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Grande Hotel do Porto

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

The ground floor reception rooms were stunning, as was the restaurant, full of old world charm. Our evening meal was not good though and our bill was incorrect and had to be corrected. Breakfast was OK, but I was surprised by the lack of style. Hot drinks served from a machine. The tea was awful! Our room was adequate, clean and tidy, but rather tired. The corridor outside was soulless and from time to time smelt of cigarettes. The location is its main selling point, slap bang in the middle of the main shopping street, close to many tourist attractions and restaurants, though it was quiet and we had a good nights' sleep. It is also not too expensive for a basic room. It suited our needs though, clean, well located and good value. The reception staff were excellent and very helpful.

Staying here felt like being in the film the Grand Budapest Hotel - beautiful, unique, full of character, and totally charming! It is the perfect location for walking the city or using public transportation. The breakfast is an exquisite way to start the day, and drinks at the bar a very memorable way to end it. The staff really went out of their way to make our stay was special, and I didn't want to leave at the end of the week! I'm already trying to plan my next trip back.

I was a bit concerned after reading TA reviews that I would be disappointed in this hotel so arrived with no expectations. I was pleasantly surprised. The rooms and bar of the lobby area were wonderfully opulent, the wifi worked great in our room, the room itself was newly refurbished and comfortable and the staff was wonderful. We were happy with the location too, a short walk from the metro stop after a ride from the airport. I highly recommend this hotel.

We stayed here for a week for our honeymoon. The hotel itself is absolutely stunning and it's right in the middle of rua santa Catarina so you are in a lovely area of Porto. We had room 202 which is right at the front of the hotel(if you look at the front of the hotel, it's the 3 windows of right hand side 3rd level). It was huge, and we had a king size bed, sofa chair and serious wardrobe space!! When we checked in, we said it was our honeymoon and they sent up champagne and chops which was a lovely touch. The staff on reception, bar and restaurant were absolutely delightful and couldn't do enough for you. A special mention to the very lovely man who helped us with our bags when we arrived, sorry I didn't get your name, but you were a wealth of information the whole week we were there. And the manager and young lady on reception, you made our honeymoon perfect!! The food at breakfast was buffet but lots of choice, so you'd never be hungry. And the special buffet meal in the evening was absolutely delicious too!!

This is the second time we have stayed here. It's a great place - right round the corner from the metro, in the heart of one of Porto's smartest streets. The staff are really kind and welcoming, and there are plenty of them too - no waiting around while someone shows up to look after you. There's a lovely bar on the ground floor for afternoon cups of tea or evening drinks. Our room was comfortable and quiet, with an interesting view out over the Bolhao. Not so hyper-luxurious that you feel intimidated, but spotlessly clean and well appointed. Breakfast is a buffet served in the big dining room. It's relaxed - though the hotel is large, you don't feel (as you can in some places) as if you're hemmed in by other breakfasters. The choice is good and if you need to start your day with a pasteis de nata, you're in the right place. And one hidden wonderful thing, a great surprise - one evening we were just so tired we didn't have the energy to go out to search for a restaurant, and we decided to eat at the hotel. As it was the start of December, it was their Christmas buffet - a massive range of cold starters (all the things you see in Portuguese restaurants that you want to try but never quite get around to); soup; two wonderful hot dishes (including a fabulous bacalhao in a cream sauce); and desserts. We were actively encouraged to go back for more of everything - the staff were around to chat and advise. The price included wine - very delicious Douro red (and when we finished the first bottle, the waiter came and opened a second for us ...), mineral water (we could have had other soft drinks too) and coffee. €25 per person. We ate and drank so well, in beautiful surroundings, assisted by really lovely staff. A memorable dinner. We spent a great weekend here. We will be back.

just spent 3 nights here and the hotel itself was lovely - the reception bar and seating area are beautiful to look at - very old fashioned. We didn't pay a lot to stay here and therefore don't expect a lot from the bedrooms. They perhaps need to be updated and then charge more for them, but we felt that they let the hotel down. Breakfast was sufficient and could be very busy at times with not enough seating for everyone. The hotel is situated on one of the busiest pedestrianised streets in Porto so was in a perfect location for shopping, eating out and sightseeing.

Location is great as you are within walking distance to lots of landmarks. The reception looks also very good. But sadly that’s all that is good with this hotel. I was on the third flood in a rather big room. But it seriously needs a paint job. Bathroom was of decent size but lacks storage. While i was there, i could hear loud construction noise until late at night. Corridors at night were barely lit it looks like a ghost town. Wifi was spotty. And hot or cold shower was simply luck... i had to keep adjusting the water temperature at least a dozens times during a shower because water would suddenly turn super hot or super cold. Room was clean though and staffs were good. I was there for 2 nights. In the middle of the first night i got up and started looking at changing hotel. I ended up staying but not sure i would go back. The main dining room was undergoing renovations while i was there so complimentary breakfest was in a rather dull room.

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.

Rua de Santa Catarina, 197 Porto

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Porto Cathedral
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Fitness center

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 a restaurant, free in-room WiFi, and a fitness center. Museum of Port Wine and Casa da Musica are also nearby.


Dining

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. Start your day off with breakfast, available for a fee.


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 help with dry cleaning or laundry, and answer any questions about the area. Additional amenities include free newspapers, a terrace, and laundry facilities.

Room options

Single Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 1

Twin Room

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Suite

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Family Room

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

79% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1453 reviews