Don't despair, it's not a hardware store! It only seems that way from the street. Climb the steps from the side entrance to the bougainvillea-fringed terrace, a lovely oasis in the centre of town. Sparsely furnished rooms are nice enough (shower pressure can be a nuisance), and downstairs houses a spa and restaurant with a good lunch and dinner buffet.
The breakfast with Portuguese pastries, fruit and good coffee is recommended.