After a bad experience in a different Ereceira hotel, we were wandering around the town wondering what in the world we should do and where we would stay - homeless on day two of our holiday was a bit of a disaster! The Tourist Office and our travel agent back in the UK had recommended Vinnus and it was the only place they both recommended so we wandered up that way first.
We were hovering by the door and someone came to us and asked if we were looking for somewhere to stay. It turned out to be Tomaz, one of the owners. He carried our bags up and gave us a no obligation tour of the hotel and showed room options to us. I'll be honest, we fell in love with the place instantly. Who wouldn't when the man showing us around clearly loved the place too?
He only had a triple room available as the twin rooms were taken but he kindly reduced the price for us and offered to take out the spare bed. It didn't really matter to us - spare bed can be a sofa really.
To describe the room, there were 3 beds, a basic desk and clothes hanging facility, two windows and an adorable blue tiled bathroom. There was also a fridge and kettle and they kept us stocked with tea bags, little pastries and fruit. We were on the top floor. There is wifi, it doesn't work throughout the whole building, but I could just about get a signal in my room. Everywhere else, the signal was really strong.
We quickly settled in and asked for some information about Ericeira - restaurants, surfing, shops etc etc. He pulled out a map and made us his own 'must see and do' map. I can honestly say, not one recommendation failed us! We ate amazing grilled fish, surfed with a great surf school, the list goes on.
For three nights, it was really comfortable, clean, good value and so central. It's hard to do better. I really wish I had found out Tomaz's wife's name. She was also amazing. All the staff were! She found us accommodation in Lisbon for our final night and recommended a great Lisbon tour company for the one day we would spend in the capital.
I can't wait to go back again. It turns out that her parents had owned the place for 22 years prior to passing it down and it is their vision that has made it the place it is today. After they passed
the business on, the couple have worked at redesigning and modernising the building. The art work on the walls and the little trinkets, mirrors on the walls etc are really tasteful and add to the feel of the place. I loved it - well done!
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