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Castelo de Santa Catarina
Ranked #13 of 171 Porto B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 17 March 2010

we stayed at the Castelo in mid-March with my fiance, my mum and my brother.
First, I have to say that we didn't hear any building site noises, so it must have been finished by then.
Second, this place is really charming, lovely garden, amazing breakfast room.
we had a room on the 2nd floor, 55 euros, which hada lovely "azulejos" bathroom. I have to say though that it is an old building and it is showing - the room although really nice needs TLC, so does the bathroom, and we could hear the neighbours's water running.
However, my mum stayed in the garden rooms, as she didn't want to climb too many stairs, and those rooms were very modern, yet still had an old feel to them, which was very nice. If I went back, I might stay in one of those, especially as a single cost 35 euros! and that's including breakfast!!
We walked almost everywhere, it takes roughly 20mn by foot, or 10mn in the tram, or 5 mn by taxi to reach the old part.
And the hotel receptionist even got a us free tasting at Graham's !
highly recommended

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 March 2010

The hotel is very interesting and full of charm. However, if we were paying full price (110 €) we would have been slightly annoyed as the place was a building site. I am sure they were trying to get it ready for the summer but the builders starting at 9 am was not what I would call relaxing! also, there were piles or brick everywhere. When it is finished, I am sure it will be amazing, especially in the sunny weather!

  • Stayed: March 2010, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank juratewall
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Reviewed 25 January 2010

I read many of the reveiws on trip advisor before choosing this hotel. It did not disappoint. It is an older gem in the middle of the city. Truly unique in it's architecture, furnishings and ambiance. It's a little tired in places (windowsills starting to crumble) however, the rooms were clean, the bathrooms clean and everything was functional.
The breakfast is very basic. Cold cuts, cheeses, toast, one kind of cereal and breads, orange juice and VERY strong coffee.
The manager is very professional and nice.

We did not walk from the hotel but instead took taxis to the main parts of town. Very inexpensive for 4 people, typically around €5. We stayed in January and I would imagine during lovely weather it would be very pleasant to sit in their beautiful grounds and enjoy a nice bottle of wine.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled with friends
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1  Thank seattletolondon
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Reviewed 3 January 2010

My brother and I stayed here in Nov 09 when we took a 10 day trip of Spain and Portugal. We were trying to find relatively cheap accommodations, and this fit the bill at under $90 / night. The place looks and feels like an old castle. We got one of the rooms on the upper floor of the tower. It had a nice size queen bed, although it was pretty hard and looked like it hadn't been updated in some time. The best part of the room was the small balcony off the side, which gave us a view over a good part of Porto. Was a real nice treat to steal a cigar smoke up there around sundown.

By far the best part of this hotel is the staff. They went out of their way to make sure we had a great stay. The breakfast in the morning has lots of options with complimentary coffee and a variety of pastries and cereals. The internet in the lobby was free, although their computer looks to be about as old as the castle.

The hotel is situated up quite a hill, so walking to and from could be a bit much. But for those concerned there is a subway stop up the hill so you never have to walk up if you don't want.

If you have the cash look for a better place, but if you wanna stay somewhere under $100 i couldn't think of a better spot.

  • Stayed: November 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 December 2009

We were lucky to spend one night at the Castelo. It is a very charming set of buildings and the decorations are fitting and beautiful. Location is good--about 10-15 minute walk from the main sights. The hotel staff were friendly and helpful and gave us good recommendations and instructions. The breakfast was very good--not just the usual fare. The rooms are nicely appointed and were spacious. Our reservation was last minute and we had a room to one side of the lobby and I was concerned it would be very noisy, but was actually fine. Parking inside was very helpful and we were allowed to leave our car there for the whole day even though we had already checked out. Great place. Would definitely stay again. Great price.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank margaritab710
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Reviewed 17 October 2009

A beautiful, fantastic place. Lovely patio with a small chapel. Staff and management are wonderful. Very helpful and friendly.

We were given a smaller room in the garden the first 2 nights because we did not request ahead of time for 2 twin beds in our booking; however, the hotel moved us to a much bigger room on the 3rd night once available.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 October 2009

This hotel was just terrific. It was beautiful -- like a castle. You would never know that the street was nearby. The staff was extraordinarily helpful -- going so far as to lend us a transportation card we could use to purchase public transportation during our stay. There were buses on the street, and the subway was just up the block in a park. We have nothing but good things to say about the accommodations and would certainly go back.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about 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:
Ranked #13 of 171 B&Bs / Inns in Porto
Price Range: £57 - £103 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Castelo de Santa Catarina 3*
Number of rooms: 25
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