We belong to the Intercontinental gold ambassador club and have enjoyed staying at many Intercontinental hotels over the years - however following our recent weekend stay in Porto, I think we've found the jewel in the Intercontinental crown! Set in a wonderful location overlooking the Avenida dos Aliados, Intercontinental Porto is a beautifully restored 18th century palace. And as importantly, the hotel staff offer an outstanding service to their guests, who are all treated like royalty.
On our arrival, we had the unexpected treat of being upgraded to the presidential suite, which was quite stunning - gorgeous furnishings, with an amazing mezzanine bedroom/wetroom and wonderful views overlooking the rooftops of central Porto.
Breakfasts in the Astoria restaurant were a relaxed and very pleasurable experience (perhaps more proactive top-ups of coffee by the waiting staff wouldn't have gone amiss, but I realise we are rather high maintenance with our caffeine needs!) and we had an excellent summer tasting dinner there one evening, with a deliciously spicy lobster bisque, a memorable salted cod dish and a very fine duck confit (not to mention the yummy deconstructed meringue pie).
Our weekend at Palacio das Cardosas was a truly memorable one and we highly recommend this hotel to anyone wishing to visit Porto. We hope to return there soon!
- 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