Pestana Porto Hotel
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... else! Porto appears to be a poor, tired, run down, dungy early 20th century slum desperately in need of a facelift and makeover! THERE IS JUST NOTHING HERE!!!!! The city itself is completely in contrast to the wonderfully decorated interior of the ExtendALL Apartments, who received a rating of 9.7 out of 10 on Booking.com.
We came back to the room before we had dinner at the Linguan Restaurant. I ate a steak which was tougher than old ...
Oporto is a trial!The economy here has been largely dependent upon the UK for centuries, plus we helped them kick out the French in Napoleonic times and thus they like us!The art of navel gazing has transformed the making of port wine into an art.Today we have tried very hard to become art lovers and to a large extent have succeeded through a process characterised both by practical experience and by frequent repetition. To summarise, port wine is a sweet liquid ...
... the other hand is brilliant, filled with more wonders than a pomegranate is of pips. With trepidation we approached a large group of noisy youths dressed in black, who had corralled a smaller group of about 100 youngsters and were intimidating them. It turned out to be university students inducting the freshmen in an ancient ceremony. Any ways up, so far we have only seen it's squares, streets and bridges by night but tomorrow we shall start to get a flavour of the ...
... to walkers), Mark's shoes had a flat tire and we had to retreat to a roadside cafe for a rest and some delicious pastry. Patti must have been in 100 different stores and had some success so didn't mind when I suggested a siesta. Weather is perfect again (27C). Another "A" day for our European ...
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This was the first of two days doing the hop on hop off tourist thing. Today we went around the outskirts of Porto to the beach area and then back into the area where all the Port cellars are. Had a taste of a White and a Tawny Port which Jean and I thought were lovely, but J and C were not so keen on, so we drank theirs.
Hopped off in a busy shopping area and had a beer in the Cafe ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Pestana Porto Hotel
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.
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.