Pros: good location, in downtown historic district. 5 mins from Cathedral, nice town squares, the old Sao Pedro theatre (which has an excellent, and popular, buffet lunch), not far from port (where you can take a pleasant trip on the scheduled catamaran service). Friendly staff. Fairly decent buffet breakfast (on 16th floor, with good views of the port.) Good value for money. (It was about half the price of the Sheraton. The Sheraton looks new and plush, and is in a trendy shopping and restaurant area, but I wanted to stay near the historic centre.)
Cons: the hotel has two parts, the old part and the new part. There is a huge difference between them. I booked an 'executive double' and, from the photos on the hotel website, it looked as if Id booked a new room. Not so. I was given a room in the old part. it was big, but old, cold, and noisy (the hotel is right next to a major and busy road.) I did ask if I could be moved, but the hotel was full. After a couple of nights they found me a room in the new part (at no extra charge: thank you, Bruno). The difference was night and day. The new rooms are just what youd find in somewhere like a Sheraton (though no iron or ironing board, I noticed).
So, a very good hotel IF you stay in one of the new rooms. I suspect you may have to select a 'luxury' room on the website. I wish I had done so originally (it wouldnt have cost much more than the simple 'executive double' I booked.)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Everest Porto Alegre Hotel has a privileged location, is located in the noble area in the Historic Center of the city. A block from the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Theatro São Pedro, Piratini Palace and the Legislative Assembly. Access to the Hotel's main points of arrival in the city is fast and easy. Is only 15 minutes far from Salgado Filho Airport and 10 minutes from the bus station. The apartments have air conditioning, king size bed, cable TV, minibar, digital telephone with voice mail, Internet wi-fi, safe box and hairdryer. ... more less
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