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Castelo de Santa Catarina
Ranked #13 of 159 Porto B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Paris, France
2 reviews
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“Amazing place”
Reviewed 9 October 2010

The castelo is amazing and we had such a great moment. The location is a little bit outside the old city but easily accessible from metro station.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Tadley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 October 2010

The reviews on the Castelo were good, and in some ways were borne out. The structure IS amazing, very beautiful, peaceful, quiet and good value for somewhere just outside the centre of Porto. And it is quite a trek down to Porto, although far worse coming back uphill! However, good exercise .....

Had we been fortunate to have been able to book a room in the tower of the Castelo, my review might have been different. However, we were booked instead into a 'garden room'. This was, in effect, one of perhaps 6 similar rooms carved out of either an old stable block, or purpose-built terrace of small rooms built onto the back wall of the courtyard.

The rooms were dark, damp and oppressive. Even though cool at night, it was necessary to have the air conditioning on to get a breeze through. The rooms were clean and comfortable, beds and linen likewise, but the bathrooms needed a complete overhaul. Mould on the tiles, cracked tiles, discoloured grouting, scale on the taps - it didn't encourage anyone to actually want to get into the shower. And when we did, the water came out a pale brown.

Breakfast is taken in the most beautiful room in the main Castelo, and was a selection of breads, cheeses, hams and fruit,a nd perfectly acceptable. The staff were tolerably friendly - some more so than others - but had managed to cancel one of my three nights booking by mistake, which meant a change of room. The water was still brown.

Parking is limited to the narrow entry to the hotel from the main street. which can be a little tricky at times. Having said all the above, the Castelo itself is so unique that you can almost forgive its shortcomings. However, a cash injection for the bathrooms would be a good idea.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Wigan
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Reviewed 29 August 2010

This unusual hotel was an oasis of peace set in lovely gardens and yet was well located as a base to see the city. The hotel staff were friendly, kept the place immaculately clean and the breakfast was lovely, with nice fresh bread, cheese, ham etc. The room we stayed for 3 nights in was near the top of the hotel and was quite small but with a beautiful traditional Portuguese tiled bathroom and doors that opened out onto a small balcony with fantastic views. Great on a hot night to sleep safely with the doors open and the fresh air blowing in although you do need to be reasonably fit to get up there! This isn't the place to stay if you want the Holiday Inn type of facilities - the rooms are quirky due to the style of building but this is part of what makes it so special. The other 2 in our party had a garden room which they loved - it was bigger than our room and in a nice setting but they had to use the air conditioning so it was swings and roundabouts as to which room was best. Would recommend this hotel to anyone who likes somewhere a bit different. Also there was free parking there which is a bonus on a city break. Porto is a great city and we thoroughly enjoyed out time there. If they put a swimming pool in the gardens, we would gladly spend the full week there.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with family
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London
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Reviewed 16 August 2010

We stayed in the Tower Suite which has fantastic views over the city. Be aware that there are four flights of stairs to climb up to the room. The room was comfortable, with 2 spare single beds, which would have been more useful as a sofa and table, as there were only 2 of us staying in the room. The breakfast in the hotel is great and the hotel is located near to a tube station. Porto's city centre is about a 15 minute walk. The area around the hotel is somewhat run down, though you do feel like you are in a gated development when you enter the castelo. The staff are very polite and friendly.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane
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Reviewed 30 July 2010

We stayed here in early June with a 7 month old baby. We had a garden room and it was surprisingly spacious and led out onto the garden, which was perfect. The hotel even provided us with a cot. A couple of comments have been made here about the shower but we didn't have a problem with ours and it worked well. The bed was so hard though that I couldn't sleep very well and I love firm beds! The Castelo was in a great location and it was wonderful to be able to park there for free. I didn't find the return walk from the city centre that steep, even with a pram to push. The breakky wasn't great but the dining room was quaint! Overall, I thought it was good value.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with family
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Düsseldorf
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Reviewed 20 June 2010

If you are looking for something out of the ordinary, this hotel is the right pick for you! It is a castle like building with different terraces surrounding it.
A 10 min walk to the city center, this hotel offers cozy rooms with old furniture.
There are two parts of the hotel, one main building and a building what might have been the servants quarter. These rooms are quite small, so try to snatch one in the main building.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco
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Reviewed 6 June 2010

My husband and I stayed here in Porto for one night on May 31. We had excellent driving directions and found the hotel easily. It was a nice warm day in Porto and the grounds of this castle were shaded and charming. It was more of a historical house or mansion, than a castle. The hotel is set off the street just a bit and up a little hill. There was plenty of parking for guests. We were charmed by the room and its character. Our room was located in the main house. The bathroom was covered in beautiful azulejos and it was large and bright, if a bit dingy. There was a TV but the bed was a bit uncomfortable and there was no AC. By the time we went to bed, it had become so hot and muggy in our room. There was a large window we opened, but no screen, and the flies are abundant in Portugal!! I overheard someone else complaining of this same thing to the front desk. So it was hard to fall asleep in this room, if we had been staying there more than one night, I would have asked if there was a newer room (in the annex) that had AC. Great location and beautiful, but I just couldn't handle the heat or flies.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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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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