Grande Hotel do Porto3.0 out of 5.0
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This hotel is wonderfully situated in a pedestrian precinct shopping area in the centre of Porto, with always a great buzz whenever you stepped outside. It is within yards of the famous Majestic Cafe. Reception staff were helpful enough when checking us in, but totally ignored us as we came and went for the next seven nights. The Dining room where we took breakfast, was large, traditionally decorated and could only be described as awesome . It is a large room, got busy at peak times, and seemed to lack any management by staff, and guests were seen arriving and having to choose a used table and scrounge around for the means to set it for themselves. Lunch and dinner is also served in this awesome dining room, but at no time during a weeks residency did anyone try to sell it to us. We did look at the menu but did not dine in. The room we were allocated, was looking out to the rear of the premises and had no view whatsoever. It had single beds, although we don't remember asking for single beds, but just accepted the situation late in the evening. Room needs redecorating from the horrible brown colour which prevailed everywhere. Beds were ok but the pillows were horribly soft and impracticable. The bathroom, like the room, was small and the over the bath shower had a mind of its own and bl;ew hot and cold most of the time. Some mornings we struggled to get warm, let alone hot water. As I write this review I wonder what I liked about this hotel, but its great location and traditional public areas were worth seeing and therefore I place it as average, otherwise it might have been less.
We just accidentally passed by and dropped in for their lunch buffet. For a 16 euro, you can relax in a beautiful restaurant and take a break from your shopping walk. The food choice may not be plenty but is sufficient. The food is good and the service is excellent. The deco of the hotel reflexes its glory in the past. The location is in the centre of the shopping area and we will try to stay in this hotel next time we are in Porto.
This hotel ticks all the boxes. Great location, great service, great breakfast buffet, hotel will lots of character. Rooms are small but have high ceilings with character. The main rooms of the hotel are very grand. Would definitely return to The Grande Hotel Do Porto.
My husband and I stayed in Room 209 as part of a tour group. As others have mentioned the location is excellent. Rua de Santa Catarina is a main shopping/walking street with no vehicle traffic in the evening and probably not the afternoon. It close to good restaurants, the market and within walking distance of many tourist sights. The public spaces were beautiful, the lobby was small but more than adequate. The stairs to the first floor rooms was grand with beautiful carpet. The hallway on the first floor had wallpaper on the top, paint below with occasional pictures on the wall. The hallway on the second floor is wide, painted dark brown and white, with no pictures on the walls. Our room was painted with the same color scheme giving it a very dark appearance with inadequate lighting in the room. Our room with one double bed was quite small, with less than 18 inches between the end of the bed and the desk/closet area. There was one desk chair which we had to move to the corner of the room so we could walk by the desk and was helpful to place a suitcase on the "desk" chair. There was no other chair in the room. No pictures on the wall in the room. No mirror except the bathroom mirror, no kleenex, no face cloth and closet was very small. There was a safe in the room. There is no business center to print boarding passes. Our tour guide instructed us to check in for our flights, then email our boarding passes to the hotel and the front desk staff then printed the boarding passes and charged us ten cents per page. Linens were adequate. We had some difficulty getting the room cool enough to sleep well at night. There was no, and I repeat NO hot water for showers or even washing one's face when we awoke the first morning. This was not only our room but the experience of several of our tour group members. This was reported to the front desk staff but no explanation was ever provided. And, there was orange mold on the tiles in a portion of the shower! As others have mentioned, breakfast buffet was adequate, better than some, but with fewer choices than expected for a hotel which at first glance appears to be of higher caliber. The view from the room was of a mixed, urban area. There is much construction at this time in Porto. We did not turn on the television. We did use the wi-fi in our room. Did not use the exercise room on the roof. Visited the roof-top terrace after dark one evening. There were some lights but they were not turned on so space was rather dark and uninviting. The terrace appeared to be a place for smoking. The front desk staff did arrange a taxi for four of us for the trip to the airport. Taxi arrived on time with a very pleasant driver.
gorgeous 0th floor. incredibly accommodating staff. rooftop terrace. be advised that the suite we had had two levels. we also had a romantic package for which they brought sparkling wine and chocolates within five minutes of checking into our room. great location.
We stayed here on a 3 night break, and whilst the hotel is brilliantly situated the rooms do have a few flaws. We were in room 202 a large room at front of hotel. It has evidently been upgraded but there are a few things missing - a mirror in actual room, the only mirror is in bathroom very annoying. The wifi is non existent in room as is the TV signal. You have to come downstairs to use wifi. Breakfast is Ok and the dining area is wonderful to look at - would have expected more choice from a hotel of this standing. Staff are helpful especially on reception and speak excellent English. It's a shame that the small attention to details are missing from this once grand hotel.
The lobby looks good but the sitting area looks very grand. It is about 5 minutes walk to Bulao metro station that goes direct to Airport (€2.50) or taxi (€25). It is about 15 minutes walk to Sao Bento station which is good for day-trip to Guimaraes. It is close to many restaurants & shopping. Good selections of buffet breakfast in D.Pedro II restaurant which looks very grand with chandeliers. We had a room in basement but due to sloping area it appears to be 2 floors above ground. View from our window wasn't pretty but it was a quiet side road. We were given option to swap room but we decided for the quietness. Room was modern, spacious, clean and comfortable. There were 2 choices of pillows in the room - proud fluffy ones which my husband likes and thinner ones that I like. Great friendly helpful service. I would recommend this hotel & would go back again.
A hidden gem amongst the shops, cafes. A welcoming reception area with a delightful lounge. The breakfast room was excellent as was the buffet breakfast. The staff were pleasant and helpful. Our room was clean and tidy. 10 minute walk to the River, trams and bus tours.
This is a wonderful place to stay, partly because there is no vehiular traffic, but you can make a drop off at the front door and there is parking on a nearby garage. The promenade makes for lots of cafes and purchases and the Majestic cafe is a block away. Ask for a room above lobby...not in the basement. Dining room serves very good buffet breakfasts and dinners.
A few weeks ago, I was with my husband in Porto, Portugal. During our stay we visited lots of different bars and restaurants and today I would like to tell you about our dinner at the Grande Hotel’s D. Pedro II Restaurant. Location: Grande Hotel do Porto is located on a famous shopping street- Rua de Santa Catarina. The restaurant is located at the quiet area of the hotel-away from all the hustle and bustle of the main street. Atmosphere: The D. Pedro II Restaurant offers its dinner a space where guests cross daily with local clients and passing tourists that when strolling by Santa Catarina Street can’t resist the temptation to come inside The hotel has an exclusive décor and some beautiful pieces of art are visible throughout the communal areas. Many famous guests have stayed in this property. The restaurant is named after D. Pedro II – the former emperor of Brazil, who found refuge here during the fall of the Monarchy in that country. At the time, the royal entourage took up the entire first floor of the Hotel and stayed here for a while. The menu: Antonio-our waiter brought us our menus in no time and that’s when we discovered that the restaurant offers a great selection of dishes. Both myself and my husband are a massive foodies so we were looking forward to our meal. To start with, we received a complimentary amouse brioche – a glass with some smoked haddock. I then ordered a stuffed Portobello mushroom with truffle and vegetables cream and quail egg. It was really tasty. My husband ordered some smoked ham cantelloni with arugula in pesto sauce, gratinated brie croutons with honey. He enjoyed it and finished it in no time. For our mains we both decided to have a fish. I ordered some bream fillet with olive cream and roasted peppers composition. It was mouth watering! My husband had some braised salmon with bread crust and chard sautéed in garlic sauce. Not only his main was presented nicely, it tasted even better. Dessert is always my favorite part of any meal and I had some beautiful creamy coconut cake and fruit composition. It was delicious! My husband ordered a cheese board with a nice selection of cheeses and finish his meal with a glass of traditional port. Overall experience: We both had a nice time at the D. Pedro II Restaurant. The restaurant serves tasty food and offers a great, friendly service. It is also very conveniently located so I would definitely visit it again
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