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“Stunning Hotel on the River”

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Pestana Palacio do Freixo
Ranked #4 of 106 Hotels in Porto
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London
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31 reviews
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“Stunning Hotel on the River”
Reviewed 29 July 2012

I was in Porto for Business and was moved from the hotel I booked due to an overbooking issue with lastminute.com. I was hesitant at first after discovering this hotel was 4km outside of porto, however it turned out to only be a very cheap ten minute taxi journey into the centre and there were always taxi's waiting in the hotel entrance. This is more of a spa hotel than business, my room was amazing and very modern with a view over the river. The building is stunning and very cleverly designed - the main hotel areas (bar, restaurant, library) are based in the palace which is an incredible building, this is linked through to a modern building where the bedrooms are housed allowing for extremely modern and up-to-date bedrooms with the feeling of a grand palace as soon as you step outside of your room.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled on business
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Manager_Freixo, Manager at Pestana Palacio do Freixo, responded to this review, 22 October 2012
Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for your excellent comments in Tripadvisor. Your opinion is very important to the Pousada of Porto Freixo Palace Hotel and to other guests that consider a trip to Porto. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you again in a near future. Regards from Porto

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Reviewed 18 July 2012

Everything about this Pousada was good. The reception, dining room, bar, lounge, in fact all the public rooms are in a beautiful Portuguese barque palace with views across the Douro to the (mainly) countryside opposite. The bedrooms are all in what used to be a soap factory which a 19th century owner of the palace built in his garden! It is bit of a trek from the palace to the bedrooms but lots of hotels have that problem! The pousada is a little bit out of town but into the centre of the city is only a 6 or 7 Euros taxi ride. (Having said that arriving there by car from the airport was a bit problematic for lack of adequate directions on the pousdad web site and even when we were almost there the sign to the pousada was concealed by a road side tree). The food in the dining room was really good, better than in other pousadas, and we have stayed in most of them. Our bed was large and comfortable and a our room quiet. Definitely a hotel we will go back to.

Room Tip: We had a suite at the top of the building on a corner with views in two directions
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Manager_Freixo, Manager at Pestana Palacio do Freixo, responded to this review, 24 July 2012
Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for your excellent comments in Tripadvisor. Your opinion is very important to the Pousada do Porto Freixo Palace Hotel and to other guests that consider a trip to Porto. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you again in a near future.
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Carlos Santos
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Freixo Palace Hotel
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Haifa, Israel
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Reviewed 13 July 2012

We (with my wife and another couple) slept recently in 5 pousadas through their "Golden Age" deal (Obidos, Condeixa a Nova, Ria Aveiro, Porto Palacio do Freixo and Convento Desagravo). Obidos was the worst while Porto was the best by far. There is at times a "herd effect" in the tripadvisor reviews - which led me to several disappointments in the past. I must say that regarding the Porto Pousada all the excellent reviews are fully warranted. It's facilities are the best from all pousadas I visited in Portugal. The palace itself is beautiful and sumptuous in every aspect while the sleeping quarters are at par with any 5 star hotel I have seen anywhere. Don't be fooled by the fact that the bedrooms are located in an old flour mill - the place has been totally and thoroughly refurbished - the only thing that reminds the old factory are the red bricks facades and the inscription on one of them. What particularly attracted my attention was that the interior decoration of the rooms did not follow the usual pousadas kitschy azulejos and old timber and stone but it had the interior of a high class hotel. I could note the efforts they made in order to stand out from the other pousadas (this can be appreciated only by someone who has been in several and has noticed that there are some common features in all of them) like the breakfast or room amenities.
The service staff is one level at least above what I have seen in other pousadas and were courteous, efficient and helpful in every way (we used quite a lot of their time with requests for directions regarding to our trip and Porto itself).
Definitely a place to return.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Manager_Freixo, Manager at Pestana Palacio do Freixo, responded to this review, 18 July 2012
Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for your excellent comments in Tripadvisor. Your opinion is very important to the Pousada do Porto Freixo Palace Hotel and to other guests that consider a trip to Porto. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you again in a near future. Sunny regards from Porto

Carlos Santos
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Zwevegem, Belgium
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Reviewed 9 July 2012

Marvelous hotel!! Great location and accomodation! very quiet and close to a beautiful city! Woth to go !! (Visited august 2010)

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Manager_Freixo, Manager at Pestana Palacio do Freixo, responded to this review, 18 July 2012
Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for your excellent comments in Tripadvisor. Your opinion is very important to the Pousada do Porto Freixo Palace Hotel and to other guests that consider a trip to Porto. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you again in a near future. Sunny regards from Porto.

Carlos Santos
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Freixo Palace Hotel
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 July 2012

The public rooms are in the palace, bedrooms are in a stylishly converted factory next door.The river views are very pleasant, those of the (unconverted) factory to the east less so. Food and drink were pretty good and reasonably priced and all aspects of the service were first class. It is a 5 minute 5 Euro taxi ride into town. If it weren't for the industrial neighbours, I'd have rated this hotel excellent.

Room Tip: South (river) or West (palace) facing rooms have better views.
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Manager_Freixo, Manager at Pestana Palacio do Freixo, responded to this review, 18 July 2012
Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for submitting your review about your stay where you share your experience at thePousada do Porto Freixo Palace Hotel. Our biggest aim is to ensure memorable holidays to all our dear guests, and your rewarding words are the best incentive for all the team. Thank you very much for your contribution and recommendation.
We look forward to welcome you again.
With kind regards,

Carlos Santos
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Freixo Palace Hotel
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Fremont, California
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Reviewed 22 June 2012

The problem with many historic hotels is that the rooms can be as dated as the structure and provide an uncomfortable stay. Not so for this fine hotel that delivers the charm of a historic palace with all of the comforts of a modern hotel. The only downside is that the location is a little out of the center of town and I needed to take a few minute, 5 Euro taxi ride to get to the sights in town. Not a major problem. I selected this hotel partially because I was driving a rental car, and didn't want to drive in downtown Porto. If the location was walking distance to the center, then my rating would have been a 5. Nice two night stay.

  • Stayed June 2012
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Manager_Freixo, Manager at Pestana Palacio do Freixo, responded to this review, 18 July 2012
Dear Trip Advisor Reviewer,
Thank you very much for your feedback. Your constructive comments have already been shared with our management team and we promise to focus on improving them.
We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back very soon, where no efforts will be spared to make your stay a most enjoyable and memorable one.
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 20 June 2012

We had a wonderful stay at the Palace for four nights. We were given a suite of rooms with an enormous bedroom attached to an equally large living area and a well equipped bathroom with a shower and bath . Everything used was replaced daily, unlike a report in another review. There were two large T Vs , one in each room. The view was not great , but we could see the river. The breakfast certainly was the best we have had in Portugal, with a large variety to choose from and the dining room is a delight to sit in. The only complaint was the toaster was very inefficient. All this, plus the use of the pools and lovely sitting rooms for 153 euros per night. This is pricey, but coming as we have from England where b and bs cost a fortune, I felt we easily got what we paid for and more. Just to note, Wi Fi was free at the time of our stay, however we had to log in again after every half hour, which was irritating.
I would highly recommend staying here if you don't mind not being right in town.

Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Manager_Freixo, Manager at Pestana Palacio do Freixo, responded to this review, 18 July 2012
Dear Guest,
Thank you for sharing your opinion about our hotel with us and with all our potential clients.
I’m glad you enjoyed our facilities. Regarding our F&B and Wi-Fi facilities, I apologize for any inconvenience and promise to solve the problems you highlighted. If the others can do, I’m sure we will also be able to meet our guests expectations.
Looking forward to welcoming you back!
Kindest regards

Carlos Santos
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Freixo Palace Hotel
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Property: Pestana Palacio do Freixo
Address: Estrada Nacional 108, 206 | Campanha, Porto 4300-316, Portugal (Formerly Pousada do Porto - Freixo Palace Hotel)
Region: Portugal > Northern Portugal > Porto District > Porto
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Porto
#2 Romantic Hotel in Porto
#3 Spa Hotel in Porto
#4 Luxury Hotel in Porto
#4 Business Hotel in Porto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Pestana Palacio do Freixo 5*
Number of rooms: 87
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This hotel is situated by Porto's Douro River in a restored 18th-century Baroque building. It offers grand public areas with original architecture. Rooms at Pestana Palacio do Freixo are spacious, air-conditioned and have a separate seating area. Bathrooms include luxury amenities and a hairdryer. Some rooms offer Douro River views. Guests can relax on a sun lounger next to the Palacio Do Freixo's outdoor infinity pool which overlooks the river. The restaurant Palatium serves a daily buffet breakfast cooked with fresh ingredients. Guests can order light snacks at the pool or evening cocktails at the hotel's bar. The hotel is situated 2.5 km from the Dolce Vita Shopping Area and 1 km from Campanha Train Station. Porto Airport is a 20-minute drive away. ... more   less 
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