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“This must have been a great hotel...” 3 of 5 stars
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Grao Vasco Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Rua Gaspar Barreiros, Viseu 3500, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #4 of 14 Hotels in Viseu
Lisbon, Portugal
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“This must have been a great hotel...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

...but it's not any more. You can see that it had a time of splendor by the décor, by the building itself and by the names associated with it (they say Amalia Rodrigues and even some foreign Princesses and Princes stayed in it). But now it's all old and rusty, with dark interiors and stains in the walls of the room. The room has a mini-bar, but with only two bottles of mineral water in it. The outside neon ads look like those of a night club more than those of a 4 star hotel (by the way, I would say this should be a three star hotel right now, the fourth star must be there "for old times' sake").

The reception when we got there wasn't the best either: the receptionist charged us 20 cents for a city map (which is something that I had never seen before) and then she seemed bothered because we asked for directions. To some other customers, she said that she couldn't give the information they required because "she wasn't from here".

The room was ok, except for the already mentioned stains in the walls. The bed was big and comfortable, and the bathroom was big enough and was clean enough. Breakfast buffet was quite good, the best part of our stay: it included some assorted pastries with butter and jam; scrambled eggs, sausages and bacon; fruit, juices, coffee and tea.

All in all, this hotel is not what it used to be, and it is quite obvious for anybody staying in it. If it weren't for its great location, I wouldn't recommend it. But it's very well located, so I guess you can give it a try if you are staying for a night or two and don't mind a bit of decadence.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2011

This is an old hotel but the rooms are large and well set out. The room we had overlooked a reasonably sized pool that looked well maintained. The breakfast was adequate and if 'food' is your thing there are any number of restaurants nearby.

The hotel is centrally located and there are any number of shops and supermarkets within walking distance,

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2011

nice hotel with a pool. but think we were slightly to young for the average resident.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2011

Our hotel (Grao Vasco) is old, yet full of charm. Right in the center of town and very easy to find near the Praca da Republica. Parking on site and easy check in. Our room is very large…lots of space between the beds and a nice balcony which looks out the back and towards the pool. Big, sliding glass doors with a screen. Nice for leaving open for some fresh air.

Drinks at the bar are overpriced...but we found that most hotels in Portugal overcharge in their bars. Better to go to a local establishment and have a drink than in the hotels themselves.

The negative comes from other guests. Someone was having a party or some kind of celebration. It was noisy and loud not only in our hallway, but outside. ALL NIGHT LONG. Closing the sliding glass door didn't help. Honestly, didn't sleep a wink that night. We should have called down to the front desk, but we kept thinking they'd do something about it.

Breakfast was included and was ample. Your typical scrambled eggs, various meats/ham, breads, cheeses, yogurt, cereal, etc. I do love how they serve their milk warmed. Nice touch in Portugal.

Room Tip: Request a pool view on a top floor.
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Villafranca De Cordoba, Spain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2010

This hotel is reasonably attractive and in the center of Viseau. The rooms are nice in a fairly traditional style. There is an outdoor pool but no sauna or spa, which makes is expensive for 75 Euros a night.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2009

We were on a 2 and a half week tour with my sister-in-law, drove into Viseu without booking rooms in advance. Fortunately the tourist information was open. After the young lady recommended some hotels, we noticed one across the street. She suggested we check it out, look at the rooms. Which we did. Our rooms were excellent, overlooking the garden, and very reasonably priced. The bathroom had deferred maintenance but was fine. The tourist office also recommended a restaurant which served local cuisine and was superb - hard to find but well-worth the search.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2008

This is a 4*-hotel with characteristics of 4* in the 19xx's! A lot of dark wood, red carpet, brass and silver, cream coloured tiles in the bathroom. It's not what I like, but it is nevertheless a fine hotel: good location (if you arrive by car, follow signs for tourist office, because they are just opposite (and have free car park)), spacious and clean rooms, good breakfast, swimming pool.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Old fashioned
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Rua Gaspar Barreiros, Viseu 3500, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Northern Portugal > Viseu District > Viseu
Amenities:
Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 14 Hotels in Viseu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Grao Vasco Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 108
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