Sheraton Porto Hotel & Spa
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I stayed in this hotel for 2 nights in April 2005 and loved it. Fully recommend the hotel to those who want a luxury weekend away in a hotel that is modern, comfortable, has very attentive staff and an excellent spa facility at very reasonable prices. The room was really nice and the bathroom was a great suprise- separate toilet, huge shower and a sunken bath which is separated from the bedroom by a glass wall with a blind that can be used if you wish. We ate in the hotel for all meals and were impressed. The staff are so attentive and eager to please. We were given a complementary 7 item starter with dinner which was fantastic and our room service was delivered in an oven and taken out infront of us which was cool!
Overall I would definetly rate this hotel as excellent but it does have some downsides to be aware of:
- it is in a very quiet part of town with very little around it in the way of restaurants or shops
- there are few areas of the hotel which cater for non-smokers
- the walls between the rooms were not overly sound proof- we were kept awake one night by a baby crying in the next room
- the guests appeared to be mainly European and therefore the staff spoke very little English
Great hotel but far from city centre
Stayed at the Sheraton Porto during the last weekend of April 2005. It is a great hotel - very modern and trendy and not unlike the W brand of the Starwood group in style. The club level rooms were excellent with muted brown and beige colours, plasma TV screens and glass walls between bedroom and bathroom, although fairly small in size. The in-house restaurant was pleasant with an ecclectic menu covering everything from pizzas to full tasting menus. A 10 Euro extra charge to use the in-door swimming pool and vitality pool in the spa is well worth it.
Only drawback with the hotel is that you're really quite far away from all the action of Porto. There is some good shopping in the modern mall near the Fenix Hotel (which is just about walkable from the Sheraton via the Boa Vista roundabout ) but if you want to get to downtown you will need to go by taxi (about Euro 5 one-way).
Nice ... but
this is a striking modern hotel and well worth it at a good rate - 100 euros easter special in our case. the room was also the quietest Ive ever slept in. if you like the feeling of lots of staff hanging around to meet your every whim this is also the hotel for you - personally I found it a bit oppressive. however there are 2 downsides - a) the pool is extra (10 euros per person from memory) which isnt indicated on the web site and b) it is some way from the centre of town and in a fairly uninteresting area. you can get a bus outside tho - the no 19 goes in one direction to the centre and in the other to the seaside area, where there is a nice walk down the promenade. a really nice day trip is to go into the centre, walk down to the douro, then get a no 1 bus to foz at the seaside, walk up the prom for a mile or so and then get the no 19 back to the hotel. a 10 trip card (good for any no of people) is about half the price of buying tickets on the bus. the hotel is also within walking distance of the serralves contemporary art museum and park which is well worth visiting. if you want to save money there is a supermarket opposite the hotel.
A very modern hotel - superb to stay
Having been in the Sheraton from the 11th-13th of march 2005 I would truely recommend this hotel.
It is very stylish built in glas and steel.
Well located something like 10 min by car from the old city center of Porto.
(nearby the Buavista Stadium - 15km far the airport)
Very modern and functional rooms. (the bathroom itself is worth the stay) The only downer is the fee of € 10.- you have to pay for using the spa, even you are a guest of the hotel.
Anyhow: stay there!
We stayed in this modern and comfortable hotel for 5 days in November 2004 and found it excellent value for money. The staff are kind and helpful and the ambiance is pleasant and quiet. One minor gripe as non-smokers was the absence of smoke free areas.
The night-time piano bar is entertaining.
Its a bit of a trip into the old town but nothing insurmountable. You can walk it in 45mins.
A modern oasis in a city of old and new
We were happy to visit the old, but stay in the new. The Sheraton Porto is a step above most hotels in Porto and frankly a step above most other Sheratons we have stayed at in the past. The staff was friendly and informative at check-in and the glass of Port on arrival was also a nice touch. We loved the plasma screen TV in our room and the cutting-edge modern design of the bathroom and bedroom. The restaurant serves good food - and they get extra points for highlighting vegetarian options - but we didn't understand the cover charge until we found out that this practice is commonplace. The Spa is beautiful and tasteful, but could have been better organized. An excellent option in Porto: we recommend this hotel.
Loved the contemporary look and comfort
After warm greeting by the staff at check in we were offered a glass of Port. We knew we had arrived in the perfect spot!
Our room was terrific. Very modern, wenge wood details, frosted glass between bathroom compartments.
A window with a motorised blind on the window between the bedroom and bathroom. All mod cons and the best beds we had in all our Portugal/Spain travels.
The Front Desk staff were always pleasant and extremely helpful.
The Spa and Pool are sensational.
Only minor gripe, if you are a "tourist". The hotel is in the business district and a bit of a taxi ride into the old very pretty part of Porto on the waterfront.
A courtesy minivan making scheduled trips to that area would make a sensational property, perfect!
Just returned from 5 days at this hotel...and enjoyed every one of them!
Stayed in one of the Club rooms on the 11th floor...the club area itself is on the 12th (top) floor...with a lovely balcony to sit out on a warm evening enjoying the complimentary drinks and snacks. But they do whip them away at 7pm sharp...so beware...get there early or miss out.
Tried the Club room for breakfast but preferred the main (ground floor) dining room...a bit more happening down there...and I suspect this was where our 'Club breakfast' poached eggs originated from as they were a long time coming and not piping hot!
Beautiful room...everything worked...as it should since this is a new hotel.
Definately the place to stay as long as you don't mind the taxi ride into town...we walked it one day and that was TOO far.
Blissful place to stay in Porto
I just spent a long weekend at the Sheraton Porto Hotel and Spa and am really impressed by the experience. The value for money is fantastic - we paid just 105 Euros a night for a double room. The design is very modern with glass walled bathrooms and top quality fittings. The beds are supremely comfortable and all the linen and much of the furniture is is locally sourced and of very high quality. The price of the room included a full breakfast buffet with cooked breakfast, eggs cooked to order, full continental selection, breads, cakes, lovely variety of fresh fruit and even caviar!
The room price also includes use of the sumptuous spa and gym facilities. The gym is small but perfectly formed and during my stay I had it all to myself. The spa is just wonderful. Lovely herbal saunas, salt laconium, steam rooms, vitality pool with a variety of massage jets, pool, yoga room, relaxation rooms and elegant locker and vanity facilities.
The bar is buzzy yet comfortable and they don't stint on their measures! The restaurant was great - very good food and impressive wine list.
The staff were all friendly and helpful.
A definite must when staying in Porto.
The only quibble is that it is not near the old town centre but taxis are easy to come by.
Luxurious bed and bathroom
What a happy surprise to check into the most luxurious room! Great bed and pillows. Flat screen TV. A bathroom fit for a king! The front desk staff was nice as could be. Easy internet access for free in the business nook. Excellent martinis in the lobby bar; a really cool bartender. If you wear out on the mostly bland Portugese food, there's even a super Indian restaurant (Mendi) out the back door. This is the place to stay in Porto, for sure.
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