If these are the things you are looking for in a hotel in Porto then you should stay here.
My wife and I stayed here for 4 nights from 06 April 2014 booked directly through the hotel website . We booked on a room plus breakfast basis - this is certainly the most cost effective accommodation if you plan to take breakfast every day . We had an executive room on the third floor with a small balcony overlooking the main square Praca Liberdade and up the Avenida Dos Aliados towards the City Hall - a great perspective on the City .
A nice sized hotel , not too large but big enough to have the feel of a quality hotel and somewhere where guests are made to feel very welcome .
The location is perfect , close to all the main visitor places in town , literally just round the corner from the railway station and 15-20 minutes walk to the waterfront . Porto is quite hilly so be prepared for this !
Liberdade Square is a busy place by day and often by night but we had no problems sleeping with the balcony door closed and the aircon on. The room was excellent ; bed large and with a comfortable deep mattress . Beautifully equipped bathroom , Sky News International and BBC World . Free internet which was of a good speed most of the time . Room was well seviced during our stay .
The breakfast buffet is extensive and the staff are very attentive . During busy times some things do run out , that's normal , but the staff are quick to replenish .
Reception is a calm place , not the mad desk I have seen in other places . Its low level with seats for guests to sit down during the process and where normal conversation can also take place . Makes you feel valued .
The concierge is a key feature if you visit the website but is does deliver exactly what it says on the can ! Very friendly , good humoured and well prepared to help you get the most out of both the hotel and your stay in Porto .
As nice a place as we have stayed in anywhere but the people make the difference .
Enjoy as we did.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Intercontinental Porto Palacio Das Cardosas Hotel Porto