We highly recommend the Porto Sheraton where we stayed for four nights in late May 2014. This is a truly exceptional hotel. It's architecture is strikingly modern with a full glass-front facade and glass elevators that rapidly take you to your floor. The place is extremely well-maintained and spotlessly clean. We think it is by far the best hotel in Porto. Our room was large as was our bathroom; the room was well furnished. The service and politeness from the front desk staff and the service staff could not be surpassed. The doormen greet you quickly at arrival, unload, your bags, and whisk away your car to the parking garage--all with a smile and a warm welcome. The hotel offers free valet parking. We paid for our stay using only Starwood points--which at 8,000 points per night for a Club floor room and access to the Club lounge was indeed a very generous offer. At that point level, we were offered the choice of having breakfast either in the Club lounge or the main dining room. The latter is by far the wiser choice since the breadth of food offered was amazing--from extensive fresh fruit to your personal omelet fantasy--something that could not be managed in the smaller Club lounge. We also were given free in-room WiFi access. There are two situations which could be improved. First, the in-room WiFi set up on occasion malfunctioned requiring us to shut down internet access and then sign in again. This suggests the system needs to be upgraded. Second, the appetizer offerings during the cocktail hour in the Club lounge were not that enticing. They were no match for the offerings available in some other Sheraton Club lounges, such as at the Frankfurt airport Sheraton or the Salzburg Sheraton.
Admittedly the hotel is not in the center of town. But on our first day we walked to the center of town and the river in about 30-45 minutes. It was a pleasant introduction to the city. The modern areas of Porto are pleasant enough, but the river side area of town is nothing to write home about. Otherwise we took taxis. They are more expensive than in Lisbon but still reasonable. Porto does not offer much in the way of historic monuments. If you want to visit a wine cellar across the river to taste some port, we highly recommend Graham's. It is one very classy, private place. And it seems to fend off the mobs from the tour buses. We also did a drive up the Douro River to check out Portugal's most famous vineyards and thinking we might visit a few wine lodges along the river. Well, the facts are that the Douro does not offer very attractive scenery, and the wine lodges are not set up for ad hoc visitors arriving by car. We decided it was the better part of wisdom not to drive any of those dirt roads leading up to the wineries. Seeing the Douro area we were very happy we did not take the one-week boat cruise up the river and back. It seemed to us that must be one pretty boring touring option.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Step into a world where fine art, design and comfort blend beautifully at the Sheraton Porto Hotel & Spa. Our hotel is a modern wonder of marble, wood, steel, and glass, situated in the heart of Porto. Enjoy the convenience of being only a short walk away from fabulous shopping, art museums and nightlife. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sheraton Porto Hotel And Spa
- Sheraton Porto Hotel Porto
- Porto Sheraton