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“What a gem” 4 of 5 bubbles
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El Gordo
Ranked #8 of 12 Hotels in Trancoso
Certificate of Excellence
Sussex
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113 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“What a gem”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2012

Stayed the weekend in this little gem of a hotel lovely food, the room was extremely comfortable.
Really not a bad word to say about this hotel. The setting with the Trancoso quadrant is peaceful and offers a view over the shoreline. You can if your picky and look to closely at the decking and pool where you can find a tired few bits but call it shabby sheikh and just enjoy.The staff are friendly we were welcomed with a smile and every one was really helpful. Well done to you all my octopus starter and lobster with truffle oil pasta is reason enough for me to visit again thanks chef.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank mimosaSussex
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Lisbon, Portugal
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2012

Honestly, there is no point say good or bad, you just have to go and see for your own eyes :)!

The perfect experience all around

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sassaa
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Belo Horizonte Brasil
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52 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2011

It's located at Quadrado, the main place of Trancoso. You are close to the beach (10 minutes walking). as well as to the most of the restaurants.

We stayed in one room close to the entrance, reception and pool, so we were accompanied by a lot of noise. And that with just than two or three more rooms with guests. The room was clean, well equiped and decorated. Great shower.

There are rooms located far from the entrance, with a beautiful view. Probably silencious. But they are too over priced.

The staff needs more training and kindness. You feel they don't really like their job.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank RicardoJP
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Lisbon, Portugal
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2011

Its one of the best locations in the quadrado, very good views of the sea.
Rooms are average, definitely overpriced and the ones on top are very noisy. The ones down (9 and 10) have amazing views but as they are in the jungle you can have all sort of animals inside. Internet in the rooms is through cable but they are not in the best of places and the wifi that was suppose to exist in the bar area never worked.
Service is not as friendly as other places in Trancoso, not attentive to detail, not what you expect for a luxury place.
Restaurant is very good, maybe one of the bests in Trancoso, but the price of the wine is abusive. They are mostly portuguese regular wines and you can be charged 70€ for a wine that you buy in a supermarket by 4€ in Portugal. Trancoso is an expensive place but in this case you do feel like someone has stole your wallet.
Definitely a place to visit, specially for a restaurant or a drink in the bar in the end of the day but i would not recommend it to stay as you don't get value for money.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank mmcn2009
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Brasil
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2011

Cool, beautiful, design hotel, in a great location (at "quadrado", where the best restaurants, stores and bars are located). Excellent service and restaurant. European style in the heart of Trancoso.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank adventuregroup
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New York City, New York
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34 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2011

We stayed at El Gordo last April - super off season - witch I highly recommend for Trancoso.
This pousada is great, the staff was helpfull and very friendly - they have an amazing DVD collection for the rainy days.
The food, view and location are very good!

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank trip_azzi
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London
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12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2010

We were staying at Villas de Trancoso so I don't know about the rooms but we ate here and had a nice night. Nothing too special but nice enough.

It's a fusion menu which has lots of interesting things on it. I had a shrimp and pumpkin purée that was very nice.

It is expensive though. All Trancoso is. It's London/New York prices without such high service levels and to some extent quality. El Gordo is definitely overpriced but everything is in Trancoso and at least it seems quite chic and tries.

  • Stayed September 2010
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank EveryOtherNameTaken
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Property: El Gordo
Address: Praca Sao Joao 7 | Quadrado, Porto Seguro, State of Bahia 45810-000, Brazil
Location: Brazil > State of Bahia > Porto Seguro > Trancoso
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Trancoso
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — El Gordo 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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