Small and family-run hotels in Cape Verde

Updated on Nov 29, 2023 by Katie Mallalieu

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Looking to escape to Cape Verde without the hustle and bustle of large hotels and resorts? Our small, family-run properties are just the fit for you.

Hotels that have been in a family for generations often offer a unique story, service with a genuine smile and a true sense of authenticity. With all the offerings of a large hotel chain just at half the size, these small establishments in Cape Verde ooze individuality and can make your holiday feel that little extra special. 

Located in various spots around Cape Verde, we have pulled together a list of our top small and family-run hotels for you to explore. 

Orquidea Guest House

Relax and unwind at this charming, seafront hotel in the small town of Sal Rei - best described as a tropical paradise. Offering a wonderfully secluded atmosphere, there’s a small courtyard where breakfast is served, which is also home to flourishing banana trees. And as if that wasn’t enough character, you’ve also got the owners’ friendly pet dogs, cats and turtles which reside in the grounds, adding to the property’s quirky Cape Verdean charm.

Kira’s Hotel

Bursting with character and charm, this family-run boutique hotel is set in the heart of Mindelo and provides a real home-from-home feel. Renowned for its outstanding service, the staff here are a real asset and nothing is too much trouble. We particularly love the rooftop terrace, providing the perfect spot to relax with a good book. Acting as quite a sun trap during the day, this area is fully-equipped with a gazebo providing some necessary shade, plus a fantastic view over Mindelo.

Quinta da Montanha

Blessed by a collection of stunning mountain views, this small, family-run hotel is a great little find with fantastic hospitality. The owner, Lindorfo, and his staff are extremely friendly and it will often feel like you’re visiting friends in a rural retreat. Surrounded by nothing but mountains, this gem is ideally suited to guests who are looking to explore the sights of Santiago by foot - you can walk directly from Quinta da Montanha to the top of Pico da Antónia via a hike of about six hours! Or why not add this as a rural stop on your island hopping tour?

Colonial Guest House

With a history dating back to 1883, this guest house in central São Filipe is sure to charm each and every one of its guests. Evoking the design and feel of a typical Portuguese house, each of the rooms has a distinct vibe and can provide the perfect stop over for those on an island hopping adventure. Its owners, Morten and Luisa, are renowned for their character and personality and really pride themselves on high quality service - it is clear they have so much love for what they do. Join them for a drink at the bar one evening, they’ll be sure to tell you a story or two! 

So if a friendly smile is the welcome you ask for on your holiday, why not take a look at some of our latest offers on small, family-run hotels in Cape Verde, here?


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