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“Felt a bit like staying in an eastern European hotel in the eighties” 3 of 5 stars
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Navarras Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Rua Antonio Carneiro, Amarante 4600-049, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Amarante
Manchester, UK
Top Contributor
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39 hotel reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“Felt a bit like staying in an eastern European hotel in the eighties”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2010

I don't want to bad-mouth this place too much; it just turned out to be the least appealing of the five hotels we stayed at during our mini-tour of northern and central Portugal.

We had intended to stay for two nights in Braga, using that as a base for day trips out (including to Amarante); however, driving into Braga on a Friday afternoon we simply couldn't find anywhere to park up even for a short time, and even though we spotted the residencial we had earmarked, there was no way we could get anywhere near it in the car, so after a frustrating drive around the incredibly busy city centre we decided to cut our losses and head on to Amarante straight away.

Amarante is one of the hilliest places I've ever driven in, and again, it took some time to find the small and hidden away central parking area so that we could then do a bit of hotel-searching on foot (again, after a hairy time spent scooting up and down the hills during school turning-out time).

The Navarras isn't all that obvious to spot, even though it does have a sign on its roof. You enter via an anonymous doorway along a sort of raised walkway just above street level. Reception staff were very pleasant (and the chap whom we took to be the manager is quite a character). Having secured a room we then had to decide where to park (there's no parking attached to the hotel itself) - the choice is basically on the street outside (overnight only, or you have to pay thereafter), or in a close-by multi-storey , which we opted for (7.10 euros a night).

The room was a bit 'tired' and dingy (as were the corridors), albeit clean enough. We were at the back of the building, so it was reasonably quiet - apart from a cockerel which started crowing early morning. There was a balcony, but not much of a view from it. That apart, there wasn't anything we could actually complain about - the whole place just needed a good renovation.

Breakfast is in a vast ballroom-type room; it was okay, but unmemorable.

We checked out the following morning, as it was an uninspiring place and we fancied being back on the coast for our last two nights. Maybe the other 'main' hotel in the town would have been better, but accommodation isn't Amarante's strong point, which is a shame, as it's a pretty place and there are a fair number of restaurants to choose from.

  • Stayed October 2010, 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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20 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2010

First, I don't understand how Trip Advisor takes one 2-star review and one 3-star review and comes up with an average of 3.5 stars (which is what was showing before I wrote this review). I'm writing this mainly to get the total to show closer to what the reviews are actually saying. Now for the hotel: While Amarante is pretty charming, this hotel is on an ugly dusty street. The hotel is poorly marked. We walked back and forth in front of it for 10 minutes before we stumbled on its sign. The water tank on the toilet in our first room wouldn't stop filling and we had to move to another room, which was pretty shabby and not too clean. While it is an easy walk to the bus station, it's a pretty good hike from the train station. (If you are taking the train from Porto, you may find that they put you on a bus for the last section and this substitute bus leaves you near the train station, not the main bus station.) The staff was helpful and the breakfast was ok. Before staying in this hotel, I'd recommend staying an extra night in Guimaraes and taking the bus over to Amarante to hang out for the afternoon.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Santiago de Compostela, Galiza
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2008

Huge hotel built in the seventies (or so) as the major convention centre in the city but today a little oversized and old-fashioned. Rooms are clean but anyone can sleep a night in my bed (i didn't tested some others) because of the noises it made and the pillows (one's not enough, two're too much). I can´t recommend the bed but rooms on the first floor have a big terrace and are ok if you're not looking for great luxuries and the hotel and the city are quiet and good for rest. Breakfast are a well-supplied free buffet in a big ballroom up in the third floor with a nice balcony over part of the city.

  • Liked — Place
  • Disliked — Beds
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Rua Antonio Carneiro, Amarante 4600-049, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Northern Portugal > Porto District > Amarante
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Amarante
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Navarras Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 58
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel provides free exclusive access to the Tâmega Clube (located at 10 minutes from the hotel) we offer an array of attractions : Outdoor Water Park (open from 24/05/13 until 22/09/13), Indoor Water Park with its wave pool, the Gym Advanced Training Academy, Tennis Training Academy, Football Training Academy (September 2013), Golf Training Academy Located in the historic center of the Amarante, the 58 rooms with Wi-Fi, including air conditioning, flat-screen TV with cable channels and a private bathroom with bath or shower with selected amenities.A breakfast buffet is served freshly prepared every day on the top floor of the hotelThe hotel is located within walking distance to numerous restaurants, bars, nightlife, shops and cafes. The historic sites and museums, such as the Church of São Gonçalo Cardoso Souza and the museum.The Mini-Market Hotel is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, offers a variety of soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, wines and light snacks at the reception. ... more   less 
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