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Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

The hotel VIP Praia is positioned as a business hotel, near the ocean. Unfortunately it does not earned it's four stars fairly. Around the hotel are walking lot's of stray dogs, kids beggars and of course havelly used taxi cars.

1.Room - reality
When we arrived in the room the towels were with black and yellow stains. The curtains were filthy. The toilet and shower "give us the opportunity to take the DNA of former guests ", because their hair and smell was present. Airco was on and off like a broken headlight, the lamp near the bed was busted and presented dust and a wierd yellow map like stain.

2.Swimming pool and Jacuzzi
The swimming pool is very well positioned with a beautiful view, but all around black dust and broken floor, present a real danger. The Jacuzzi had only one air buble working the other ones were in vacation.

3.Staff and management - behaviour
The staff smiles, but ignore to solve any probleem you demand solutions for. The "replacement managment " send us an email that really pissed me off, at the very first day that we arrived. In it is denying to transfer us with a shuttle from the airport to the hotel. We payed for the shuttle in our booking arrangement. Staff behaviour was unbelievably rude and in our first day the receptionist try to tell us about "profitable affairs" with taxi drivers that he and only he can arrange. We ask to speak with the management, but the manager was not available. We asked a second key for the room, it was not provided because the system just brooke down. They did manage to give it to us after 48h. Staff members from the reception speak poorly English. None of them speak French, nor Dutch, nor German only Portugesse. It is almost impossible to communicate with them.

We want to make a coffe in the morning, but we were only provided with 2 tea bags. When we want to take water from the sink the teapot was
to big to fit under the water tap. The free mini bar was empty but we do recived a free bottle of water. The free bottle of water was placed at room temperature, 37 degree, it was not placed in the frige, to be cold enoufgh for drinking. Food and beverage at the swiming pool are low quality, but the waitress was nice and her English was at basic communication level.

5.General overview
I feel sorry for choosing this hotel to spend my vacation. The marketing team who promote the hotel did a greath job, persuing me to book. VIP Praia over promises but under delivers. If you are willing to spend your vacation in Praia Santiago DO NOT CHOOSE this place !!!! Our second honeymoon was ruined, do not ruin yours!!!! I feel really sorry for the amaizing potential this location has, but it is not well managed. Implementing strict cleaning rituals, hiring as receptionists English speaking staff, and listen carefully to your clients demands could make this location the most wanted vacation location. The location and the island itself is amaizing, combining perfectly the traditional life style with modern and fancy buildings.

Date of stay: June 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
2  Thank 378magdalenac
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Reviewed 12 June 2018 via mobile

I used this hotel as my base hotel, while I traveled to other parts of the island and other islands. I choose this hotel, due to it being relatively close to the airport.

Rooftop pool probably the highlight and breakfast is a pretty good selection too.

I stayed in 3 different rooms 204 - best for WiFi and modern, 307 - worst room, no WiFi, old tv and less modern bathroom, 502 - best view, very modern dec, however no WiFi. None of the rooms have balconies.

Reception friendly and helpful. Gym is next door in the shopping centre.

Date of stay: June 2018
Trip type: Travelled solo
Thank Donrob41
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Reviewed 24 May 2018

If you're near the Praiashopping complex and are looking for somewhere 1) with a view and 2) that has covered seating to get out of the sun, pop into the hotel and ask after their rooftop bar. We only stopped in for a quick drink, so I'm not reviewing the hotel overall here, but the staff were very eager to have us there, and it wasn't an issue we walked in off the street and weren't hotel guests. Expect to pay around 160$/€1.50 for soft drinks.

Date of stay: May 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank phutty
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Reviewed 14 May 2018 via mobile

Very comfortable room, great view. Wifi needs to be a bit stronger but overall, great place to stay for a great price. Hotel has a bar in it with very friendly staff. Pool was cold so we didn’t swim. Breakfast was amazing! So many options to choose from!!!

Date of stay: March 2018
Trip type: Travelled on business
Thank JoekattHalifax
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Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile

Normally i dont write reviews,but this time i want to do it,couse i had such a great holidays.
Nice hotel with good location.
Best staff ever.So helpfull and friendly.They always smile and they are always ready to help you.Everyday i had a lot of questions about Praia for boys in reception and they were happy to answer me.
View from swimmingpool was amazing and it was easy to get tan there couse its on the top of the roof.
Room was very good and they clean it everyday.There is A/C and Safe in room for free.
Great hotel!!!!

Date of stay: April 2018
Trip type: Travelled with family
Thank lienev123
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