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“City break in Porto”
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Hotel Sao Jose
Ranked #57 of 109 Hotels in Porto
Cehegin, Spain
Level 6 Contributor
133 reviews
59 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“City break in Porto”
Reviewed 17 February 2012

As earlier reviews once we found it the hotel staff could not have been more friendly. First night we struggled with the air on but the staff were very prompt in sorting that. The hotel is close to a number of s hopping centers where food is available at a reasonable cost to 10pm most nights. Well worth a walk to Porto do Infanta and then walk along the banks of the Duoro towards the centre and the Port Me rchants.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Essex
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Reviewed 27 September 2011

We have just had 3 nights in this Hotel which we found very pleasant. The reception staff were great and nothing was too much for them and they all spoke good english. In the review we did read that all rooms had balcony and mini bars, ours had neither. Upon asking the reception staff they said the web site needed updating. We felt the lounge room, which was lovely, and the bar area could have done with some background music etc but was told the owners would not provide this because of the cost. I think if they did this more people would use the facilities. We used the bar which was 24 hours and run by reception very nice and the lounge area was comfortable. The cost of drinks in the hotel was very good compared to other hotels. In the immediate area we didnt think there was too much to do, no bars etc but we did eventually find some nice restaurants.
The room was clean but small and there was no bath just some sort of shower base but it was adequate for a short stay.
All in all we did like the hotel and we would certainly stay again.

Room Tip: Our room was very quiet and good air conditioning, very noise first thing in a morning though with p...
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 July 2011

A group of us stayed here from 8-10 July in double and triple rooms. Each room was adequately equipped, clean and tidy. We were really pleased with the hotel and found reviews on the third party booking website really helpful. Breakfast was good and there was plenty of it! Thanks to the friendly staff for their help prior to and during our stay. Great hotel, would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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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
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Annapolis, Maryland
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18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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
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london
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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
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Bad Pyrmont, Germany
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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
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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
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Ranked #57 of 109 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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