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“Great hotel, once you negotiate the one way system and get there” 4 of 5 stars
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Mercure Braga Centro
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Praceta Joao XXI, Braga 4715-036 , Portugal (São José de São Lázaro)   |  
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Ranked #3 of 34 Hotels in Braga
Ipswich, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
“Great hotel, once you negotiate the one way system and get there”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2011

Good hotel with rooftop pool. Helpful and professional staff.
Driving is a nightmare getting to it. There seems to be only one way in, involving a tunnel.
Just because you can see it doesn't mean you're there.
Allow plenty of time, but it's worth the effort.
Maybe it was just us.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2011

We only stayed at the Turismo because it was where Titan HiTours booked the party for 2 nights before their cruise on the Douro (Costa Verde & Douro River). A second rate hotel which chimed with the second,no third rate, service provided throughout the trip by Titan Hi Tours. (If you are thinking of going with them, maybe you ought to think again!).

Our room was on the seventh floor just below the terrace with the bar and swimming pool so it was noisy with chairs scraping and the click clack of footsteps of those at the bar.
The room was basic and no frills, not even shampoo or a safe. The decor throughout the hotel was tired.. Miserably slow lifts (elevators)
The hotel is a longish walk from the historic centre of the town on a corner of two busy roads.
Breakfast was the best thing about the hotel
Not a four star establishment: we won't be going back

Room Tip: avoid the 7th floor
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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beds england
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20 reviews 20 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2010

stayed here for thee nights,not the most appealing hotel from the outside and doesnt get much better on the inside, everypart of this hotel could do with a facelift it is very dated,rooms are basic and toileteries are minimal,lounge bar is dark and not to inviting,thats the bad points,what i did like was the helpfullness of the staff the breakfast was also very adequote and also had lunch in the hotel which was very good,the location is ideal not far from the centre on foot would i go back no but that is much to do with braga as much as the hotel

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Las Vegas, NV
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2010

I stayed in this hotel in mid September 2010. The rooms were large, the staff were generally helpful, although one spoke virtually no English. Another gave me incorrect information on the availability of taxis at a tourist location which ended up in a near disaster because I had no way to get home and it would have been a two hour walk straight down a hill with no sidewalks.

There are things that did not warrant a four star rating. First., the breakfast was terrible. I am comparing it to other 4 star hotels in Europe. I know that other reviews have said the opposite, but those reviews are over 2 years old. The coffee was simply awful, and the selection quite poor. I would definitely recommend eating elsewhere. I ate at the hotel restaurant once for dinner and the food was overpriced and nothing special, although the service was good.

Secondly, I echo the reviewer who noted that certain things, like shampoo, were not only in the room, they were not available from the front desk.

Moroever, the wireless connection did not work in the rooms. They had computers available on the second floor, and the wireless connection worked there.

Another point: Because of their energy efficient lighting in the hallways, they were dark. If you travel alone, this may be important to you.

The rooms were large but nothing special.

Finally, be aware that this hotel is not particularly close to the city center.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Redmond, Washington
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2010

Stayed in the Hotel Turismo for 3 nights in a suite with 3 people and an infant.

The hotel could definitely use a renovation, the decor is drab and dated and it feels kind of grungy on the inside. Breakfast is included, but it's not very good... I'd recommend going to one of the many nice cafe's on Avenida Liberdade instead. Other details that you would expect from a 4 star hotel are missing as well.. e.g. no shampoo was provided, just a locker-room style soap dispenser built into the shower.

The room was OK. The beds were reasonably comfortable, but nothing really special. The AC unit was pretty noisy and kept one of our rooms warm and the other cold (there was only one thermostat in the suite)... that said, there was no road noise at all.

The only thing we found that might come close to bumping this hotel up to 4 stars was the rooftop pool which was actually pretty nice... but if your not interested in that, there's really nothing to recommend this hotel.

I've stayed at the Bracara Augusta before (another 4 star hotel in Braga) and it was much, much better than the Turismo for the same price. Would definitely recommend that instead of this hotel.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Venezia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2010

I stayed with my wife, as part of a bigger group, in this hotel, for one night only in May 2010. I found this hotel very nice. The location is excellent. Rooms are spacious and comfortable. Hotel staff was helpful, even if we arrived very late in the night. The breakfast is delicious, variegated and really good!

  • Stayed May 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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new york
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2009

We really loved the hotel. It was in a good location and the room was excellent. We stayed in a two bedroom suite and it was still quite affordable. We had a fine meal in the restaurant and the breakfast that was included was probably the best I've had at any hotel.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Mercure Braga Centro

Address: Praceta Joao XXI, Braga 4715-036 , Portugal
Location: Portugal > Northern Portugal > Braga District > Braga > São José de São Lázaro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 34 Hotels in Braga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Mercure Braga Centro 4*
Number of rooms: 128
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel with multilingual staff, restaurant, bar and coffee shop is situated in the center of town. ... more   less 
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