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“Charming place, very comfortable stay”

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Castelo de Santa Caterina
Ranked #95 of 225 Speciality Lodging in Porto
Somerset, United Kingdom
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“Charming place, very comfortable stay”
Reviewed 8 October 2012

We did have some difficulty finding this hotel due to the one-way system in the city, so if you're driving make sure you have good driving directions!

When we eventually found it we were delighted, as it is quite an oasis in what seems to be a rather run-down part of the city. Set in lovely gardens with plenty of parking space inside the hotel gates. We had a room in the main building (Room 123). It was quite spacious, with a large bathroom, period furniture, chandelier etc. and a good outlook over the hotel gardens and beyond. There was no a/c, but we didn't need it as there were big windows and we were high enough to get a gentle cooling breeze.

The internal staircase was very narrow and steep with no lift, so getting our luggage up and down was challenging. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone having mobility issues, however there seemed to be quite a lot of 'garden room' accommodation, so if you can manage the flight of steps up from street level you might be ok.

Breakfast was an impressive spread in a fabulous period dining room, which has to be seen to be believed! The breakfast staff were very efficient at keeping everything refreshed.

We walked down to the city centre and back a few times, which took perhaps 20 mins, although the walk is not so pleasant at night, when it all feels a little bit unsafe. However there is a good bus service from just outside the hotel.

There are not many places to eat near the hotel, but we did have a really good, very reasonably-priced meal at the Restaurante O Forne, which is about 300 metres down the hill from the hotel. Another restaurant we tried was the Abadia, (about 15 mins walk into the city centre), which was very nice, but much more expensive.

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 October 2010

The reviews were right about this hotel - it is a litle gem. We had room 124 on the second floor of the old building. The room was not large but it had a carved wooden bed, a chandelier, marvellous plasterwork and (ignoring the neighbouring car park) good views across town. The Lounge is quite remarkable and there is nice azulejos tiling in the courtyard outside.

The hotel do warn that there is not lift, but beware that the stairs are both narrow and steep and it is a long climb up to the second floor and even further to the tower suite!

A buffet breakfast was available in a separate room (there is no dining available) and had the customary continental choice of cold meats, cereals, fruit and yoghurts and a wide range of breads and pastries. The service was good and the buffet mainteined to quite late in the service period and the tables reset with clean white cloths after each use. We ate well enough to last through to dinner without another meal.

The staff were all friendly and helpful and we had a very enjoyable stay.

The hotel is a bit out of town at the far end of the main shopping street. The metro is not far away, and there are buses from outside the hotel to and from the centre. As the hotel is well uphill from the town centre (about 30 minutes walk down) using the bus and metro is probably a necessity - try the Andante 72 hour transport card for about 11 euros that provides unlimited metro and bus travel.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Castelo de Santa Caterina
Address: rua santa caterina, Porto, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Northern Portugal > Porto District > Porto
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Ranked #95 of 225 Speciality Lodging in Porto
Number of rooms: 13

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