We were in Vila Praia for 3 days for a wedding, and since the town does not have many hotels we chose the one with the most positive reviews from the Trip Advisor community. Hotel Meira is fine, well located, friendly English speaking staff. We booked a std room, and it was small, so maybe an upgrade might help. It was clean, quiet, and with AC and a mini-fridge, the car parking next to hotel is tight but workable, and inexpensive at 7.00 euros per night. Breakfast buffet was fine. We are difficult when it comes to coffee; and unfortunately the coffee was not to our taste, but we managed!
Te real great surprise was the restaurant. We were so happy with the food and staff that we could not stay away and had lunch there 3 times! The young chef's creativity was amazing: We opted for several openers at each meal to test the nice variety of offerings: octopus, fish tartare, fish soup, fresh salade with Buffalo mozzarella, black olive oil, aruga oil pesto, figues or strawberries in cinnamon and or coriander sauces, tomatoe or apple cinnamon jams, cheeses, homemade ice creams... All food based on local and fresh ingredients; fish caught from the ocean daily by local fishermen... It was a most enjoyable tasting experience. It helped that the young waiter (Carlos Matos) knew the menu so well, and that he could speak English to explain what was in each dish and how it was prepared. He also helped us understand the wine selection (we tasted many ).
The chef 's name is Bruno Pareira; he has been there for a couple of years, and deserves praise for the way he is running his kitchen. Great value for exceptional food.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 4 Star hotel, located in Vila Praia de Ancora - northern Portugal, just 200mts from the beach, 16km from the nearest major city - Viana do Castelo, 80km from the Oporto Airport and just 10 minutes drive from Spain. This hotel has 52 rooms, totally equipped with private bathroom, restaurante, bar, outdoor swimming pool, business centre with free access to internet, games room, garage and private car park. ... more less
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