Grande Hotel Do Porto
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Hello, and bom dias from Porto (ok, boa noite at this point) wrapping up our first very successful day here in Portugal. Despite heck rushing getting out the door and the usual headaches of international flight (can someone just invent transporters already?) we made it to Porto bright and early on a beautiful sunny Sunday. Of course our rooms wasn' …
It was a working day Wed, June 11. Kakush Anil and Rozy went to work and we slept in. They picked us up at 1p and we headed to Porto. On the way, we picked up some chicken (Frango) in Fig and ate at their hotel´s restaurant. Then we walked to Emanha and everyone had coffee (bica) while I also had gelato. We arrived in Porto and drove around the …
Fim de semana no Porto. Eu e as meninas marcámos encontro aqui. À cidade conflui Lisboa, Barcelona, Brasil e Amesterdam. Duas descobertas à chegada: aqui o frio não brinca e tudo se localiza, felizmente, num único feixo de ruas, junto à Baixa da cidade. O Grande Hotel do Porto é um edifício de fachada imponente e interiores lindíssimos. Está junto …
... driving down the tiny goat tracks from the "Mill Farm", before we stopped at a Repsol garage on the motorway, after approximately 30 kilometres of driving. In the garage, we were asked by a local toll cop (who is similar to those people who work for Eastlink, and monitor everyone's e-Tags), why we weren't paying our tolls. Dad explained that there were no toll booths to pay at, which was correct, however in Portugal there is a new system being ...
... a spirit and tastes more like baked fruit and caramels and is more brown in flavour. I include this detail so that if you should ever come here you will not appear as ignorant as we did. A little knowledge could save you a little time, a lot of drinking and much embarrassment. Oporto Cathedral is not big and things are beginning to fall into a pattern. Churches are a bit drab here as in Spain and if Jesus, our saviour, may his name be praised, is looking down on ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Grande Hotel Do Porto
The Grande Hotel Porto is well located on a pedestrian street, right where the action is, on a main street (Santa Catherina) surrounded by nice buildings, cafes, stores and boutiques. The beautiful Majestic Cafe (one block from the hotel) is not to be missed. Shopping in Porto is interesting and cheaper than any other cities we visited in Portugal, south of Porto.
The hotel is very centrally located and compares well to other 3 stars I've stayed in. It was clean and had all the facilities we needed. We were on the third floor and didn't have any problem with the size of the room, (see other reviews), although had we been staying longer than 3 nights we would have struggled to have enough space to store our clothes - only 3 very shallow drawers and 5 coat-hangers in total for a double room, even though the wardrobe itself was massive.
The hotel's best feature is its location, which is really just about 10 or 15 minutes away from the old, historic neighborhood of Riberia. The hotel itself is jut a few minutes walk from the railway station and is in the heart of the shopping district, which means it's pretty deserted after the shops close. The room itself is VERY small and dated. The bathroom is modern but very small as well - you can't really wash your face in the small sink without hitting the bidet (which was a pleasant amenity, given how small the entire room and bathroom is). I stayed there alone, so the space was not a huge issue but I was really surprised at how dated the furniture was. The towels and the sheets were sub-par, considering how "grand" this hotel is supposed to be. The hallways are very wide and spacious - should they decide to remodel this nice old building, they ought to take a good 4 feet from the halls and add them into the rooms! I was on the 3rd floor, so got some light from my small window but I suspect the lower floors' rooms are dark.
Wish I'd read these reviews before we went - I would have realised there were bigger rooms to be had. We had to take it in turns to edge round the bed if we wanted to move round the room It is a long time since we have had such a tiny hotel room.Also did not like the fact that there was a waterproof mattress protector on the bed - made it very hot.
Excellent for kids
We have just returned from a three night stay with two children aged 6 mths and 5 yrs. Our "room" actually comprised two large bedrooms complete with safe , mini bar etc, an adequately sized bathroom and a small entrance hall. The impressive restaurant and extremely pleasant bar and seating area were far more palatial than the unassuming street front of the hotel would suggest.
The overriding memory however will be of the friendly and efficient staff who were fantastic with the children and contributed hugely to what was a very enjoyable trip.
I would have no hesitation in recemmending this hotel for a great central location, excellent value and above all brilliant staff , especially for those travelling with kids
This was the hotel we stayed at upon arriving in Portugal. The Hotel is extremely well located - perhaps too well located! We had just rented a car (I hadn't driven a manual in years) and had trouble getting to the hotel because it was actually in a pedestrianized area and they need have someone go outside to remove some posts to let you in. It was relatively cool and heating was needed, which may explain why they gave us such a tiny room. The common areas are indeed lovely, but we were overall unimpressed with our living arrangment. The food was fine, the staff mostly quite helpful, but looking back on our trip and the pousadas and palaces we stayed in that week, I have to say that this hotel was probably the least impressive. Nothing wrong with it mind you - if you do stay, just make sure they are going to give you one of their bigger rooms!
We have stayed at the hotel for 2 nights during St Valentine (13 Feb to 15 Feb). We were impressed by the level of friendliness and helpfulness from the staff.
30th Nov. 2004 - The Grande Hotel Do Porto is everything that you would want or expect from a 3 star Hotel in Portugal... plus a whole lot more !!
I was really looking forward to my stay at the Grande, having selected it for a potential long stay next summer. The hotel has an air of old time grandeur with cosy snugs and armchairs. However, I was quickly disappointed when I reached my room. Having been assured it was a double room (even though I was travelling alone) I found it both spartan and cramped. Smaller details like a malfunctioning heater, a safe with no lock and a t.v. with no controls (couldn't turn the sound down and didn't want to disturb the neighbours) took the shine of my trip.The location is fine, particularly with the bustle leading up to Xmas preparations though there are a shortage of nearby restaurants remaining open in the evening. Breakfast was fine, with a range of cooked meats, cheeses, fruit and yoghurts taken in a splendid dining room. The hotel is clean and the staff were friendly and efficient. And yet that bedroom prevents me from returning in summer.
I stayed at the Grande Hotel in the beautiful city of Porto this summer (2003) and its situation is perfect, right in the busy shopping district and almost opposite the fabulous art nouveau Majestic cafe which is most convenient as the breakfast included in the hotel fee is rather non discript..Stale bread, bad coffee, you get the picture. The hotel lobby has a touch of grandeur with marble columns, reproduction antiques and crystal chandeliers.The staff are friendly and there is a porter service to take heavy or difficult baggage to your room.The rooms have been recently refurbished in a simple but comfortable style with tv and mini bar and the bath has all mod cons expected of a three star hotel.All in all a good quality hotel, nice building, good location just shame about the breakfast!