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“Great beach location, not many tourists!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Boa Vista

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Hotel Boa Vista
Ranked #49 of 104 Hotels in Porto
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London, United Kingdom
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105 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Great beach location, not many tourists!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2011

We stayed here for just under a week in August. We have been to this part of Potugal twice before so didn't necessarily feel we had to stay in the heart of Porto. That being said, it is only 10 minutes on a bus to the centre or Porto, or approximately 10 Euros by taxi. We wanted a relaxing summer break where we could avoid 'boom boom' beach destinations filled with tourists. This was the perfect decision.
The hotel was on a hill, one street back from the beach with only a medieval castle in between. The rooftop pool was a great place to relax, with amazing sea views. We always got pool chairs without any trouble. As the hotel is right where the Duoro meets the Atlantic, you get some amazing views.
Lots of good value and delicious restaurants in the surrounding streets.
The hotel rooms are a solid 3 star (as advertised), but they contain everything you need, including air conditioning. The hotel restaurant is also worth visiting - good views, good food, good prices. Friendly staff and a decent breakfast selection... what more do you want?

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Grand Junction, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2011

We met friends who planned a trip to Porto, Portugal. We booked here because that was where they were. To our view it was very nice and comfortable. Marble and wood decor, nice view from the roof and adequate resturant. Also, the toursit bus and regular bus are within a block of the hotel. We are that three great places within a short walk on the ocean side and there were more we didn't get to try. We enjoyed going into old Porto and exploring, and enjoyed an antique trolly ride back one day. Staff was adequate by European standards. The major disappointment was that they charged 7 Euros a day for internet access--there should be a law against that these days.

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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Plymouth
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2011

My sister and i booked this hotel for a weekend break. Just before leaving i looked at the reviews on trip advisor. All i can say is please please do not listen to the moaning people on this website.
We had an amazing time. The hotel was great. We had a corner room with a balcony with the most amazing view.
We stayed bed & breakfast and there was so much choice ranging from cereals to fruit to cooked breakfast.
I had never been to Portugal but will certainly be returning and using this hotel.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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Boston
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2011

The location of this hotel was great for both getting to see all the Porto sights (short cab ride) or just walking across the street to the beach. Our room was very nice and clean. I would definitely recommend this for people who don't need to be downtown and want to spend at least some time hanging out by the beach or just strolling the boardwalk.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2010

I stayed in this hotel for a confernece. The hotel is well maintained and the prices are relatively less from oher hotels. But serivce is much better and even rooms are very clean and tidy. the staff members do speak English and aer very friendly. You have a swimming pool and a bar on the top floor which gives you a lovely view in the night. The hotel is facing the sea so you can have a walk in eaerly morning or late evening quite romantic. The hotel is conveniently located at the main bus route which takes around 15-20 mins to City centre and it's about 30 mins to Airport by Taxi. Overall it's a nice place to stay if you want to stay away from the noisy city centre but located not far from the city

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled on business
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Davis, CA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2010

We chose this hotel because it was the featured selection of a travel guide, but I wonder if the people who write these guides ever stay at the places about which they write. The views from the hotel are truly wonderful if you pay the extra cost of a view room. If not then you are stuck in the back above a street that resembles an ally through which cars speed at 3:00 a.m. and drunks sing. The location is far out from the center of town and parking in Porto is at a premium. We arrived on a Sunday. The hotel's restaurant was closed. Did they know of someplace close that might be open? Well, not really, but after a time they did come up with a place close by that a spectacular view of the storm tossed ocean, even if the food was uneven. The breakfast was OK, but as I nibbled at the scrambled eggs I thought to my self that they were made from powdered eggs. Naw, that could not be, but two minutes later my wife articulated the same view.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Cork, Ireland
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2010

We paid a good amount of money for a suite in this hotel, not only we could't talk to our friend in the balcony , because we where disturbing the guests next door, (fare enough, but this was before 12)
When we went to sleep the bed was THE MOST UNCONFORTABLE BED I ever slept in my life, (and we were camping the previous days...) seriuosly I'm not exagerating! u will be able to sleep better in your car!
In the morning someone walked in to our room without knoking, no problem! we were awake any way.. could't seep at all and I could hear the houskeepers moving the troleys and talking since early. when we talked about it in reception they said they couln't do anything... and that we should had complaing last night. The thing is, I don't go to a hotel to complaing about things I'm paing for a room ( suite) to be able to enjoy and relax, why on earth are you doing that to your customers?? Well, I won't be using your service again, neather any of the people that I know. I really hope you change those horrible beds and that actitud " is not my problem anymore" kind of thing. Good luck!

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Boa Vista
Address: Esplanada Castelo 58 | Foz do Douro, Porto 4150-196, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Northern Portugal > Porto District > Porto
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#25 Romantic Hotel in Porto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Boa Vista 3*
Number of rooms: 71
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Boa-Vista reserves for you the privilege of being the only Hotel in Foz, the noble part of the city, where the Douro river meets the Atlantic ocean. Here you are far away from the hustle and bustle, but close enough to everything.The Historic Centre can be quickly reached along the waterfront, offering views of the natural beauty of the river and its imposing bridges.When returning to Foz, you can enjoy the walk between the river and the sea, cross the romantic Passeio Alegre garden and admire the 16th century architecture of S. Joao Fort, just across from the hotel. After the piers and lighthouses at the Douro’s bar, the sophisticated atmosphere of the modern outdoor cafes overlooking the sea is well worth a visit. ... more   less 
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