The good: Location, location, location... This hotel is very central located and tourist sights are in walkable distance (always keep in mind that Porto has a lot of steep streets no matter where you stay). The apparent theme of the hotel is theatre but could also be seen as movie theatre, the mix of costumes, celluloid lights, movie audience wallpaper, thick curtains and camera print carpet leaves it up to the hotel guest. The rooms are spacious and keep with the dark color scheme of the hotel. Be prepared for a open bathroom concept, although shower and toilet are divided by glass doors. The staff is very welcoming an helpful with advice what to see and where to eat. The breakfast menu has plenty to offer and each morning the guests can start their day with chilled champagne. Every morning a different pastry was provided for guests with a sweet tooth. A small outside patio offers space for a late night cocktail and is welcome by smokers.
The bad: The interior designer was clearly a bit overwhelmed by the decision to go for the theatre or movie theme, the decoration is a mismatch but stays within the same dark color scheme. The website states the hotel has a rooftop terrace; technically yes but there where no chairs nor a bar so it was a bit wasted space. The rooms have open bathroom concept, think about how comfortable you are with your travel companion. The rooms are despite their big size a bit outdated and the air-condition is central regulated which means temperatures at night were always at 22 degree Celsius.
The conclusion: If you can look pass the gloomy interior design and the slightly outdated rooms you will find a hotel that puts lots of efforts in providing you with a very good stay. It's central location, welcoming and friendly staff and a plentiful breakfast buffet with champagne, fresh fruits and pastry will do the rest to make sure you'll have a very good hotel experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Teatro arose from the spot where the Baquet Theatre was inaugurated in 1859. A hundred and fifty-one years later, the unique, refined and bohemian environment of the Theatre has been revived here in a hotel. The Reception represents a box office, where each guest receives a ticket to access their room. The Restaurant and Bar have become the new Palco and Plateia, offering creations for a discerning palate. The inner courtyard is a versatile garden or a quiet and secluded haven from the tumult of the city. The 74 comfortable rooms and suites are colored in gold and bronze, and the gym on the top floor transforms the Hotel into a true arena for action and relaxation. ... more less
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