We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Avoid if you can”

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 13 more sites!
Grande Hotel Do Porto
Ranked #34 of 108 Hotels in Porto
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 24 February 2010

We spent two nights in this hotel.
Location is excellent, but try the quality inn or mercure which are just up the road and seem a lot nicer.
The hotel needs incredible renovation which is undergoing, BUT service is just awful.
I would have overlooked the renovation inconvenience had we been greeted in a better way. The afternoon staff who registered us were not nice, neither was the evening or morning staff. Everyone was rude. We do not speak portuguese, and english is not our native tongue. We do speak french, spanish and italian... regardless, they pretended not to understand us.

Rooms are small, smell like disinfectant, but are spotless clean. Decor is new but not nice. The beds are comfortable and the bathrooms are spacious and clean.

Breakfast was abundant, with eggs, a variety of breads and home made jams. Cereals, cheese and cold cuts. Coffee was terrible, but being Italian we tend to be picky.
the dining room is sterile and not welcoming at all. It has been raining constantly since we arrived, and would have dined in the restaurant had the dining room been slightly more appealing.

We did not enjoy Porto. Or avoid it in the winter. The city feels uninhabited. There are a lot of abandoned buildings, and churches that need some serious cleaning. I got the impression that the city is a miniature copy of some paris neighborhoods but the splendor it once lived has long been forgotten. I would not visit it again, nor would I recommend it. Stay in Lisbon longer.

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
2  Thank potbelliedpig
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review
Reviews (1,402)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages

460 - 466 of 1,402 reviews

Reviewed 10 January 2010

We spent two nights in Grande Hotel at the beginning of January. Before that I was browsing in Internet many hours trying to find suitable hotel for our family consisting of 5 people, including my 3 years old granddaughter. My target was to find comfortable hotel close to Santa Catarina street (we all like shopping), good restaurants and historical part of the city.
And Grande Hotel fits all these targets except comfort. From my point of view it has not more than 2 stars (premises + breakfast) and reminded me old Soviet stile hotels. We booked 2 superior rooms but they were so small that we had to move to suites. They were big enough and little bit better equipped. For our next visit I will definitely choose Infante Sagres Hotel. It is more luxury and located also close to shopping areas, restaurants and historical centre. Price difference between suites in Grande and ordinary rooms in Infante is about 20 euros but you will stay in much more comfortable place. Few words about restaurants in Porto: we visited four places: Majestic Café, Abadia, Escondidinho, all 1-2 minutes walk from the hotel and Transmontana, located close to Sandeman cellar on the opposite side of Duero river. Food was excellent and delightful everywhere. But I would like to give you one advise – please try to check the size of the portion before you order it and do not order the starters, especially in Abadia and Escondidinho. Ordinary portions are huge there.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank YuriMoscow_Russia
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 14 December 2009

This was our second time at the Grande Hotel do Porto in the last 2 years, both times for a 4-night stay. There is nothing negative to say about this hotel.

The rooms are comfortable, quiet, and clean. The lobby, which may look the way it did 100 years ago, is the perfect spot to unwind at the end of the day (comfy sofas and chairs, subdued lighting, and international newspapers). The buffet breakfast is plentiful, with eggs, an assortment of breads and cakes, yogurts, cereal, fruit, tea, and more. Only the coffee is lackluster.

Any time I am in Porto, this is where I'll stay.

  • Stayed: November 2009
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
2  Thank TheWanderingJoe
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 30 November 2009

My husband and I stayed here for two nights and loved the location - central to our sightseeing and restaurants (wonderful Cafe Majestic is right across the street). We found the staff to be friendly and accomodating with directions and suggestions. Liked having wireless access in our room.

On the negative side, the interior and public rooms, though filled with antiques, seem a bit run down and in need of a facelift (carpets, furniture, etc.). Our minimalist, white room was clean and adequate. However, it appeared to have been freshly painted recently and the peculiar odor (paint we presume) lingered throughout our stay and at times was unpleasant. We did not complain to the hotel or ask for a room change so we feel we cannot complain too much. Our room was on floor "-1" and gave the impression of being in the basement of the hotel.

Breakfast was included and was adequate (eggs, breads, juices - the usual fare).

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
2  Thank maryandkris
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 12 August 2009

You really feel that this hotel had a better time well before 2009. These are our views and comments.

Pros:
• Amazing location. You can basically walk to all main sights, including the neighbour city, Vila Nova de Gaia, where all the wine cellars are ready for you to have memorable wine tastings. You also have the train station just 10 minutes away and a metro line that takes you directly to the airport 5 minutes away. Please mind that this is not London and you only have 4 services of metro per hour to the airport – check this well before or you might risk losing your flight.
• They include a breakfast with any room rate. This is the usual buffet that you find in most regular hotels and it will do the job of sending you out to the city with something in your stomach. However, the old restaurant (and the only impressive room of this hotel) gets very pack and busy in the morning and the staff serving and cleaning tables were only two waiters that couldn’t cope with the entire crowd. It was evident that they were very short in staff as even one of the waiters took the phone in the restaurant to ring somewhere else in the hotel and say (or shout) that the room was packed and needed assistance. No one helped and of course no one was stocking up the buffet.
• We went for the final days in our honey moon and they acknowledged this and sent a bottle of bubbly to the room. Nice surprise.

Cons:
• This is an old and badly maintained place. The rooms look old, dark, they are very very small and the toilets have that smell like if someone has left a wet towel stored for days.
• The common spaces, particularly the corridors, are also bad maintained. The wood floor cracks and sounds like an old haunted house.
• They had a receptionist that was really inattentive. Portuguese people are very kind and helpful but this young lady had that look and attitude of “they are not paying me enough to smile at you” + “I haven’t slept for three nights so I am tired and can’t help you”. I will be surprised if they haven’t received any complaints about her.

Conclusion:
• Go for another option, even if that means going a bit away from the city centre (e.g. Sheraton).

Regarding Porto, I can only say marvellous things. It’s not Lisboa but it looks like its enigmatic sibling. The best thing, however, was to go early in the morning to the train station and take a train all the way up the river until the end of that line (after Pinhao). For 20 Euros return, you will have one of the best scenic trains in Europe. Go for it, take a right hand side window, wait 20 minutes while the train meets the river, lower the window (weather permitting) and have your camera ready. Unforgettable. Try Guimaraes (a lovely medieval city and the European Capital of Culture 2012) and Braga (go to the famous church with all the stairs) also. They are included in Porto’s Urban Rail, so it’s cheap and easy to get there from the train station.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
1  Thank Goguca
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 12 August 2009

A very average hotel with its good days back in the fifties, I guess (oldschool wooden bathroom in our room). The place, though normal wear and tear for x yearls already was rather clean. If you're visiting Porto for a max. 1-2 days and hang out in the city all the time it's just ok, though a bit pricey for the value. Good, downtown location (some 15mins walk downhill to the riverside), breakfast was also ok.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
1  Thank el_Sz
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 6 August 2009

I stayed one night and booked a single room for 60€. The hotel is centrally located, in the mid of the main shopping street. It has a typical European old charming style like only Grande Hotels can have. The room was ok, clean and spacious. The staff was friendly; as in most Spanish and Portuguese hotels, they are more formal and one needs to fill out the papers. I really enjoyed the scenery, high ceilings, silver furniture etc...
The dining rooms shows perfectly the ancient "greatness" of this hotel. Also here high ceilings with large lusters. They have plenty of high class silver furniture (some very nice tools), which gives you a good feeling. The quality of the breakfast was excellent

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank SooLux
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Travellers also viewed these Porto hotels
0.2 mi away
Mercure Porto Centro Hotel
0.7 mi away
Eurostars Das Artes Hotel
0.2 mi away
NH Collection Porto Batalha
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.3 mi away
Grande Hotel de Paris
Grande Hotel de Paris
#45 of 108 in Porto
965 reviews
0.6 mi away
Pestana Vintage Porto
1.3 mi away
Vincci Porto
Vincci Porto
#8 of 108 in Porto
1,090 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Grande Hotel Do Porto? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about 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
#17 Romantic Hotel in Porto
#24 Business Hotel in Porto
Price Range: £61 - £187 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Grande Hotel Do Porto 3*
Number of rooms: 99
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Expedia, Hotels.com, Agoda, TravelUp, LoveHolidays, Ebookers, HotelsClick, Cancelon, getaroom.com, Evoline ltd, HotelQuickly and 5viajes2012 S.L. so you can book your Grande Hotel Do Porto reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Porto Grande Hotel

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing