Mercure Porto Centro
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TravelPod Member ReviewsMercure Porto Centro
Although the hotel is centrally located it really is the only thing they have going for them.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Mercure Porto Centro
Good Value close to the centre
Just come back from Portugal. We spent our first 3 nights here and thought that the hotel was adequate for our purposes.
We had a great view from our hotel room (I think it was 312), which overlooked the train station (unfortunately you could hear some of the announcements in the morning) and the whole city. We were very happy there and the room was very clean and presentable, if nothing special.
The staff were good, nothing exceptional. We didn't ask for a map or any extras so I can't comment on them, or the restaurant.
The area did feel a bit dodgy. We walked up Rua da Madeira, which runs alongside and thought we were going to be mugged. Don't go down that street, but the centre is easily accessible from the left side of the square (can't remember the street name!).
Location says it all!
The March review from another Oxford visitor is pretty much spot on. I agree about the side road referred to but we always kept left of the hotel from where walks to the centre, shopping streets and old town are very pleasant. We were room only but found lots of nice cafes dotted around nearby. The key thing with this hotel is that it combines very good service with an excellent location and secure car parking at a reasonable price. The room was very clean and comfortable. My partner did try the soup from the room service menu and it was excellent and delivered promptly. BTW, if you are driving here, the hotel is quite well signposted but you need to keep your eyes wide open.
Great value and location
Really enjoyed our trip to Porto and the Mercure is certainly a good value option. The staff were incredibly helpful and despite the fact that we arrived well before midday our rooms were available immediately. The breakfast was adequate although rather unexciting but plentiful. I had thought that this was not included, but it was.
Now that the fenicular railway is open, it's really easy to get down to the river and across to the other side and the port lodges. It's included in the travel card which you buy to get you from the airport. Shuttle bus is great value and relatively quick. So, don't bother with a taxi because the shuttle will drop you at your hotel.
The only down side, and this was only slight, is that if you decide to walk down to the river, then do not turn directly right out of the hotel down the small side streets. It's definitely not the best area to be in and might make the more refined lady feel quite uncomfortable!
Otherwise, walking around is easy and everyone we met tried to help us with transport and/or directions. All in all, a great weekend.
Great Location & Value
We stayed at this hotel in late September. Booked through the Mercure hotel's website after reading about the hotel in a number of places, including tripadvisor. Got an excellent weekend rate of 60 euros per night. The hotel is centrally located, close to the main shopping street, and walking distance from the Ribeira and Port houses across the river. The staff were very helpful, and because their car park was full, one staff member even got into our car to navigate my husband around the one way streets back to another car park across the square, giving helpful tourist tips along the way. Our room and bathroom were large, clean and quiet. Good food nearby too. We would happily recommend this place to others.
We enjoyed our stay at the Mercure Batahla. We took the airport bus which stops at several hotels for 4 euros and our bus pass was good for all public transportation for the day. The hotel is also a short walk to bus stop 57 & 91 which take you to the river (ribiero.) I highly recommend Minearo, a rodizio/brazilian steakhouse restaurant which was every bit as good as Fago de Chaos - dinner for two was 62 euros for an endless supply of all sorts of meats! The hotel is a short walk to El Torre and the Cathedral. (The walk to the historic sites is easy but walking back up the hill isn't quite as comfortable!) There was extensive marble throughout the hotel and the staff was very friendly. We used a Bancotel voucher and only paid 50 euros for our stay.
Just another mercure hotel
It's like beeing anywhere else in the world. Just an average normal low budget place like any other. I stayed there on a business trip and really had no choice, it was previously booked. Can't complain but have no memory of it.
Don't Be Fooled - a REAL review, from a REAL person
This is the WORST hotel I have ever stayed in. The rooms are AMAZINGLY small, and there are simply NO amenities. Yes, the bathrooms are bigger than normal, but I would gladly trade half the bathroom to increase the size of the less than 10 x 10 room.
The hotel is SO cheap, and the staff SO lazy, that instead of handing out a local map (free from the tourist office) they handed out poor quality photocopies of the free map.
The lobby is nice, but if you can't live without the lobby, then stay next door at the Quality Inn (less money, larger rooms, better views) . . . and oh, about the views, who are you kidding . . . the window is some rooms are no more than 10 inches across, and the hotel looks directly into another building. Same goes for the dinning area, which was acceptable, but who really cares when you'll be eating elsewhere anyway.
The only thing you should care about is the room and the bed, which are both awful (bed - a hard as a rock, and the pillows were small, flat and uncomfortable.
Save yourself the heartaches, stay somewhere else...anywhere else.
Excellent Hotel , Problematic Area
A typical Mercure Experience. Excellent Service, Nice Rooms, Very Professional Atmosphere , Excellent Personnel. The only thing that you may want to consider is whether or not you want to actually stay in the Batalha Area since as far as I can say from my experience , I wouldn't say that I liked it a lot. Especially at nights where you have to have your eyes open and you can not be by any means relaxed and just wonder around.
Super Views matched by good service
The hotel has some very impressive views, especially from the dining room. The staff are friendly and helpful and the rooms large and clean.
Breakfast is excellent and you must eat dinner in the hotel restaurant!
Walking in Porto is good if you like hills! Many useful buses stop outside the hotel. The main railway station is just below the hotel!
However the noise is not intrusive (unless you like lots of fresh air with the windows open!) Air conditioning. Would definitely stay again!
A pleasant surprise
We paid around 65 euros for a double room incl breakfast, in August.
Our room was large & very well appointed, rooms do differ in size & shape. The quality of food was of a high standard and wine very reasonably priced. It is well located for the upper town, but the river Douro with its bars & restaurants are only a short walk away (but up hill on the return journey!) Porto is currently installing a metro & funicular which will improve local transport. A lovely town.
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... spot of JK Rowling's. We both loved Porto and enjoyed our time here. The hotel staff told us it was so good to see us spend 4 nights here as so many people only give Porto one day as an afterthought after visiting Lisbon and are disappointed they don't stay in porto longer on seeing it. After spending equal time in both Lisbon and Porto we would have to agree that Porto is the far prettier city of the 2 places and well deserving of a longer ...
... is a must do, especially into the cellars where French oak vats can hold up to 30,000 litres. As was explained in the Douro growing region port is rapidly being replaced by wine as a more popular choice for consumers.
Once again, as with many parts of this country, we could go on a Where's Henry? (the Navigator) tour. He was born here, there are streets named in his honour, and a large statue. But with limited time, a walking tour seemed like a good option, so we set off ...
... I'd stopped in Lisbon last year, but only for a short time and I did love it, the Portuguese are a lovely nation on a whole, and very accommodating. We arrived at the hostel and within 1/2 hour we were out the door again joining the free walking tour. So turns out that J.K. Rowling spent some time in Portugal whilst teaching English and writing Harry Potter. We were staying in teh same street as the 'Majestic Cafe' where it's believed she done a fair bit of writing, and ...
... the way out, some scary looking druggie asked us for money and it was a little weird.
I seem to remember reading that a few years ago, Portugal decriminalized drugs in an effort to reduce drug abuse. Apparently it worked very well and there is not nearly as big of a drug problem here as there used to be. Of course there are still some people with problems but aside from a few bums and transients seen randomly throughout the city, ...
... They sent us to a nearby BP which thought it could help and we set off with a trace of optimism.
Our optimism faded quickly as they looked at our propane bottles and their faces suggested they were looking at something from the Starship Enterprise. With the mystified look still on their faces, we noticed a propane delivery truck drive into the BP and we headed over to speak to the experts. Two delivery drivers from Luis ...