I stayed with my group for 4 nights. Reception was efficient and speedy with a welcome from the managing director in person. Rooms are on 2 floors, built around a rectangle, within which is an outdoor swimming pool. The rooms (which can be accessed by lifts) are well appointed and offer bath or wetroom/shower choices. Rooms to the side of the hotel have oblique windows facing the distant ocean. This part of Esposende is quiet and therefore little troubled by vehicular traffic. The dining and breakfast facilities are equally good and the dining room has ocean views. Here the service is of the highest quality with food of a good standard and fairly wide choice. The bar and lounge areas are most comfortable and the attendant waiters and barmen are a pleasure to have around one. This a a good base from which to explore the northernmost parts of Portugal as it is within a few minutes drive of the main road network to north and south. The area in front of the hotel was being worked on and therefore barricaded off whilst we were there, but it appears that a nice board walk is being prepared along the edge of the lagoon: this area is just mud at low tide but water comes close at hand at high tide. Access to the actual ocean beach is 10-15 minutes walk to the north and west and it should be remembered that this is the Atlantic coast and therefore the water is always somewhat colder than beaches much further south. The town is within 10 minutes walk in the opposite direction. We look forward to a return visit, both for the building and the staff's hospitality and level of care.
We have read of concerns about the fog horn noise: if you listen hard you might hear it, but it cannot be described as intrusive or a nuisance, in other words forget about it!
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- Also Known As:
- Suave Mar Hotel
- Hotel Suave Mar Portugal/Esposende