The Travellers House is the best youth hostel I've ever stayed in! It is located centrally (3 minutes walk from the Plaza del Comercio), clean, nice, and with a generous and outgoing owners, for example, for New Years Eve they organized a beer-drinking contest to promote his "open bar" , a cooler full of beers that everyone could help themselves to. The decor of this place is fantastic and makes you forget the fact that you are having to share a room with 3 or 5 people in wooden bunks, and have a communal bathroom (which obviously is separated for boys and girls). I think they have a private room but I don't know what it costs or if it is hard to reserve and if it is usually always full. In the lounge, there are several nice sofas and beanbags and it is a space where you can hang out and listen to music or read one of the many travel guides at your disposal. There is also a nice kitchen that can be used, a large dining room and a lounge with computers and free internet. It is advisable to book a month or more in advance because everyone knows that this is THE hostel in Lisbon.
The Hotel Sol e Praia is situated in the town of Lagos, about 50 meters from Dona Ana beach. It's in the old town, where there are numerous shops, businesses, bars, cafes, restaurants, and it's located about a mile away from the hotel. The rooms, nicely and practically decorated have a bathroom, phone, satellite tv, heat, safe and a terrace.
Small family hotel with 20 rooms located in the heart of the city but very quiet because it's above a pedestrian street. Simply decorated, they have managed to keep the essence of antique furniture without feeling old or outdated. A comfortable hotel, very clean and an excellent deal. The owners themselves waited on us: A Spanish woman married to a Portuguese man who have just taken the business on a few months ago. In addition, the rooms (especially those with a balcony overlooking the street) are very nice, they have a small living room with a fireplace, ideal for autumn and winter evenings and a small terrace for the summer.
Surrounded by an unforgettable landscape by the river Miño, the Hotel Bienestar Termas de Moncao offers pure pleasure and allows you to forget the daily worries. Perfect for peace and wellbeing. Access to Club + Thermal Circuit, lasting about two hours with the use of: Dynamic pool for adults, including a jacuzzi, swan necks, waterfalls, underwater jets for lower limb joints, Abdominal water jets, accents underwater bubbles that improve blood circulation, river against the current ... Children's pool with entertainment area. Swimming pool with bubble beds, thermal beds, Finnish sauna, Turkish bath, Roman bath, ice fountain, thermal showers, relax room and tea tasting.
This former palace is now a hotel. I've been a few times (I think it was three times) and it is a very nice hotel with lovely staff. Remember to make a reservation at the Burgo Restaurant, of the best I've found. This hotel Meliá Palacio de lousa, has been declared a Historical Heritage site. Located in the center of the town of Lousa, it has 46 rooms, each with a bathroom, air conditioning, telephone, mini-bar, TV and safe. They also have a nice pool and a parking lot at the back of the hotel. The palace consists of an old wing (the Palace itself) and a new wing decorated in a modern style and good taste. It is a four star hotel including a great buffet breakfast with views of the mountains to recuperate and then to visit Nuestra Señora De Piedade, a couple of miles from hotel. Enjoy eating at the Burgo Restaurant and allow yourself to be seduced by the natural environment.
Cerro da Fontinha Rural Cottage was another accommodation that fascinated me during my visit to Alentejo. It is located on the other side of the country. Situated to the little beach, near the coast and Vincentian. It is the Algarve. Alentejo also has the beach and well worth visiting. This cottage was built in compliance with the provisions of the Alentejo. It is constructed of white adobe wall. It is a small houses plan made of several rooms in a superb natural environment. There are people nearby with which to interact. It is made for rest and relaxation. What stands out most is that they have a natural lagoon in the middle, which serves as pool, pier. It is an ideal place to spend the summer with family.
This "handsome" palace hotel is located in the historic center of Viseu, in a building of great historical and cultural value. The Palacio dos Melos has been categorized as five stars, and it is the result of a profound remodeling of a landmark building, respecting the original architecture and combining it with ancient and modern styles. The hotel has 23 standard rooms, 2 superior rooms and 2 deluxe rooms with a whirlpool, safe, minibar, restaurant, bar. The beds in the rooms are awesome as you can see from the photos I took. It did have a slight problem, although there is no garage, there is also no parking, only 5 or 6 cars come and I have also heard that there is no pool. The positive side of staying in this beautiful hotel with breakfast included is that it is not expensive. The breakfast buffet is ok but I would categorize it as having a four-star level. In short I do not advise you to spend many days in Viseu because it has more to do with their environment, natural landscapes, and places to travel from there, such as villages like Tondela and mountains such as the Caramulo mountains, museums like the automobile museum , if worth a visit.
We got lost twice before reaching the hotel! HF Fenix Porto is right next to the Cidade do Porto Mall, so you'll probably need a car if you want to visit downtown Porto. The receptionist told us we could take the subway, but we preferred to drive. The rooms were simple but very clean and well-maintained, but the decor was rather poor in my opinion. From the outside, it looks like a 4-star hotel, but when you enter the room you realize that it's actually pretty old-fashioned. The room had a double bed, TV, telephone, and bathroom, but the carpet was quite old and had some marks on it. I don't understand why hotels feel the need to put carpets in the rooms if they just get dirty like this.
I visited this hotel in May 2007 and the truth is that I would like to go again. It is a 4 star hotel in a quiet area but with good communication links to the city center by metro (the station is virtually opposite and about 4 stops to th centre). It is a 4-star hotel opened in 2002 and comprises of a total of 171 rooms, cafe, restaurant, spa, sauna, gift shop, conference rooms ... There is a garage but not necessary because you can park on the street without any problems (although it is an ORA area). The room was very spacious: It had two 105cm beds, TV, minibar, etc, and free internet (ask for a network cable at reception). It was clean, and the decor was modern and new. We slept very well, as it is a very quiet and peaceful. The bathroom was also very spacious with a hot tub and full range of amenities. Of course there were radiators for heat and air conditioning for cold air with an adjustable thermostat in each room. Accidentally, we ordered breakfast in the room, as we did not realize that it is one hour behind so we got confused about the time we wanted it. There was no problem, we called reception and within 10 minutes it arrived. We ordered two continental breakfasts and the truth is that two people could ask for one breakfast. The supplement for ordering room service breakfast 4 €. The common areas were also in line with the rest of the hotel- current and modern, the lobby was very large, without walls separating areas, with a piano and courtyards that give a sense of spaciousness. There was also a computer area with free internet service. The staff was very friendly and spoke perfect Spanish ( we even called them to book us a table for dinner in a restaurant). In the basement there is a spa (which unfortunately was closed), use of which is included in the price of accommodation, it had a sauna and an indoor pool. They also offered other payable services such as massage, to join the water aerobics classes by appointment), and other water activities. Of course, I would highly recommended this hotel.
The Jerónimos 8 Hotel is located in the city of Lisbon. This is a great option, with fully equipped rooms for your comfort. All rooms have air conditioning, heating, high speed Internet, WIFI, free cable TV, hair dryer, safe, and mini bar, among other things. Parking is free.
We like to spend at least seven days at Christmas time outside Madrid, and on this occasion we chose to go to the Algarve. We booked all the way back in August - better to be safe than sorry - and paid 159 euros for the entire week. The hotel location is just perfect, a little over 400 metres from the beach and about 200 from a large supermarket. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, it has everything you need to spend a few days relaxing, with an outdoor pool and deck, a small jacuzzi, gym with sauna (7.50 euros a day), games room, dining room, bar, live music, and wifi for 3 euros an hour. The spacious and comfortable apartment is composed of a bedroom, full bath, kitchen, and living room with two sofa beds.
Time travel to the Middle Ages: that seems to be what the inn is trying to convey, and is considered one of the best in Portugal. Partly rebuilt and restored in the mid 80's, the monastery of Santa Marinha won the National Architecture award. It is located on a hill overlooking the city of Guimarães, the XII century original building includes vaulted ceilings, tiles XVIII, patios with fountains, gardens, balconies and terraces overlooking the city, and lavish accommodations. It´s a nice place to go for a weekend of luxury.
A small hotel with a lot of charm. Its decoration is very vintage, and it is located in the center of Porto, very clean, the staff very nice and speak Spanish. The rooms of the 6th floor have a charming terrace, a little living room, and a bedroom. The breakfast is great, a buffet, with free WiFi for the clients and the price is very good. You an book on Booking.com
The Penha Longa Hotel & Golf Resort is located in a large national park that was once the summer residence for the royal Portuguese family. It is a luxurious hotel that has two golf courses and a palace from the 19th century. The piano bar is the ideal place to enjoy a drink. All the 177 rooms have spacious and luxurious bathrooms and it also has a fully equipped gym.
I was lucky enough to stay at this luxurious hotel on my recent trip to Lisbon. It is conveniently located next to the Marques de Pombal Square, close to the historic centre of the city. The entire hotel has great service, and looks picture-perfect. It has elegant, functional decor, sure to make you feel comfortable. It has a bar, restaurant, free wifi, business centre, parking, fitness room, laundry, babysitting and other services. The rooms are beautiful, spacious, and with all the details perfect - stereo, plasma screen TV, the most complete minibar I've ever seen, and an immaculate bathroom with bathrobe, slippers and more. The views of Lisbon from the room are also spectacular. The breakfast buffet is just wonderful, very thorough and very efficient service. Overall the friendliness and professionalism of the employees caught my attention. Being a luxury hotel the hotel's private parking seemed somewhat expensive, as did the drinks at the bar, but I suppose that's common in hotels of this category. In short, you'll have a stay to remember here.
A very quiet little park in the north of Portugal in Vilanova de Cerveira very close to the Miño river. There is an area with wooden tables perfect for eating lunch, a bike path where you can cycle or stroll along the river and a small sandy area for sunbathing and having a dip, ideal for a picnic lunch and enjoying nature.
We stayed at the Hotel Melia Braga because we found a significant discount on a travel website. It's a little far from the centre, about 40 minutes by foot. There's a bus stop nearby, but the last bus goes to town at 20:30. The reception is an open space decorated in white and modern furniture. We stayed in a triple room on the top floor. The views were beautiful. There was a double bed, one of the most comfortable I've ever slept in, and a sofa bed, which was also very comfortable. The room had many details, the lights are controlled by embedded panels on the bedside tables. There was a safe, minibar, plasma TV, hairdryer, shower and tub. The room and bathroom were only separated by glass (impractical if you're sharing the room with friends). The hotel featured a spa, Jacuzzi, indoor pool, Finnish sauna, Turkish bath, cold/hot baths, and jet showers. A real delight. Neither the spa nor the gym are included in the room rate. The staff was helpful and accommodating. The Meliã Braga is an excellent choice, but not suitable for all budgets.
We spent two days staying in Aveiro in the hotel Jardim Aveiro. Charming, about two hundred meters from the center where the Forum shopping centre and the canals are. Three star hotel, very comfortable, recently renovated, not being central, no noise, good breakfast buffet and the staff so very friendly in reception and restaurant. Quality excellent price. I recommend it.
Of all the hotels we've seen, this undoubtedly had the best located, next to the estuary where the Moliceiros attract tourists. It had a good breakfast buffet, and don't forget to ask for rooms with views over the estuary. The interior has photos on display of what the hotel used to look like in the last century. The rooms have WiFi, and the hotel has a lounge with views and an unbeatable external image, photographically speaking, which, along with the location, are its main assets. The price is well within the leading ones in this city, though a little high compared to its neighbours. The first day was not good, hence the pictures are grey.
This hotel is part of the Sol Melia group and I have been there a couple of times and it has very good prices, so I recommend it. The Sol Peniche is located opposite the beach of Alfarroba (on the road that indicates Baleal) and about 500 meters from the center of the town of Peniche. It is a good hotel located, as I say, very close to the beach, and major tourist attractions. It has 102 rooms including 4 rooms that are wheelchair accessible. The rooms have a balcony, bathroom with hairdryer, AC, satellite TV, safe and telephone. The hotel also has a restaurant, buffet breakfast, two pools (one heated), two elevators and parking. I recommend that you stay towards the entrance of Peniche, near the beach are. The rooms are spacious and comfortable almost all of which overlook the pool or the beach (more like the dunes) and because it has good prices, except during August.
Nice hotel overlooking the ocean, but not recommended if you are a light sleeper, the planes fly close and early as the end of the runway of the airport is less than 2 kilometers away from this hotel. The facilities are quite complete with sauna, steam room, indoor pool and solarium, as well as pub and restaurant attached.
Vale Do Lobo Resort is situated along 2 km of sandy beaches in Portugal. It offers 100 rooms, all equipped with their own kitchen, and there is maid service 24 hours a day. The hotel offers a tennis court, karaoke, sauna, fitness centre, Golf Course, Spa & Wellness Centre, Massage, Children's Playground, Table Tennis, Jacuzzi, Turkish Hammam, Horse Riding, Outdoor Swimming Pool, Mini Golf and an indoor Swimming pool and other activities.
This 4-star hotel is located in the fishing village of Ericeira 50 kilometers from Lisbon which can be reached by motorway in about 30 minutes. It´s located on the edge of a small cliff and when you look out your deck, it´s like you´re on a boat because the cliff really hangs over the sea. It´s a delight to see the sunset from the terrace too. It´s a very nice hotel despite being very large. The staff is polite and very pleasant and they make you feel right at home. It has a very nice bar with a man who plays the piano and sings in the evenings. The rates are pretty cheap except in July and August during high season. There are two superimposed terraces and three pools, one saltwater and one for children. In the middle of the upper terrace there´s a covering that resembles the deck of a ship. It´s wonderful to watch the waves break from this spot. This hotel is a very special place to me so I recommend it to everyone. I usually go at least three times a year!
A quiet hotel near the Park Metro Station, near the center (you can easily walk, although with the city's transport it takes five minutes). Our room was good, comfortable and updated with a very large bathroom and separate sitting area with a sofa bed. The staff was friendly and attentive. The number 44 bus can take you to and from the airport, although it is better to take the Aerobus, which costs 3.50 euros, because then you can take all the buses you want throughout the whole day, even trams and elevators. The Santa Justa bus, which charges by the minute, comes free with the Aerobus ticket if you use it the same day.
I stayed for a weekend at this 3-star hotel, which was not bad, and pretty convenient. It was the best value that I saw online, 19 euros per person per night with breakfast included, despite it being a holiday weekend. We arrived around 11 am, and had to wait for 10 minutes as the room wasn't ready yet. The room was quite spacious, with three 90cm beds and a good desk. The wardrobe was a bit small, and so was the TV, hung from a bracket on the wall (apparently it has satellite channels, but I don't know as we didn't even turn it on). The furniture was nothing special, but it was functional and modern.
The room was perfectly clean, but there was a strange smell - like there was a problem with the pipes, but the bathroom was okay. The floor was carpeted, and there was air conditioning and heating. It was very bright, with one wall being all windows. The trouble is that there was no soundproofing or shutters, so it was noisy at night, and bright at dawn. I didn't like the bed too much, as I prefer hard mattresses and it sank quite a bit. The bathroom was spacious, with a large bath, toilet, bidet, and a marble countertop with built-in sink and plenty of counter space. There weren't many amenities - just a bar of soap in the sink, a gel dispenser on the wall of the tub, and a hairdryer.
Hot water came fast and with plenty of pressure, but there was only a shower curtain, not a screen door, and it could have done with a little more lighting. On the ground floor, next to the reception desk, there were vending machines for coffee, cold drinks and snacks. There was a small TV room, with a computer with free internet (wifi was 3 euros an hour or 12 a day, and only in this area), a little bar and breakfast room. The breakfast was served until 10am, but one day we went down at 9:30 and they weren't repleneshing things. Regarding the location, it's on one of the main commercial streets, but it's not quite in the heart of the city - 10 minutes walk away. Be careful parking under the trees, as they produce a sticky liquid that will leave your car quite a mess. In summary, an okay 3-star, but not amazing.
Hotel Aguas do Geres-Termas & Spa is a very good three star hotel in the heart of Peneda do Gerês National Park, about 30 km from Braga and near the Caniçada dam. The hotel was recently remodelled and has 55 rooms with bathroom, satellite TV, telephone and heating & air conditioning. It also has a restaurant, bar, game room, living room with internet, and and offers adventure activities. Next to the hotel is the Spa and the tourist information office.
The Quinta Pero Vicente is a holiday Cottage that can be found near beaches more European selvages. In the park naturale "Southwest Alentejo and Costa Vincentian". Accepts dogs. Fantastic dinner (fish it then ...). Family Mul (only three rooms to rent, with bathroom and heat). There "bikes" free to use. At night, just the sound of the sea and the birds ...