This is a very good hotel for a weekend break in Porto. It is easy to reach from the airport by taxi for approx 20 Euros or you can jump on the metro for around 1-2 euros to Campo 24 Agosto. Both take 20-30 minutes. The hotel is the tallest building in the immediate vicinity so is easy to spot from the metro station.
We arrived early in the day so could not check in straight away but were able to leave our bags at the hotel. The receptionist also gave us a map and directions for a stroll into town. Check in later was quick and easy.
The rooms are spacious and spotless with comfy beds. If I was being picky I'd say that the shower was not powerful enough but it did the job. We were on the 10th floor and had a great view across the city and out to sea.
Some people have commented on the hotel being in a dodgy area. Whilst the area around the hotel is not particularly pleasant (empty shops, office buildings etc), it never felt dangerous or threatening. There is a taxi rank a few yards from the hotel and the staff will also order taxis for you from reception.
There is a bar opposite reception that is ideal for a beer/port before setting off to town for the evening.
Breakfast was good with loads of choice including hot food, cold meat, cheese, fruit, cereal, yoghurt, tea, coffee and, of course, sparkling wine!
Ideal for a short stay. If I come back to Porto I'll stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This modern hotel is situated in the heart of Oporto and close to one of its' main shopping district. The Hotel is 1.5 km away form the city centre (Praca da Republica) and only 50 m from the transportation network which can easily be reached on foot. Restaurants and bars can be found all around the Hotel area. The distance to the closest beach is 8km and the airport is 15 km from the hotel. Opened in 1999, the hotel offers a total of 292 rooms spread over 21 floors. Among the rooms we can find 20 superior rooms, 12 junior suites and 7 superior suites on the top floor. The Hotel offers a 24-hour reception desk, Free Wi-Fi in public areas, wheelchair access, exterior parking spaces for cars and buses, garage (for and additional fee), lifts and hotel safe. Among the common areas you will find a restaurant, two bars, a TV room and a games room. This hotel is perfect for business events due to its 13 event rooms with several disposition and multimedia options. There is also a laundry services and medical assistance. The comfortable rooms are equipped with air conditioning, electronic safety door look, direct telephone, safe, LCD TV with Cable and Pay TV, Wi-Fi Connection (for and additional cost), Minibar and 24 hour room service, private bathroom with telephone and hair dryer. The hotel has a Health Club, which can be accessed for an additional fee, equipped with an indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, Sauna, Steam room / Turkish bath, Gym and Spa where you may enjoy massages and treatments. Breakfast and Lunch can be select from a wide buffet. Lunch and dinner may alternatively be taken a la carte. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vila Gale Hotel Porto