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!
- 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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