Booked through hostelbookers for 30 Euro per night for a private double ensuite, so didn't expect anything spactacular. If you go with no high expectations, you will probably enjoy your stay more than some of the other reveiwers appear to have done so.
Our room was basic, but it was clean. (And I am very fussy about this.) The decour of our room and the hotel as an entirety is outdated and a bit mismatched, but you are paying pittence, so can't really expect anything else.
The place has a cat and allows pets, so if you have allergies perhaps maybe consider something else. However, I have fur allergies and didn't suffer during my stay, so I am pretty sure they are allocated to specific rooms only.
Reception are helpful with booking trips. One of the girls has excellent English, the others very minimal. But to be honest Porto doesn't seem to have many fluent English speakers. I am one to hold the opinion that you shouldn't assume every country to speak perfect english however, so just take what comes and keep your Portugese dictionary close to hand and you will be fine.
All in all, it is very cheap. We didn't have breakfast but it was only 2 Euros per person each day. The intenet is free for the first 30 minutes and 50 cents per 30 minutes there after.
DIRECTIONS: Im not sure on where else this hotel can be booked, but the directions we got from hostelbookers were really not very helpful. The easiest way to the hotel from the airport is the bus. It takes around 50 minutes and is around 2 Euros each. Take the 601 or 602 and get off at the last stop Cordoaria. As soon as getting out of the bus continue to walk straight in the direction the bus was going. (Currently there is a Darwin expedition in the massive old building on the left hand side. On the right hand side you will see an old steeple) After a couple of minutes you will be in Gomes Teixeira Square (It has a fountain with lions in the middle.) Look to the left and you will see 2 churches standing side by side (Beautiful ones) Walk down the road running down the side of these churches into Carlos Alberto Square. Walk straight across to the little alley like road on the left which is full of shops (you can't miss it.) It has no road sign but this is Cedofeita Street. You will find Pensão Estoril on the left side after about a 5 minute walk, number 193.) It all sounds very complex but it isn't and takes about 10 minutes from that bus stop.
TIPS ON PORTO: Not very vegetarian friendly. And despite misleading chains in the UK, not big fans of chicken. If you love your seafood Porto is for you! The menus normally are one page long and the sub-headings are Starters, Meat (no chicken, usually pork and beef), Fish and Desserts.
Best way to get around and to see all the sites is via the tour buses (very touristy yes, but helpful as there is a stop near to the hotel and provides excellent transportation with the hop on, hop off service.) We used the red city siteseeing company which was 13 Euros per person for 48 hours.
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