Pestana Porto Hotel
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Oporto is a city of bridges across the Douro River and the historic centre Riberia, is World Heritage listed. On one side of the river charming 3-4 story tile fronted or coloured buildings line the river and on the opposite bank large port warehouses that mostly carry English names like Sandeman, Grahams, Cockburns are spread along the river - the …
... Stock Exchange Palace), a beautiful building with different themes decorating each room and an amazing Arab themed room at the end of the tour. Next door to the palace is the Church of São Francisco. Almost over the top in its wooden carvings and gothic style it dates back to 1383. It provided a nice cool place to recover from the heat and the hill climbing! In the early evening we walked across the bridge to Vila Nova de Gaia and took ...
... included, check out wasn't till 12...so this was the dilemma. Jed was all thrown as, in his words..."Been planning my day around the pasta" You know,your a backpacker on a budget when you plan your day around a portion of left over pasta. We headed to what we thought was the correct bus stop, turns out it wasn't but hey...the very helpful bus driver pointed us in the right direction! Next stop Lisbon. Ps. We had breaky at 9am then hung about and ate the pasta at 12 just after check out! ...
Early start this morning to catch the train to Portugal. Couldn't actually believe the train was the right one! It was an old yellow wreck of a thing. Nothing like the very nice Spanish trains. Three bloody steps up to actually get on, Didn't factor in the time distance initially so was a bit disappointed to learn that I would be on this old airless rattletrap for about four hours as it meandered its way down to Porto. Fascinating scenery. Very winding route. Felt just a tad ...
... to us and she disappears. Kind of wish she would have stayed longer....
There are also times that i smell something while traveling that I have only sensed before on my travels. Burning Trash. Fish/ seafood being cooked on a real barbecue where the coals are from wood that was burned the day before. Not from charcoal that has a K in every piece or on a grill which is heated with electricity or Propane. I get chills when I smell these ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Pestana Porto Hotel
Location, Location, Location
The location of this hotel could not be better for those wanting to explore the old part of Porto. It is set overlooking an old square with many cafes and resturants. It also overlooks the river, with its lovely bridges, busy boat traffic, and views of the port cellars on the other side of the river.
The rooms are comfortable and the staff are friendly. Breakfast was very good, with very fresh pastries (still warm!), friut, ham/bread, cheese, and eggs and bacon. We didn't try the hotel's resturant as we only stayed two nights. The hotel was able to recommend an excellent resturant a short walk from the hotel where we had an excellent meal.
We booked the hotel with a package that included Breakfast and free admission to a Port cellar and the commercial exchange. Don't worry too much about the free admission as the entrance fees are very reasonable.
Tour boats leave from right outside the hotel, and there is also a taxi rank within a few feet of the hotel entrance. If I had to pick one negative thing about this hotel, it is a long walk (up hill) from the shopping district of Porto.
We had an excellent weekend in the Pestana Hotel, and would be very happy to recommend it to friends planning on visiting Porto.
What a find!
We found the Pestana Porto advertised on the Pestana website and loved the pictures...it was even better in person. The location is incredible in a UNESCO building overlooking the river. We were upgraded to a riverview room without asking and the service personnel were very friendly. We have been recommending this hotel to all our family and friends.
Fabulous spot to relax and view porto
amazing spot on the ribiera....view of port houses from our room. staff was incredibly friendly, and met every need we had. definelty worth the price. breakfast in the morning was great, eggs, meat, fruit, breads, cereal.......room looks out at river and port houses. if going to porto, must stay here!! but beware, many of the rooms have stairs in them, if you are traveling with someone who has trouble with stairs, let them know, and get a room with bedroom and bath all on one level.
Awesome hotel in best location
I can't imagine staying anywhere else in Porto. The hotel is located right on the river near the bridge to the Port cellars. The staff went out of their way to make our stay perfect, including complimentary port upon arrival. Our room was beautiful with a shower that could knock you over! Breakfast was delicious, and there are great restaurants within blocks. Note - they don't use Carlton in their name anymore.
This is one of the best hotel experiences I have ever had
Our corner room on an upper floor had beautiful views of the river through four sets of floor to ceiling french doors. The front desk staff always smiled, greeted us by name each time we came in the front door, and provided a recommendation for dinner that was magnificient. If I could change anything, it would have been to stay at this excellent hotel for at least 2 more nights. What a find!
Ist year of opening
As a frequent business and pleasure traveler to Porto. We had the luck to be booked into the Porto Carlton when it first opened.
We had a Douro facing room with delightful en-suite with split level accomodation.
The luxurious bathroom afforded great views of the noble port lodges.
The square can be noisy particularly at Festival time.
One can ask for a rear room or take ear plugs.
The restaurant lays on a tip top breakfast.
WE normally eat in a locally patronised fish restaurant just behind the Infanta de Sagres Hotel near the square.
Make sure you take the tram down to the coast at Fos.
We are off again early November
We stayed for 2 nights, in a corner room facing the river and the square. The room was excelent, and the view just great, overlooking the Port wine lodges.
It is not far from the other sights in Porto.
We would defintively stay here again.
The only choice in Porto
this is the best hotel in porto in the very best location : the city suffers of a lot of works in progress but here you are in the heart of the old harbour with a bunch of great local bars and restaurants facing the great Douro river is a great experience (must ask for a room overlooking the river) ;moreover the staff is friendly and professional and the hotel is charming ,antique and elegant but not too formal . Great beakfast . I will go again !!
A must for Port lovers!
The hotel itself is a bit dated, but request a room in front and you will forget all about it once you throw open the balcony doors a catch your first view of the Port houses across the river....breathtaking! ...and, all just a short walk away! You are here for the location. The staff is friendly, and fluent in English. We enjoyed the entire "port experience" so much last summer, we are returning again this July with family. Another "must see" is the Vintage House Hotel - less than 2 hour drive up the Duoro River Valley; one of the more scenic drives we have taken, and, one of the finer places we have stayed!
Very friendly and efficient. Superb location.
Despite the fact that the square in front of the hotel was being renovated, this hotel looked clean and welcoming, which turned out to be true. The location is perfect since it is right at the river and just a short and nice stroll to the double-decked bridge which one uses to cross over to the Port Wine houses. The busy city center lies at a comfortable distance - not too close, that is. I would definitely stay there when I go back.