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“Modest but clean and cheap.”
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Hotel do Parque
Ranked #14 of 26 Hotels in Viana do Castelo
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“Modest but clean and cheap.”
Reviewed 6 August 2014

Very helpful staff and spoke good English that is not actually normal for this area. The best price I could find and expected a rather dingy hotel but was pleasantly surprised with the crisp clean bedding and aircon etc. Breakfast is a bit boring as it was cereal, cold meat, cheese and buns every morning but for the price, I would not complain.
Although it is near the city center where it all happens, most people don't know of the great and viby river "beach" just across the road. This is the only "beach" this side of the river and has a few pubs along the long walkway. Great for people or bikini watching. Boats can be hired here plus bicycles and river rides on floating stuff dragged by speed boats.

Room Tip: Rooms facing East. Better view over river.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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New Jersey
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Reviewed 3 April 2014

The hotel is nothing special. Clean, contemporary basic rooms, some with a great view of the river. The establishment is near most of the tourist attractions in Viana. it's located next to the
river only a few blocks from the center of town. This place is also near the crossing bridge
when exiting Viana. And knowing Viana do Castelo's daily traffic this is a good thing.
I recommend eating in town, an example "O tres Potes".

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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62 reviews
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Reviewed 15 September 2013

This was the most reasonably priced decent hotel in Viana do Castelo when I searched for accommodation. I did read comments that it looked old. In fact, when I first arrived, I was a bit taken aback by the dated look of the reception area. However, the front desk staff was very friendly and helpful. She let us check in early and explained to us how to get to town. She said that it's about 10 minutes on foot but it really will take about 20-25 minutes. Still, it was a comfortable walk as the promenade was sheltered by old trees on the 2 sides.

When we got into the room, it was a totally different story. It has been nicely renovated and really felt cosy. We had a great night of sleep.

There were ample free parking spaces which we loved because most of the hotels closer to town charge you a fortune to put your car in the garage. Internet is not free but only 2 Euro. Many people complained about the breakfast but for the price we paid, we were very happy. There were coffee, tea, milk and juice, cereal, bread, cheese and ham. I have no complaint. If people want an extravagant breakfast, they can pay 3 times more and go into a 5-star hotel.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hampshire
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Reviewed 22 July 2013

The hotel was friendly, good English spoken by helpful staff. The pools looked good, but the weather wasn't up to it.

Large room with good air conditioning

It's not a very long walk into town but it does involve crossing a number of busy roads, so it's not a pleasant experience. On the other hand Viana was horrid to drive in so keeping out of the centre in the car is no bad thing.

Large breakfast room but pretty basic fare and the juice was that watered down stuff. Plenty of food available though and in a buffet style.

The hotel did seem to have a tendency towards coach parties.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 6 April 2013 via mobile

When I arrive to the hotel, I immediately notice is old aspect but the lady at the reception was kind and the room was comfortable. The problem was that when I returned after my dinner to the hotel (10.40pm) at the reception nobody was. I waited for 10m more or less and during the time I ringed the bell. After this period the same lady came and gave me the key. I told her that situation was incredibile especially in terme of security because everoby could take the key without problems. And the worst thing was that the lady told me that I didn't wait for 10m and something else like "nobody's come, don't worry" but I didn't understand because she spoke in Portoguese and she was absolute rude because she spoke me going away.
So I didn't absolutely recommend especially for the security.

Stayed April 2013, travelled on business
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Nelson
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Reviewed 20 May 2012

We stayed in the Hotel do Parque for two nights, on our three month trip from New Zealand, and loved it there. The location was perfect, just a five minute walk from the old town, views of the river and an enormous outdoor swimming pool. The rooms have obviously been recently refurbished and modernised, the beds were very comfortable, it had a big bathroom and it was quiet, so it ticked all the boxes for us. There was WiFi in the hotel at 4 euros a day. Our room was large, with a river view and a balcony. The manager was really friendly and helpful and spoke extremely good English. Breakfast was included in the room rate and was adequate. It was served in the restaurant on the top floor which had amazing river views. We would definitely recommend this to anyone visiting the area.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view of the river and swimming pool
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Hereford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 September 2011

Just off the end of the central promenade, and close to all the restaurants, this hotel is basic but clean with particuarly helpful and pleasant reception staff. It has a swimming pool out the back, and is only 2 minutes walk into town, either along the river boardwalk, or through the pedestrian promenade.
Our room looked out at the back over the pool and the river, so was very quiet - no problems at all.
It lets itself down though in a few ways - breakfast is very, very basic. We stayed 3 nights and that was enough - coffee awful, juice worse and only bread and cheap ham/cheese and jam. There is a bar beside the pool, but it is not staffed - you have to go and find someone in reception to come and serve you - not good if you are just out the pool and dripping water. No mini-bar in the room, or kettle, and finally the tiniest little balcony I have ever seen - room for one small chair, so you have to take it in turns to sit out there !
Despite this, the price is so incredibly reasonable, I didn't feel badly done to at all.

Room Tip: Ask for a rear room, and take extras into breakfast !
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel do Parque
Address: Praca da Galiza, Viana do Castelo 4900-476, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Northern Portugal > Viana do Castelo District > Viana do Castelo
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Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free Parking Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #14 of 26 Hotels in Viana do Castelo
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel do Parque 3*
Number of rooms: 124
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