I had the chance to stay here during two periods, one of one month and the other three months. Regarding my experience, to put it clearly, Alcantara Guesthouse should be the gold standard for guesthouses.
Regarding amenities, it has everything you should expect: a clean, tidy room (I stayed at an ensuite single), a complimentary tray with tea, coffee, milk and some very nice biscuits, an excellent breakfast, with a nice selection of fruits, juices, cereals, and the best full English breakfast I've had in my life. It should leave you up and running for all morning. A good shower, the free wifi in the rooms, and the TV with satellite are also nice additions to the rooms.
However, it is in human quality where this guesthouse really shines. The manager, AJ, is a fantastic person, who really shows concern and a personal interest in each and every guest she has. She goes well above and beyond what one should expect from a guesthouse manager (she even bought soup for me after a dental treatment, without me even asking!), concerning herself with anything that may make your stay more confortable. Certainly I felt at home during my time there. Besides AJ, the small personnel the guesthouse has is also very lovely and helpful. Mary (the waitress) is a cheerful person who cares about your tastes and even prepares the table the way you like it, so it saves you 2 minutes each day at breakfast, and Mary (the maid) is very helpful, concerned with whether you prefer tea or coffee on your tray in your room.
What can I say, this guesthouse is a 5-star hotel disguised as a family business. I cannot recommend it enough.
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