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“Good stay, fair price, close to the right places”
Review of Novotel Porto Gaia

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Novotel Porto Gaia
Ranked #5 of 14 Hotels in Vila Nova de Gaia
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Reviewed July 28, 2012

the Novotel is situated in an area close to one of the bridges on the south side of the river. It is just outside the city limits of Porto but it's close enough. The Novotel is situated in a cluster of some 5 hotels that are basically sharing the same parking. Walking though the entrance, the atmosphere is friendly and the place is clean. Not sure though where they got the 4 stars from. The hotel is clean but basic. We chose the Novotel as we could get a family room of 4 at a decent price. Family room means that there is a sofabed next to the double bed in a room that is no different in size from a regular room.

The garden and the swimming pool are actually quite nice and made a great relax after a hot walk through the city. Breakfast was no great event, but there was enough food and given the price of 80 euro per night, we did not complain!

The price, pool and child friendly atmosphere really makes this hotel earn it's points.

it takes 5 mins by car to get into the centre. A navigation systems makes it easy to find your way around the area. tip: Go for the evening down into the port for some great small restaurants. a full meal including drinks will cost you a max of 15 euro. Not many tourists and great to walk though small streets with bbq's on the sidewalk that prepare the catch of the day!

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Reviewed July 16, 2012

Good clean hotel near to Porto historical area and the Port Houses.. The staff are helpful. The room we were given was on the 4th floor, it looked out to the pool and sea beyond.
The car park at the hotel if free which was a plus as usually you have to pay when in a city Novotel.
I would recommend this hotel and would certainly go back.

Room Tip: 4th floor as they have good views. Ask to look over the pool.
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

Hard to find by car, but quite nice and only a 5-7 euro cab ride from points of interest. Rooms nice and staff helpful. Good value

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1  Thank RogerRamjet68
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Reviewed July 1, 2012

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1  Thank marciap123
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Reviewed June 25, 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights. The hotel was clean and tidy and staff very helpful. The food is not bad and relatively fresh. The pool is clean and terrace kept clean and tidy.

We had a smoking room (neither of us smoke) and although the corridor smelt strongly of cigarettes the room was fine.

The bed was very hard and pillows not great but it was clean and functional.

Free wifi helped although it was a little intermittant but we had a wifi tmn dongle with us as back up.

10 min walk under the motorway to get to the big shopping mall is quite useful if you need any shopping or top floor is the food hall.

Room Tip: Ensure you book non smoking overlooking the pool if possible.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 17, 2012

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank WorldWideKiwi
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Reviewed June 12, 2012

The Novotel shares a site with a cheaper Ibis and includes free car parking. A taxi to the centre of Porto costs between 7 and 10 Euros; if you wish to use public transport, you need to catch either a 902 or 903 bus from the traffic island 300 metres from the hotel. This will take you to Casa da Musica, from where you can take the Metro into the centre. Expect a total journey time of 30 minutes via public transport, or 10-15 mins via taxi.

Car parking in Porto is around 0.40 Euro per 15 minutes for the first hour, then 0.30 Euro for 15 minutes afterwards. So reckon on 10 Euros for an 8 hour stay. There are plenty of parking options in Porto and a double storey in Vila Nova de Gaia near the Port wine cellars, but driving can be a bit tricky with a fair amount of traffic at rush hour, narrow (often cobbled) streets and some one-way confusion.

There is a Continente supermarket 15 minutes walk away from the hotel down the hill. It's vast and sells pretty much everything practical you're likely to need - but easier to get to with a car if you want to carry bags. It's an uphill walk back!

We stayed for a week and very much enjoyed the hotel - the staff were friendly, the public areas very clean, the swimming pool small but neat and tidy, and the free wifi access good in both rooms and public areas. I was impressed that there was a free access internet point with a printer near the dining room.

We had breakfast included in our room price - it was a very good buffet, with a wide variety of fruit, cold meats, cereals, cheese etc. as well as hot items - boiled and scrambled eggs, mushrooms, tomato (with cheese melted on top), sausages and bacon. Plenty of fruit juice.

We also had two evening meals - mains cost around 10-15 Euros, and there's a two course offer for around 13 Euros. The quality was good.

The staff were also happy to recommend a very nice fish restaurant down the hill on the banks of the Douro.

The drawbacks? Location - this isn't in the centre of Porto and you'll need either your own transport or public transport. You might consider buying an Andante pass which covers public transport - including the Guindais Funicular - if you're making multiple trips. There's also the Porto Card available from Tourist Information offices which offers discounted or free tickets to museums and attractions in Porto, as well as inclusive access to public transport. A 24 hour card costs 10.50 Euro, 48 hours is 17.50 Euro and 72 hours 21.50 Euro. This does NOT include trams, even though the tram leaflets say it does - they no longer accept the Porto card.

The other drawback - mentioned in other reviews - is the beds. They are not quite as bad as some suggest, but they are hard.

Would we stay here again? Definitely. But be aware of the location and the practicalities before you decide if it's right for you.

Room Tip: Rooms either face the swimming pool or car park (at left end), or distant view of ocean/entrance are...
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Additional Information about Novotel Porto Gaia

Address: Rua Martir Sao Sebastiao, Vila Nova de Gaia 4400-499, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Northern Portugal > Porto District > Vila Nova de Gaia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Vila Nova de Gaia
#2 Green Hotel in Vila Nova de Gaia
#3 Family Hotel in Vila Nova de Gaia
#4 Luxury Hotel in Vila Nova de Gaia
Price Range: $71 - $143 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Novotel Porto Gaia 4*
Number of rooms: 93
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Novotel Porto Gaia is a 3 star hotel located in Vila Nova de Gaia, close to the centre of Porto and renowned wine cellars, 20 km from the airport and 35 km from the Europarque conference centre. Perfect for a business trip or a holiday with your family, the hotel offers 93 airconditioned rooms, including 56 non smoking rooms, five meeting rooms for your conference and seminar needs, a restaurant, bar, private parking, swimming pool, terrace area and playground for children. Pets allowed. ... more   less 
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