First impressions were excellent. Very imposing entrance with loads of period features and huge sweeping staircases. We thought we were in the wrong place as it's only rated 2 stars.!!!!
The rooms were pretty basic however with very small showers but perfectly adequate. Breakfast was OK with quite a varied selection - a few tables outside in the small garden proved popular.
Location was brilliant - only a few steps from Av Dos Aliados where the hop-on hop-off buses pick up......well worth doing and a stop-off at the waterfront is highly recommended..
We arrived the night of the football final and Porto won so the whole place was a bit mental with the noise going on until the wee small hours!!!! It was a repeat performance the next night cos the team arrived in the square on an open-top bus and it seemed the whole populaton of Porto was out to meet their heroes.......they certainly know how to party.
If you are a light sleeper you might consider earplugs - Porto seems to have an awful lot of bells that chime every 15 minutes!
Must recommend the restaurant where we ended up eating most nights - it's called First Floor and it's 42-54 Av.Dos Aliados......very glam, good food and wine and very reasonably priced. We loved it......
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The oldest hotel in Porto. The charming Grande Hotel de Paris has a long and rich experience which has been preserved since 1877. In addition to being an historical witness, the Grande Hotel de Paris provides excellent comfort, ensuring a great quality-price-location value. The hotel is decorated with restored antiques and guests can relax in the garden or at the Bar, enjoy the multilingual Library or the Exhibition Hall. The front desk is open 24 hours, where Wi-Fi is free. ... more less
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- Grande Hotel Porto