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Vila Gale Porto
Ranked #42 of 108 Hotels in Porto
Reviewed 14 November 2009

Whenever you visit Porto, you will not spend large amounts of time at your hotel. The city is to beautiful to stay inside. This hotel is not located directly in the city center, but a 15/20 minute walk will bring you to the Douro River. The metro station is not even 5 minutes away, and connects you very convenient with the airport.

The hotel is big, but cozy in a way that it has a nice athmosphere. The rooms are ok, nothing fancy or special. For the internet you will have to pay, same for the Spa (with swimmingpool, jacuzzi and sauna). The breakfast is overwhelming, and the hotel has a nice diner menu or buffet. The bar of the hotel is not very cosy, but serves several cocktails and soda's and of course, the good porto wine.

Your room will be cleaned every day, with fresh towels and sheets. Staff is helpful and willing to try something for you.

Overall, i would defenitly stay at this hotel again, the location is good and it has nice service.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 November 2009

We have been two nights in this hotel, and everything o.k., good beds and great breakfast. We need to pay to park the car, but 6 euros day is a normal price.
Even with kids, we walked to the center (10 minutes) and then came by metro (stop very close to the hotel). Vila Galé is a good choice, and just in front one of the best restaurant in Porto - Triunfante 2 -, with tipical cuisine portuguese in a good price.
Next time, Vila galé!

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 October 2009

Really enjoyed my 4 night stay at this hotel. The hotel is in a good location for access to the Metro system, but it is worth bearing mind that you can only reach the hotel from the front......you can not walk around it if you are approaching from behind the hotel. As other people have said, the restaurant opposite the hotel was very good indeed, and amazing value.....ate there 3 times. There is a bar around the corner full of locals which was also cheap and friendly.
I would definitely stay at this hotel again.....clean, friendly, and very well appointed

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled solo
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Thank nagsSuffolkUK
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Reviewed 12 October 2009

Breakfast was good with fair selctoin.
overall Cleanliness of hotel good. Maid aims to please
Staff very friendly and helpful.
Hotel distance a bit out of center but ok. HOtel is a little dated in decor .

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank itay38
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Reviewed 9 August 2009

Vila Gale hotel is a clean modern hotel and i would stay there again.
When we arrived we were a little daunted as it seemed like quite an unpleasant area and far from the town centre but we discovered that we were only a 10 minute walk from the center and while the area wasn't beautiful, it was ok.
The rooms were standard 4 star hotel rooms - clean and spacious.
The breakfast buffet was excellent, catering to all nationalities.
The staff were really attentive and helpful.
Ther was a spa on the top floor of the hotel with a pool and gym. It cost 7 Euros a day to use it and an extra 2.50 to buy a swimming cap. I had a vichy massage an a facial which were quite expensive and not really worth the money.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank sonia073
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Reviewed 24 July 2009

I've never had such a lovely stay before, this hotel is excellent. At arrival three of the staff members were already waiting too greet us and even though we were far more early than the official check-in time, our room was already ready. We stayed at the eight floor and had a beautiful view over the city, churches and the far off ocean.

The only negative point about the hotel and our room were the beds: they were too hard for our likings and the pillows (which we had 4!!!! each) were too soft.

About the good points: It's really clean, spacious rooms, good location, television, airco, minibar/cooler, many pillows, lots of storage room, toilet + bidet, shower + bad, badroom is large enough for two people at the same time, water was clean and clear, two chairs and a table, and a writing desk. The breakfast was... magnificent. Never had such a good breakfast before.

I've read some reviews about the breakfast room being too crowded, but that wasn't the case during my stay. Also, the staff is fast stocking new fruits or or other things when they run out, so you can eat whatever you want.

A few tips:
- The nearest metro is only 200m away (about 2min walk), it's the Campo 24 de Agosto. I advise you to take this metro from Oporto airport, it only costs €1.94 and is a 25min trip.
- The most easy way to travel in Porto is definitely the Metro, so if you stay for 3 days I would advise to buy an Andante Card (11 euro's for 3 days), which allows unlimited travelling by bus, metro or train (and funicular!).
- St. Catarine (main shopping area) is only a 10min walk (really it is, it's not 30min like some people here claim it to be!). Be sure to check out the 4th floor in the St. Catarine mall, there is lots of delicious food there.
- Just 20min from the hotel is the Mercado do Ballhão, a market. Be sure to check that one out, it's great to see the elderly people selling their stuff on an old market. (the market is every weekday between 10 and 18 hours.)
- The fastest way to the beach is to take the metro to Casa de Musica and to take a busline from there (line 202). It's a 20min trip and takes you to a boulevard + beach.
- When buying local stuff, or going on a tour in Porto, keep in mind that there is A LOT of rivalery between servicecompanies. If you see a tour operator; look further because there is always someone offering the same service for a lesser price.

  • Stayed: July 2009
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4  Thank Passerby88
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Reviewed 10 July 2009

Nice place to stay in a wonderful city. Big rooms friendly staff, nice breakfast (included).

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled on business
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Thank simbaad
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Additional Information about Vila Gale Porto

Address: Avenida de Fernao de Magalhaes 7, Porto 4300-190, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Northern Portugal > Porto District > Porto
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Business Hotel in Porto
#9 Spa Hotel in Porto
#33 Luxury Hotel in Porto
Price Range: £55 - £140 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Vila Gale Porto 4*
Number of rooms: 292
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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