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Hotel Praia Dourada
Salt Lake City, Utah
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208 reviews
51 hotel reviews
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“OK stay for one night”
Reviewed 22 June 2012

We were here for one night while on a trip to the Madeira Islands. Porto Santo is not a very big place-so the location is fine. You can walk just about anywhere. It is about a 4-5 euro cab ride from the ferry. It is an easy walk to the beach or most of the restaurant/bars in the area. The hotel is pretty basic. The rooms are no frills-my biggest complaint is that our room absolutely was saturated with the smell of smoke. It was pretty overwhelming-luckily we did not spend much time there. In fact the second you enter the hall you smell smoke. The tv is small, but hopefully you are not there to watch tv. Our room had two simple single beds. The bathroom had a simple shower. The breakfast was decent. The lobby was adequate. There is a bar and small pool, but did not sample either of those. Again, just a basic place. OK for one night, but would not base my whole vacation around this place.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled on business
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Reviewed 5 August 2011

I went with my husband to Porto Santo for a short break and choosed this hotel as it is close to the center.
They were with full occupancy but kindly gave us our room ready at 12.00pm. We had a nice room with a double bed. They are reasonable sized for a couple and very lighty, cleaned and fresh. Their TV is a bit old-fashioned and you can't read subtitles or ads while on bed.
Their bathrooms were very cleaned and suplied with towels and Dove shower-cream. Buffet breakfast is basic with cereals, breads, fruit and coffee but everything really fresh.
If you have your return transfer late in the afternoon you can use their facilities at the pool to have a shower just after a day long at the beach.
I would definitely recomend this hotel to anyone just looking for a cheap hotel with good facilities!

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Madeira, Portugal
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Reviewed 10 March 2011

All we ever need from a hotel is a clean bed, bathroom and nice relaxation areas. The room was fine, the breakfasts good but the same each day, eg. breads,toaster,fruit (unfortunately tinned!!),cereal and cheese and ham. Coffee was like tar but other drinks OK. Never any teaspoons and no tea on the first day, no staff around either. Reception staff helpfull and pleasant. The pool was not clean but then it was too cold to use so perhaps in the season, that improves. The small bar down outside was fine, better coffee and nice staff.

Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Póvoa de Santa Iria, Portugal
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Reviewed 30 August 2009

This is the hotel with the best location in the city of Vila Baleira, in Porto Santo. Near the city center, with commerce, shops, restaurants, pubs and snack-bar's. It has the beach just across the main street and if you don't want to stay in the nearest beach, you have a bus terminal to another beaches.

But everything else its not just too good. Starting with the room:
Small, weak air conditioning system, lausy bathrooms (few storage spaces), old furniture, bad acoustical isolation - In some rooms you can hear people eating and talking in the breakfast room. So its a an hotel in a need of improvement.

Has a small pool, with a bar and ping-pong table.

Breakfast is a little bit limited, few fresh fruits, bad coffee, no eggs and bacon.

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Madeira, Portugal
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2008

We booked through Porto Santo Line, the company that operates the boat from Madeira to Porto Santo, it was for 3 rooms, five people.
It cost us, 2 nights and the boat trips, under 100€ each, which is pretty cheap I guess.
Check-in is quick, don't expect to be led to your room, or get too much info out of them....there are no lifts, just stairs but it's only a three story building.
There's a computer for guests and free wireless in the lobby, pool outside, ping-pong and snooker table, with the breakfast room I think that completes what the hotel has to offer :(
It's a budget hotel, very small rooms, no appliances other then AC and television, the beds are separated by a nightstand and you cannot move them together.
The plus is its right in the town, most hotels are not, so a very quick walk and you're in the town centre or sprawled on the beach.
One more thing, the hotel only serves breakfast, no other meals.
We knew what we had booked so no disappointments!

  • Liked — Free internet,location,cheap/budget
  • Disliked — small rooms
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled with friends
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Property: Hotel Praia Dourada
Address: Rua Dom Estevao de Alencastre, Porto Santo Island 9400-161, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Madeira Islands > Porto Santo Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Swimming Pool
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Ranked #9 of 10 Hotels in Porto Santo Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Praia Dourada 3*
Number of rooms: 100
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