The Solverde is fine place for both vacation and business. It’s a modern mid-rise hotel facing the magnificent stretch of beach that extends along the coast, south of Porto. The hotel has easy access to the beach and a handsome outdoor pool, sunbathing area and kids’ playground. There’s also an indoor pool. You’ll need a car or a taxi to get here, but the hotel and the nearby town of Espinho offer everything you need during a stay. It’s a 20 minute walk along a boardwalk into Espinho, which has a number of small restaurants and a nice shopping street. (Good gelato at the "Esquimo" facing the beach near the center of town.)
The hotel is a 30-40 minute drive from Porto’s airport, and there is good train service from Espinho into the center of Porto that takes about 20 minutes. Note that if you ask the hotel for a taxi back the airport, they will call for a very nice but rather expensive one. It cost 30 euros to get to the hotel from the airport in a normal taxi, but the ride back over the same route in the big Mercedes summoned by the hotel was 50 euros.
The room I had faced south, toward Espinho, but I could see the beach by peering around the corner. It was large and well appointed. The hotel offers free WiFi in the room and the bandwidth was fine for checking email and downloading a few files. I was there for a business meeting, and the meeting rooms were excellent, as was the food. There’s an excellent buffet breakfast. The service is outstanding. The first morning of my stay, I asked the waiter for hot water rather than coffee, and the second day, he brought it to the table as soon as we sat down. That afternoon I asked at the desk for directions to the beach and the person who checked me in 36 hours earlier greeted me by name.
All around, this is an excellent place to stay if you’re in the vicinity of Porto and don’t have to be in the city itself, or if you want a holiday on this part of the Portuguese coast.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Solverde Spa & Wellness Center is one of the most attractive hotels of greater Porto. With a privileged location, 2 minutes from the city of Espinho and only 15 minutes from Porto, it stands on modern infrastructures providing a service of excellence and bringing together the ideal conditions for leisure and business tourism in the North of Portugal. Inside a 20,000 m2 complex and with direct access to the beach, it offers a pleasant atmosphere of relaxation enriched with the aroma of the salt spray, the magnificent view of the sea and the surrounding landscape. The cuisine is also one of the points of attraction of the first Solverde Hotel, offering a rich and varied range of the tastiest Northern delicacies. The Spa & Wellness Center is one of the most complete and modern in the country, providing the perfect symbiosis between body and mind and featuring exclusive treatments associated to the Thalgo and Terrake brands. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Hotels.com, Expedia, Booking.com, Priceline and Agoda so you can book your Hotel Solverde Spa & Wellness Center reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Solverde Hotel
- Hotel Solverde Spa & Wellness Center Portugal/Vila Nova De Gaia