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Grande Hotel Do Porto
Ranked #29 of 104 Hotels in Porto
Certificate of Excellence
Providence, Rhode Island
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14 reviews
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Reviewed 21 October 2012

This hotel and its decor are quite dated and tired, not "Grande" as the hotel's name suggests and as many others have suggested in their reviews. Internet access was 10 Euros/day extra. Even the in-room safe, no larger than a small shoebox, was 3 Euros/day extra!

The breakfast offering was of poor quality in terms of breadth of offering and the taste. This was surprising, in that, Portuguese food is quite good, and breakfast buffet offering in most hotels in which I stay in Europe are of high quality.

My bed, a full/double sized bed, was extremely firm to the point of stiff.

For the business traveler (or any serious traveler in general), this hotel option is not for you. The hotel's website has beautiful photographs that do depict how the rooms and common areas appear; however, the photographer must be commended, as he/she made these venues appear much better than they do in person.

Upon my next visit to Porto, I will likely select the Yeatman, Hotel Infanta Sagres, or Hotel Teatro.

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Reviewed 15 October 2012

Yes, it's a wonderful place to stay, in main shopping street, close to the very center of the city. The ground floor is magnificent, including the big breakfast room, garage is available and the room rate is not too expensive, in the end.

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Barcelona, Spain
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2012

This hotel is in the city center, in walking distance to all main attractions. It has a classic decor (good taste) in the public areas and modern rooms and bathrooms, both very spacious especially considering the old building. We stayed in the -1F, where I was told are the best rooms (no views). There's parking at the hotel.
Wifi costs 10 euros for 24hrs of use.
Breakfast is included and buffet is of good quality with a big selection, making it a good start for the day.
Staff is friendly and helpful, especially the ones in the evenings, suggesting good restaurants off the touristic area.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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Toronto, Ontario
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2012

We stayed here so we could be within a stone's throw of Porto's shops, restaurants and attractions and we were not disappointed. The rooms were sharp and cosy, the corridors extra-wide, and the staff very helpful and friendly. We visit Porto every year enroute to Galicia and will definitely stay longer on our next trip. We had an early flight so were unable to take part in the breakfast, but will review it on our next trip. The only negative was that wi-fi wasn't free. That would have made our stay perfect.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Ede, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2012

Stayed in this hotel for 3 nights in standard double room. Basic room with all standard amenities like TV, bathroom, safe was not working, wifi, acceptable bed. Unfortunately on street level so at night sometimes noisy and no view. Hotel is beautiful and recently redecorated as I was told. Very nice interior combination of historical and modern. Good bar en restaurant. Service was good and very friendly. Location excellent. Buffet breakfat included and fine with good choice. Price was excellent. Porto is a magnificent destination hihgly recommended. Will come backt ot this hotel without hesitation bit next time superior room.

Room Tip: Choose superior rooms on higher floors because of noise
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 September 2012

Part of a two centre holiday with two friends and wives. All staff were friendly and very helpful, with reception staff always willing to give advice and support. Breakfast good quality and a fine start to the day. Rooms for all were comfortable, with size adequate for our needs.
Only irritant was the fixed coat hangers making hanging some clothes more difficult than needed.

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Galway, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2012

This is a lovely hotel with friendly, helpful staff. The young barman on duty when I was there (4th and 5th Sept) was particularly helpful with very good english. Ask them for good restaurants in the area as they recommended two for me which were terrific.

Room Tip: Room was a bit small, might be worth paying more for a bigger one.
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled solo
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Property: Grande Hotel Do Porto
Address: Rua de Santa Catarina 197, Porto 4000-450, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Northern Portugal > Porto District > Porto
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Family Hotel in Porto
#18 Romantic Hotel in Porto
#24 Business Hotel in Porto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Grande Hotel Do Porto 3*
Number of rooms: 99
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