We are a mature couple and have been on the road for 12 months. We stayed here 6 nights.
We like the situation of the hotel - close to the coast about 5 or 6 kms out of town. It is very quiet.
The beach is rocky; within walking distance is a nice sandy beach.
We have yet to find the golf course - evidently it is a 10 minute drive away.
We have a car but on a couple of occasions we just took the No.11 or No. 12 bus into town. The buses go past the front door very regularly and for 1-60 Euro drop you into the centre of the town - why bother with driving and parking.
We drove to some out of the city sights - Porto is easy to navigate around in although we did keep out of the central older area. We also found the Portuguese drivers to be considerate.
There is tons of free parking provided by the hotel.
The two reception girls were just great - Patricia and Elizabeth (Isabel). Both were so welcoming and friendly, provided us with maps and instructions and were fun to chat to.
They were both enthusiastic with their guidance to see places of interest.
The hotel is large, fairly modern and very clean - in fact spotless.
The room was large with a sea-view balcony and was well appointed.
The bathroom was a good size with good big towels and a separate toilet.
The linen on the bed was top quality.
We thought the hotel extremely good value for money.
The WiFi in the room was a bit sketchy.
We had breakfast on one occasion but felt that it did not warrant the 10 Euro cost.
We had an evening meal in the adjoining restaurant. The food was fantastic, the service was some of the best we have experienced and the price was quite reasonable. Try it - you will be delighted.
This hotel has been a great stay; all staff were absolutely excellent.
If we return to Portugal we will definitely return here.
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Branca Beach And Golf Hotel
- Casa Branca Beach Hotel
- Hotel Casa Branca Beach
- Golden Tulip Porto Gaia Hotel And Spa Portugal/Vila Nova De Gaia