Best location. Right on the water and in the heart of everything.
However, because of this it can also be very loud at night. The Portuguese have a very late dinner followed by a fantastic nightlife which if fun if you're participating, less fun if you're trying to sleep.
Hotel staff was fantastic.
Wifi is "free" but you need a new code every 30 minutes. Also, I could not get a consistent signal in my room on the 5th floor.
Hotel bar is VERY expensive - 5 euro for a litre of tonic water. There is a mini-market half a block up the hill which is much MUCH cheaper. Market is closed Sundays though.
Also, be advised that because of the location of the hotel, there are driving restrictions during sometimes in the morning and afternoon. This means that if you take a taxi (or drive) you will not be able to get to the door of the hotel. Our taxi dropped us off at the top of the hill and we had to walk with our luggage down the hill. It is not far and should not be a problem for most but be aware if anyone in your party has mobility issues.
Hotel itself is comfortable and clean. Could use some updating but I would happily stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In one of the most prestigious areas of Porto, the Ribeira historic district you will find the Pestana Vintage Porto, constructed as a group of 18 buildings that have been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Postcards always feature the hotel right in front of the Douro River, which blends in nicely with the other historic buildings in the area. We welcome you with an atmosphere that is at once vintage and contemporary, luxurious and romantic. The RIB BEEF & WINE restaurant is the place for true connoisseurs of great beef and wine. All rooms have Wi-Fi and some feature views of the Douro River, the Wine Cellars of Gaia and the D. Luís Bridge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pestana Hotel Porto
- Porto Pestana Hotel