We enjoyed our 5 night stay here very much although it got off to a rough start. We started off in a large suite with a great view in the front of the hotel, but discovered that the A/C in the major sitting room wasn't working and that windows in the front of the hotel get sun most of the day. It was a hot day and temperatures for the next few days were to be about 90 degrees, so we needed to change rooms. We were offered a room at the end farthest from our current room in a different wing. When I checked it out, it smelled of sewer gas. The next room offered (in the same wing) smelled fine until we turned on the A/C and then it smelled strongly of sewer gas. We thought we were going to have to change hotels, when the woman at the desk found a room that was ideal for us. It smelled fine and had two windows that got no sun after noon.(room 701) We like a cool room and like to keep our windows open. It was also a very quiet room. Perfect. We hope they get the sewer gas issue resolved whatever its cause, because otherwise we thought our stay here was wonderful.
The location was great, the rooms were large, the A/C kept the room cool, there was a capsule coffee maker in the room, good closet space, the bathroom was very large. It was all well thought out. The real star for us though was how good we thought the food and the service in the restaurant was. The staff is attentive and cordial and provides a level of service far in excess of what we expected and at a level of fine restaurants. The menu had good variety, and there were also daily specials. The ambience in the restaurant and bar was pleasant, and there was a large terrace area adjacent where one could eat and drink outside.
The TV had lots of channels which included a couple of English speaking movie channels with Portuguese subtitles. We haven't had much English speaking TV on our month long trip.
We thought this hotel offered exceptional value for the quality of the room and the level of service provided. If not for the smell issue, this would have been an excellent rating.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Mercure Braga Centro is your new 4-star hotel in Braga, located in the center of the city, ideal if you're traveling for business or leisure. The spacious and modern rooms offer a high level of comfort. Enjoy cable TV channels, Sport TV and free WIFI Internet. At our restaurant, you will find a wide variety of dishes on offer. Enjoy our bar, fitness center and an seasonal outdoor swimming pool on the top floor of the hotel. The hotel also boasts 4 meeting rooms and parking ... more less
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