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Historical Traveler Reviews Grande Hotel de Paris Porto
Excellent - a bit difficult to find because of all the roadworks
A great hotel and an excellent breakfast - unfortunetly the centre of porto is being dug up and new cobbles are beling laid all over the place. But the hotel was excellent.
Amazing Olde World Glamour and historic atmosphere - 2 star heaven !
If you like hotels full of history and original features and oozing with olde world charm and glamour then the Grande Hotel De Paris is right up your street !
We spent 5 nights in oporto - 3 of them at the grande hotel de paris !
( our first 2 nights where spent in the fab tastic 4 star vila gale - see my other oporto review )
We loved this hotel - yes its classed as a 2 star - yes its a bit rough round the edges but this hotel had something most of the modern newer hotels don't !
Charm , atmosphere , colour , ambiance , history , original features , antiques , olde world glamour and unbelievably a garden! which was beautifull and as it was 60 + on our last day - well used !
Our room number 210 was big , spacious , very clean and had three full sized single beds - it was extremly comfortable and the bed linen was worthy of a 4 star hotel ! every room is different in this hotel which adds to the charm .
There was a portable television with great satelite tv channels - one with English films on .A lovely big velour armchair which we all fought over - antique chairs and desk etc - 1970's sliding wardrobes - lined with 1950's wallpaper - loved it ! The bathroom was amazing - proper 1960's - 70's era - pink toilet - pink sink - pink tiles - pink taps and the huge bath took 20 minutes to fill with roasting hot water. it was worth the wait ! they had to prise me out !
There was a little balcony with table and 2 chairs - with an excellent view across the rooftops of porto .
( yes there where higgeldy, piggledy old buildings , ruins , peoples washing etc on view but this just added to the atmosphere and ambience )
We could not fault the room for the price we paid 195 euro's for 3 nights for 3 of us = £46 each for 3 nights b+b !
The hotel is full of beautifull antiques , olde world furniture , winding hallways , beautifull staircase's , gorgeus original features - even the old fashioned pull across rickety lift has charm .
there is marble and brass every where - the breakfast room is stunning , there is internet access - very reasonable - the heritage is the smallest bar i've ever seen but dont worry ask at the desk and you can buy drinks etc very cheaply but once again we thought it was great .
The staff we found to be very courteous and helpfull - the young man on the desk reccomended the albadia resteraunt to us which was fantastic. Ask for directions its a must do + 5 mins from the hotel .
The Hotel is very central - smack bang in the world heritage area - right in the city centre - surrounded by great shops and bars - very good for all the sights .
The owner gave us a guided tour of the hotel and explained it was a gentlemans club from 1855 and then a hotel from the late 1880's . It has hardly changed and yes there are obvious repairs that need doing but being in the world heritage area hoteliers have to have special permits etc and specialised building contractors in before they can touch any of the buildings exterior or interior . he has been waiting over 18 mths for a permit to start soem work .
The breakfast was included and a ok for 2 star it wasnt what we had in our 4 star hotel but it was all fresh , bread , cheeses , meats , juice , coffee , tea, fruit , pastrys etc but the breakfast room compensated for the lack of variety - felt like royalty in there . plus the garden runnng off the breakfast room was very beautifull , a charming place to sit and relax - and i can imagine in the summer after a hot days sight seeing how the coolness of the shade from its orange trees would be a blessing .
We loved this hotel and would go back tomorrow .
budget at its best .
Unbeatable location and great value for money
This hotel is a stones throw from the city centre and the airport shuttle stop is about 150 yards away.I found the staff very helpful and accommodating.I pre-arranged for them to allow me to leave my luggage prior to check in and all day on the day of check out and experienced no problems.I found the room to be comfortable enough and the bathroom facilities fuctional and the cold buffet breakfast was more than adequate.There was also a nice lounge area and also free internet access.The hotel is perhaps just a little dated and it might be as well to request a room that does not face the street,as I found my room that did face the street a little noisy.That said I must say that the £25.50 per night b&b rate that I got through totalstay represented blinding value and I would look no further than this hotel if I stayed in Porto again.
Great Budget Hotel in the centre of Porto
We stayed for 4 nights in this hotel, and would recommend it. It is well situated in the centre of Porto, bus stops, taxi ranks and the train station are all within 5
minutes walk, the Metro about 10 minutes walk. It is ideal to explore tourist attractions, the Port lodges in Gaia, and the restaurants and cafes in the Ribeira.
The hotel is clean and comfortable, and overs above average breakfasts (included in the price) for this type of hotel. The staff are excellent, and gave use details of how to get to places in Porto, and managed to book us transport on a river boat to the Lamego area (which was slightly different from the normal trips available).
We paid 52 Euros a night for a twin room.
I stayed there for one night. It was pleasant stay. The location is really great, you can reach the historic sites by walking. The hotel is well maintained, the room is clean and quiet considering the location at the central Porto. What I like the most about the hotel is the ambience. Breakfast was good with people serving the food were efficient and friendly. And the last thing, the price for the quality was unbeatable.
The Hotel was perfect for seeing central Porto. It is near enough to absolutely everything without being loud or hectic. It still gives the impression of a once very proud "Grande" hotel but hasnt changed much. You would be very hard pushed to find a nicer place for such little money. Try it!!
I stayed there with some master degree students on a field trip to Oporto. We found the hotel perfect for a low budget. A lot better then you normaly find for the price and with an ancient charm to it. The staff was very polite and friendly, we had a great stay. Breakfast was very good, buffet with a variety of choices. The rooms were very spacious and had a small balcony. Everything was clean and in good taste. The rooms had been recently remodeled. It's different from the average low budget hotel because of it is a hotel with personality in a great location, just in central Oporto. The website was very acurate.
We stayed for 3 nights in August 2003. We were really surprised about the comfort and the great ancient furniture (they even had a piano in the breakfast-room!)We just can recommend it to everybody travelling at low budget!Greetings from Austria
Better Luck Next Time
My boyfriend and I stayed one night at the Hotel de Paris on our way to the Algarve. The hotel was decorated very nicely and the rooms were accommodating for a one or two night stay. The only problem with the room that stood out, was the view from the windows that opened to a small terrace. The room backed onto a group of buildings that appeared to be condemned. The smell was very unpleasant and there was dog feces on the terrace. The prices were reasonable compared to many hotels in the area. However the service, as was the case throughout Portugal, was very disappointing. Staff did not make us feel welcome upon arrival. I would only recommend staying here if there is not a reasonable alternative available in the area.
Great Hotel in the historic district of Porto
My wife and I stayed at the Grand Hotel de Paris for 10 days last August. It is a thoroughly delightful hotel. It is located in the heart of the historic district of Porto -- one block off the Praca de Liberade. The rooms are modestly but very tastefully furnished. Each room has a small balcony (really nice). A simple breakfast is served each morning in the dining room. The hotel apparently had its "glory days" back in the 40s. There are traces of the old elegance, and the place has been updated very nicely.
Best of all was the price: 43 Euros per night -- that meant lots of extra funds for sightseeing, eating out etc. The staff was very friendly and very helpful. We'd go there again in a minute.
Combining the quality and location of hotel with the value, we'd rate it as excellent.