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“Great hotel, short trip to get to city centre”
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Vila Gale Coimbra
Ranked #2 of 23 Hotels in Coimbra
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Reviewed September 5, 2012

We stayed only for 1 night as we passed through Coimbra. We had a car, so took the short drive to the nearby town centre, to try to get some food. There isn't a great deal within close walking distance of this hotel, it would be maybe 10minute walk to city centre.

Initially we were given a room but when going inside someone was already in there. The staff seemed embarrassed when we went back, and said they would give us a "better" room, with river view.

The room was compact, but adequate, and certainly worth the price paid. It was clean and had good bathroom.

The breakfast included was quite good, a range of fruits, pastrys, cereals, juice, etc.

I would recommend this as a good hotel for "stopover" at Coimbra.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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GrupoVilaGale, General Manager at Vila Gale Coimbra, responded to this reviewResponded September 10, 2012

Dear Guest

Thank you in advance for Y/ most pleasant review.
We are very please to know that we have made Y/ stay in our hotel most pleasant and look forward to see you again soon in our Hotel or at any other Vila Galé Hotel in Portugal and Brasil.

Joaquim Fernandes
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Reviewed September 2, 2012

We stayed 2 nights with breakfast included. Room and bathroom was large and uninteresting. We had booked a double bed and were provided with two singles pushed next to each other with seperate sheets. The room had a large TV and plenty of hanging space. Outdoor pool was lovely but the water temperature was cold. The hotel is a short walk from the centre or only a 3 euro taxi ride. Breakfast had a wide selection but only american style coffee no espresso and fruit juices were from concerntrate and far too sweet. We used the spa(extra cost) downstairs and loved the steamroom, sauna, showers and heated pool. The hotel wasn't able to provide us with a decent map of the city. The map provided us was a colour copy of another map and had hardly any streets marked. For the price we paid the hotel was very good value.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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GrupoVilaGale, General Manager at Vila Gale Coimbra, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2012

Dear Guest

Thank you for this kind review.
Management and staff from Hotel Vila Galé Coimbra work every day in order to provide our guests with the most comfortable stay and professional service.
We are glad we have been successful.
Looking forward to seeing you in a near future in our Hotel or at any other Vila Galé Hotel in Portugal and Brasil, we present you with our best regards.

Joaquim Fernandes
General Manger

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Reviewed September 1, 2012

The hotel is located 10 minutes walking from the Coimbra B train station but not in the center of Coimbra. it taked 15 more minutes to get to the center of the city.

it's a modern new hotel. we recieved a room on the 4th floor overlooking the street. The room smelled slightly like mold, we figured it out late at night and we were too tired to change.

Service at the front desk is OK. The queues are possibly too long.'
The swimming pool is great! one of the best seen at hotels.

I am not too sure if i will come back the next time, i would probably choose a hotel which is more centric.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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GrupoVilaGale, General Manager at Vila Gale Coimbra, responded to this reviewResponded September 3, 2012

Dear Guest

Thank you for this review.
Management and staff from Hotel Vila Galé Coimbra work every day in order to provide our guests with the most comfortable stay and professional service.
Looking forward to seeing you in a near future in our Hotel or at any other Vila Galé Hotel in Portugal and Brasil, we present you with our best regards.

Joaquim Fernandes
General Manager

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Reviewed August 29, 2012

The hotel is not quite well located within the city, but it has a very good swimming pool, food service is excellent, the crew was spectacular and I stayed there during my dad's birthday. Asked them what could they offer as a treat, and they offered Champagne for the whole family, with some almonds and strawberries covered with chocolate, so we could surprise him and celebrate his birthday. I have been to a lot of hotels and a few would offer such a nice thing for a birthday guest.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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GrupoVilaGale, General Manager at Vila Gale Coimbra, responded to this reviewResponded September 3, 2012

Dear Guest

Thank you very much for Y/ kind review.
It is our goal to fulfil all of our guests' expectations regarding their stay at Hotel Vila Galé Coimbra and make it as enjoyable as possible.
We are very please to know we have achieved our goal.
In the name of the Hotel management and staff, we look forward to welcome you again in our Hotel or at any other Vila Galé Hotel in Portugal and Brasil .

Joaquim Fernandes
General Manager

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Reviewed August 21, 2012

We spent two nights in Coimbra with 2 young kids. The good points about this hotel are: the outdoor pool is great, big size (around 25 meters); kids under 12 didn't pay for dinner (special family offer for the time) ; big room (we got a junior suite for a good price) ; the hotel seems to be new so everything was in perfect condition ; Breakfast was very good. The bad points: there was a constant noise that we could hear from our room every time the kitchen got going, it was like a fan or something, we complained but they told us they couldn't do anything ; Location was a little bit of a walk to the center and it is in an awkward part of town. If I come to Coimbra I would definitely stay here again and try to avoid the room with the noise. (room 132)

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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GrupoVilaGale, General Manager at Vila Gale Coimbra, responded to this reviewResponded August 24, 2012

Dear Guest

Thank you very much for Y/ kind review.
It is our goal to fulfil all of our guests' expectations regarding their stay at Hotel Vila Galé Coimbra and make it as enjoyable as possible.
In the name of the Hotel management and staff, we look forward to welcome you again in our Hotel or at any other Vila Galé Hotel in Portugal and Brasil .

Joaquim Fernandes
General Manager

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Reviewed August 17, 2012

The hotel is not in the centre of the City but has easy access to the highway. There are a number of other hotels in the area.
It is a very modern hotels. The rooms are roomy but all very simple.
The breakfast buffet is very good.
The restaurant, with limited choices, is a very good one.
I paid extra for a better room but all the big rooms, very strangely, look on the very industrial looking front street than the river.
Try to get a room with a view over the river and better still on the corner with view of the old town.
Good inside and outside pool but must be paid for.

Room Tip: Best are rooms with river view and as high as possible.
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled on business
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GrupoVilaGale, General Manager at Vila Gale Coimbra, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2012

Dear Guest

Thank you in advance for Y/ most pleasant review.
We are very please to know that we have made Y/ stay in our hotel most pleasant and look forward to see you again soon in our Hotel or at any other Vila Galé Hotel in Portugal and Brasil.


Joaquim Fernandes
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Reviewed July 11, 2012

The staff are very kind and the installations are modern and clean. The breakfast is really very good. Close to the historic center and if you don't plan to walk and go up thru the steep and narrow streets just take a taxi to the upper side of the town and come down walking.

If you get tired just enter a bar and have a coffee or tea or a beer.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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GrupoVilaGale, General Manager at Vila Gale Coimbra, responded to this reviewResponded July 22, 2012

Dear Guest

Thank you for this kind review.
Management and staff from Hotel Vila Galé Coimbra work every day in order to provide our guests with the most comfortable stay and professional service.
We are glad we have been successful.
Looking forward to seeing you in a near future in our Hotel or at any other Vila Galé Hotel in Portugal and Brasil, we present you with our best regards.

Joaquim Fernandes
General Manager

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Address: Rua Abel Dias Urbano 20, Coimbra 3000-001, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Central Portugal > Coimbra District > Coimbra
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 23 Hotels in Coimbra
Price Range: $64 - $1,141 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Vila Gale Coimbra 4*
Number of rooms: 229
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the historic town centre of Coimbra with an outstanding view over the Mondego River. The nearest airport is in Porto which is 137 km away. Established in 2010, this city hotel aims for a leisure environment but is also ideal for conferences and business traveling. With dance as a theme this hotel has a total of 229 rooms including 27 superior rooms and 18 junior suites. This hotel is fully equipped with a large convention centre with capacity for over 600 peoples, a Health Club with Gym and Spa, 2 restaurants and a bar. It offers to all its guests a 24-hour reception and check-out service, wheelchair access and lifts, Internet Wi-Fi access, laundry services and garage parking (the last 3 items have an extra cost associated). All rooms come with a private bathroom with a shower/bathtub and a hairdryer, direct line telephone, electronic safety door look, cable TV, Internet access (for an additional fee), a safe and a minibar, individually regulated air conditioning and 24 hour room service. This hotel offer free access to an outdoor swimming pool, a gym, sauna, steam room / Turkish and Jacuzzi. Guest can also visit our Spa Satsanga in search for Massages and Beauty treatments (all for an additional fee). Guests can select their breakfast from a buffet and the midday and evening meals may be enjoyed a la carte, from a buffet or in set menu form. ... more   less 
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