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BessaHotel Boavista
Ranked #14 of 108 Hotels in Porto
Certificate of Excellence
UK
1 review
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“Fantastic hotel - great staff, great food and superb rooms!”
Reviewed 11 June 2010

Stayed here for business (offsite conference) for four days at the beginning of June 2010. Can't recommend it higher - was a lovely place to stay, with immaculate rooms that seemed like new. Staff were excellent, particularly our friendly waitress who was always there to help out (or fetch another drink!). Staff seemed to enjoy their work, and plenty of friendly banter between them gave the hotel a professional, but friendly feel.
We needed to stay on for a few hours after checkout to fit in with connecting flights – was no problem and they were happy to arrange a very decent taxi to the airport. Internet in the room is 3 cents/minute (which is handy, but would have preferred free!), though there are four free-to-use desktop PC’s in the lobby.
Really enjoyed my time here and would happily return.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled on business
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Reviewed 1 April 2010

For business again in Porto at the end of March, decided to try the Bessa hotel for its convenient location and affordable price. Quite near the Sheraton, where I have been a few times this seemed a good option. Located beside the Bessa stadion, near Boavista avenue, a 15minute walk to the metro or 15minute walk to the nearest shopping center.
The lobby is not very big, but it is stylish and modern. Check-in was a breeze and the staff was very polite. The room itself was a double, but wasn't spoilt with extra space, quite compact but not too small. Bathroom was clean and with the necessary amenities for a comfortable stay. The view is nothing that will take your breath away, my room faced the street and the school playground, but the other side I think was worse.
Bed was comfortable and the TV had lots of channels. Internet at 3 Euro cents a minute is one of the cheaper ones I have seen in a while.
I ate at the restaurant, which was a bit expensive, but the food was good and service too. The baby lamb chops and asparagus/ veggie mix was very tasty, especially the asparagus was very nice indeed. Breakfast for 9€ was an excellent surprise, lots of pastries, good eggs, fruits, coffee, breads, the lot. Very nice, don't miss it! Keep it up!

On the minus side I do have to mention that the fact that you can still smoke in this hotel lobby and the bar area, disappointed me a bit. As the bar/ lounge area is not too big, the smoke is everywhere. The other thing that annoyed me a bit was the individual plastic wrapping of plastic cups in the bathroom in the name of sanitizing, what a complete waste of plastic and the environment.

All in all a very good stay, the staff was friendly and attentive and the room was up to par. Next time, I will be staying again at the Bessa! Keep it up!

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled on business
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Bruxelles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2010

I stayed in this hotel both for pirvate and business purposes...I must say that it is top quality. The only bad thing is the situation...quite far from the city centre...but the price is so good for such a good hotel ! The food is fine too. Service is high quality. I would however recommend the hotel to offer the wifi connection...it is so common now in many places..having to pay, to get a code, etc...a bit complicated to surf the net nowadays ! I strongly recommend the place even if far from the city centre, you can always go by metro to the best sights in town !

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled on business
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Lisbon, Portugal
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2009

The Hotel is locatted behind the Bessa footbal stadium and near a school. it´s not very easy to find drinving around, because there´s few street indications.
Its a modern building in a quiet neighborhood. although there´s a hotel parking lot (expencive) there are plenty free street parking space.
The reception staff are very friendly and helpfull, with a small loby and some computers with free internet acess.
The room are very spacious and modern, with stylish furniture, plasma Tvs, minibar, many bathroom amenities.
the breakfirst is served in the cafeteria. Pleny of food choices and quality, very helpfull staff.
Although its a very good hotel, with modern and comfortable facilities, it lacks a gym or a swimming pool.
Overall is a very good city hotel!

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled on business
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Rio de Janeiro
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Reviewed 28 October 2009

The Bessa hotel is avery good 4 star hotel. Breakfast is a bit expensive (12,50 Eur I think...) Big underground parking for 5 Eur/weekend and 8 Eur weekdays. Parking entrance and exit a bit narrow for big cars. Mini bar is ok. Rooms are clean and modern/cozy with good bathroom. The bed is very comfortable aswell. The internet is good priced if you use up to a couple of hours, as they charge you 0,03 Eur per minute. multiply it by 10 hours and you'll see...
The location is not so central, but taxi is not expensive. Dont' forget to eat a "francesinha" during your stay in Oporto.
Also try to go see a football mach at Estadio Dragao of FC Porto. Very beautiful stadium.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 October 2009

After a long, tiring trip, it was a pleasure to be welcomed by the friendly receptionist and promptly put into the first clean room even though we arrived hours before the check-in time. The free internet in the lobby was great. The rooms were modern and very clean. The service was great!! I would highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: BessaHotel Boavista
Address: Rua Doutor Marques de Carvalho 111 | Boavista, Porto 4100-325, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Northern Portugal > Porto District > Porto
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Business Hotel in Porto
#10 Romantic Hotel in Porto
#12 Family Hotel in Porto
#13 Luxury Hotel in Porto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — BessaHotel Boavista 4*
Number of rooms: 109
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Centrally located in Porto's prestigious Boavista district, a few minutes' from Casa da Musica, BessaHotel offers a fitness centre and a Turkish bath. Free WiFi is available. At BessaHotel we dress Porto with design and a new concept: The B Concept! ... more   less 
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