Hotel BlueBay Porta Nova
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June 16, 2014
SEVILLE to TAVIRA, Portugal (175km)
Hotel Porto Novo - €40.50 ($55) double without breakfast
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel BlueBay Porta Nova Tavira
This is a lovely hotel about a 5 or 10 minute walk from the center of Tavira where we stayed while looking for a longer-term apartment. The room was great and the cost very reasonable. Suggest going to their website for a complete description. (http://www.portanovahotel-tavira.com/) Only thing we wished was better was the morning food. (We never did eat dinner there.) Their breakfast buffet is expensive and not nearly as good food as we've since found elsewhere in Tavira. Also, though WiFi is available in the lobby, would be much better if it was in the room.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel BlueBay Porta Nova Tavira
I stayed at this hotel for three nights at the end of March. It is a great hotel and I recommend it. The staff were friendly and helpful. The hotel is exceptionally clean and I really enjoyed my stay. Hotels struggle at this time of the year. There are few tourists (mostly British and Germans) but it is a wonderful time to be in the Algarve. The best part are the cheap rates. For single occupancy in a double room, I paid $22 Canadian dollars per night and this included the buffet breakfast! Total of $71.91 including taxes for the three nights. This was through Expedia.
The breakfast buffet (hot and cold) was very good.
The view from the 5th floor verandah was fantastic.
There is an indoor heated pool/whirlpool in the basement together with a steam room, sauna, showers and a small fitness room. I agree with another review that the size of these facilities is probably not big enough when the hotel is full.
At reception, you have to ask for the safe key and pay a 15 euro deposit and 3 euro per day charge.
Great location, lovely hotel, friendly and helpful staff
Stayed a week at this hotel on a B&B basis, arriving at the end of 4 days of Fiesta. A delightful hotel, good sized and very clean room. Breakfast was more than adequate with a plentiful supply or rolls/breads as well as a choice of cooked foods although they were the same each day. Rooftop terrace has great views over the town.
The location of the hotel is excellent, just a short walk from the Roman Bridge and close to many delightful cafes and restaurants, all offering good quality food at extremely reasonable prices. Staff at the hotel were very helpful, always smiling and happy to see you. Take care though if you need to park your car in the underground car park, the entrance is fairly narrow and on a bend, hence the walls showing signs of car paintwork.
Unfortunately it was not the time of year to use the outdoor pool but it looks wonderful, has nicely kept gardens around and plenty of chairs/loungers. Not sure the health spa would be large enough when more people are staying in the hotel.
We had a wonderful, relaxing time and would certainly recommend this hotel.
Sunny place, lovely hotel, helpful and friendly staff!
Have just returned from a week in Tavira, and had a fantastic time! The hotel I stayed at claims to be 4 star, and I think that is a fair rating. The room I stayed in was clean, and well presented. The restaurant was fine, with the food very good, especially the evening meals (buffet style, 17.50 euros, a reasonable price to pay). The staff were extremely friendly, which was nice to see, as some places I have been to, the staff have struggled to even raise a frown!! No such problem at the Porta Nova, where there were friendly faces all round! Also the pool area looked very nice, with many deckchairs, and a bar. Very nice in the summer!
The roof top bar was excellent, with outstanding views of the surrounding scenery. Also the staff didn't mind me going up early, whilst they were cleaning, so I could take in the sunshine, and read a book!
All in all, I had a great time there (was extremely lucky with the weather...6 days of glorious siunshine!), and would (and will!!) definitely go back again!!
Excellent Value and Location
Stayed here for a week in January and at just £22 B & B a night (through Expedia) were not disappointed.
The hotel is situated just a short walk from the lovely town of Tavira. It is a modern hotel(although showing some signs of ageing), clean, has good facilities and pleasant staff.
The roof top bar is great, with lovely views over the town.
Breakfast was fine - self service. The cooked english fare did not look very appetizing but the breads, rolls, cheese and hams were great.
The pools looked lovely - and had it been abit warmer would have proved most inviting.
We felt our bargain break was excellent value - not sure I would have felt the same paying top prices in the summer though.
Date 5th November 2005.
Hotel Porta Nova Tavira Portugal.
We spent two fantastic weeks here 13th - 28th October 2005.
The weather was in the main ,stunning (still got the tan to prove it!!)despite local forecasts being a bit pessimistic.
The hotel was up to expectations, the staff were very helpful and accommodating.
Tv remote, mini bar key are given upon arrival safe deposit lock and key have to be requested,charge is 15 euros deposit and 3 euros a day rental seemed reasonable to me for the peace of mind.
The rooms were of a good standard and there was plenty of choice in the retaurant, food in the bain marie could have been a little warmer, however if you like salads and desserts plenty of choice for eveyone.
Good size pool and plenty of furniture, water a bit cool but fine once you are in.
Quick walk into town with plenty of good bars and retaurants.
Train from Tavira to Faro good an cheap! about 4.10 euros each return.
Taxi to Villa Real (next to Ayamonte Spain) good value approx. 15 to 18 euros one way.
Ferry to Ayamonte takes 15 minutes and is very cheapat 1.40 euros single, well worth a visit for the local handicrafts and good bargains on leather goods.
Nice two course lunch in spain with beer and water was 17 euros.
Lots of restaurants to suit every pocket and taste.
If you are looking to completely unwind and find a quiet beach or cafe to while away the hours this area is ideal.
We will return to the area and explore the hinterland next time as expats we met recommended so many lovely places.
We have just returned from a wonderful relaxing AI week at Porta Nova Hotel. The hotel is very clean and comfortable. Overall, the team of staff are hardworking, polite and friendly. The only fault we could find with the staff is that the reception was busy on arrival and we were not provided with as much information as we should have been, i.e. we were not given a remote control, we were not told that we could have a complimentary ticket for the boat across to the beach and we also had to ask about a safety deposit key.
The food was buffet style - very good and varied. The snack bar was also very good. A nice way to finish the day off is to go to the Panoramic Bar on the 5th floor and enjoy a drink outside.
There are 2 pools, 1 for children which was hardly used and a good sized pool with plenty of room for swimming.
You also don't have to suffer holiday reps 'entertaining' at this hotel which we liked.
It was a short walk into Tavira itself which is very quaint. (Not geared for tourists which was refreshing not to be bombarded with souvenir shops). In fact, mostly restaurants and not much else.
If you are looking to unwind and relax we would thoroughly recommend the Porta Nova hotel and Tavira.
Very surprised how lovely the area was
Tavira. Hotel Porta Nova
Had a wonderful first insight to the eastern algarve. My friend and I stayed at the PortaNova and the staff were very friendly and the breakfast enough to set you up for the day! Very impressed with the roof bar with the panoramic views across Tavira ,the spacious rooms and the clean towels every day. The hotel was invaded by house martins nesting everywhere we even had a nest on our balcony and the young hatched whilst we there I found it very refreshing that they let nature take its course and didnt disturb the nests at all. We were very impressed by the whole area and will definitely be returning for a second visit
Firstly, i feel i should start with the good stuff. The town of Tavira and position of the hotel was perfect. Tavira is still relatively "unspoilt," still has lots of character and charm.
My room was quite spacious, clean, with veiws over Tavira and the swimming pool--very pleasant. My friends were given a north facing room overlooking the carpark, not ideal for sipping a glass of wine and a spot of sunbathing, (a bit chilly.) Veiws from the rooftop terrace were spectacular at night but the atmosphere in the bar was more like the Tap Room in the Rover's Return.
The restaurant, again very clean but the choice of food left alot to be desired! If you like pork you have hit the jackpot!! Every meal we ate, breakfast and evening meal was COLD, even if we were first in for dinner at 7.30pm. When i mentioned this to the Director of the hotel i was told that she was aware of the problem and they were awaiting new hot plates for the dining room, alas they did not arrive before we left.
If i had to rate this hotel on a scale of 1/10 it would be as follows:
Choice of food................5/10
Quality of food................3/10
Felt like a budget hotel.
Upon checking in we were not informed that you had to get your remote, safe key(3Euros a day plus 15 Euros deposit), towels for the gym and mini bar key at reception which I felt should have been briefed upon check in.
The rooms are okay and the beds are hard felt like we were sleeping on the base - no springs. The walls are thin so you could hear the music from the bar. They do not turn your bed at night or replace the towels at night - only done in the morning.
The facilities are excellent but be careful when you go to the sauna - I slipped and fell. Water from the showers and steam room were overflowing. I did not see it as the lighting only comes on as you move forward by this stage I had bust my knee, twisted my ankles and hurt my hip. I called reception and explained I hurt myself due to the water - no apology or anything not even a sign put up later to warn other guests - they didn't even get rid of the water (which I felt was really really poor).
The food was edible I wouldn't say out of this world - the deserts were good.
On a whole it felt like we were staying in a budget hotel. The service was slow at times.
So this was not the best hotel to celebrate my wedding anniversary!
Also check your bill carefully they tried to add items that we didn't even touch from the mini bar - which was a bit of a cheek too.
If you are going to stay at this hotel don't expect too much otherwise you will be disappointed!
Very good quality hotel overlooking tranquility
I travelled here in December 2004 and got a very good price. The hotel is worth its 4* rating. The staff are very helpful and pleasant. The hotel itself is only about 2 years old so very fresh and new and extremely clean. The rooms are nice i wouldn't say luxurious but I am fussy. They were exceptionally clean and with a lovely bathroom. The balcony on the 4th floor was a bit low i wouldnt take kids in one of them rooms. The breakfast was excellent lots of choice staff couldnt do enough to be helpful and very efficient. The hotel has an indoor and outdoor pool and 2 very nice bars one overlooking amazing views of the river and Tavira. I would recommend this hotel to people after a quiet break it is 5 minutes walk down a hill to the centre of Tavira and the hotel did an all inclusive package. People I met who had taken this option were praising the food saying that the quality was top restauant quality.