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Hotel Suave Mar
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Esposende
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 16, 2012

Esposende is a charming little city. It's a good walk to town from the hotel if you don't have a car, but this is an excellent hotel. Staff speaks English. There's a large game room for children; it looks like a great place for families. The bar was a surprise for us. The bartenders were knowledgable about local wines, regional wines and Port, and as pleasant as they could be. We planned on one night, but stayed for two.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 8, 2012

I stayed with my group for 4 nights. Reception was efficient and speedy with a welcome from the managing director in person. Rooms are on 2 floors, built around a rectangle, within which is an outdoor swimming pool. The rooms (which can be accessed by lifts) are well appointed and offer bath or wetroom/shower choices. Rooms to the side of the hotel have oblique windows facing the distant ocean. This part of Esposende is quiet and therefore little troubled by vehicular traffic. The dining and breakfast facilities are equally good and the dining room has ocean views. Here the service is of the highest quality with food of a good standard and fairly wide choice. The bar and lounge areas are most comfortable and the attendant waiters and barmen are a pleasure to have around one. This a a good base from which to explore the northernmost parts of Portugal as it is within a few minutes drive of the main road network to north and south. The area in front of the hotel was being worked on and therefore barricaded off whilst we were there, but it appears that a nice board walk is being prepared along the edge of the lagoon: this area is just mud at low tide but water comes close at hand at high tide. Access to the actual ocean beach is 10-15 minutes walk to the north and west and it should be remembered that this is the Atlantic coast and therefore the water is always somewhat colder than beaches much further south. The town is within 10 minutes walk in the opposite direction. We look forward to a return visit, both for the building and the staff's hospitality and level of care.
We have read of concerns about the fog horn noise: if you listen hard you might hear it, but it cannot be described as intrusive or a nuisance, in other words forget about it!

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 14, 2011

Very well appointed. Rooms very good. Food excellent and staff friendly and helpful. Pleasant location with walks and views. Quiet - except for a fog horn which sounded once it got dark. However, with the windows closed and in rooms away from the road, not noticeable. Management are aware of this.

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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 7, 2011

room was good and everything was clean. pool was nice and they make an effort with flowers. breakfast was just ok. we didn't stay there for dinner. location was across the road from where people use the walking trail along the water, not where people go swimming. a nice swimming beach is a good 20 min walk north. axis ofir is in a separate part of town and right on sandy beach - we drove that way but it was so busy we were locked up in traffic and poorly parked cars. Lots of teens over there and partying, i would rather stay on the Hotel Suave Mar side and drive to the beach on the north side of it.
parking was on the street in front and we had no problem finding a spot, but one might if arriving at the wrong time.

overall i think Espinho (just south of Porto) is a better beach town than Esposende.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 11, 2011

This hotel really deserves to have 4 stars. We had a junior suite with sea view which was spacious, very clean and comfortable. Everything was fine until we opened the door to the balcony when we heard the foghorn. It was not foggy but sounded every 15 seconds not just during the day but all night. A shame as this spoiled the hope for peace and quiet for the 4 days we stayed there. Guest should be aware of this if they intend to stay at this location.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 30, 2011

We found Suave Mar through internet and Tripadvisor. Well, the hotel is 3 star, no more. We had a junior suite with seaview. But you actually view the road and the river. Noise from the traffic and the mist horn (also when there is no mist). (See others reviews of this hotel). Personnel is kind. Swimming pool small but sheltered: we needed that as there was a gail blowing. Beach is fundamental beach. Beautiful but due to wind not possbile to be on. No services on beacht
Food is in the restaurant is bad, very bad. Bathroom outdated. But the worst thing was the BED. We asked fot win beds but they didnot have this. So we ended up in a rather small bed. We have nevere experienced a bed that moved when you stretched your leg, moved your head or turned, made noise and was as hard a hardboard. impossible to sleep on. We booked 5 nights but stayed 2 and will never come back. Oh, and if you want wifi, very hard to connect (due to the wind???)

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 18, 2011

stayed here for 1wk on half board basis breakfast was very boring and the evening meal
was awful hardly any selection we seemed to have a separate menu from everyone else
and was mainly the same thing it was a shame as we never looked forward to are meals
as we usually do after being out all day .Would not recommend this hotel to english
tourists as we expected a buffet style and were very disappointed.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: Avenida Engenheiro Eduardo Arantes e Oliveira | Esposende, Esposende 4740-204, Portugal
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Location: Portugal > Northern Portugal > Braga District > Esposende
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Esposende
Price Range: $41 - $88 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Suave Mar 3*
Number of rooms: 84
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The refinement of a quiet place near the mouth of the River Cávado" The hotel Suave Mar is situated in Esposende, facing the River Cávado, very well integrated in its natural, rich and extraordinary environment is a perfect place to spend the holidays of your dreams. We are the perfect place for those who look a real rest and good moments to recover from daily stress, and recover energies. Esposende combine with perfection its status as a tourist destination with cultural and business life witch we form apart. We the perfect destination to combine holidays with business meetings and conferences Our family atmosphere helps us to keep in touch with the current and future requirements. Our staff really makes the difference with their experience, dedication and friendly attitude they mark the quality of our service. The quality service that we offer our guests and the investment to ensure the level of maintenance of our hotel are achieved to be adaptable to the changing needs of the tourist market at any moment. ... more   less 
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