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Axis Vermar Conference & Beach Hotel
Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Povoa de Varzim
N. Ireland
Level 6 Contributor
115 reviews
65 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Really enjoyed our five days.”
Reviewed July 10, 2014

Decided on excellent because of the amazing staff who could not have been more pleasant and helpful. Fernando, on the front desk, had a great sense of humour and on several occasions really went out of his way to help with car hire and suggestions of where to go. He arranged for the car to be delivered and collected - even telling us to go to the poolside and relax and sent the car rep to us there when she arrived. We felt that he always had any amount of time to chat and inform - a great asset to the hotel. - as were the others on the front desk.
Large clean rooms with balcony overlooking the Atlantic - comfortable big double bed. Breakfast buffet more than adequate and good selection of breads and cold cuts - all this for a very reasonable price. The room was so quiet even though the hotel was very busy.
The slow wi-fi! was our only criticism.

Room Tip: You definitely need to ask for a sea view. The higher floors have great views.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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Sidmouth, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed July 8, 2014

I stayed here on a Newmarket Travel Hidden Portugal tour and was very pleasantly surprised at the quality of the hotel.
There were a couple of minor problems. As other reviewers have pointed out there are only four small lifts and at busy times you can wait some time - our record was 10 minutes and, as my wife has walking difficulty, the stairs were not an option. However, most of the time there is no wait.
Storage in the rooms is limited - no drawers in the bedside tables or main table and only two drawers, two shelves and one rail in the large wardrobe. Bad design, as much more storage could have been provided in the wardrobe.
The air conditioning stirred the air round, but did not cool it. By the time we worked that out, we were half way through the week, so didn't both reporting it.
Apart from that all was fine. The food was excellent, with a good choice. When the hotel is fullish, I recommend avoiding peak feeding time, as popular dishes can temporarily run out.
The drinks are very inexpensive compared with UK hotels and even less expensive in the local shops, where a bottle of wine can be bought for less than one euro (didn't try it, so can't vouch for the quality). Very decent wines can be had for one to two euros a bottle.
The room appeared to have been recently refurbished. The shower is walk in with a hand held shower and a large overhead shower that soaks you in warm rain - great! I would have liked the bedside lights to be a bit brighter for comfortable night time reading, but it was possible.
We really enjoyed the trips on the Newmarket holiday and this excellent hotel helped make it a comfortable and relaxing break.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Wigton, Cumbria
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21 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed July 3, 2014

Very clean and modern and an excellent location. The only down sides were that there are only 4 lifts each only holding 4 people - with 12 floors to cope with there was a bit of queuing at peak times! The staff were friendly - especially in the bar and reception and there is also a small shop selling a variety of things including stamps and postcards. The breakfasts were good although sometimes the bacon could have done with a bit more cooking and, although there was a good variety in the evening the soup was never hot enough (lukewarm) and the meat seemed as if it had been cooked ages before and was often a bit dry and toughened up - some gravy might have made it better. One day there was mashed potato but no extra gravy as the juices with the meat had dried up. Salads and desserts excellent and plenty to choose. from. All in all, I would stay here again - the sandwiches from the bar at lunch times are really good too.

Room Tip: Go for a room overlooking the pool and sea/beach.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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London, England, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed June 28, 2014

I stayed here for 7 nights as part of the Archers/Cosmos coach tour Discover Northern Portugal and the Douro Valley. I was pleasantly surprised at the hotel and its facilities and would return.
As a single traveller I often do not have very high expectation of the room I am allocated, even after paying a single room supplement. However, this was not the case here. As the hotel was only half-full for half of our stay our whole group were allocated rooms with balconies overlooking the pool and with a sea view rather than those on the other side of the hotel which do not have a balcony and overlook the local housing and scrub land.
My room had a king size double bed, not two singles put together. There is good storage in a sliding door wardrobe - four drawers, a number of shelves and a hanging rack (for tall people only!). A long table against one room with bench seat underneath, a single easy chair to match and two bedside tables (no storage within). On the side of the wardrobe is a full length mirror. Decent wall-mounted TV with remote that has over 60 channels in many languages including Manchester United and Chelsea TV, Sky News and BBC World News. Many programmes in Portugal are subtitled and are in English. The air conditioning worked fine. The bathroom area is very nice with basin, toilet and a walk in shower that has a hand-held shower and an overhead rain shower. Nice white towels and bathmat. There is also a good hairdryer attached to the wall and a well-lit circular mirror over the sink.
I was staying on a half-board basis. All meals are buffet style in a large dining room. The breakfast is very good with a nice choice of fruit juice, cereals, yoghurts, fruit, breads, croissants, scrambled egg, bacon, sausages, boiled eggs, ham and cheeses. Make your own toast.
Evening meals are fine. For starters there is a choice of salads, some with meat and fish, and also calamari rings. The main courses are OK, but not very Portugese, and cater for English, French and other nationalities appetites. The range of vegetables is basic, as often found outside the UK. Dessert is a range of prepared fresh fruit, flan/crème caramel or cake with fruit and cream topping. The range of dessert did not change over the week.
Free Wi-Fi is available which has a very good signal in the reception area and I think the tower rooms, but the signal in my room was poor and so needed to go elsewhere to use it.
There are 4 lifts to the 13 floors in the tower/4 floors in the side extension. These lifts are small, maximum 6 people and at peak times a wait can be expected.
The staff are very friendly and the hotel is clean throughout. On the ground floor there is a large seating area and bar with access to the outside pool area.
The hotel has been refurbished over the last three years and is almost finished except for the indoor swimming pool which should be available soon. The hotel has a beach-front location with easy access from the back-door of the hotel grounds. It makes a great location for touring, conferences and family beach holidays. It is about a 10 minute plus walk into the local town.
Hint: Pack comfy shoes as Portugal has a lot of cobbled streets.

Room Tip: Choose a sea-view room on front of hotel (supplement may apply)
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled solo
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Beccles, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed June 19, 2014

We have just spent 8 days at this hotel, very modern, very clean and we'll run.
The food was excellent with a very good choice of main courses. We were on Newmarket Travels Hidden Portugal which was very well organised, and the tours were brilliant.
We would definitely go back.
We think some people complain just for the sake of it.

Room Tip: Room that face pool 3rd floor or above.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed June 19, 2014

Stayed there from 9th - 16th on a Newmarket Holidays package, and was very comfortable with the hotel... you gets what you pays for! This is a 'conference hotel' so maybe lacks character, but it's recently been refurbished and we were perfectly content with our room and the facilities. Our room and bathroom were squeaky clean. Colour scheme ? Not to everyone's taste - but we found it quite a relaxing scheme. Not all the rooms have balconies and sea views - ours did so I guess we were lucky - but you don't spend that amount of time in your rooms on a holiday like this. The hotel is very close to the beach - quite literally out of the gate and across the (largely) pedestrianised road, and you're there. But remember that this is the Atlantic, not the Med! Food is served buffet style - OK, it's not gourmet, but we thought it was well cooked and presented within the context - and there was certainly plenty of it. Restaurant staff worked hard and efficiently to keep tables clear of dirty crockery etc, and were unfailingly attentive and polite in doing so. The buffet could get a bit crowded on occasions (other tour groups) but sharpened elbows were never necessary! The recently refurbished 'prom' provides a nice opportunity for an amble down to the town centre after dinner; the locals seem to use it as a power walking route - lycra and Nike's seem to be required... however, tourists are allowed to dress down and amble! It's about 15 - 20 minutes amble to town along the prom - a pleasant walk. Povoa de Varzim probably isn't for you if clubbing and nightlife is your thing - but it seems to have a perfectly acceptable range of beach bars / restaurants as well as those in the town itself. Would I clamber over hot coals to go back to this hotel? No; but it did what it said on the tin and did it well for the price paid. We enjoyed our stay at this hotel.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Norwich, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
146 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed June 16, 2014

On the plus side, clean and quiet and right next to beach. On the bad side our room had no balcony or good view, and when we were told we could move to a sea view with balcony for extra 10 euros a night, only with a double bed. Most 4 stars we have stayed in simple moved the beds, but not here.

Second disappointing was no vegetarian option for dinner which we had to pay ans extra 10 euros each for, just the salad and veg available to all. Some salad had ham or crab stick mixed in and the so called mushroom source for the pasta was fulll of bacon. Vegans had an even lesser choice. They claim to be 5 mins walk from town centre, more like a 10 minute run.

We would not choose this hotel - it was allocated on arrival by Newmarket travel on their hidden portugal deal and their inclusive day trips were badly organised, we had just 30 mins in the national park then 2 and a half hours in the samall town of ponte de lima on a stiffling hot day

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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Property: Axis Vermar Conference & Beach Hotel
Address: Rua da Imprensa Regional, Povoa de Varzim 4490-518, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Northern Portugal > Porto District > Povoa de Varzim
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Povoa de Varzim
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Axis Vermar Conference & Beach Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 208
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Novotel Porto Vermar is a 4 star hotel on the beach in Povoa de Varzim, only 20 km from the international airport and 35 km from the centre of Porto. Perfect for your next business trip or for a holiday with your family, the hotel offers 208 airconditioned rooms, including 125 non smoking rooms and 12 suites, eight meeting rooms with natural light for your conference and seminar needs, a restaurant, bar, private parking, swimming pool, tennis court and a terrace area. ... more   less 
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