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Stay Hotel Guimaraes Centro
Ranked #5 of 19 Hotels in Guimaraes
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 30, 2013

it was a grey spit drizzle day - we had gotten lost enroute to Bom de Jesus, frazzled by unmanned toll station booths so it was an utter delight to be greeted by Adrianna's cheery 'welcome!' in English (was it that apparent?) as we opened the door. Her bright smile, enthusiastic information sharing about pubs, cafes, things to see which made this a memorable one night hotel stop.
Given the price (using booking.com), the hotel more than met expectations. Free underground parking (thankful for our small car), good WIFI reception and well stocked breakfast fueled us up for further travel.
Nice touches included the terry towel bathrobes and matching slippers, plentiful thick towels including a face cloth with is rare to find, bathroom soaps and shampoos. Lots of hot water and good pressure. Bedroom was a good size and the window opened (always a bonus to me).
About a 10 - 15 minute stroll to the old city centre.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 25, 2013

After 3 weeks of travel and staying in more traditional older historical hotels in Portugal, we found this hotel to be a breath of fresh air. Also, they are at the foot of the short cut going up the road to Penha which is not to be missed for the views, and the drive up offered a look at some gorgeous modern homes. Ask for a room that faces the hillside.

We found the service to be very helpful and friendly and a convenient walk to the main square. The free underground parking was also a huge plus.

Room Tip: Ask for a room that faces the hillside.
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 12, 2012

In the middle of September we used this hotel as a base to visit Braga, Guimaraes and Porto. It is conveniently located near the freeway, about a 10 minute walk to the medieval centre of Guimaraes. It is quite new and nicely appointed. We booked the hotel through www.booking.com and got a very good rate of €50 per night including parking and breakfast. This was much less than booking through the hotel site. Our room was on the smallish side but was well appointed. It had a fridge. The bathroom was very large. The air-conditioning worked well. Free WiFi was available in all of the rooms. Our rate included breakfast which was a large buffet with eggs, bacon, breads, cereal, cakes and fruit. It was very good. The common areas are very large and nice. In hindsight though they could have made them less ostentatious and added space to the rooms. A couple of minor issues: water pressure in the shower was abysmal; there should be better lighting as our room was quite dark; TVs should be upgraded to larger flat screens and perhaps coffee and tea making equipment could be added. These minor inconveniences are more than made up for in the location of the hotel, friendly and helpful staff, good breakfast and free parking. We took the train into Porto and the bus into Braga. Both stations are within walking distance of the hotel. This certainly saved us the aggravation of driving in these big cities. This is a very good hotel and we certainly would use it again if we returned to this area of Portugal.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

Booked this hotel as an overnight stop where we needed secure parking and Wifi. The reception staff were very welcoming and directed us to the underground parking which as always seems the case, a little tight. The hotel has the feel of something that was built as an office block then somebody changed their minds. The corridors and doors were certainly unlike any hotel I have stayed in before. The room was spacious and comfortable. However, the negatives - the Wifi was difficult to get on to and when it eventually worked the speed varied from slow to stop. I failed to log on for the first 15 minutes and contacted reception who said it was very variable depending on how many users were online. The room had 'modern' lighting that was so dim it was virtually impossible to read anything. We were unfortunate enough to arrive at the breakfast room at the same time as a coach party and had to return to our room to allow them to eat and disperse. However for 50 Euros including breakfast for the 2 of us it was still excellent value

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 5, 2012

First off, it's great value.
The rooms are modern and clean. Bathrooms are a good size. Beds are comfy. Breakfast is typical and you can help yourself.
Local town centre is only 5 mins walk away so it's an excellent base for that. Hotel bar is a bit meh considering that there are so many other bars nearby.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

Super reception service, spacious corridors and rooms, good bath rooms, good sound insolation, excellent breakfast varieties, free underground video protected garage ( a few steps away). Just a few minutes walk away from the fascinating old town district. That´s where you should enjoy food and drinks, don´t count on the hotel bar for much choice and service.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

Good hotel , great location.All tourist attractions just five minutes walking.The hotel itself is gorgeous and well maintained.Splendid interior design, very stylish.The decoration of the corridors is fantastic.
I stayed in Guimaraes only for one night, but it was very easy walking around .The room was spacious, with a splendid view.Wi-fi in every room.The bathroom was just probably amongst the best you can find.The size was amazing, black and white decorated.
Excellent breakfast, including many different types of cakes, fresh fruits, juices.
Friendly staff, professional service.
They practice decent prices for the rooms.Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled solo
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Address: Avenida Dom Joao IV 631, Guimaraes 4810-532, Portugal (Formerly Villa Hotel)
Location: Portugal > Northern Portugal > Braga District > Guimaraes
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 19 Hotels in Guimaraes
Price Range: $50 - $68 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Stay Hotel Guimaraes Centro 4*
Number of rooms: 47
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy all the comfort and freshness of a hotel that promises you an unforgettable welcome right next to the Historic Centre of Guimaraes. Just a 5-minute walk from the Castle of Guimaraes - elected World Heritage by UNESCO - the renewed STAY HOTEL GUIMARAES CENTER joins its prime location to a set of facilities designed carefully to stay in town, whether in a business trip or just for leisure. With 47 comfortable rooms and equipped with excellent soundproofing, our customers can count on a free Wi-Fi connection all over the Hotel, a buffet breakfast with a wide variety of products available between 6:30 am and 12:00 pm, our JUST DELICIOUS bar open every day at any time and a recreation area with giant flat screen. To all of this we also add an innovative bicycle rental service - JUST MOVE – which is the funniest and healthiest way to explore the city. ... more   less 
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