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“Ultra-stylish hotel, friendly staff, ideal location, reasonable rates” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Moov Hotel Porto Centro
Ranked #18 of 103 Hotels in Porto
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 394 helpful votes
“Ultra-stylish hotel, friendly staff, ideal location, reasonable rates”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2013

Do not be confused, the B&B in the hotel name refers to the chain, not to a bed and breakfast.

This modern hotel is entered via a beautifully re-purposed movie theater, and it takes the cinema as its design theme. The exterior looks art nouveau, and the interior is ultra-modern and very stylish.

Large photos of bygone movie stars decorate the lobby and each of the guest rooms. Hallways are as dark as in a movie theater, with motion-activated ankle lights as a guide.

Rooms are comfortable but lack a few amenities --

There is no suitcase stand, but there is adequate floor space to open even the largest suitcase.

There is no closet, but there is a small alcove to hang clothes (mine had only two hangers, so take some of your own).

The shower stall has a partial glass wall but no closure, so the floor will get wet with each shower.

It was an unusually cold spring when I stayed there, and the heat did not work (the thermostat activated the fan, but no heat even when set at 25C.) The hotel maid did provide an extra duvet for me on request.

There is free wi-fi by an ISP named “Nonius”. The joke is that when said aloud, the name sounds like “non-use”, which is an accurate description. Reception was weak in my room, and even in the hallway when sitting on the floor underneath the modem, I was constantly being cut off by the ISP every few minutes. If you are in Porto on business, this may affect your connectivity.

A continental breakfast can be purchased and eaten in a dining area adjacent to (or on the patio of) the hotel’s large beautiful courtyard. Half of the rooms face the courtyard, with tall narrow windows than can be opened for fresh air.

Besides the pleasure of staying in such a stylish hotel (see the photos at the top of this page), the location is ideal.

The hotel is on Praca Batalha, around the corner from the Rede Expressos bus station, which serves most of Portugal. It is across from San Ildefonso Church, and within easy walking distance of almost every major sight in the town center. The Santa Catarina pedestrian-only shopping street is just a block away, and there is a grocery near the junction of San Ildefonso and Passos Manuel. The Sao Bento train station is a few minutes down the hill.

Although Porto is very walkable, it is very hilly. I recommend a transit pass for easy and unlimited access to light rail, metro, buses, and funicular. Day passes are widely available, and longer passes are sold at the Sao Bento train station.

In spite of the guest room deficits mentioned above, I would stay here again, and can recommend it as a good budget option in a convenient location in central Porto.

I hope this is useful. Enjoy Porto -- it is a fun town!

Room Tip: Half the rooms face the beautiful lawn and courtyard; I do not know the view from the other rooms.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled solo
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Gisela B, Director of Sales at Moov Hotel Porto Centro, responded to this review, 3 June 2013
Dear efsch,

First of all, thank you for taking the time to write about your stay at Hotel B&B Porto Centro.
It's probably the most complete and detailed review we ever had. So we thank you for your honest comments which are real contributions towards the improvement of our service.
In a general way, we must say we are very happy your stay with us was so enjoyable and that some minor setbacks didn't spoil your opinion about our hotel and service.
Regarding our room amenities, apart from the fact that you should have had 4 hangers for your clothes, our rooms display two pillows, a plasma screen with 70 channels, an office area with a desk and telephone (with an automatic wake-up call), which we might agree are the hotel basics for a nice stay being at a budget hotel.
However, it is very unusual that you experienced difficulties with AC and wi-fi service and we're deeply sorry for these inconvenients. In fact, Nonius software manages the internet access which has generated a lot of positive feedback from our guests. Probably there has been a specific problem during your stay which we would furthermore like to investigate if you could kindly send us an email with the dates of your stay and room number.
Nevertheless, we are particularly happy for your kind words about our design, our large beautiful courtyard and of course our location/value for money.
We look forward to welcoming you again soon (please let me know by email when do you intend to stay again with us), here or our new hotel in the center of the UNESCO city of Évora (later on this 2013).
Kind regards,
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2013

a modern room with modern amenities - enjoyed the location as walk (approx 10 - 15min) to the waterfront - underground parking was a challenge to enter off the street (cost an extra 7EU a day) but we saw cars being ticketed, 'booted' and towed so cheap peace of mind

breakfast was a cattle call with too many people trying to access the buffet - and more amazing was the coffee machine that dispensed one cup at a time! a pain in the butt when there are 20 people wanting morning coffee - would skip breakfast here and just head across the street

eco hotel thus LED lights which all seemed to be 13 watts - the bedside light useless for night reading as too dim - otherwise, two separate desk areas for spreading junk

there was no toilet paper in the room when we arrived (quickly fixed with phone call to front desk)

easy fast check in and check out - no problems with online booking

would stay here again just skip the breakfast

Room Tip: room 223 overlooks square in front of hotel, has a balcony - did not notice any night noise from the...
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Lisbon, Portugal
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2013

I've been in here twice and i loved it!
The room has good size, clean and confortable.
The location is great. You can reach almost every turistic spots by walking. Near the hotel you also can find the train station, bus stop and subway.
I can't say that the breakfast is bad, but i found it expensive.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Gisela B, Director of Sales at Moov Hotel Porto Centro, responded to this review, 3 June 2013
Dear susy03,
Thank you for your second stay with us. We are always very pleased to learn about your preference. We couldn't agree more that the Hotel’s location is great, within walking distance from all the major highlights!
As you might need to stay again with us, please email me so we can discuss a special rate for your frequent stays.
We also would like to welcome you at our new hotel in the center of the UNESCO city of Évora (opening later on this 2013).
Best regards,
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Somerset, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2013

Great value for money hotel, basic but modern and spotless, great location with bus and tram stops close by. Hotel staff very helpful, this is a no frills hotel but hair dryers are available from reception, we asked for extra pillows and these were delivered to the room straight away, so can't fault. We didn't have the breakfast as we decided to try the many cafes in the area. Overall excellent value for money.

Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Gisela B, Diretor de vendas at Moov Hotel Porto Centro, responded to this review, 3 June 2013
Dear JMC364,
Thank you for your nice review!
You're right: at B&B hotels there is no space for frills! Despite our majestic facade which announces a luxurious and expensive hotel, this is a space based on the econo-chic® B&B concept where comfort and location are privileged, with the best price guaranteed.
We hope that you've enjoyed Oporto and look forward to welcoming you again soon, here or our new hotel in the center of the UNESCO city of Évora (later on this 2013).
Best regards,
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2013 via mobile

I wish all cities had a hotel like this one. They keep it simple to keep costs down (46 euro a night for a double!) The place is spotless, the bathroom is new and modern, and the location is great! Breakfast is an extra 6 euro a person but not a bad value for the convenience. The coffee machine was quite backed up each morning however- a second one would really help ease this constant back up. Not sure why people have such an issue with the lighting in the halls- it's a good way to cut down on energy usage and wasn't a problem for us at all. Overall a great stay!

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Gisela B, Diretor de vendas at Moov Hotel Porto Centro, responded to this review, 3 June 2013
Dear cort99,
I cannot say how much your review made our day today :-)
It is so flattering that we will dare to post it in our Facebook page!
For now, you can visit a lot of European cities as B&B already counts 300 hotels (please email me with your address so I can send you a B&B hotel guide) and in a few months you will also be able to visit the center of the UNESCO city of Évora where we will open a new hotel.
Also thank you for your comment about the coffee machine: we are already arranging for an extra one!
Concerning lighting in the halls, it is in fact related with the cinem theme and of course it is part of our commitment with energy efficiency and cost savings.
So, we look forward to seeing you again in a not too distant future!
Best regards,
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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2013

Everything about this property works for a visit to Porto. The location is convenient to the center of the city, rail, shopping and many of the tourist sites. The rooms are quite comfortable and quiet with comfortable beds. The entire property is very well maintained and spotless. There have been comments about the dark hallways and yes, there is a minimum of lighting which can make finding your way interesting but it is just a unique design feature to reduce the amount of electrical use. The neighborhood is quiet and most of the rooms are on the backside of the house away from the street which has fairly light traffic owing to the emphasis on walkable streets and public transportation. There is a garden and some food service although I didn't not eat at the hotel so I have no idea about the quality but what I did see looked good. I wouldn't hesitate to book here again and at the price this is a great place to stay.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Gisela B, Diretor de vendas at Moov Hotel Porto Centro, responded to this review, 14 May 2013
Dear denverflier,
Thank you very much for posting your comments on TripAdvisor.
We are always very pleased to receive such positive comments.
Thank you for enhancing the design feature of our hallways lighting which really shows our commitment with energy efficiency.
We would be happy to host you again soon, here or in our new hotel in the UNESCO city of Evora (later on this 2013).
Best regards,
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Glenbrook, NSW
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2013

The hotel is located very centrally to sites in old centre.  Hotel is a converted movie theatre and has retained this character in design features and furnishings throughout.  Rooms spotlessly clean and well furnished to a basic level. Included desk writing area.  Public spaces pleasant with garden area.  Staff were very helpful and welcoming although pressed by the number of guests (full house).  Service was great.  Breakfast not included and seemed expensive so we went elsewhere.  Car parking is provided for a reasonable  fee and would be hard to find nearby.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Gisela B, Diretor de vendas at Moov Hotel Porto Centro, responded to this review, 14 May 2013
Dear JED52,
Thank you for your complete review!
It really covers a great number of important attributes which we are proud of. We are particularly happy for your kind words about our central location, design, cleaninless, service staff helpfulness and our best value option for cheap parking.
We're sorry you did not tried our breakfast which offers a varied choice of sweet or savoury items such as bread, croissants, cake, jam and marmalade, corn flakes, jelly, yoghurts, fruit juices, fruit, milk, coffees, tea. etc..
We look forward to seeing you again in a not too distant future and invite you to visit our new hotel in the city center of Évora (later on this 2013).
Kind regards,
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Property: Moov Hotel Porto Centro
Address: Praca da Batalha, 32/34, Porto 4000-101, Portugal (Formerly Hotel B&B Porto Centro)
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Region: Portugal > Northern Portugal > Porto District > Porto
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
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Ranked #18 of 103 Hotels in Porto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Moov Hotel Porto Centro 2*
Number of rooms: 125
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The mythical Cinema Aguia D'Ouro opens doors to a new hotel experience in downtown Oporto. In the emblematic building built in 1839, you will now find a renewed, sophisticated and welcoming space where the spirit of cinema is still alive. With the recovery of the Art Deco facade Moov Hotel Porto Centro (downtown OPorto) restores the soul and spirit of cinema to the inspiring Invicta City with the presence of several visual references. In the heart of the city, the hotel is very well located, near several underground stations which are connected to the Francisco Sa Carneiro airport and by the main accesses to downtown. ... more   less 
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