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Grande Hotel de Paris
Ranked #49 of 108 Hotels in Porto
Reviewed 1 July 2014

We arrived late in the evening, after a welcome check in we were taken to our room, a bit dated , but with good beds, nice bathroom and very clean.Next morning after the best breakfast we had during our trip to Portugal we had a look around the hotel, it is indeed a museum and a very nice one at that.
The staff at the front desk were very good, they remembered your roomnumber, so each time we came back the had our key ready.
Two very small items for improvement: for breakfast a glas of real orange juice would be welcome , not that diluted stuff.
And we couldn't get WiFi in our room.

I can certainly recommend this hotel to any-one who likes to be pampered and loves a bit of history

Room Tip: Try and get a room at the back, the front can be noisy
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 June 2014

We loved staying here. We were lucky and got a room at the back, I think it would be worth paying the extra to guarantee this as I understand from other tourists we met that the front street (although looking quiet) can be noisy at night. There is really old lift that is a fun way to get to your room. Our room was delightful with a tiny balcony and a great view overlooking the Porto rooftops including a great view of the cathedral and the church tower. We were interested to see seagulls circling the floodlights in the City at night.
The staff were helpful and location perfect. Sao Bentao train station is 5 min away and the town hall even closer. Its a pleasant walk to either the waterfront or the bridge. The breakfast was ok. Seemed to be sunny delight instead of juice! And I found it hard here like other places to find good coffee with milk ( not uht). But there was enough to enjoy at breakfast that these minor points aren't significant. Nice you can sit in the garden too, Would completely recommend.

Room Tip: At the back.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 June 2014

A stay at the Grand Hotel de Paris is an experience in itself. We enjoyed our three nights there very much, appreciating the ambience of the Belle Epoch and the magnificent breakfast each morning.

The location is very convenient for those arriving by air as you can catch either the Terravision shuttle (5 euro p.p one way) which drops you at Aliados just 200 metres from the hotel OR take the metro which, with one easy change at Trinidade, takes you to Aliados Metro also very near to the hotel. The metro is cheaper! There are elevators and lifts for people with suitcases.
We were able to walk everywhere from the hotel.

The Reception staff are very welcoming and made us feel at home. They were helpful when we had queries and their English was very good which always makes it easier for us monolinguals.

Our room was charming and comfortable. Wi Fi in the room was strong. Tv had several international channels. Beds were great. Everything was spotless.

Breakfast is served in a very beautiful room with a lovely garden if you wish to eat or relax outside in warmer weather
Excellent Value for money overall and we would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

One of those places where you weigh up the good with the average. Good: location, access to restaurants and attractions, good sized room, internet that worked, nice restaurant area for breakfast, pleasant staff, wine bar across the street. Not so Good: getting bags up stairs, lack of a bar area, outside noise (we were there on a weekend), no parking on site (and Porto is not an easy city to navigate).

Value for money? Yes, just remember this place wasn't built this century.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 19 May 2014

The lobby and ground floor are lovely, with beautiful period antiques. I love old style, authentic hotels. There is a tiny, nice bar. A beautiful garden is tucked away; a lovely place to sit and relax or have a cocktail. Location is good. But - our room was tiny, dark, and very dingy. Shabby bedspreads, and if you offer a television from 1960, you may as well take it out. Street noise wasn't too bad for us, but may bother some people. The breakfast was in a nice dining room, but everything was cold - even the things that are supposed to be hot. There were plenty of staff, but mostly seemed to stand at attention and look straight ahead rather than do anything. After so many lovely old properties in Portugal, this was a real let down.

Room Tip: Stay away from the first floor FOR SURE. The upper ones may be better.
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 May 2014

An old style hotel with a lovely hidden garden. Nice dining room with excellent choice for breakfast. Room clean but basic. Although It advertised WiFi, I could not get the Internet in my room despite being on the ground floor. It only seem to be available in reception.

Room Tip: not at the front
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled solo
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Thank Janet H
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Reviewed 8 May 2014

This hotel says it's the oldest in Porto - I can well believe it!! Our room was small but OK for what we wanted. Lots of nooks and crannies to investigate including a library - a hotel with real charm. Breakfast was included and there was so much choice. Unfortunately on the Sunday we were there we turned up for breakfast just as a large coach party were checking out. We got into the dining room to find it was devastated (obviously the last place the coach party had visited) - there were no clean tables and very little food. The staff were doing their best to cope though.

The reception staff were always friendly and welcoming - we never once had to tell them the number of our room; they were always standing with our key in hand ready and waiting for us with a smile and a greeting.. The Wi-Fi is a little erratic but the thick walls might explain that - it wasn't unusual to find fellow guests sitting in the public areas logging in.

Word of warning - we were on the "ground floor" but that is up two sets of steps. The hotel itself is on quite a steep hill. Not really the right place for guests with reduced mobility.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Grande Hotel de Paris

Address: Rua da Fabrica, 27-29, Porto 4050-247, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Northern Portugal > Porto District > Porto
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#20 Romantic Hotel in Porto
#23 Family Hotel in Porto
#25 Business Hotel in Porto
Price Range: £50 - £116 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Grande Hotel de Paris 3*
Number of rooms: 42
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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