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“Excellent choice” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Margarida da Praca

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Margarida da Praca
Ranked #14 of 27 Hotels in Viana do Castelo
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Excellent choice”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2012

The good stuff - the staff is the best, very helpful and friendly. The breakfast had a number of choices and all was very good. The location is perfect and underground parking was only a few paces away. We liked the funky decor and the room was clean and the beds comfortable. Wifi was the fastest we've had on this trip yet.
The not so good - the in-room lighting is too dim. Sometimes you need the option of having a lot of light.

Other than the one complaint, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and can't say enough good things about the staff.

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Brisbane
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35 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2012

This is a great centrally located option in Viana do Castelo. We arrived without a reservation and we promptly served. I found the rooms and other hotel decor a little too colourful but it has obviously been tended to with care. This place is one of the only hotel breakfasts that I have found worth the €7 I paid (really nice yogurt, cereal, cheese and ham, bread, fruit). My only complaint was that the mattress wasn't very firm at all.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank GirlBrissie001
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Turin, Italy
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56 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2012

This is a tiny and characterful hotel in which you immediately feel at ease. The ambient and the rooms are simple but at the same time tastefully and meticulously decorated. My room had a nice tiny balcony facing a small beautiful pedestrian street of the town center behind the hotel. The bathroom was very clean and the high quality shower was working perfectly.

The staff is friendly and helpful, the check-in and check-out have been very quick.

The location is ideal too, inside the historic town center but also close to the main roads, you can get to the hotel entrance by car and you can reach the wide Praia do Cabedelo without go through the center tiny streets. You need just a 5 minutes walk to reach the restaurants in the fishing quarter if you don't want to stay in the center. Coming back late at night isn't a problem thanks to a practical main door opening with a 4 digit code.

Considering also the low price I can't think a better place to stay in Viana, I will stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank matsoc
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Melbourne, Australia
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91 reviews
77 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2012

This is a very good hotel. Rooms are decorated with care, they are exceptionally clean, the beds are comfortable with blankets available in lieu of the duvet/doona if wished, and the shower terrific. The toiletries in the bathroom are of high quality. The staff speak fluent English, and are helpful and very friendly. It is unusual to find a hotel that goes out of its way to offer healthy, nutritious and tasty meals. There is fresh orange juice and a range of excellent cereals and bread for breakfast, as well as plenty of fruit and yoghurt. The evening meals are equally interesting, with every effort made to use local produce.
We were here for three nights, and on two of those nights it was very quiet outside. However, the locals - or was it the tourists? - were rather restive late on Saturday night. If you have a room that faces into the town and away from the river, close the windows in advance, so you won't be disturbed. This may have been a 'one-off' problem.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Prague, Czech Republic
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2012

We have been on a pleasant working trip to Viana and stayed there for three quiet nights. Our room was orientated toward silent inner city street. The river bench itself is quite noisy during the day – main road – but the position of the Hotel is useful for easy walking around all town. Álvaro Siza´s Library in neighborhood makes this charming area even more beautiful. Hotel has in general perfect central location, very friendly stuff, tasty fresh breakfast and nice rooms for appropriate price.

Room Tip: Rooms orientated towards the city centre are probably more quiet.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank dusan z
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Lisbon, Portugal
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93 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2012

I've stayed at Margarida da Praça last March in a 2 days business trip to Viana do Castelo.
I only stayed one night.
The hotel is very centric: in the hart of Viana, in front of river, right next to main street.
The decoration is a mix of fashion ans bright colours and textures. A little female, imo.
Bedrooms are quite small (it's an historical building) and non soundproffing... I loved the bathroom and the olive "spa" products amenities.
Breakfast is quite nice.
Hotel staf is helpful. Front desk is closed from 10pm till 7am. You have a code to get in/out of the hotel and a 24/7 phone for emergencies.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Joao G
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Melbourne
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114 reviews
52 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2012

My husband and I stayed 3 nights in this delightful hotel in the pretty town of Viana do Castelo. It is situated in the historic centre and therefore close to all ones needs. The hotel is owned by Carmelia, who is charming, delightful and thoughtful and has a team of well drilled staff to support her.

We stayed in the suite on the top floor and had plenty of room with a table and chairs, small fridge, good quality linen, olive oil bathroom products and cosy interior. We had bottled water provided each day of our stay. There are 12 other rooms each with a theme and very stylish decorated as is the rest of the hotel. Eclectic and very individual. There is a lift and a restaurant where breakfast is taken in the morning. Breakfast is great with fresh juices, breads and croissants, jams, cheeses and ham, yoghurt, cereals and eggs if you wish. Dinner is only served in the busy months of June, July and August but as a guest, you can request dinner and it will be provided anytime. It is a 3 course meal of very individual and unique dishes and caters for the vegetarian as well. We dined in twice!

There is a small terrace on the same floor as the suite that is for guests use and it overlooks the waterfront. Very pleasant.

The rates can be for room only or to include breakfast. If you have a car, there is secure underground parking out the front of the hotel for a small cost. There is another hotel a few doors away and in the travel book we had, Margarida da Praca was incorrectly marked. This is a wonderful boutique hotel, fantastic value for money and wonderful ambience.

Room Tip: Stay in the suite.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Margarida da Praca
Address: Alameda 5 de Outubro 58, Viana do Castelo 4900-515, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Northern Portugal > Viana do Castelo District > Viana do Castelo
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Airport Transportation
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Ranked #14 of 27 Hotels in Viana do Castelo
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Hotel Class:4 star — Margarida da Praca 4*
Number of rooms: 13
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