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“Sea view for romantics”
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Hotel Boa Vista
Ranked #52 of 111 Hotels in Porto
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 26 April 2014

Location.
Hotel location is ca 6km from city centre easily accessible with bus line 500, with a bus stop ca 150m from hotel. Bus ride is 10-15min from centre. Taxi cost some 24e to hotel from airport. If you are not planning to hang in the pubs all night long, this hotel is perfectly located.
Staff
We arrived quite early and room was not ready, but become available in 15minutes, after quick cleaning, which was not perfect. Front desk staff varied from average (bored) to very good, willingly helping.
Room
Hotel rooms are standard, not very big. Best thing is the sea view, if you plan for romantic stay, pay for it. Standard room view can be to back alley. Room have modestly priced minibar. Walls stop most of the noise from neighbouring rooms, but you can still here quite well. Streets are quiet. Internet is free, but for some odd reason User-id and password protected. Half of the equipment were fine with system and remembered settings. For the rest it was annoying to re-enter password like 2yT4xRZ always. Bathroom had soap dispenser, bath and hair dryer. There are 2 elevators next to reception desk and one on the other side of the entrance hall. For unknown reason this single elevator seemed to be more popular. No security locking on the elevator.
Other
Breakfast was buffet type and served downstairs. Even a friend from other stay confirmed that it was served downstairs, in comparison to other review. Breakfast contains hot components and big variety of cold components.
Pool was not serviced in the winter so water was dirty and not inviting to swim. Length is good for dipping and some laps, typical hotel pool. It is on top the hotel, offering nice view.
Top floor bar & restaurant is very nice for dinner or evening drinks with sea view and view at Foz. Prices are modest, nothing hotel top priced, so I would visit here even without staying at the hotel.
Highly recommend this hotel for couples for romantic occasion!

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

I spent one night in this hotel in March. Very nice position for a very reasonable Price...the breakfast is at the very top of the hotel. From there we had the opportunity to enjoy a very beatiful view..

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 10 March 2014

I have stayed at the Boa-Vista on three of four different occasions at various times of the year and will continue to stay here. The hotel is away from the downtown core so it is reasonably priced. A historic trolley car stops near by and takes you into the heart of the city. The hotel overlooks an old castle (now a tennis club), and has great views of the ocean. There is a very long beachside boardwalk that passes by the front of the hotel so walking is a great leisure option. The hotel also rents bikes. The are a number of very good restaurants within walking distance and breakfast is included with the hotel stay. In addition, the hotel has a roof top restaurant, bar, pool and terrace so is a great place to relax during one of the many warm evening in this part of Portugal. The lunch and dinner meals are also quite good.

Room Tip: Ask for an ocean view.
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled on business
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2  Thank George C
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Reviewed 29 December 2013

this hotel has a great few of the ocean and great terrace with pool, but the location is very far from the city center. we tried to walk it on a nice December day and we did not reach the center within the hour. the hotel is clean and modern, but with very strange design features, for example, the room has steps from the entrance to the area where the beds are and lowered ceiling. the bathroom is very small. good breakfast.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled on business
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Thank vanessaX9220AL
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Reviewed 5 October 2013

Good enough facilities for our one night stay (we were for example allowed to use the PC and printer for free to check in for our flight online and print our boarding passes). Car park in the basement available but very narrow surrounding streets to navigate your way through, and a small tight entrance to the car park. But peace of mind, and we were allowed to leave our car there after checking out so we could explore the area before leaving for our flight. Area is interesting, sea front and neighbouring shops and restaurant all worth the visit alone, as is the nearby contemporary art museum and sculpture park. Small double room, buffet breakfast, tasteful enough lounge with piano and English language paperbacks.

Room Tip: Sea views available, and suites available if you need more room.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Marie L
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Reviewed 30 September 2013

The location is fantastic for combining a city/ beach stay - just over an hours walk into the city, or a short cab/ bus or tram ride. The hotel is in Foz, next to beach and sea - lovely! There are about five restaurants within a 10 minute walk, and the one next to the hotel is excellent! The hotel itself was perfect for us - nice rooms, clean and serviced daily. Breakfast catered for everyone - bacon & eggs too, which I wasn't expecting. The main attraction is the roof top pool, which is great - brilliant views whilst you get a tan. The one disappointment with the hotel is the staff - not very helpful and always looking down in the dumps - they need to smile!!! Recommend this hotel for all - great way of see Porto. We stayed for 4 days....you could do a week in this location!

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 August 2013 via mobile

The ladies in the reception were neither helpful nor friendly. Wifi was only available for free in the reception. There is a lovely view from the bar on the top floor. Rooms are very basic and old fashioned but clean enough.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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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:
#24 Romantic Hotel in Porto
Price Range: £69 - £99 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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