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Pensao Cristal
Ranked #75 of 150 Porto B&B and Inns
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 27 October 2012

First, as the other reviews have mentioned, the restaurant/bar downstairs is very noisy until as late as 4:30 to 5:00 in the morning. Also, the rooms are tiny. They make similarly priced Tokyo hotel rooms seem large by comparison. The staff, however, is friendly and helpful enough, and the location is good for seeing the various parts of town. For the price it is a good place to stay - nice restaurants near by - but you need to be able sleep through the noise and deal with the size of the rooms.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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Quebec City, Canada
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Reviewed 6 August 2012

Location : very central, ideal to discover several neighborhoods walking (5 min from the Sao Bento station, train - metro ).
Room : Relatively small (for our at least) but functional (AC) and clean.
Staff : Pleasant, multilingual and very nice owner.
Price : Low for the season (July) and includes breakfast as well as wireless internet (not always great in the rooms).

Favorite: Complete (and varied) breakfast as well as the service.

Inconvenience: THE NOISE AT NIGHT. I hate to say it because I feel this does not do justice to the work the employees and the devoted owners but the central location of the pension is a benefit as well as a negative point : the sound of the bars in the street (just below the hotel) is audible in the rooms all night. Earplugs are ESSENTIAL , especially Fridays and Saturdays.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Porto
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Reviewed 26 July 2012

the hotel is situated above a winebar, and they had extremely load music every (weekend) night. We did not sleep at all during the two nights. The hotel management did not help at all. They blamed the neighbour and told us to complain in the bar next door. Rooms and breakfast were poor to average. Apart from the location, I would not recommend this hotel to anyone!!! Absolute no value for money.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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adelaide
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Reviewed 10 June 2012

What a charming place. Loved my room. It was fairly spacious, as was the bathroom, and the decor was lovely. The staff were very helpful. The only criticism I have is regarding the fact that each time you leave the hotel you must leave your room key at the reception desk and then collect it again when you return. Because of this I felt a little as though my comings and goings were being monitered which was rather annoying.. but I am sure there was a valid reason for this regardless. All in all, I highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled solo
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Amsterdam
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 727 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 May 2012

My husband and I traveled by plane up to Porto, car rental was already arranged before hand. Rent a car agent fetched us up and so was given a car, we have to travel up to Galicia and back to Porto. On our 8 day trip from Porto-Galicia-Porto this was the first stop.

Overnight stay in this B&B was a nice choice. It is close to the famous landmark Torre de los Cleriegos so no reason to be lost. The desk officer was very helpful giving tips on which place we will dinner yet i insisted it should be by the river Douro.

The room is small and fresh and clean sheets are provided. Elevator gave us easy access to go up and down. I love this place, though breakfast if simple.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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El Sobrante
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

Nice place, small room, good location. noisy at night (weekend), price seemed fitting. Our room was small, clean, with a balcony facing the street. The Pensao is convenient to the train station, metro and buses, and felt safe to walk at night. While we enjoyed hearing the evening tango music or the piano played from the downstairs restaurant-bar at first, it continued until very late. One night the bass seemed to pound the same beat over and over, and our ear plugs only dimmed the sound. Staff were courteous, breakfast basic with varied breads. One of the shower doors was cracked and hard to pull closed. Despite the noise and size, we liked this place and found these qualities part of the charm of the Pensao, of this area of Porto, and of traveling and staying in different accomodations.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Pensao Cristal

Property: Pensao Cristal
Address: Galeria de Paris 48, Porto 4050-284, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Northern Portugal > Porto District > Porto
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #75 of 150 B&Bs / Inns in Porto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Pensao Cristal 3*
Number of rooms: 28
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