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Hotel Review: Hotel Vila Galé Collection Braga in Braga, Portugal

The Braga sign in front of Hotel Vila Galé Collection Braga. Melissa is standing next to the letter A.
Hotel Vila Galė Collection Braga.

Hotel Vila Galé Collection Braga is in the charming historic center of Portugal’s third-largest city, a vibrant area with a mix of Medieval and modern architecture. If you know where to look, you can even spot some Roman ruins in a nearby café. Braga is rich in history and heart. 

Built in 1508 on a hermitage dedicated to São Marcos, Vila Galé Braga, once a Templar convent, has a quiet grandeur. Portugal’s oldest cathedral is five minutes from Vila Galé’s doorstep, and Casa do Raio, a Baroque-era palace, is two minutes in the opposite direction. The 4-star hotel looks like an upstanding member of its surrounding community.  

The reception area has a humble feel, but past it, the building’s grandeur can be felt again. As we walked down a hallway to our room overlooking a courtyard cloister with pretty gardens at its center, we felt like royal guests. When we opened the grand door to our even grander room, we felt like very important royal guests. 

Hotel Vila Galé Collection Braga is an easy, mostly flat 16-minute walk from Braga’s train station. If you arrive early and your room is not ready, you can check your luggage with the reception staff. They do offer free parking and electric vehicle charging stations, but if your Portugal plans involve hopping from city to city, we recommend using public transportation (so long as there isn’t a strike). 

Our Palace Superior Room

Our Palace Superior room at the Hotel Vila Galė Collection Braga. Floor to ceiling curtains, a chandelier, and the bed.

Given Hotel Vila Galé Collection Braga’s affordability, we opted for the grandest of the hotel’s 123 rooms, the Palace Superior Room. I checked rates for July 4th, 2024, to provide current pricing. On that day, a standard room is available for as little as €161.50, and the Palace Superior Room is just €217.55. I’m happy to share that even the Standard Rooms at Vila Galé in Braga have air conditioning. 

The Palace Superior Rooms are massive, with thick walls and a large, grand, heavy door. They also have plenty of modern amenities. Our room was one of the largest we’ve been in in Europe. Furnishings in lush fabrics and rich hues add to the feeling of being in a royal castle. For amenities, in addition to the all-important air conditioning and WiFi, our room’s mini-bar had Castello sparkling water—our favorite brand. The Palace Superior Room we were in also had a Nespresso machine and coffee capsules. 

When it was time for us to check into our room, we were shown its location and our luggage was taken care of for us. The Palace Superior Room comes with “VIP service at arrival,” so if you book a Standard Room, you may have to find your room on your own and bring your luggage to it yourself. It’s always a good idea to pack light if at all possible when traveling through Europe.

For a tour of the Palace Superior room, click here

Drinks + Dining

Vila Galé Braga has two restaurants, Versátil and Inevitable. Versátil is the hotel’s main restaurant and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Inevitable offers a la carte style lunch and dinner service. Bar Fidelo is the hotel’s main bar. Bar Splash, the pool bar, is open for drinks and snacks during high season. I’m sad to report that Chris and I didn’t have a chance to try a meal or drink at Vila Galé Braga. We were far too busy enjoying recommendations made by a chef familiar with the area. Next time we’re in Braga, we’ll be sure to give the hotel’s dining options a try. I’ve read good things.

Amenities at Hotel Vila Galé Collection Braga

There are outdoor pools, a spa, a playground, and a library. Whether you’re traveling with children or not, the hotel has a lot to offer. Next time, we will take a closer look at their amenities. Our time in Braga was far too brief!

Closest Airport

The closest international airport is Porto Airport (OPO), aka Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport. Pro-tip: If you’re planning to visit both Lisbon and Porto, fly out of Porto airport for a more relaxed departure. 

Would We Stay at Hotel Vila Galé Collection Braga Again?

Yes, we most certainly would stay at Hotel Vila Galé Collection Braga again. Its location is superb, and the service we received was kind and helpful. I want to return and spend a day enjoying the amenities and dining that we didn’t get a chance to on our last visit. 

Hotel Contact Information
Hotel Vila Galé Collection Braga 
Largo Carlos Amarante, 150
4700-308 Braga, Portugal

Telephone: (+351) 253 146 000

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