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Castelo de Santa Catarina
Ranked #11 of 106 Hotels in Porto
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shefayim, israel
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“wonderful hotel in the best price”
Reviewed 3 April 2014

the hotel is located inthe center of Portp, very close tp the place of interest.in a very regular road you open the gate and enter paradize! a beautiful garden , some of the rooms are in the garden and some around - all are well equiped and well decorate, bathrooms are exellent, the staff is always there for you - whatever you want and need , they are willing to help, the only thingg that can disturb is the fact they do not have ellevator - but staff help you!
there breakfast is the best! SERVED IN A BEAUTIFUL hall', P E R F A C T!

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 February 2014

Definitely not for the mobility impaired but such a little jewel. If you love antiques and to be spoiled by the attentive young men at the desk and a great included breakfast this is the place to be.
This was a last minute reservation for us in Porto, our first room was very nice and the all marble bathroom was outstanding. On the second night we moved to the Royal suite and here the furniture was amazing! I felt like a Duchess in my suite!
A bit of a walk to where the action is on this pedestrian shopping street but make sure you take a 5 euro taxi ride back up the hill. Do stop by the Majestic Café for drinks or English tea, it is a Porto institution not to be missed.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2014

What an amazing place to stay!

This hotel has quite a history, and some of the rooms in the main house are decorated with some amazing furniture, some of which was acquired as the established families left Portugal after the revolution in 1974-5. The ornate decor makes you feel like you are staying in a small palazzo, and the balconies and windows overlook the town from above.

We chose a room in the main house off season. The price was very reasonable, the breakfast and service were excellent - the front of house day and night staff were particularly helpful, jolly and well-prepared.

Don't worry about staying slightly above / out of town. The main city and Douro river is a lovely walk down the hill, and the metro station is nearby. Places like this are a rarity.

Room Tip: I'm sure the garden rooms are nice, but stay in the main house if at all possible, and I don'...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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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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Moscow
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
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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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
Hotel Style:
#10 Romantic Hotel in Porto
#17 Family Hotel 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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