bank, which was very fair. We only have two suggestions for improvement: 1. It's a pity that the breakfast officially starts at 8 a.m. but guest are only served from about 8:15 a.m. There is no buffet and guest are not served all at once but bit by bit. Therefore, the breakfast takes quite a long time, which is no problem if one has no plans for the day. But as we sometimes had booked excursions that started at 8:45 or 9:00 in the morning, we had to eat very fast, which wasn't pleasant. It would therefore be nice if breakfast started earlier and/or guests were served faster. 2. On the second day the cleaning lady threw away our soap and we didn't get a new one the whole week. Furthermore, the cleaning lady threw away the package of my eye drops from the bedside table. It would therefore be nice if the cleaning ladies were better instructed. However, as I said, overall we were very satisfied and would definitely come back.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled
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AxPh wrote a review Jan 2019
Waterloo, Belgium139 contributions38 helpful votes
We couldn't find this place in TripAdvisor. So I presume it's name has changed (cfr. Picture). We really enjoyed the fresh fish and the excellent service. The place is modern and clean. Prices were reasonable compared to what we've seen in Praia. There is a parking right in front and next to two beautiful beaches with on one side the fishermen bringing back their daily catch.
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Date of stay: January 2019Trip type: Travelled
Moorselaar wrote a review Nov 2018
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands142 contributions24 helpful votes
It doesn’t look fancy but the food is excellent. My recommendation is the “ rice fish “. This is so tastefull. You can sit outside or inside. The view is the square which lead to the beach. Service is good.
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Date of stay: November 2018Trip type: Travelled
Jose L wrote a review Sep 2018
17 contributions9 helpful votes
Good location, beside the beach. Spacious and very clean room. Very comfortable bed. Different and excellent breakfast T the terrace facing the sea. Really helpful and friendly staff. Probably, best place to stay at Tarrafal
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Date of stay: September 2018Trip type: Travelled
Brosker wrote a review Jun 2018
Lyndhurst, New Jersey132 contributions130 helpful votes
...in Jaco Beach. Location/accomodations in town can't be better. All are relatively new spacious condo units (10 yrs old?), so more prone to groups/friends than solo travelers. Casino Cocal right in front, which is a plus as always frequented by the local ladies. Gentlemen, stop here and you will not want to leave....promise.
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Date of stay: July 2017
Donrob41 wrote a review Jun 2018
Greater London, United Kingdom165 contributions33 helpful votes
Reception was fantastic - beautiful smile and always helpful. Suite Room was good - shame the barn opposite blocks the view of the beach. The room could do with sound proofing - you hear everything going on outside and the fishermen get up early. Breakfast and roof terrace are excellent. Restaurant was good but selection on offer was severely limited. I had the cachupa - very good.
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Date of stay: June 2018Trip type: Travelled
MrsPiket wrote a review Dec 2017
Rotterdam, The Netherlands2025 contributions460 helpful votes
The Vista Mar hotel offers 12 rooms and has an extended building since a year. The hotel radiates a relaxed atmosphere. Hotel staff applies service in a slightly arrogant style, a sign of full bookings and easy earned money. Our spacious non-smoking room had a large double-bed. The adequately furnished room had a desk & chair, comfy chair, air-condition, flat screen TV, wardrobe, and a separate bathroom with washbasin, toilet & shower. All was clean. Windows can be opened and have mosquitos screen. No coffee & tea making facility in the room. Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet and free parking opposite the property. A bar on the roof top terrace with view of the beach. Breakfast is served with ample variety and good coffee. You also can eat at the garden restaurant. The restaurant is overpriced for what it offers. As a result you will find few guests dining here. Overall we had an OK time. We would recommend Vista Mar to anyone who seeks a good sleep with the beach in front of the door.
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Date of stay: November 2017Trip type: Travelled
Pjotr R wrote a review Nov 2017
Wormerveer, The Netherlands188 contributions16 helpful votes
The hotel is situated near the beach but our "seaview" room had no seaview at all.. (paid more for the view) but the nice evening receptioniste solved the "problem" with her smile (hotel was fully booked so no other room). The restaurant serves a great cachupa and tuna carpaccio (more like a ceviche) and has a waitress that diservess 6 poins on tripadvisor (Anne). Friendly, always a smile and honestly interested in her guests. Best waitress in cabo verde! A shame the restaurant closes at 30/11 (forever or season?)...
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Date of stay: November 2017Trip type: Travelled
Monique N wrote a review Oct 2017
7 contributions2 helpful votes
We loved our stay in Vista Mar. The building is nicely decorated and airy. Our room was small but clean and with all amenities (safe, mini fridge, lcd, air conditioning) and a balcony. Daily cleaning was provided and someone was always at the reception (Tito). Breakfast was yummy and different everyday, we ate it in the beautiful terrace, with nice forniture, music and coffee served to perfection by smiley Daniel. The wi-fi in the breakfast terrace was better than in the room, which was a plus. From Vista Mar you can walk everywhere in Tarrafal, including restaurants, and the beach! Wonderful place to enjoy a relaxed couple of days in Tarrafal.
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Date of stay: October 2017Trip type: Travelled
hadadelanoche wrote a review Oct 2017
London, United Kingdom19 contributions6 helpful votes
Very clean and new hotel, located just 2 min walking distance from the beach. Very helpful star at the reception. The rooms instead of having numbers have woman names, and are provided with everything you might need. The breakfast was huge and the view amazing. Will go back
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Date of stay: October 2017Trip type: Travelled
$63 - $65 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Vista Mar
Which popular attractions are close to Vista Mar?
Nearby attractions include Tarrafal Beach (0.3 km) and Santo Amaro Abade Church (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Vista Mar?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Vista Mar?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a mosquito net.
What food & drink options are available at Vista Mar?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Vista Mar?
Yes, free parking, a parking garage, and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Vista Mar?
Conveniently located restaurants include Alto Mira, Restaurante Maracuja, and Le Buzio.
Does Vista Mar have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Vista Mar offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Vista Mar have airport transportation?
Yes, Vista Mar offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Vista Mar?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese.
Are there any historical sites close to Vista Mar?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Tarrafal camp (2.0 km).
Is Vista Mar accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.