This was my first time at this hotel. I liked some hotels on the south shore, in Vila Nova de Gaia, but the arrangements did not work out. I didn't care for some properties closer to the center. With more checking around, I found this hotel. And that fact that is on the metro between the center and the Campanha train station, it is easy to access and easy to move around from. It's generally a quite hotel.
The people at check-in are phenomenal. Regardless of which shift, all of the people working were super friendly, consistent with this city's straightforward, unpretentious friendly vibe. The rooms are large enough and the bathrooms are clean and comfortable. There are partial views available form the windows. The A/C works quickly and efficiently. These make for a great type of accommodation.
The breakfast buffet was outstanding. I really enjoyed it. In addition to snacking on so many different items available in the buffet, the service is good and one sees people from all over, though mostly from Europe. It could also set you up for lunch, leaving one to get a small bite prior to dinner.
The only thing that was tricky was the printing of boarding passes for the airport. They made it seem straightforward and it wasn't. The print was not sending the boarding passes to the front desk. I hope they have this figured out. We were able to go into the management area and get my boarding pass. That's the only reason I'll give them 4 stars instead of 5.
Again, great compact city with a lot of charm, a nice newish hotel in a good sport right above the metro, friendly employees, and a good value of room and fantastic stomach-filling buffet to start the day. I would gladly stay again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This modern hotel is situated in the heart of Oporto and close to one of its' main shopping district. The Hotel is 1.5 km away form the city centre (Praca da Republica) and only 50 m from the transportation network which can easily be reached on foot. Restaurants and bars can be found all around the Hotel area. The distance to the closest beach is 8km and the airport is 15 km from the hotel. Opened in 1999, the hotel offers a total of 292 rooms spread over 21 floors. Among the rooms we can find 20 superior rooms, 12 junior suites and 7 superior suites on the top floor. The Hotel offers a 24-hour reception desk, Free Wi-Fi in public areas, wheelchair access, exterior parking spaces for cars and buses, garage (for and additional fee), lifts and hotel safe. Among the common areas you will find a restaurant, two bars, a TV room and a games room. This hotel is perfect for business events due to its 13 event rooms with several disposition and multimedia options. There is also a laundry services and medical assistance. The comfortable rooms are equipped with air conditioning, electronic safety door look, direct telephone, safe, LCD TV with Cable and Pay TV, Wi-Fi Connection (for and additional cost), Minibar and 24 hour room service, private bathroom with telephone and hair dryer. The hotel has a Health Club, which can be accessed for an additional fee, equipped with an indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, Sauna, Steam room / Turkish bath, Gym and Spa where you may enjoy massages and treatments. Breakfast and Lunch can be select from a wide buffet. Lunch and dinner may alternatively be taken a la carte. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vila Gale Hotel Porto