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Castelo de Santa Catarina
Ranked #13 of 159 Porto B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 12 February 2014

We booked the day of and like the hotel so much that we decided to extend our trip by 2 more nights. Room is very clean and comfortable. Hotel staff is wonderfully nice (tho I find this to be the case in almost every hotels in Portugal). Very strong wifi signal. You can park in the driveway. Easier to get to by car than many of the hotels that are smacked in the middle of the center if you are driving. However it is still very close. I can walk to the river (district) in about 10 to 15 minutes. Breakfast does includes egg, bacon, sausage as well as the standard cold food (fruit, cereals, rolls, yogurts and sweats).

When you drive in, walk up the stairs. The reception is there. That confused us a bit. There is no elevator so you will need to walk a bit with your luggage or I am sure the staff will be happy to help.

The place has a wonderful castle-like décor. The garden is very nice too and would be great to hang out at night with a bottle of wine and some fruits/snacks if it is not rainy and wet. Anyway, overall, highly highly recommended.

Room Tip: There is no elevator. Very good wifi service. Reception is up stair (garden level). Parking is fr...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 February 2014

This hotel is located close to a metro station and is a remarking place to stay - definitely to recommend. Within walking distance to the city center (15-20 minutes, same street). We (couple with an Infant) stayed in the "Grand Suite" which is the room at the top of the tower, with a wonderful view all around 360 degrees. Having to walk up the stairs (4 floors) is certainly worth it. The heating works fine (important in winter times!), however the Windows are not really tight as the wind blows through when it's windy outside. When the curtains are closed it's ok. The staff is friendly and most of them efficient.
There is a wonderful living room and breakfast room in the hotel, with lot of atmosphere. Nice private garden to walk around.
We'll come back here when we'll be at Porto again!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 February 2014

It is wonderful hotel in every respect. It is in the most uninteresting part of Santa Catharina Street and we even 2 times passed by down the street and passed entrance to hotel. But then we began to look around at a tower of hotel and could find it. But when you come around inside, such feeling that got to the fairy tale and to any wonderful oasis in the middle of the city. The personnel is very lovely and kind, and internal rooms are simply wonderful! When I saw our room (it was King Suit) I for few minutes lost a speech power as it was similar to the museum, but at the same time with a house situation and a cosiness. The case size in this room replaces by the size room in hotel in Paris))) Despite existence of antiques furniture and a situation the hotel atmosphere without pathos and we felt there very comfortably. King Suit consists of 2 rooms, a balcony and a big beautiful bathroom with 2 windows. There is a teapot and sets for tea. We were in the winter, in rooms was very warm and cracks at windows were carefully covered by special protection. The breakfast moves in the real antiques situation, a good choice of snack and pastries. Big free parking (it is very actual for Porto). To the downtown of 10-15 minutes on foot down the street Santa Catharina, to the subway of 3 minutes on foot. There was only one not really pleasant moment - when we arrived, I long couldn't receive hot water in soul, probably, there are some problems with heating system in this ancient house. But then everything was Apprx.
Besides, in this lock there lives an interesting black cat who comes in the evenings on a visit and sometimes allows to stroke itself))
It is remarkable hotel for absolutely small price. It seems even unreal)) my thanks to the owner and the hotel personnel, we received unforgettable impressions!

Room Tip: I advise to take rooms in a tower
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Lingen, Germany
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Reviewed 31 December 2013

My mother and I stayed here 2 nights. The hotel can be a bit difficult to find as it's a bit hidden from the street and the GPS didn't recognize the address.

Once found, it's a beautiful place. The reception was very friendly and the staff are happy to help with bags up the stairs (there are no lifts). As suggested by other reviewers, we stayed in the main castle. The room was small, but comfortable and beautiful. The bathroom was beautiful as well - all tiled - and the water pressure and temperature were excellent. Breakfast was decent - hot and cold options - although nothing to write home about. They also have a resident cat who responds happily to some friendly scratching and will hang around at breakfast in case someone takes pity and shares their breakfast.

The location is good. We walked to and from the river (and highly recommend a walk on Rua Santa Catarina, especially with the Christmas lights) as this is how we like to explore cities. It's also easily accessible by metro.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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montreal
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Reviewed 26 November 2013

A true gem...should charge admission just to see the decor the antiques..the gardens .Breakfast buffet was included and selection was plentiful ..Give yourself extra time because you will snapping pictures throughout the castelo. the gardens the blue tiles buildings and the chapel.

Room Tip: Ask for room in the tower..may cost a few euros more..note theres no elevator in tower ..but staff...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 24 November 2013

We circled it twice before we found it, but we found an oasis of trees, shrubs and flowers in a well-kept garden. Rooms in the castle tower had Old World charm with decorative antique furniture and headboards, The towel warmer in the bathroom was a modern touch, Breakfast was plentiful. There's no elevator in the tower but the staff will happily carry your bags up/down the stairs. Staff was very polite and English speaking and provided a handout guide showing most if the must-see sights on a stroll to the river, An inexpensive taxi ride back is recommended for the uphill walk. Parking is free.

Room Tip: Garden rooms have poor rating. Stay in the tower
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Redhill, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 October 2013

stayed here for 3 nights - lovely old building, beautifully decorated though I had to climb a lot of steps to my room. bar service friendly from the house porter, lovely breakfast - would stay again!!

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Property: Castelo de Santa Catarina
Address: Rua de Santa Catarina 1347, Porto 4000-457, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Northern Portugal > Porto District > Porto
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #13 of 159 B&Bs / Inns in Porto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Castelo de Santa Catarina 3*
Number of rooms: 25
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