Vasco da Gama Hotel
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TravelPod Member ReviewsVasco da Gama Hotel Monte Gordo
The hotel is located right on the beach and has a nice pool...this is the only draw really. Other than that, it has a really weird old folks home kind of feeling. One commons room literally is a room of about 30 couches, coffee tables and board games. Odd. But, it is walking distance to town...think cheap casino town. The room was very spacious with a balcony overlooking the water. They let us take our bikes (we are bike touring) into the room...this is always a nice plus for us. The breakfast buffet is included and actually had a descent selection of fresh fruits, pastries and hot foods if you choose...good coffee too! Honestly it is probably the best option in this odd town.
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... up a narrow, shallow channel to Punta Umbria on the Ria Huelva to anchor overnight, and as we left we'd be arriving just as it was getting dark and at low tide. Not a problem, we thought, there should be plenty of water in the channel for a boat with as modest a draught as ours, and we should be anchoring just after the sun set, with plenty of light still to see by.
Well, we were right about the light at least. The channel was ...
... restaurant-lined) square was a very pretty place to sit and watch the world go by.
It seemed a very un-touristy place, until we started paying closer attention to the menus we passed. Full English breakfasts and fish and chips abounded, and most of the menus were in English - we had to assume that we'd just missed the tourist crowd, which would have flown home at the end of ...
... was more than $250.00!
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