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Praia Francesa, Sao Tome, Sao Tome Island Sao Tome and Principe
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#3 of 14 Specialty lodging in Sao Tome
Great accommodation at the best prices, restaurant and big panoramic veranda overlooking the calm and beautiful Praia Lagarto Bay. 1 Minute from the Airport and very close to the city center.
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CharlotteTravels wrote a review Feb 2017
San Diego, California77 contributions38 helpful votes
PROS: This is close to the airport for late arrivals/early departures. By close I mean you can walk it EASILY unless you have tons of luggage. Front desk service person was very helpful and accommodating as we worked out some room confusion. Server stayed late at night as we stayed up to have beers, and reopened to get us water when we realized we had run out. CONS: the rooms are a bit run down and some lights didn't work and there were issues with some A/C and such but price was good (we were with large group taking several rooms). TIP: This is a great place to hang out while waiting for your flight.
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Date of stay: January 2017
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Tomasz K wrote a review Nov 2016
Warsaw, Poland321 contributions130 helpful votes
Hotel O Bigodes offer fairly clean and comfortable rooms. The front line staff is very friendly and helpful, however the owner seems to suffer from sclerosis. Prior to our arrival we have agreed a price per e-mail for two persons including breakfast. However once we checked-out we have been advised that the price should be considerably higher. Luckily we have had our confirmation e-mail (with the price) printed out, so we insisted to pay what we were supposed to pay, however it wasn’t a nice experience to see that the receptionist got the reprimand from his superior who claimed that we should pay more than it was agreed and confirmed prior to our arrival. Therefore, despite a good service, I seriously doubt if I will ever choose this hotel at Sao Tome.
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Date of stay: November 2016
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Room Tip: Make sure to ask for a room with sea view as rooms on the other side do not really offer any...
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Luci R wrote a review Apr 2015
Vilamoura, Portugal155 contributions37 helpful votes
Located very close to the airport, the hotel is clean and spacious. Ask for a room with a sea view as the view is really lovely across the bay. There is also a veranda all along the length of the hotel which is lovely to sit on. The staff is very friendly and helpful, and you there are 2 or 3 restaurants around the hotel, making it very convenient to go out for dinner close by. It is located a bit far away from the town centre, but a half hour walk around the bay or a 10 minute taxi (yellow mini bus) will get you there!
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Date of stay: August 2014
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Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: choose a room with a sea view if possible.
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Alex-124 wrote a review Mar 2014
St. Petersburg, Russia86 contributions64 helpful votes
Very close to the airport (200 meters) so it's very convenient to stop here on arrival or before departure. Rooms are not splendid but have everything that is needed including free wifi. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Floor carpets in the corridor need cleaning. Very good restaurant with modern kitchen. The food is really tasty - one of the best in town.
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Date of stay: February 2014
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Trip type: Traveled solo
Room Tip: The rooms with the sea-view are quiter than those facing the road.
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turneeuk wrote a review Apr 2013
London7 contributions10 helpful votes
We stayed at the O Bigodes hotel on her first day in Sao Tome. The hotel is literally a five minute walk from the airport. The hotel owner's wife also works at the hotel and came to greet us upon arrival. The owner picked us up and took us to the hotel. We had just arrived on an overnight flight and were still a bit dreary eyed and had had problems with our visa for Sao Tome. So, the nice welcome by the O Bigodes owner and the ease of getting to the hotel and registration was a relief. The staff at the hotel are very friendly and helpful. They spoke sufficient english to help us and always had a smile for us. They even allowed us to use their local mobile phones to make various calls. The rooms are basic but clean with air conditioning. You need air conditioning in Sao Tome town. Its very hot and sticky. Our room looked out to the bay which was also very nice. We had a nice breakfast at the restaurant although the price was higher than we had expected! We would have stayed longer at O Bigodes had it not been for our ambitious schedule and short period of time. We were trying to decide whether to rent a car and go around the island or to use a taxi/private driver. We met with a taxi driver and he suggested an itinerary which would have required us returning to Sao Tome for several additional nights versus staying in the Rocas or other country hotels. However, the amount of money he was asking for we decided that we'd might as well rent our own vehicle and just get lost on the beautiful island. We tried to find a rental car agency at the airport to no avail. We also went to a number of the larger hotels and asked people on the street to no avail. We eventually found Martinho, whom works at the Omali Resort hotel. He has a side business renting cars to visitors. Martinho was great and provided us with a car for the next day at our hotel. Martinho could also recommend a guide if you'd like. Most of the local guides would know where the best spots are for swimming in the waterfalls and the trails through the green mountains. Our guide was a young guy. He wasn't provided by Martinho but we had met him while looking for a vehicle and his confidence and vivaciousness convince us to take him along with us on our travels. It worked out great for the most part but don't let them keep the keys to the vehicle if you allow them to drive. Our young guide would take off in the car and we did have a few problems which Martinho was great at fixing and righting the situation. Our young guide didn't think anything wrong with this as he was very 'Leve, leve' (calm). The people of Sao Tome are very nice and welcoming and as there are very few tourists the place is like a paradise! Make sure that you bring enough Euros, USD, or Sterling. The ATM's do not take international cards and so you have to exchange currency at the bank. I tried to use my debit card to get cash from over the counter at the bank and it was declined by my UK bank! If you want to get cash from a card you have to go to one of the international hotels and you actually need a credit card (not a debit card!). The credit card will also work over the counter at the bank but a debit card will not! All and all we enjoyed the O Bigodes and absolutely loved Sao Tome.
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Date of stay: March 2013
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Room Tip: Ask for the bay side!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel O Bigodes
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel O Bigodes?
Nearby attractions include Pico Mocambo (2.7 miles), Museu Nacional De Sao Tome & Principe (2.5 miles), and Claudio Corallo (2.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel O Bigodes?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel O Bigodes?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel O Bigodes?
Conveniently located restaurants include Chez Tete, O Pirata, and Papa Figo.
Does Hotel O Bigodes have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Hotel O Bigodes offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are there any historical sites close to Hotel O Bigodes?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Forte De Sao Sebastiao (2.5 miles) and Palacio do Povo (2.6 miles).