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“Good value @ €20 per night but not 4Star” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Porta Nova
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Rua Antonio Pinheiro, Tavira 8800-323 , Portugal (Formerly BlueBay Porta Nova)   |  
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Ranked #11 of 16 Hotels in Tavira
West of England
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“Good value @ €20 per night but not 4Star”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

We stayed,room only,for €20 per night in March 2013. It was good value at that rate but I would not rate it as 4 Star which is claimed. The hotel is in a prominent location above the town with excellent views of the river the coast and the hills.This means that the walk to it from the town is steep though not that long (about 5 minutes) and may rule the hotel out for those with limited mobility. The room was clean and cleaned daily with new towels and mats for the perfectly adequate bathroom. Both the bedroom and bathroom suffered from what could politely be called subdued lighting which made reading and shaving difficult. The beds were on the hard side, there was a fridge in the room but no kettle and the balcony was fine.The TV was car boot sale quality which was disappointing. We paid €3 per day for a room safe plus €25 returnable deposit which was reasonable. All the staff were pleasant and helpful and the reception people all had fluent English.
The hotel's main outdoor pool was out of commission when we stayed but there was enough sun to sample the sun beds which were good quality, not the usual moulded plastic. The hotel has a panoramic bar on the 5th floor which truly does have 360 degree views of the area but is quite expensive and has some odd conventions about what is not included in the "all inclusive" regime (eg local bottled beer is excluded though you can buy at a discounted rate compared to other customers!) The hotel also has a generator at the rear which is on 24/7 and makes enough noise to be a nuisance if you are sound sensitive!
All in all the hotel had more going for it than I would normally expect for €20 per night!

Room Tip: Ask for room away from the generator at the back of the hotel.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

Cheap hotel, but great value for the maoney anyway. Clean room with daily maintenance and great view over the city and the sea. The panorama bar is great and the waiter is very service minded. Don't buy their breakfast or their private parking.
Wifi worked on and off during the week and only in the reception area.
Near the city with fine restaurants.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Been to the Porta Nova on numerous occasions now , and its great to see some improvements have , and are still being made , new carpets , hair driers , general things which are now up-graded , the outside pool also being refurbished , ready for the coming season , I expect , still rotten tv , if you are a Brit , It's nice to relax for an hour or so late afternoon , limited internet ( free) around the reception area , if using your own devices . I only stay B&B there , but all inclusive now offered , which takes away trade from the local establishments , I feel . Rooms are clean , and the staff friendly , entertainment 3 nights , above average , look forward to my next visit

Room Tip: even numbers pool and town view , with the morning sunshine odd room numbers , afternoon/evening s...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hobro, Denmark
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

4 star - hotel; no way. I jugde max. 2 - 2½ star
the hotel needs urgent renovation; staf in dining area were without any mood, no smile and no accommodating.
food quality: lowest catering quality. Every morning absolutely the same dry cheese, same boring ham, same bread, etc. No positive surprise.
one evening the even brought leftovers (cake) from yesterdays serving.
It seems to be a kitchen being able to peel a orange an kiwi only.
The staff was alway late to fill up the dishes.

Room Tip: choose another hotel
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 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
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Isle Of Wight
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

Stayed 2-weeks in Jan/Feb. Tavira is terrific. Hotel in good position - rooftop bar is excellent but very cold. However, Probably the worst hotel I have ever stayed in. Food was terrible - quality and presentation. Meat was often inedible. Vegetables are all frozen - then warmed up. This from a hotel in a country that has the most wonderful array of fresh vegetables - just look i9n the markets. Everything is obviously pared down in terms of cost. Beds are small and VERY uncomfortable. Room TV is a small portable model that would find its way into a charity shop in UK! Only two English speaking channels available - CNN and Al Jazeera. Would rate hotel as 2*+ at most - not the 4* it professes to be. Strange, as all guests seemed to be Brits! Could go on and on - but I think I have given my impressions! Travelled with Mercury Direct and complained to them via their website - three times - but no response. Left message for rep - but no response. This hotel did Mercury Direct no favours at all.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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rochester uk
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

Tavira is a lovely place and the hotel is only a short uphill walk from the town centre. We stayed here for a week from February 17th as part of a Ramblers walking group who always use this hotel.
It has some good points: the rooms are large, the water is always hot, the sheets are clean and breakfast was generally good with plenty of choice.
This is a noisy hotel (see all the other comments) and must be even noisier in the high season. Room doors, wardrobe doors, drawers are all virtually impossible to close quietly and other guests sometimes contribute to the general racket so I used ear plugs.
It is not a 4 star hotel. Beds are rock hard so may suit you if you have a back condition requiring such a feature. On the other hand, you could end up aching all over!
The hotel seems to be operating with a skeleton staff so standards may have gradually slipped.
I suggest you take a 'universal bath plug'. We had a new plug to our bath but it didn't fit.
We didn't use the pools but they looked very attractive.
If you don't want to spend money on a room safe there is a safe at reception where you can leave your passports etc but you will have to ask to do so.
The rooftop bar has amazing views but is very expensive.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Stayed here for 3 weeks Jan/Feb 2013. Changed rooms once but still noise problems. One side of hotel is opposite a bar which closes at 2 in the morning! The other side has the generator 24/7. Lots of short stays....bird watchers ... walkers..... golfers so early starts and late arrivals most days. Nobody uses handles to shut the doors and continous loud.. late...banging! along with the voices!!!
A polite notice asking guests to be a bit more considerate would be good...perhaps posted in each corridor and in the lifts????? Rooms OK..... clean but a bit tired for a 4 star hotel. Food good ....always 3 or more choices of main course.....fresh fruit every day.
Most staff friendly ....and willing to help.
Good place for exploring the town.....local train worth using. ( If you are over 60 show your passport and get half price fares)

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Rua Antonio Pinheiro, Tavira 8800-323 , Portugal (Formerly BlueBay Porta Nova)
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Tavira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Luxury Hotel in Tavira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Porta Nova 4*
Number of rooms: 134
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Porta Nova, located on the hillside of a quiet hill in Tavira, southeast of Algarve, is perfectly integrated into the environment. It has 134 rooms and 3 Junior Suites, all with large windows from which to enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the mountains and monuments. Thanks to its particular location at the highest point of Tavira, the hotel offers magnificent views of the city. ... more   less 
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