Mercure Porto Centro
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The plan was to go to the fish market early the next morning, before all the fish were sold out. Ben, Veronica and I left the hotel at 8:30 am, Johan now had the bug that we had earlier in the week, and he did not want to go. I thought it would be good to allow him to sleep in, as it was rainy and gloomy outside, not good weather when you struggle …
Porto is the second largest city in Portugal and lies 3 hours by train north of Lisbon. While I was here I met up with Felicidade, a friend of mine from Al Ain who works at the University. She is from Porto so she was able to provide great insight on the various sights in the town as well as make recommendations on what to do and eat including the …
We decided pretty early on that the accommodation would be a step up from the backpacker dives we found ourselves in on the Big Trip so it was with vague disappointment rather than nostalgia that we entered the pension in Coimbra. Admittedly it's very cheap, and my financial controller tells me we have to claw back some of the Sintra overspend. …
... a half of listening to the GPS's supercilious voice, we arrived at our accommodation in Porto. To put it simply, the "ExtendALL Apartments" are located in a backstreet dump, the equivalent of staying in a hotel in Collingwood, not quite in the city and possessing some of that "still as is" feel about it. After I clumsily tripped over the step at the hotel door, we were given the grand tour by Bruno, an architect who bought what was a tired and ...
... to his worship he must be somewhat underwhelmed! Perhaps if the RC clergy were to visit Poland and see the glistening gold in clean churches there they might see that things could be a tad brighter. As you walk through the backstreets and alleys, and when you look to the upper floors on the main streets the majority of rooms seem to have been unoccupied for a long while. As with many tourist magnets, employment must be seasonal. People are friendly here ...
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Although the hotel is centrally located it really is the only thing they have going for them.
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Just come back from Portugal. We spent our first 3 nights here and thought that the hotel was adequate for our purposes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.