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Grande Hotel do Porto

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The hotel is over the top gorgeous!! Our room was like sleeping in a Faberge egg- gorgeous high ceilings, beautiful furniture, super comfy bed and windows that actually open so you can hear the seagulls. The bar is wonderful and the dining room is elegant beyond belief. Breakfast was great, and the staff is the best. There’s no parking, but that’s because the street is for pedestrians only- don’t miss this gem!

I have recently returned from a one night stay at this hotel and I found it to be a pleasant change from the clones of hotel chains I usually frequent. I reached the hotel after catching the train from the airport and hopped off at the Bolhão train station. After a few minutes walk from the station I approached the hotel. As I arrived from a early morning flight I thought I would try my luck to check in early, unfortunately this wasn't possible as no rooms were ready yet. The front desk assistant gave me a map and meticulously marked off some sights and cafes on the map. They also stored my bags in the luggage store and let my family borrow a few umbrellas as it was raining slightly. We were advised to return at 1.30pm so we set off exploring Porto. As this trip was only a transit stop for us to connect to another international flight out of Lisbon the following evening, I hadn't researched much about Porto. My whole family were really surprised by the sights and beauty of the city including the river front and all the old streets. I would highly recommend this city as a weekend break. We returned to the hotel at approximately 4pm for check in. The front desk staff were very friendly and spoke excellent English. As we were a family with young children we booked a family room. After check-in we were given our key and we were escorted to our room. I was quite pleased someone actually wanted to take us to our room which wouldn't normally happen. The room was one of the first rooms on the ground floor. Our luggage was waiting in our room for us. On entering we found it to be newly renovated and large in size for a European 3 star city hotel. It featured a lounge area on the ground floor with sofa bed made up and on the first floor mezzaine level was the main bedroom. Both the downstairs area and main bedroom had TVs. The room was vastly superior to a similar standard you would find in Paris, Barcelona or Rome. The following morning we went to breakfast which was sufficiently stocked for a 3 star hotel. The dining room was very grand and opulent. The photos uploaded don't do the hotel justice as the public areas are well maintained and unique in style with decor from the early 1900's. Overall we had a good short stay and this hotel in particular has prompted me to write a review after a long hiatus from reviewing on Trip Advisor, as it really is quite different from your average 3 star, with old fashioned, careful service and full of the classic charm of a hotel of bygone years, which is a unique find in the world of the large corporate hotel chain.

The public areas of the hotel are late 19 century splendor.The rooms are 3 star hotel not more. The location is excellent- on elegant central lively Rua Catarina where you can shop or admire Portuguese design.It is a perfect spot from which you can walk to the main points of interest. The staff is polite and attentive. Breakfast is a plentiful continental breakfast. The annoying matters are as pointed in previous reviews- the hot water playing cat and dog with you when you only want to have a shower. It is, however, manageable but why ? I told the reception and they said they are planning to solve the problem. A second irritating matter is the Wi Fi system which keeps getting disconnected. These things are annoying but don't let them discourage you from staying there. It's a good place to be. I hope the management will address the issues. In the meantime I withold the 5th star till then.

We stayed here for three nights and were very pleased with our choice of accommodation in Porto. It was about a ten minute walk from the Sao Bento train station where our journey from Lisbon terminated. The hotel is on a major shopping street in Porto but there is no traffic noise as the road is pedestrian only. Walk through the revolving door and you are in a bygone age. The decor is straight from the 1930s on the ground floor and there are some very pleasant seating areas on the way to the restaurant. This room is also stylish and it is a good size too. The breakfast was a tasty buffet although the coffee came from a machine. Our room was quiet and towards the back of the hotel. It was spacious enough for us. The furniture had seen better days but the bed was comfortable enough.

We had a 3 day stay in Porto and found this hotel to be centrally located and ideal for our needs. It was situated close to the Balhao metro station (a short walk downhill)in the main shopping street but once inside you could have been in an English stately home. The reception, lounge areas and small bar area all had couches and chairs or small stools that would have been at home in a Downton sitting room. The walls were adorned with photos of the Duke of Windsor and Mrs Simpson plus other famous faces who had all (apparently) stayed at some point. The hotel is undergoing a refurbishment ( a polite apology notice is in reception) and although some noise was experienced (the room next to ours and the floor above were well underway) and a smell of fresh paint greeted us we were not overly disturbed by the ongoing upgrade. Rooms are small but nicely furnished and clean. The coat hangers appeared too large for the fitted wardrobe and had to be angled so that sliding doors could operate. Bathroom had walk in shower , basin, toilet & hairdryer. Downstairs the large opulent dining room served a modest buffet breakfast...cereal,pastries,rolls, croissants, scrambled eggs, baked beans & cocktail sausages. Tea/Coffee is via a machine which can cause a queue to form especially when it ran out of milk on day one (but was fixed/re-filled). Staff are very polite, very helpful and in keeping with the ambience and decor seem to speak in hushed tones. This hotel is ideal for a relaxing break and after a long day exploring Porto on foot was a quiet oasis to return to and sink into the lounge chair or settee with a coffer or afternoon snifter. Posh I am not but for these 3 days I could pretend to be. Visit...you will not be disappointed and Yes ..you are worth it.

An enjoyable 3 night stay in this beautifully presented hotel with all its grandeur. The Reception area and Breakfast rooms in particular really stand out with their chandeliers and general ambience. Reception staff friendly and speak good English. The room we stayed in was adequate in size though décor was plain in comparison with downstairs, certainly comfortable and not much noise. The view from the back window looked onto what looked like a building site though this wasn't a problem for us. Free Wi-Fi worked fine, in room Tea and Coffee making facilities would have been nice though. Rooms have a safe which is handy. Breakfast was certainly adequate served in the downstairs room from 7.30pm, Coffee from a machine being the only downside. The hotel is centrally situated good for all the sites and a 15mins walk down to the waterfront area of Ribeira. Also Bolhao Metro station is about a 4 mins walk away which is handy if you are travelling on the Metro from the Airport.

Situated along Rua Santa Catarina pedestrian street make the surroundings pleasant for your ears as there is no traffic noise. Only short walk to all major sights in the city and lots of shops around. Majestic Cafe is only one block away. The lounge area is like from Downton Abbey tv-series and you may find yourself hanging around there instead of seeing the sights :) Staff is very helpful. Breakfast is served in the classic style banquet space and classical music accompanies enjoying all the varieties you should expect for morning. Normal rooms and their bathrooms are already a little dated but nothing to complain though, clean and tidy. The rooms on the upper rooms are very quiet and it seems that there are not much families with children visiting which makes the stay restful.

This a lovely hotel full of character and charm. It's location is within walking distance to many restaurants, bars, shopping and many of the cities attractions. The rooms were small but adequate, clean with comfortable beds and the bathroom was fairly large. The room was a little dark with only one window and the walls painted in dark colors. The only real problem was their was not enough outlets for charging phones etc. Breakfast was great. I would recommend staying at this hotel.

This was a rather disappointing stay. The hotel was clean and upto standerd perhaps every way, if it wasnt for the hype and tall-tell. We took basic rooms which was on the ground floor/ floor below lobby level (I think) and that is entirely ok, however the window opened to rows of house right next to it was not nice, specially when you claim this to be a fancy hotel. I would not be back to this over-priced hotel.

A Grande hotel in every sense very old with a lot of character. A great position on main street. Staff were very pleasant and helpful A good buffet breakfast Excellent value for money Hotel 20/25 euros from airport by taxi

Rua de Santa Catarina, 197 Porto

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Porto Cathedral
  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining

Located in Centro / Baixa within a short walk of Porto Cathedral, Grande Hotel do Porto is within a mile (2 km) of other popular sights such as Sandeman Cellars. This 94-room, 3-star hotel welcomes guests with free breakfast, free in-room WiFi, and a fitness center. Located in central Porto, the hotel is also near Museum of Port Wine and Casa da Musica.


Dining

Free buffet breakfast is served each morning from 7 AM to 10:30 AM. Enjoy a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, or relax with a drink at the bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service.


Rooms

All of Grande Hotel do Porto's 94 air-conditioned rooms provide minibars, safes, and desks. Guests can enjoy cable TV and stay connected with free WiFi. Rooms also include hair dryers.


Property features

At Grande Hotel do Porto, guests have access to a fitness center, free WiFi in public areas, and a meeting room. Self parking is offered for EUR 11 per day. The 24-hour front desk has multilingual staff ready to assist with dry cleaning/laundry, luggage storage, and securing valuables. Additional amenities include free newspapers, a terrace, and laundry facilities.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

79.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1479 reviews