If you have a car, location is great, no need to worry about parking. It is on the other side of the River from city centre, a short drive to the bridge. We parked the car in the public free parking lot and walked across the bridge. The gate, city centre and University are walking distance from the bridge, but walk uphill, it is a beautiful hilly city.
The breakfast buffet in the hotel was the best, a lot of varieties, restaurant clean and comfortable.
Our room has a nice view of the River, room is clean, bed comfortable. We enjoyed our stay, a very good value.
The front desk staff were a bit stiff, but helpful with whatever you asked of them. The breakfast room lady was the real sweetheart, always smiling. Architecturally and historically, it is a really interesting place. There is so much of it that has survived from the days when staying at a swank hotel was a signifier of social standing - and therein lies its charm.
We stayed at Riversuites for one night and it was fine - the location is great and very close to the center and the staff is very nice and willing to help and took our luggage to the room. However, there were some little things that weren't so great - the parking place is a bit far, the room is small and the bed is very hard. The bathroom is very very small and we had to go up with three suitcases to the second floor without an elevator. The breakfast is poor and unsatisfying. I guess it's a 50/50 recommendation.
Quintal is a 'farm' hotel near Lousa. The main farmbuildings are 18th century, but they are wonderfully restored and the hotel offers a very pleasant experience. The hotel is impeccably clean. The grounds are really well kept. The breakfast is great and the owners go out of their way to make your stay special (with little things like fresh fruit or cake in your room). The children loved the swimming pool and the chickens. Actually, I had only one minor point: the bed in my room was very romantic but not very comfortable! The beds in the room of my children seemed fine, so it probably was just bad luck.
This was a good hotel, almost new, in excellent condition, Excellent breakfast & evening meal, free internet (worth taking an ethernet cable, they lent me one but they might run out if busy) Staff were friendly and helpful. There is plenty of parking (free) There is a beach perhaps 15 km away, but not much else in the area as far as I could see. Minibar prices seemed to be the same as the hotel bar, (for beer at least)
There is a fire station next door & a petrol station across the road, and a Lidl supermarket. It is that part of town!
Trevor from London
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