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Reviewed September 16, 2017

We stayed here on the Newmarket 'Hidden Portugal' holiday. I had seen some of the bad reviews but couldn't imagine Newmarket putting people in a hotel that wasn't up to standard. We were greeted by a friendly receptionist and a welcome glass of port wine. The food at breakfast and dinner is buffet style, help yourself. One meat and one fish dish each evening but plenty for vegetarians to tuck into too! The food was edible, it was not awful and you wouldn't go hungry, standard 3 star hotel fayre. The hotel is remote, there is just the hotel, which is right next to the beautiful beach, the cafe and the church. At night the mist can come down making walks out not a pleasant venture.

The rooms were very clean, we had a good sized modern room with a fridge and got a complimentary bottle of water for the first night. The swimming pool was good with plenty of sun beds and chairs and the drinks at the hotel are very reasonably priced. We had a bottle of the very pleasant Douro valley white wine for 7 Euros, great value.
Sitting rooms and library were nice, the staff were very friendly and helpful, we loved the place and the peace and quiet at night.

Helpful hint about the buses, you follow the one road out from the hotel about half a mile to the crossroads, turn left and the buses stop outside the cafe there. One every half hour during the day to Povoa de Varzim , get off at the square there and go down the street immediately opposite for the Metro station. Both express and stopping at all stations service to Porto. Alight at Trinidade and get on a southbound Linea D ( yellow line) train, this takes you across the highest bridge in Porto giving a spectacular view of both Porto and twin city Gaia. I wasn't a great fan of Port but went to three different tastings and now converted.

Thank you to the management and staff of the hotel for a great holiday and we met some lovely people too.

Room tip: Get a room in the refurbished part of the hotel
Date of stay: September 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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1  Thank ChrisC1949
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Reviewed September 3, 2017

We stayed here recently for 7 nights as part of a 13 strong group participating in the Newmarket Holidays 'Hidden Portugal'.

Hotel is at the end of a short turning of the main coast road. It is a very quiet location with beach and beachfront broadwalk access. The hotel has a nice pool area and outside seating.

The exterior of the hotel is a little shabby but the main reception is brand new and spotlessly clean. All public areas and dining room are well kept and very clean.

Some rooms have been recently refurbished and seem to offer excellent accomodation. These rooms have air-conditioning. Other rooms have yet to be refurbished and are looking slightly tired. These rooms do not have air-conditioning.

We were allocated a yet to be refurbished room (no. 302) but it was fine for are needs, with a bath and excellent shower (always plenty of hot water) and with a balcony overlooking the pool area.

The dining room was large and our party had two large round tables for all meals. We were staying on a half-board basis.

Breakfast (buffet style) was good with a range of bread, ham, cheese and yoghurt and cereals available everyday together with scrambled eggs/hard-boiled and bacon or sausages. Hot coffee (not great) and hot water and tea bags were on offer together with fruit juices.

Dinner (buffet style) always consisted of a daily soup, salad selection, hot meat and fish options with potatoes, pasta, fresh vegetables. Whilst we were there we had a variety of different fish (all good) and roast pork, chicken, meatballs, veal/beef.

There was always a selection of fresh fruit and several tarts available for desert as well as the traditional Portuguese custard/cream caramel deserts.

All in all a quiet, clean hotel with okay food. The drinks and wine prices were VERY reasonable and the barman (Carlos) was always happy to keep opened bottles of wine behind the bar for your pleasure next day.

Date of stay: August 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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2  Thank 66Ihughes66
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Reviewed July 12, 2017

Enjoyed this sea side hotel on May 23 2017.
A great Hotel, with very knowledgeable/accommodating staff. Room was clean, fresh linen, Great food and reasonably priced for Pilgrims
Laying right on the Camino.

Room tip: Request Ocean View if you like to hear the waves crashing during the night.
Date of stay: May 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled solo
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1  Thank John F
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Reviewed July 3, 2017

This Hotel looks derelict. Staff very nice. It was clean. The food and the situation of the hotel was very poor.Travelling to the centre you had a long walk to catch a bus or you could walk quite a distance on the boardwalk in front of the Hotel. You really need a car as it is situated in an isolated spot amidst farming land and the beach is to dangerous to go for a swim. The dinner in the evening was self service and the food was appalling I lived on salad all week. The breakfast was not much better. For elderly people it is out of the question nothing around it to go to at night.

Date of stay: June 2017
2  Thank Peter B
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Reviewed June 26, 2017

We stayed here as part of a Newmarket Holiday 'Hidden Portugal' and so glad we chose this hotel rather than the more expensive Axis hotel in nearby Povoa de Varzim A family run hotel right on the beach, on the Portuguese pilgrims route to Santiago de Compostela. Our room, a twin did not have a sea view but overlooked local farms with he mountains in the distance It had obviously been recently refurbished, was clean, had comfortable beds, aircon, a small fridge stocked with snacks and soft drinks and was spacious. We paid an extra E1.50 a day for use of a small safe. The bathroom was spacious fitted with very modern fittings, a whirlpool bath and a good powerful shower with plenty of hot water. The package included breakfast and a buffet style evening meal. Though no haute cuisine, the buffet dinner was excellent, soup, a salad starter, choice of meat or fish each day accompanied by potatoes, rice and vegetables. A table nearby groaned with puddings, including a local delicacy I think was called Molotov, a baked meringue and caramel affair which our tour guide Fernanda said was better than her mothers, tarts, platters of fresh fruit and various mousses breakfast was adequate, scrambled eggs, frankfurters and occasionally bacon, but with a good selection of breads, ham and cheese and jams. Fresh fruit yoghurts and cereals. the hotel bar served a good selection of very modestly priced wines, beers and spirits, with cocktails, tea and coffee available on request at a small charge. Outside was a pool (not tested) and a seating area where you could gaze out over the beach and watch the Atlantic thundering on the shore. A wooden broad walk well used by guests and local joggers and pilgrims on their way to Santiago. The package included 3 trips out by coach and 3 additional optional tours, we opted for all and despite my bad hip and stick were all accessible to persons like me, and another gentleman who also used a stick As long as you could get on and off a coach and walk a reasonable distance they were perfectly doable. The tour guide was excellent with an extensive knowledge of Portuguese history and gave great tips on the best places to eat whilst out and about.

Room tip: Sea views and balconies available, lift to all floors
Date of stay: June 2017
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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3  Thank DoubleDee59
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