It is a rather straightforward hotel, with a fantastic, friendly staff and more than decent, confortable rooms (great pillows) and in a central location, within walking distance to the city centre and the FC Porto Dragão stadium. It has a supermarket in front, plenty bus stations around and a subway station mere 150 meters from the hotel, which is set inwards in a patio - could be tricky to find at first.
It is a big hotel, and sometimes you might find that the hard way during breakfast, but they do replenish the trays fast enough. Breakfast has a good variety but it is nothing remarkable, exception being maybe the miniature custard pies (pastéis de nata) and apple turnover (folhado de maçã). Amazing is that, even in the breakfast room, if you have a telephone call they'll try to locate you. Very impressive.
Rooms are confortable, if a bit dated but not too much, adding perhaps a classical touch. Matresses very confortable, and the variety of pillows available (3) make finding the right one a breeze. The bathroom is ok, and very clean. The elevators are remarkaby fast.
I would recommend this hotel for tourists looking for a quality, yet affordable hotel, for business people, and for (mature and quiet) football fans looking for a place to stay near the FC Porto stadium (some 20 minutes walk).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This modern hotel is situated in the heart of Oporto and close to one of its' main shopping district. The Hotel is 1.5 km away form the city centre (Praca da Republica) and only 50 m from the transportation network which can easily be reached on foot. Restaurants and bars can be found all around the Hotel area. The distance to the closest beach is 8km and the airport is 15 km from the hotel. Opened in 1999, the hotel offers a total of 292 rooms spread over 21 floors. Among the rooms we can find 20 superior rooms, 12 junior suites and 7 superior suites on the top floor. The Hotel offers a 24-hour reception desk, Free Wi-Fi in public areas, wheelchair access, exterior parking spaces for cars and buses, garage (for and additional fee), lifts and hotel safe. Among the common areas you will find a restaurant, two bars, a TV room and a games room. This hotel is perfect for business events due to its 13 event rooms with several disposition and multimedia options. There is also a laundry services and medical assistance. The comfortable rooms are equipped with air conditioning, electronic safety door look, direct telephone, safe, LCD TV with Cable and Pay TV, Wi-Fi Connection (for and additional cost), Minibar and 24 hour room service, private bathroom with telephone and hair dryer. The hotel has a Health Club, which can be accessed for an additional fee, equipped with an indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, Sauna, Steam room / Turkish bath, Gym and Spa where you may enjoy massages and treatments. Breakfast and Lunch can be select from a wide buffet. Lunch and dinner may alternatively be taken a la carte. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vila Gale Hotel Porto