We stayed 4 nights facing the Square. On arrival we were not only given a map of Porto but a brief introduction to the city by Vasco, the concierge. This was very helpful. The hotel is next to the local bus line, train station and the metro. You can get to and from Porto airport easily and cheaply by the metro. Situated away from the old part of the town down by the river, the hotel has enough sites around it (the photography centre in the Old Gaol is very good) and interesting side streets to keep you busy. Restaurants are okay, not great.
Our room was quiet, the bed excellent and the bathroom well-appointed with seprate bath and shower. Our only problem was the restricted settings on the air-con (20-24 degrees). Breakfast was very good (22 euros) in a sunny room facing the square. The restaurant wasn't open yet and our dinner on the last night in the brasserie was enjoyable. Free wifi was strong and stable; tv was ok. We enjoyed the free IHT in the lobby and the hotel bar was comfortable and we enjoyed a late night singer/ guitarist. The staff were polite, friendly and always ready to help.
Given this is a luxury hotel the cost was very reasonable. Would stay here again if returning.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- HISTORICAL PALACE AT THE HEART OF THE CITY CENTRE. Located in the heart of the Historical Centre, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO, the InterContinental Porto - Palacio das Cardosas is the result of a careful renovation of a palace dated from the end of the 18th century. The Hotel is located in Oporto’s main city square, the Praça da Liberdade,within walking distance from all the major cultural highlights,trendy shops, bars and restaurants. The Hotel comprises 105 spacious rooms and suites, the Astoria Restaurant, Cardosas Bar, meeting and banqueting rooms, as well as a Wellness Centre. ... more less
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- Intercontinental Porto Palacio Das Cardosas Hotel Porto