Located on a quiet, residential street only a few blocks from Andino Mall and Zona T (Zona Rosa) attractions, Hotel Porton offers great (albeit quirky) food and lodging. Completing a renovation, you will find a combination of sumptuous elegance in reception, the salons, bar and dining room finishing touches that are rather tacky.
The entry to the hotel has a grand feeling, with marble reception desk, chandeliers and wall sconces. This is further carried out in a long, cozy salon, decorated with comfortable overstuffed couches and chairs in various groupings, pretty framed art and huge (fake) floral arrangements.
At the far end of the salon, the business center offers two HP computers and a (black and white) HP Laser Printer for guests' use with free internet. On the other side, the salon merges with the dining room ("Le Jardin Perdu") and Olmo's Bar.
The dining room continues the feel of elegance, with double linen-covered tables perfectly set to receive guests in the French manner. The adjoining bar gives the feeling of a cozy upscale English club with wood-paneled walls.
We paid for a suite, a fact which I confirmed on check-in. On the way to the room, I quipped with the bellman, "You're sure this is the best room in the house..." This invited disaster, as we were shown to an ordinary, square room with the King-size bed taking up most of the space.
I collapsed on a chair, saying, "You've got to be kidding! This certainly is no suite!" He called down to reception, apologized for a "mistake" and showed us to a room where at least the bedroom was separated by a wall from the living room.
"If you don't like this, let me show you another." And he proceeded to show us several more "suites," finally ending with a corner room which was the best of the selection.
A step below furnishings of the salon, the living room's facilities include a parson's table work desk, brightly lit by a halogen desk lamp with 3 nicely upholstered (armless) chairs, a modern chrome glass-top coffee table, a nice double sofa (covertible) and a modern leather upholstered folding chair. The room is softened by placing the sofa and coffee table on a Persian area rug.
Next to the entry door is a black granite counter with a coffee maker, microwave, wetbar sink and selections of spirits and snacks offered to guests at astronomical prices. The counter tops warm cherry-wood cabinets housing a mini-fridge.
The bedroom was nicely furnished with a King bed with carved wood headboard topped by finely matted and framed Austrian/German 18th-century architectural prints. The mattress was ultra-hard and no feather pillows were offered. The corner room sported windows on two sides, with roll-down shades and excellent heavy drapes fastened with ties that block out all unwanted light when closed. Although the view was through some trees, it was nothing special.
Truly luxurious, the bathroom is marble throughout, including the floors, walls, double sink and huge, marble-framed mirror. Undersink cabinets match the double bedroom closet and the wetbar cabinets.
On the commode side of the bathroom is a large, glass-doored walk-in shower. On the opposite side, there is a huge fiberglass tub (not Jacuzzi) with hand-held shower head.
Wrapping up the room description, overhead halogen lights in the living room ad bedroom are OK, but way too bright. The alternative is double wall sconces on either side of the bed: one is a general fluorescent lamp emitting an eerie color, the other a flexible spotlight reading lamp. Neither effectively lighting the room. So the choice is ultra-bright overheads or gloomy sconce lighting.
Correspondingly, there is motion-sensor lighting for the hallways comes on as you proceed down the hall. These are super-bright lamps giving everything a harsh, unpalatable look. I imagine the hallways have not yet been fully decorated with pictures and the like and they imparted a cheap look.
Besides this, all of the walls (hallways, guestrooms etc.) are newly painted in high-gloss pale sunflower. Really a Motel-6 appearance.
Breakfasts were included with my reservation. A continental buffet is set up in Olmo's bar, including juices, cheese, viennoiseries (pain au chocolat, croissants, raisin rolls), yogurt, cold cereal varieties and a couple chafing dishes with such things as small pancakes (cold; no syrup).
We took our selections into the posh dining room and sat on a nicely-upholstered sofa to have excellent cafe con leche poured at the table. Eggs are offered al gusto. Regrettably, we had no other opportunity to try the food offered here for other meals. The menu looked interesting, with its French bent and seemed somewhat pricey.
Other amenities: free wireless internet; free off-street parking.
Service was unhesitatingly excellent, as I would expect in a Latin establishment.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally located in the north of the city, at the exclusive area of La Cabrera. Close to the main corporate and financial centers, the most exclusive shopping centers and the best of dinning entertainment and nightlife.Our classic, detailed and refined style, definitely makes every space of the hotel a special place to satisfy the most demanding standards, for both corporate and leisure. Hotel amenities include 1 restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. 1 Bar, fitness center, business center, 1,060 square feet of meeting space. ... more less
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