From the check in to the check out, a really nice hotel. Perfect stay at the Palacio do Freixo hotel, managed by Pestana group and give to it a nice touch of a classic palace with the modern touches and service.
The hotel is not close to the city, you have either to get a taxi (6-8 Euro), drive to there (not so easy to find parking) or walk less then 5 minutes and take a bus (ZR line) that leave you in the Luiz I bridge and then you can explore the city. We usually took this option and could not regret of it ! The main entrance is located just after the "Museu da Imprensa" (Press and Media Museum). It is closed after 10 PM, but you can call the hotel and they will open.
From Luiz I bridge to the hotel is about 3 km, along the Douro river, and we walked back to the hotel in the afternoon and it was such a nice walk ! There is a lot of people jogging, fishing there and you can see all main bridges of Porto from a different perspective.
Staff is always courteous, but not fast all times, especially in the pool area. The pool area was our favorite spot there, once you can refresh from the hot summer of Portugal and by the end of the day, have a great time just waiting for the sunset in the Douro river.
Food is quite good, but quite expensive as well. They have a pretty good sort of wines and a sommelier is always available to give you good indications. Good sort of food in the breakfast as well.
The room was quite big to European standards and it is located in the old factory area. It has all modern amenities and free wifi connection to internet. The bathroom is a litlle dark, but very clean.
We had a very good experience in this hotel and definitely we will go back there !
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Palacio Do Freixo Hotel Porto