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Pestana Vintage Porto
Ranked #7 of 106 Hotels in Porto
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“Amazing hotel located right on the river”
Reviewed 9 July 2011

We chose Porto to splurge and this was by far the nicest hotel we stayed at during our 11 day vacation to Portugal. The location was amazing as the hotel is located on the river in the historic Riberia district with amazing views of the river and Villa Nova de Gaia. Additionally, it is just a short walk to Sao Bento and to Villa Nova de Gaia and the port lodges. The rooms were very comfortable and the included continental breakfast was far and away the best we found. Our only complaint was that WiFi was not included....I'm not sure if it was the price-point we booked at, but I'm not sure how a 4-star hotel charges extra for WiFi. Other than that, we were very impressed and would love to stay there again.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 5 July 2011

I visited Porto went with two friends for three nights. We stayed in room 410 it has a fantastic view over the river to the bridge. Porto lived up to all our expectations. Our room was not large but very clean and the breakfast was great. The best thing of all about the Pestano is the location which was perfect for us girls. We would recommend a ticket for the Yellow bus which includes a tour of Calems and a boat trip. We also went to Sandemans which we got free entry to as we were staying in the Pestano. If I return to Porto I would have to stay at The Pestano.

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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 June 2011

Perfect location. The ribeira can be pretty busy/ hectic at times, but peaceful and serene in the early mornings. Easy to travel around, cabs are waiting just outside of the hotel, yellow buses (stop 1) are just a minute walk away.

Staff was very helpful. Room was okay, could use a bit of updating. Breakfast was good. No internet but you can use the hotel's WIFI, it only costs €5 per day. I do not think the hotel is overpriced, it is actually very reasonable considering the location/views. Although, I must say, Vila Nova de Gaia has the best views.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 June 2011

Pestana Porto is located in the ideal spot in Porto, near to the museums and major sights, and a 10-30 minute walk from all of the Port wine cellars. Rooms were small (typical European city style) and moderately pricey, but the views over the Douro River are tremendous.

1) Get a river view room; otherwise would recommend staying elsewhere.

2) Pestana's packages with tours (Port cellar tours, boat tours) seem like a bad deal, as tickets can easily be obtained in Porto for similar or smaller fee.

3) It's hard to find by car--the "driveway" ends in a tough to navigate pedestrian walkway.

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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 June 2011

The Pestana Porto is a lovely hotel within walking distance of shopping, dining, and, most importantly, the port lodges. The staff was very helpful with directions and restaurant recommendations. The room was a bit small for the price but that is not uncommon in Europe. We highly recommend the Pestana Porto for your stay.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 June 2011

Arriver to find that our river-view room, booked two months ahead, was not available "due to a computer bug"- quiet investigation suggests instead that it was given to an American tour group which was larger than expected. Given as an alternative a standard room which was overlooked from about 3 yards away by the windows of houses across a narrow lane. The room was well sound-insulated and very large and clean, beds were great but one solitary armchair was inadequate for two occupants. Large built-in wardrobe had only 6 hangers. Flat-screen TV was only 40 cm. A large bathroom had bath, bidet and wc but only one standard basin, little room for toiletries. The staff were without exception friendly. The lounge and bar are small, but then, so is the hotel. Bar prices are very reasonable. We found breakfast perfectly acceptable, but the restaurant serves neither lunch nor dinner, however, the hotel is surounded by restaurants. The superb location makes up for most of the hotel's faults.

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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed 3 June 2011

This hotel has the most amazing location right on the river, on arrival we were greeted with a glass of white port and tonic which is a lovely summer drink. We were however a little disappointed with the room after asking for a river view room found that our room was at the side of the hotel and although we could see the river it wasnt anywhere near as nice as the rooms they show on the website. The room however was still very nice and if you can afford this hotel I would definately book again just because of the location. During our stay we booked a walking tour with Blue Dragon (which I would recommend) and we also visited a couple of Port Houses. We had lunch at Taylors on the terrace, food excellant and wonderful views of Porto. Porto is a fanstasic city and well worth a visit.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Pestana Vintage Porto
Address: Praca da Ribeira, 1, Porto 4050-513, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Northern Portugal > Porto District > Porto
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in Porto
#5 Family Hotel in Porto
#7 Luxury Hotel in Porto
#7 Romantic Hotel in Porto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Pestana Vintage Porto 5*
Number of rooms: 109
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