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“Cheap and fairly cheerful”
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Hotel Grande Rio
Ranked #76 of 173 Porto B&B and Inns
Reviewed 7 February 2014

This hotel was a reasonable place to stay in Porto. The location is close to a metro station but a 30 minute walk uphill from the city centre.

The rooms had very thin walls which didn't give good sound insulation.

Breakfast was good and set us up for the day.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank chillcoat
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Reviewed 23 January 2014

The hotel is located close to the metro station, making it easy to get into it and moving during your stay. Friendly and helpful staff. Rooms average size, basically equipped. Not new, but kept clean. The first day we had a problem in the air - not warmed - but the problem has been resolved. We also had a problem with a lack of hot water but it failed to do. Breakfast basic but fresh. As a budget hotel as most worthy of command.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank JPopiel
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Reviewed 21 May 2013

Though our memories of Porto are the warmest ones we disliked the hotel we picked out. There are several weighty arguments for such dislike:
1. The rooms are tiny with no sound insulation (U are aware of what your neighbors engaged with & so do they)
2. The bathrooms are terribly tiny as if constructed for gnomes (when taking a shrink shower water floods there and everywhere)
3. The location is far enough from the main places of interest; more than that the hotel stands upland so getting back was tiresome
4. Wouldn’t call the staff friendly; they behave “authoritatively”, in addition irretrievably damaged the pants sent to their laundry and returned them the last minute before our departure without saying about their negligence (such a farewell present)

The only indisputable good thing in that hotel is breakfast. The price for rooms is moderate, but forking out some + 10-15 Euro one can find far more convenient accommodation.

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank ninkhen
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Reviewed 17 November 2012

Nice budget hotel. Unfortunately it's quite far away form the historic Porto center. You have to use subway. Hotel is quite old, so are the rooms. But they are kept clean. If you've got a car - there's parking available, but it's 100m away. If you're looking for cheap stay and don't expect much it should be your choice.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank hare_otoko
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Reviewed 5 November 2012

Location - Although the hotel is situated slightly out of the main centre of Porto it is still in a convenient location. It is less than a 10 minute walk to the metro station (Faria Guimaraes or Marques which are both on the yellow line). From either of these metro stations it is just a few minutes journey to Trindade Metro station where it is possible to change to any of the other metro lines including the one to the airport. A few minutes further and you arrive at Sao Bento metro station beside the main train station. From here it is only a few minutes walk to the Cathedral and other attractions.

Room - The room was a good size and was very clean. It had air conditioning which was remote controlled. The ensuite was clean but slightly on the small side particularly the shower. At night it was very quiet with no outside noise which made for a good nights sleep. There was free Wi-Fi in the hotel but this was only available in the reception area and not in the room where I was staying.

Breakfast - The breakfast was very good indeed with a good choice. There was cold meat, cheese, a choice of cereal, rolls, muffins, yogurt, juice, tea and coffee. Whilst the breakfast room was quite small there was never any problem getting a table.

Staff - The staff were very friendly and helpful.

Neighbourhood - I walked back to the hotel late at night from the metro station and always felt safe. The surrounding area appears to be mainly residential and thus was quite quiet.

Overall the hotel was great value for money and a lovely place to stay. I would highly recommend it.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled solo
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3  Thank alan_ni
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Reviewed 27 October 2012

My father and I traveled Europe for a month and this hotel had the best breakfast by far. Location was so-so and parking was difficult to say the least. The streets in this neighborhood are very tight. Local transportation is roughly a 8-10 min walk from hotel. The overall location of this hotel was good but not great. Wifi in public areas only which is basically located on the first floor inside a bar. Everytime I was using the wifi I was 1 of 3 people in the bar. Staff was friendly and attentive and I would certainly consider this place of great value considering the huge breakfast they offer you! I would recommend this place to anyone visiting Porto for a few days to visit the Porto cellars and exploring the immediate region!

Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
Thank Caio M
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Reviewed 21 October 2012 via mobile

The location and stuff are great! Staff is very friendly and helpfull. Breakfast is good. First we had a room at the ground floor and the room did a little bit smell like smoke. Later we got a good room at the 2nd floor. There are a few metro stations close and you walk in 10 minutes to the city center. A good value for this price!

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Thank roeldutch
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Additional Information about Hotel Grande Rio

Address: Rua do Bonjardim, 977 | Enter on Rua Santa Helena, 31, Porto 4000-461, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Northern Portugal > Porto District > Porto
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #76 of 173 B&Bs / Inns in Porto
Price Range: £26 - £57 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1 star — Hotel Grande Rio 1*
Number of rooms: 22
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Also Known As:
Residencial Grande Rio Porto

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