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Golden Tulip Porto Gaia Hotel and Spa
Ranked #12 of 14 Hotels in Vila Nova de Gaia
East Sussex
Level 6 Contributor
135 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
“A little gem!”
Reviewed 9 October 2006

So pleased we went to this hotel. We pre-paid a suite but on arrival, found the views not the best and downgraded to a twin room on the other side of the corridor which had absolutely stunning views of the ocean. The hotel is pitched as a 3 or 4 star, and this is appropriate. The rooms were very comfortable and clean although perhaps the soft furnishings were a little tired. Bathrooms were small although perfectly adequate. The service from staff was excellent, with room service above the level expected for this catergory of hotel. The restaurant was the surprise. It was fabulous!! Rarely would I eat in a hotel dining room more than once during a week, so good I went there 3 times! Did not use the leisure facilities as so busy enjoying the natural coastline. Location is not the best but public transport very good. Also plenty of car parking.Last thing, no problems with refund on pre-paid accommodation. Would definitely go back.

  • Liked — The view
  • Disliked — Glazed balconies but understandable due to weather
  • Tips/Secrets — Use the restaurant
  • Stayed September 2006, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 August 2006

The hotel is very goog located about 1min from the beach and 6km from the city of Porto. Bus station in front of the hotel (last bus at 1am). Nice restaurants nearby (vista mar, iceberg,....) so you really don't need a car.

Very nice staff, friendly and helpful

rooms ok with nice veranda and sea view. breakfast buffet clean, rich and goos quality.

This is for me a nice three to four star hotel with 60 rooms for a pleasant and relaxing stay outside a town, however nearby the city and on the beach

  • Liked — near beach, near town
  • Stayed August 2006, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 August 2006

Just stayed for five days at Casa Branca and had a great time. The staff is extremely helpful and very much wants to please. Coming from the states, I noticed a lot of things they could improve, but overall I enjoyed my stay. The bartender in the hotel bar was extremely nice and did everything he possibly could to make sure my stay was great. He even made me his speciality drink "Sunshine" one day while I was lounging by the pool and did not know what I wanted to drink. The 10 year Port is wonderful. Since everything is affordable, tip well and you will receive top of the line treatment.

Kim

  • Liked — Staff
  • Disliked — Too far from the main city
  • Tips/Secrets — Tip well and you will receive first class treatment
  • Stayed July 2006, travelled solo
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Reviewed 29 March 2006

Just returned from a weekend break in March.
Hotel says 5kils from centre in parkland - dont believe it. 40mins on bus - 20 in taxi (good value at 10euros) Location not in parkland, it is on the sea
front but in urban sprawl, not a bar cafe etc in site.
Plus side hotel staff, rooms food very good .
Great indoor pool.
Location lets it down.

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Additional Information about Golden Tulip Porto Gaia Hotel and Spa

Property: Golden Tulip Porto Gaia Hotel and Spa
Address: Rua de Belgica 86 | Praia de Lavadores, Vila Nova de Gaia 4400-044, Portugal (Formerly Casa Branca Beach & Golf Hotel)
Region: Portugal > Northern Portugal > Porto District > Vila Nova de Gaia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Vila Nova de Gaia
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Vila Nova de Gaia
#7 Luxury Hotel in Vila Nova de Gaia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Golden Tulip Porto Gaia Hotel and Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 57
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located at Praia de Lavadores, next to Douro's and only 10 minutes from Oporto's Historical City Centre, Golden Tulip Porto Gaia Hotel & SPA offers an absolutely amazing view, starting with its 57 rooms, all decorated with quality and comfort so you can daily enjoy the splendor and magnificence of the Atlantic Ocean. Equipped with a large variety of facilities and services, such as 57 rooms, the "Casa Branca Restaurant", the Baccus Bar, the Alvarez Bar, Health Club with indoor heated pool, sauna, gym, Jacuzzi and Turkish bath, Golden Sense SPA with relaxing and beauty rituals, 6 meeting and banqueting rooms, Wi-Fi Internet, Room Service, Laundry Service, parking facilities, insuring all the quality and accuracy in details that qualifies our taste for welcoming and providing you an unforgettable stay. Let yourself be enthralled by the delicious local gastronomy at "Casa Branca Restaurant", where the traditional flavours mix with the most famous regional wines. In perfect harmony with nature, Golden Tulip Porto Gaia Hotel & SPA it's strategically located 6km from Oporto City Centre, 50 km from Aveiro, 50 km from Braga and just 20 km away from the International Oporto Airport. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Casa Branca Beach And Golf Hotel
Casa Branca Beach Hotel
Hotel Casa Branca Beach
Golden Tulip Porto Gaia Hotel And Spa Portugal/Vila Nova De Gaia

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