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!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Porta Nova Hotel
- Porta Nova Tavira
- Hotel Porta Nova Tavira