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“Excellent location but very basic hotel”
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Hotel Boa Vista
Ranked #51 of 109 Hotels in Porto
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 24, 2013 via mobile

The ladies in the reception were neither helpful nor friendly. Wifi was only available for free in the reception. There is a lovely view from the bar on the top floor. Rooms are very basic and old fashioned but clean enough.

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Reviewed August 19, 2013

Spent a lovely ten days in this hotel. The location is the best feature as you can relax by the coast and river, but also enjoy everything Porto city centre has to offer. The number 500 bus takes you directly to the city centre along the north bank of the Douro. The hotel has a lovely rooftop pool, terrace and bar with amazing views. The rooms are a bit dated but comfortable enough. A balcony would have been nice. The breakfast was alright although nothing special. I would definitely recommend this hotel and Porto for a great holiday.

Stayed: August 2013
Thank Jo R
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Reviewed August 10, 2013

We decided to stay here for the last night of our tour, rather than more centrally in Porto. Our room was lovely (the window was small but the view was great) and the staff, whilst not overly fussy, were professional. Breakfast let them down a bit. Not the best quality and food had run out for people who turned up at the end of service. We were there an hour before that and the choices were scant. That said, the rooms and the rooftop pool were good.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Thank jlostatham
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

A lovely location overlooking the sea and an ancient fort at the mouth of the Douro in the suburbs of Porto. If you want a mix of beach and city this is perfect. The room itself was in need of an update, but this is only a 3 star after all and the marble bathroom had everything you could need including a jacuzzi bath.
Pool and sun-deck on the roof, plus a restaurant which I didn't try as there are ample choices of trendy restaurants on the beach below.
A bit of a hike into old Porto, but a bus ride or taxi would be only 10 miutes or so.
If I wanted to relax in Porto I would stay again depsite the basic room.

Room Tip: Make sure you get a sea view
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled solo
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Thank Jennifer P
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

We had two rooms. The first had a very bad smell of sewage. We got transferred to another who allegedly had sea view but the window was small so there wasn't much to see. One day we left a piece of jewellery in the room and it disappeared, after discussions with the management it reappeared in the evening... The garage is difficult to reach by car and the breakfast wasn't impressive. I wouldn't recommend this hotel to anyone.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Salvatore A
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Good, solid 3 star hotel with ambition to become a 4 star. Looks like it was renovated.
Clean, comfortable. Nice bathroom. Beds are very hard, but I liked it. Good food in the bar on the roof top. Nice pool area with sunbeds. Good location: nice area around, possible to do a very long walks along the shore, great views. Lots of restaurants nearby and on the beach.
However there is no single beach where you can lend some sunbeds or umbrellas.

You can take the bus 500 to the city center (close to Aliados).
The bus stops are very close to the hotel. It takes 20 min to get to the center. Better to buy (I had ticket control few times during my stay). There is also a historical tram few minutes walk (down the river) - you can take it to enjoy the river bank.

I definitely recommend for a city trip or to get some sun!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

This is a hotel that is perfect if you want to go to the beach, but be close enough to taxi into the city for food, etc (as we did for the Porto Food Tour--totally worth it.) While it was not the most comfortable bed I have ever been in, the view and the rooftop pool was very worth it. Also, the restaurant served up a great mixed fish kebob and wine was cheap! Really can't complain. :)

Room Tip: Definitely enjoyed the sea view over the fort. I say it is worth it. :)
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Address: Esplanada Castelo 58 | Foz do Douro, Porto 4150-196, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Northern Portugal > Porto District > Porto
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#24 Romantic Hotel in Porto
Price Range: $95 - $122 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Boa Vista 3*
Number of rooms: 71
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Boa-Vista reserves for you the privilege of being the only Hotel in Foz, the noble part of the city, where the Douro river meets the Atlantic ocean. Here you are far away from the hustle and bustle, but close enough to everything.The Historic Centre can be quickly reached along the waterfront, offering views of the natural beauty of the river and its imposing bridges.When returning to Foz, you can enjoy the walk between the river and the sea, cross the romantic Passeio Alegre garden and admire the 16th century architecture of S. Joao Fort, just across from the hotel. After the piers and lighthouses at the Douro’s bar, the sophisticated atmosphere of the modern outdoor cafes overlooking the sea is well worth a visit. ... more   less 
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