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“Basic accomodation at a very good level” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Beleza da Serra

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Beleza da Serra
Ranked #4 of 20 Geres B&B and Inns
München
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50 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Basic accomodation at a very good level”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2013

We enjoyed our stay for two nights in Beleza da Serra as it is a good location for exploring the national park of Geres.
The street in front of the hotel is not as noisy as it might be expected. You definitively need a car for the location as no shops and restaurants are in walking distance.

The advantages are:
- lovely balcony with a good view on the lake
- very good breakfast
- housekeeping is excellent

The furniture of the room is rather basic and the TV doesn't include any international channels but this was okay for us.

We had dinner in the restaurant and enjoyed it.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Littlecosmos
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Portugal
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2013

LOCATION

The hotel is located in the margin of the Cavado River, near Admeus, about 5 minutes away from Vila do Gerês (by car), and has a fluvial beach just 50 metres away (you just have to cross the road!).


ROOM

Our room (208) had air conditioner, a double bed, a TV with only 6 channels (4 main Portuguese channels + Hollywood + Sport TV), a balcony with view to the River / Mountains, with a table and 2 chairs, just perfect to eat something while enjoying the view.

The bathroom had a shower, which was just fine for us.

Almost every day we had our bed prepared with hearts / bird romantic designs, and flowers and petals spread over the bed linen.

We always found the room very clean and our nights were quiet and comfortable, although sometimes we could hear other people in the adjacent room (but that was not a problem at all!).

WiFi is available everywhere (you have to request the password at reception) but the connection was a bit slow.


FACILITIES

The Hotel has 2 common rooms for guests’ use, where you can see TV, play games (I’ve seen many games, like domino, chess, Pictionary, Scrabble, etc) or read a book (about 20 books in the shelf, free to use and return after reading).


FOOD

Breakfast (could be served in the room for an additional charge) was included in the price per night (buffet style), and had 4 different bread types, ham, cheese, cereals, fruit (melon, watermelon, orange, peach, strawberries, etc), 2 types of juice (one of them natural, the other a concentrated juice, but none were particularly tasty, and could be improved), coffee, milk, tea, butter, different types of jam, and a toaster.

The hotel has a restaurant which offers meals of pretty good quality, for a reasonable price (not cheap, not expensive). We tried a soup, different types of meat, and most desserts, and everything was great and served in good portions (specially the main courses).

Just outside the hotel there is a pizzeria (from a different owner) with nice pizzas cooked in firewood oven. The remaining food they had was kinda bad.


SERVICE

The staff was very friendly and helpful, and provided a clear and complete explanation of the surrounding touristic attractions, and helped us to plan our 3 days of holidays with several interesting walks through the forests of Gerês, visits to nearby important churches, and even advised on routes to follow in order to avoid the Sunday traffic.


PARKING

The hotel had enough parking space for everyone.


ACTIVITIES & SIGHTSEEING

Just outside the hotel there is a shop where you can rent pedal boats, kayaks, plan some paintball, and other activities.

If you like walking, I recommend the visit to “Cascatas do Arado”, “Cascatas do Tahiti” (dangerous access) and Pedra Bela.

Nearby there is a famous church, S. Bento de Porta Aberta, with a local market open 7 days per week, selling religious stuff, fruit, honey, and many more.

Also interesting to visit is the Peneda Church, which resembles a lot to “Bom Jesus de Braga” Church, but it’s a bit far away from the hotel. I also recommend the Vila do Soajo “Espigueiros”, where you can see the old small buildings used to store the grain, which are quite common in the region. And also in the Vila do Soajo there is a beautiful fluvial beach, with a pretty cascade and lagoon. The access to the water looked dangerous, though.

I’ve also been in the very best restaurant of Geres, “O Abocanhado” (quite pricey) which is located near Brufes and has a amazing view over a valley.


CONCLUSION

Considering the whole experience, I believe the price to value is really good, and I would definitely recommend it to my friends! Next time I return to Gerês I will surely stay in Beleza da Serra again!

Room Tip: If possible, try to have a room with balcony and view to the river!
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 Thank Pawn
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Montijo, Portugal
Level Contributor
38 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2012

This has been my most complicated review so far, as it is made up of mixed feelings. 1st of all, I could have easily rated my entire stay with 5 stars. BUT this would not be directly linked to my hotel, but rather to the whole surroundings / landscape, and friendliness of the hotel staff. However, if we««one would like the owners to invest in this hotel (and I most certainly would), then one would have to try to separate the surroundings from the actual hotel / B&B. The hotel itself is a typical "Gerês" mansion, made up of around 12 rooms. Some of these rooms face the lake (front of the house), others face the mountains (don't expect a whole lot of view from these ones, 'though, as the mountaines are about 5 feet away from your window, and there's nothing to see really, apart from tree branches). The rooms with lake.view are smaller than the other ones, but they have a nice balcony. The bathrooms is really small, and most of the times the smell in the bathroom was not nice (a lot of humidity mixed with poor airflow makes for a bad smell), and this smell sometimes would "leak" into the entire room. The furniture is old, but nevertheless it is in tune with the hotel spirit. If the bathroom was nicer and "better smelling", the room could have a 4 star rating. Rooms are NOT well isolated soundwise, and we could hear people talking in the room next to us as if they were IN OUR room, as well as people in the breakfast room / restaurant. Breakfast was really poor. You could only have coffe + milk, orange juice (the "concentrated" kind, not fresh), some fresh juice which I could not identify from which fruit it came from, 2 kinds of cereals, bread, cheese and ham. There were 4 kinds of "jam" also, but I am not into those. The local bread was very good, nontheless. Expresso coffe was only available as a side order (0,70 EUR per expresso). Now for the good part. The hotel IS situated in a magnificent site. The lake is right across the road, and you can rent canoes or small boats in the restaurant next to the hotel. Also, staff was REALLY friendly and helpfull. The restaurant is really good, but a bit pricey (actually, I can say that I could not find ONE bad restaurant in the neighbourhood, and most were less expensive - but still, the food in the hotel's restaurant was very good). Take the time to read the hotel's "manual". It is well built, with sugestions of nearby places to visit, and with excellent tips. They offer some discounts too, so make sure you read it.
Overall, once again, I COULD have rated this hotel at a higher rate, BUT, the turn-off's were, for my taste, severe turn-off's. Hopefully, they will take care of those problems in the nearby future.

Room Tip: Although the mountain-view rooms are bigger, I still prefer the lake-view rooms. If you go with nice...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank SergioNamora
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Zürich
Level Contributor
87 reviews
33 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2012

We loved this place so much, we prolonged our stay and still regretted having to leave this cosy hotel and the lovely environment. The owners are super-friendly and very helpful - do get some tipps from them on what to do in the area! It helps that their English is perfect. We would have for sure missed lovely cascades, hot rivers, and walks. We are seriously considering now coming back for a week or 10 days during another season.
The room was spotlessly clean, simple but comfortable and everything was in working order. A major plus is the big breakfast buffet where everyone will find something to their taste. The food served in the restaurant ranks with the best served in the area - and considering that Geres is a magnet for (mainly Portugese) holidaymakers, the prices were not high at all. Local families come here for their Sunday lunch, too. For two people, including coffees, dessert, water, vinho verde & drinks like beer, portwine and whiskey, we usually payed around 30-35 Euro a night, depending on how long we stayed after dinner (managed 2 o'clock in the morning one night). The main road right in front of the hotel is busy on weekends - but as soon as it get dark, there is hardly any traffic anymore. At nighttime, it was quiet.
If you are young travellers, however, I would NOT recommend this accomodation unless you are a couple not interested in partying. Try finding accomodating in Rio Caldo (watersports including banana boating, tubing, water skiing etc.) which has a few bars or in Geres which has at least one nightclub.

Room Tip: Ask if you can have room 109 also known as "the big room" - unless 3 people have booked it...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
3 Thank LadyMaryMontagu
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London, England
Level Contributor
30 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2012

We were so impressed by our stay at this hotel.

Great accommodation and the most friendly and efficient people looked after us. It was cosy and spotlessly clean. The breakfast included was excellent. We had such a good evening meal there, and a really nice lunch.

Fantastic value for money and you really wouldn't need to stay anywhere else!

Room Tip: We had a room at the front of the building and that was very nice. Great view.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
4 Thank Blen
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Port Macquarie, Australia
Level Contributor
17 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2011

Beleza offers good, simple rooms, extremely clean, small but with a full bathroom and a nice balcony overlooking the lovely lake. As it was a special weekend while we were there, it was a bit noisy through the day (the main/only road runs in front of the property) but it was quite good at night. The restaurant on the premises was quite good, although not very cheap considering Portugals prices. The breakfast was very good and quite complete for Portugal, where it seems to be quite a simple affair. Overall, a great place to stay and enjoy this lovely area. Staff (owners) speak English as they used to live in London.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank petu
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Los Angeles
Level Contributor
50 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2009

This place, in front of the lake is a 3 day geteway that anyone visiting portugal must do. The location, the food and the whole experience is out of this world. North of portugal is a beautiful place and especially the area of Geres. The owners are the best people and the experience of dinner with a bottle of Vinho Verde is unforgettable.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Lela#1
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Property: Beleza da Serra
Address: Lugar do Bairro no 25 | Vilar da Veiga, Geres 4845-065, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Northern Portugal > Braga District > Geres
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Geres
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Beleza da Serra 2*
Number of rooms: 15
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