We stayed for 5 nights in a twin room.
As said by the other reviewers the rating as a 4* or local 5* is optimistic. At some time in the distant past the hotel would have deserved the 5* rating, but no longer. There is no getting away from the fact that this is an historic building, so it does not have modern conveniences, and you accept that. However, the public areas and bedrooms are tired and worn. The beds in our room were very rickety and not particularly comfortable. The TV had CNN and BBC World News.
There was definetly no pampering and we did not get a free glass of port at check-in as another reviewer did. We did get the chocolates each evening. The cleaning was no more than adequate.
The lobby area can be very congested at check-in/check-out times.There are also steps up to the next level and no disabled access. There is only one small lift!
The restaurant for breakfast or dinner was overly pretentious. I felt that I was in a living museum! However, it was a calming atmosphere. The food was of a reasonable quality and there was a fair selection for breakfast, but a relatively poor dinner menue. However breakfast needs to be timed right. Choose the wrong time say between 8am and 9:30am and it is congested and often runs out of hot food.
The hotel provides only a single PC with free internet access and printer for residents.
The real reason for staying at this hotel is the location. Its within easy walking distance of the main sites, the metro and the Sao Bento station. In fact we used the metro to and from the airport to the Aliados station for the princely sum of Euro1.95 per person each way. The Aliados station has a lift and the distance to the hotel is a few hundred metres.
There are a number of open-topped buses that stop nearby. The Cafe Guarany is just on the corner of the road within 100m and is good for a meal. They have Fado singers on certain evenings.
Do go to the Real Companhia Velha cellars. These are away from the river and less crowded. The small green open bus - Porto Gaia Vision - takes you there.
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- Infante Sagres Porto