Stayed for a month, that embraced both medium and low shoulders, due to a good value AI deal for a solo traveller.
The hotel is clean from top to bottom, rooms spacious with a variety of options and views.
The food although at one stage scant, was generally well prepared and varied, if suffering from ineffectual buffet deck heating.
Clearly talented and imaginative chefs. The fresh ingredient soups, being a delicious speciality. Situated on the outskirts of Tavira yet only a 5 min walk [down] up to 10 [back] from the Roman Bridge.
Ideal for couples and singles---Children would not be well impressed and parents a challenge.
As with most hotels in Tavira some distance from the beautiful Ria Formosa beaches and islands.
Whilst recognising and sympathising with current fiscal problems facing the delightful Portuguese people, the Executive of this small group should recognise that a reputation and aspirations can be irreversibly damaged, if basics such as the following are neglected.
The hotel has six floors, the main bar being on the uppermost---With the absence of an open poolside or ground floor bar, it was necessary to mount six floors for the most basic of beverages---A major inconvenience when for over three days, two of the three lifts were not operating, locating which, was also a nuance.
The friendly staff, clearly wished to extend hospitality despite understaffed circumstances, there being a very obvious aire of foreboding amongst them--- as if "The Sword of Damocles" were about to fall.
Entertainment was almost nonexistent --a solo musical performer on three evenings a week.
Ironically, although the sixth floor bar had a sun deck, it was not permitted for anyone to sunbathe shirtless ---at any time.
The indoor pool was not atall inviting, resembling something similiar to a puddle, in an under ground car park.
Although not the most necessary requirement on holiday.Wifi was only available in the reception area where the two installed computer stations were inevitably not working and the signal for those with, very erratic..
The managements lack of interest, or informing authorities, that a very large tourist coach with mechanical failure, was kept noisely running, as being serviced, for some six hours of the early morning opposite the hotel and its residential environment.
Could not be described as 'the icing on the cake'.
If serious about the hospitality industry, the non resident Executive, would benefit by addressing the needs of the market niche this hotel potentially has---before freefall. .
- 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:
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- Porta Nova Tavira
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