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Vila Gale Porto
Ranked #44 of 106 Hotels in Porto
Portsmouth, England
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“Great hotel for what we needed”
Reviewed 27 November 2010

This hotel was in a good location, within walking distance to the old town and right next to a metro station. The only downside was that the hotel overlooked a square where young locals hung out at night. The room was great for what we needed. We had a junior suite so there was plenty of room for my husband and I and our two young children. The hotel although little dated was clean and the staff were helpful. Despite what has been said in other reviews I think the breakfast selection was good. The bar although a little strangely furnished (a bit like a working mens club down one end) was great for us as it was big enough to take our two young children into without disturbing the other customers. The price we paid was a bargain considering the location and facilities etc.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with family
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st. louis, missouri
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Reviewed 21 November 2010

This hotel is near the old town but is somewhat dated. Our room was adequate and clean but nothing special and looked down on a courtyard where local teens hung out. The bar is direct from 1970, dark and dreary somewhat like the hotel in general.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 November 2010

Hi, I have been there with my father for a night travelling from London and there is nothing I can complain of.
- Location: metro station is just 5 minutes away
- Excellent breakfast, large room paid just €90
- Staff was very helpful, especially a guy called Mario

I read a couple of bad reviews about this place so I would like to say that:
- internet price is now reduced to €2 an hour
- extra pillows available
- no smell of cigarettes at all
- Sauna and swimming pool €10 for a day

I definitely recommend this place

  • Stayed October 2010
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Prague, Czech Republic
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Reviewed 29 October 2010

I stayed at the hotel for two nights and was very satisfied. Hotel is a little bit old, probably from the 1980s, but very well maintained and the design is still modern. My room on 11th floor had a great view over whole city of Porto, which was nice, especially at night.
I have to say that their breakfast choice is one of the biggest I have ever come across at a hotel. I can only recommend this hotel to anyone staying at a beautiful city of Porto.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled with family
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Chorley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 October 2010

I stayed here with my daughter who was attending a conference. The location and surroundings are not very nice but the hotel is excellent value for money and if you dont mind walking (or using the nearby metro) it is a good base. The staff were very helpful and pleasant. There are quite a lot of coach tours who use this hotel so it feels very lively and occasionally we had to wait for a lift but it wasnt often . The breakfast was excellent one of the best I have had and also the organisation was amazing. Even with all the many guests using it during the busy time there was always a clear table (this cannot be said for some hotels who have buffet breakfasts). The bar was very welcoming and the two bar staff were very friendly. The live music rounded our evenings off in a very good way. I can wholeheartedly recommend the Vila Gale Night and Day cocktail!
If I had to make a negative comment I dont like having to pay to use a hotel pool (10euros + 2 for a cap!).
ANother tip about Porto generally the taxis are cheap (usually around4 - 5 euros for most of the city journeys. 20 euros from the airport.
I took the train to Braga (a stunning town full of historic churches and buildings with lovely pedestrianised shopping streets) which only cost 4.5 euros return and took about an hour. But beware there seems to be two sorts of train and the ticket seller didnt tell me so I caught the 'posh' Alpha train and was asked to leave at the next stop by the miserable ticket collector who didnt even offer to let me pay the difference. However the ordinary suburb train was fine after I got over the embarrassment.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled on business
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GrupoVilaGale, General Manager at Vila Gale Porto, responded to this review, 28 October 2010
Dear guest,
Thank you very much for your contribution. We are glad that your overall experience was extremely positive and so well detailed. I already shared with my team and we will continued to work to exceed the Client expectations.
Best Regards
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 12 September 2010

The room was nice and clean. There was lots of nice soft pillows. Location is convenient for public transportation. There were a few bakeries and shops within walking distance. Even though the hotel is very close to the busy streets, I did not hear any noise in the room. The buffet breakfast was very good.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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GrupoVilaGale, General Manager at Vila Gale Porto, responded to this review, 23 September 2010
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your review. We appreciate your feed back and we are very pleased with your comments about the location, the rooms, the confort and the breakfast.
Best regards
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 3 August 2010

we really liked this hotel. very clean. The rooms are rather small, but not too much so.

the only thing we didn't like about this place was all the extras... parking was extra (7,5 euros day), safe was extra (2 euros a day), wi-fi internet was extra (5 euros for 60 minute, 1 time use... once you start, you have 60 minutes use then it stops...)

If it weren't for that , we would have rated this hotel with 4 stars...

Still a nice place to go, close to everything, and right across the street is a nice restaurant called triumphante II... cheap and very good, even if the looks are very average.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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GrupoVilaGale, General Manager at Vila Gale Porto, responded to this review, 27 September 2010
Dear Guest, thank you very much for your contribution. We really are glad that your overall experience was positive.
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Property: Vila Gale Porto
Address: Avenida de Fernao de Magalhaes 7, Porto 4300-190, Portugal
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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 (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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