We stayed for 2 nights at the Vila Gale as a couple, our observations are:
Location - near 24 de Agosto metro station approx. 2 minutes walk, 30 minutes from the Porto airport with single trip fare costs 1.80 euros. The area itself is disappointing as it looks run down and we didn't feel safe being out at night so we stayed in the hotel. On the plus side, lots of buses and taxis near the hotel and it is approx. 10-15 minutes walk to the main shopping area! Via Catarina is quite a nice shopping mall that from the outside, anyone would think it is a very small place but it actually is quite a nice in the inside.
Reception - very friendly and helpful staff! We cannot think of anything negative to say about the staff at Vila Gale as they are very lovely! Check-in was straight forward, we arrived just after 8:30pm and checked-in immediately. Information was readily available to us whenever we asked, we got it!
Rooms - basic but adequate. We stayed in room 1403 with an amazing view of Porto! Beds were firm but comfortable and the room was very quiet that we had enjoyed a couple of nights peaceful sleep. Rooms on the higher floors are highly recommended, lifts are regular too but definitely ask for a nice view room. Decor is basic throughout the hotel.. it seems to have a movie stars theme which was quite nice.
Food - on our first night, we tried the restaurant which served a buffet for 22 euros per person. We also had a bottle of Rose which only cost 9 euros. The buffet food wasn't great but there were adequate choices. On the plus side, hearty breakfast!!!! Lots of choices - usual hot food of bacon, eggs, sausages etc. Cold meats, cheese, pancakes, fruits etc. including Champagne! Breakfast was very enjoyable!
Bar - cheap drinks and again, lovely staff! They have live music on Saturdays and during the week... very relaxing atmosphere.
Spa - the hotel has a Spa on the 19th floor overlooking the lovely views of Porto. It is run by another company but the staff are lovely and friendly. We tried the 20 euro promotion which included use of pool, jacuzzi, turkish bath, sauna, ritual tea and 15 minute back massage which was very relaxing! Good value for money!
Overall, Vila Gale is a good base for visiting Porto. The area may not be the best in Porto, but the staff are very passionate about the service they provide and always do their best to make guests feel welcome. We certainly felt that way! Would definitely stay there again if visiting Porto as it is good value for money. I would say it is a 3-star hotel with 4-star quality service from their staff. Hope it continues to improve all the time.
- 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