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“Good value for money and great location.” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Sao Jose
Ranked #56 of 103 Hotels in Porto
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Good value for money and great location.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2011

The Sao Jose was difficult to find on its one way street, and by the time we found the entrance we had passed the carpark entrance. Paying E15 per day for parking was totally worth it, but don't take a car bigger than a Mini (original) as turning space is very limited.
The room was clean and quaint, although the double bed was a little bit small. The bathroom was modern, clean and the shower worked well. Towels were replaced as required.
The inclusive breakfast was pleasant and catered for a variety of cultural tastes. Lots of bread, cheese, yoghurt and ham. Some cereals with cold milk and a variety of hot and cold drinks.
The best bits about this hotel were the reception staff. They were helpful, friendly and informative. They were competent in a variety of languages and always greeted you with a smile.
Overall, it was perfectly fine for a short city break including a great location for both the city and the Metro.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 Thank JetSetMAM
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Annapolis, Maryland
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18 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2011

This hotel was impressive in many regards. The staff were professional and friendly and spoke good English. The location was convenient to sightseeing in town and also to several local shops and cafes. The room was small and the shower was very small, with no tub. Also, had to park many blocks away.. The mini bar was great and cheap, but had minimal choices. We did have two waters and a beer for only 3.50 euros! Also the breakfast buffet was included in the inexpensive room price and was good, though choices were minimal (mostly bread, some pastry, and ham and cheese). The free wi-fi and ability to purchase quality Port wine on site was an added bonus! I bought one bottle of Port Reserve 10 anos, in a gift box for only 25 euros! I would recommend!

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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank Kawargo
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london
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9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2011

Arrived for one night only. paid 23 euros from airport using a taxi . The. Hotel is in a good locations close to everything you need in Porto . paid a good price ( under 40 euros) fir one night for two people with bfast in a town centre so I cannot complaint . Good bfast people very friendly. Room could do with some TLC but good tv good shower . Came back by metro ( 2 euros each) station is 5 minutes away and takes 30 minutes.

  • Stayed January 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank raymonduk
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Bad Pyrmont, Germany
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284 reviews
117 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2010

To start with: Do not try to use the garage in the hotel if you have a bigger car. We had a BMW 320 and it needed one person at the front and one at the back to navigate the extremely narrow space. There was about an inch on each side. Parking however is difficult in this part of the city as the one way streets are very narrow and hardly a parking space to find.
The rooms were basic but very clean. The breakfast was quite plain, not too much to choose from. The staff is very helpful and friendly. They have free internet service in the lobby.
The area looks a bit run down but so do many streets in Porto. We felt safe because there are bars and restaurants not far from the hotel and many people walking the streets. You can reach the city center by foot and even the Port Wine cellars on the Douro river.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank dasreiseteam
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brussels
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105 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2010

I am not very pleased with the booking of this hotel. Usually I am happy with booking.com but this time I was a bit puzzled by the high rating this hotel was given.
The bathroom was old and not really clean, in the bathtub there were very old anti-slippery stripes very dirty with green-grey spots of dirtyness. The soap was finished and nothing to replace it. There was no shampoo. The bathroom floor was really dirty with dark spots all over the place. The room was old stile but not so bad except for the pillows and the bed that was really hard and made me wake up several times during the night as it was also quite noisy.
The staff of the evening was also not friendly: we have asked to get the breakfast 15 minutes before the opening to be able to reach the airport on time and they said no, without any efforts nor alternative given.
The price is very good but I would not book it again!!

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank valib22
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Busselton, Australia
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13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2010

I booked a family room for myself, my husband, our 12 year old son and Oma for one night stopover. The room was clean and tidy and faced away from the main road so quiet. The location was good, close the metro, which will take you directly to the airport, and close to shops and restaurants. We found the staff pleasant and helpful and had no problem getting a drink in the lounge in the evening. Breakfast was continental, adequate nothing fancy.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank ChrisPaulMikey
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Poulton-le-Fylde,U.K.
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10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2010

My husband and I booked this hotel and paid 8 weeks before we arrived mainly because of the location. When we arrived we were told in very broken English that the hotel was overbooked and we would be staying at another hotel. All our proestations were answered by a shrug of the shoulders. We ended up a half hours walk way from the centre, a hard half hour coming back up very steepe hills. We booked through Booking.com. so be warned!

Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Sicnarf
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Property: Hotel Sao Jose
Address: Rua da Alegria 172, Porto 4000-034, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Northern Portugal > Porto District > Porto
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #56 of 103 Hotels in Porto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Sao Jose 3*
Number of rooms: 43
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