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Cabocan Lote A2, A3, Santa Maria, Ilha do Sal 4111 Cape Verde
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#5 of 27 in Santa Maria
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4.6
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
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  • Floors marked for social distancing
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chelle5366 wrote a review Yesterday
United Kingdom8 contributions12 helpful votes
I last came to Cape Verde in 2017 and stayed at what was the Riu Palace Cabo Verde which is next door to the Funana and now an adults only hotel. I thought that this place would be to the same standard considering it’s a “5 star” but I was very wrong! I have travelled extensively and was shocked by the standard of this hotel accommodation. The hotel is in a terrible state of disrepair. Everywhere you look it’s tired, run down and in a good need of a deep clean. If you’re worried about covid cleanliness then this is definitely NOT the hotel to visit. Tables aren’t disinfected between guests, dirty cloths are used to clean if you’re lucky or maybe that’s unlucky! Sanitising stations are placed all around restaurants but they don’t work! The first room we were allocated was disgusting, it hadn’t been cleaned, smelled musty, and locks were broken. I was told that it would be fixed the next day which obviously is unacceptable for a lone adult with a child. We were moved rooms and the difference in cleanliness and smell was quite obvious! The Riu app once again did not deliver, the WiFi isn’t great which made using the app even more difficult. Needless to say the extra towels I requested on day 2 still hasn’t arrived by day 7 despite numerous calls to reception! Trying to request basic amenities like toilet paper and water was ridiculously difficult! Aircon is a joke, it’s either freezing cold or warmer than outside. Room cleaning was awful, the cleaner even left dirty rags on top of my daughters clean clothes! The entertainment and bar staff made our stay here, they are amazing, super friendly and go out of their way to try and please guests. The food is ok quality, with always something to eat and the speciality restaurants are also good. We preferred the Asian restaurant. Overall the nice weather, visits to Santa Maria, bar/entertainment staff made our holiday bearable. Would I return to this hotel - absolutely not Would I recommended this hotel - definitely not Would I return to Cape Verde - absolutely, the weather, people and place are lovely. Riu - this hotel really is a disappointment to your catalogue of hotels, it really needs a full refurb to make it anywhere near the 5 stars you claim It to be!
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled
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fred wrote a review May 16
Champlost, France4 contributions1 helpful vote
voyage fait en 2017, hôtel très correct, piscine vraiment sympa avec un bar dans l'eau. Chambre pas extraordinaire mais très convenable. Quelques personnes parlaient Français. En ce qui concerne l'ile de sal, tres bof.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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solofemaletravel2022 wrote a review May 16
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I stayed at the hotel Riu Funana from 27th April til the 4th May. From the moment I got picked up by a taxi at the airport I was made to feel very welcome. The hotel reception was very clean and spacious and the staff where excellent. I had emailed through a few weeks before to request that I have a room close to all of the amenities due to a medical condition and being a sole female traveller. That request was met which I was pleased about. My luggage was taken up to my room for me, as the hotel doesn’t have any lifts. The rooms are basic, but extremely clean. The rooms don’t have a sea view, but it was still nice to sit on the balcony every morning. The house keepers where excellent and changed my sheets everyday even though I didn’t request it. The dining facilities were ok and there was an ok selection of food to choose from. The beautiful beach was abut 10 minutes away from the hotel, which was just a beautiful white sandy beach and turquoise water. The only thing that put me off was that the hotel was overrun by Germans and no other holidaymakers spoke to me even though I made the effort. Thank god for the hotel staff who I had to talk to otherwise I wouldn’t of spoken to anyone for the whole week that I was there. They bent over backwards to make my stay as enjoyable as possible. I am hopefully going to go back in October to see the baby turtles hatch, if you want a relaxing holiday then Sal is the place to go.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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tracy580 wrote a review May 15
Oxford, United Kingdom1 contribution
Hotel was so friendly nothing too much. The food was outstanding there was something for everyone. The beach is the most peaceful and we were lucky enough to have the yellow flag meaning we could enjoy the sea! The room was clean with plenty of water in the fridge.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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leanneAryaJames1987 wrote a review May 15
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We went and loved it for the first few days then it became incredibly repetative with the food. I found the pool bar staff rude and miserable. The towels are horrible thin rough tiny we had 4 staying in our rrom and only had enough towels for 3. The corridors are loud several times i was woken up by children crying or staff walking down with trolleys . When we got there we used the kids pool but its freezing and we noticed how many kids were in the adult only pool so after that we used the adult only pool. Not once did we get asked to move and i stayed with my children the whole time however thr very last day we were there we had a manager come and tell us to move quiet rudly . This is not a 5 star hotel i am well travelled and i would say its a 3. We stayed 11 nights and that was to many a week would be enough. There is not much to do in cape verde but if you do go book with Edgar piers hes by the beach . He knows the island and is a local. Tui charge alot more for the same tours. A must is the lemon sharks and jeep tour . Must visit the Santa Marie Pier as well but dont be fooled by the guys who try and take you to an afraican market . They try and bully you to buy things and charge you stupid amounts. Was ok holiday kids loved it but i wont go back .
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled
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ajwatt2017 wrote a review May 14
Birmingham, United Kingdom21 contributions55 helpful votes
The hotel is very clean but the rooms are a bit dated no mini bar or optics in the rooms like other RIU hotels only water.pool areas are lovely and very clean the only bad thing is that the swim up pool says NO children but there were loads of kids and babies in there and nothing was said to them.I wouldn’t say it’s a 5* hotel more like a 3*+.The holiday itself was fantastic, food brilliant drink over flowing lol and the staff magnificent they really make the holiday and will do anything for you. Entertainment was really good and worth watching, I would say YES I would definitely return but the only bad thing for me that would make me not want to return is the Mosquitoes they were horrendous.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Verity Y wrote a review May 13
13 contributions4 helpful votes
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Having read a range of negative reviews before traveling, I was a little concerned.....however after 24 hours of arriving, I was completely reassured. We had an amazing holiday from start to finish. The rooms are slightly dated however very clean, comfortable, spacious and good air con. The food was divine. Very wide range available. The choices can be similar however the quality and taste is wonderful. There are 3 a la cart restaurants all included and you can book as many as you like. The Riu app makes it very easy to book in. Be aware 2 of the a la carts (Mandalay and Mambana) are buffet not table service - however again a high quality of food. Kulinarium is table service and I couldn't believe how amazing our food was there. Alcohol is all locally branded but excellent. The gin and tonic tasted as good as branded! The pool areas and swim up bar are beautifully clean and very pretty. The pool that has the bar in is meant to be adults only however this isn't enforced. No tables by the sunbeds so it's hard to place your drinks (this would be a handy addition). The animation team is very good, we enjoyed the shows and the karaoke. The sports bar and Pacha night club are also good. The TVs in the sports bar do loose signal quite frequently. All the staff are friendly and very hard working. The beach area is also lovely. It is worth walking into Santa Maria as the beach there is even nicer. Sal is a beautiful island to visit - make sure you also take some time to explore it as you won't be disappointed. I'd highly recommend this hotel and want to say a massive thank you to all working at the Funana. We had a truly exceptional stay.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Ben wrote a review May 13
Birmingham, United Kingdom1 contribution
Overall I would give this 9/10 Food Food is excellent with a great range of meats and plenty of fish, if you like seafood then you will love the food here. Plenty for kids with burgers, hotdogs and pizza. Loads of cheese….like loads! Salads are great also, my advice, look around everything on your first day as there is so much choice. Deserts are great also, massive choice Rooms Rooms are good, aircon, good shower, nice balcony, safety deposit box is free and simple to setup. Good size space, TV channels for english we have 3/4 so not that many, there are loads of german and portuguese channels though including all the sport ones Cleanliness Can not fault it, really clean everywhere. Not alot else to say Pool Good size, pool bar has good space for alot of people, loungers and good, I didnt spend much time at the pool, the beach is always my preference. Beach Stunning, water and sand alike, sea can be a bit rough but once you are in it is so good. I spent every day here and it was great, bar on the beach has water, soft drinks and bear Loads of loungers but no proper places for shade, there are palm trees planted for this, really beautiful beech. Points to note! There is an aquapark next door, this is free for you to enter (closed on sundays) THERE ARE MOSQUITOS HERE!!!!! Take your repellent as you will get bitten This is the only reason this is a 9/10 as I have stayed in other resorts and the hotels always try to do something about the mosquitos but this hotel didn't really, they are rife by the bar at the lobby, I have stayed in resorts in the past where at 5ish in the afternoon they would fumingate it and the area couldn't be used for 30 mins of so, they should consider doing this. do not let this put you off though, this is a great hotel and a stunning island and I will be going back there and specifically staying in this hotel. We loved it!
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Ashley D wrote a review May 12
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We are half way through our holiday at Riu Funana and honestly I do not understand why there are so many negative reviews - we almost didn’t book due to reading the reviews prior but glad we did! The food is absolutely fantastic for an all inclusive resort, I don’t know what else people expect. Me and my partner enjoy good food back home and there is plenty of selection for breakfast, lunch and dinner and all of the food halls are clean and waiters/waitresses always around to take away your plates etc. The alcohol may be locally sourced but actually tastes good and does the job! I would agree however the wine isn’t the best and does taste like vinegar - Apart from that, no other complaints! The local beer is good. The evening entertainment is always busy and is good, again i don’t know what people expect from an all inclusive resort in a place like Cape Verde, if you want and expect breathtaking shows then maybe take a holiday to Las Vegas? Me and my partner were debating if we should Of booked an ‘adults only’ resort but was pleasantly surprised that there were not many children around the ‘adults swim up bar’ in the pool. In regards to cleaners stealing from peoples rooms, this can happen anywhere you travel, just be sensible and lock valuables away in the safe and actually tidy your room prior to cleaning and put things away in your case - if you leave valuables out in the open then I guess that’s your choice but risk things being stolen. The weather has been absolutely fantastic, not a cloud in the sky and a respectable 27 degrees Celsius in the day - perfect!! The only negatives I would give is that it has been very difficult to get access to an iron, we eventually managed to get one from reception and paid €20 to hire it which you get back on return so would recommend bringing a travel iron. Also the gym is very small (most people won’t care about this). If you have read the reviews and are put off like we were at the beginning I would advise ignoring these - some people love a good moan and have nothing better to do ;)
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled
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Tiago_Gomes05 wrote a review May 11
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O hotel com boas condições, bastante comida variada, animação boa, o staff sempre atento e todos bastante simpáticos e acolhedores. Excelente sítio para se divertir!!! Muitas piscinas, dá sempre para variar! Bons restaurantes, pertinho do centro da vila, em táxi chega em 5 minutos a tudo!!!
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riu garopa santa maria
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ClubHotel Riu Garopa
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel Riu Funana
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel Riu Funana?
Nearby attractions include Djunta Mo Art (1.2 miles), Projeto Biodiversidade (0.3 miles), and Praia de Santa Maria (1.0 miles).
What are some restaurants close to Hotel Riu Funana?
Conveniently located restaurants include Marea Restaurant, Hot Spot, and Baraonda.
Are there any historical sites close to Hotel Riu Funana?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Paroquia de Nossa Senhora das Dores (1.1 miles) and Nazarene Church (1.2 miles).
Does Hotel Riu Funana have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.