There isn't much to commend this hotel to anyone beyond (at least in theory) a great central location, a reasonably attractive lobby and pleasant staff. Ceilings are low in the rooms and our room didn't have much natural light. Breakfast is verging on being awful; all the things you would expect were there but it's of 2 - 3 star standard; the quality of the food is just way below what it should be. And the lobby bar offers a single variety of red wine by the glass; in a City full of wine! WiFi did not work anywhere except the lobby and only then when you repeatedly entered the password. I had the staff on the desk try and sort it and I tried different passwords to no avail. The square outside the hotel has some odd characters milling around; it doesn't feel dangerous, it reminded me slightly of a large train or bus station atmosphere; I was asked for money near the hotel on several occasions over two days. Finally, the hotel was busy with coach tour groups giving the lobby a budget feel a lot of the time, not to mention long lines at the front desk. My advice to you about Porto is this: Porto is not a big City (at least the bits you want to see in a long weekend) and the entire old City is very walkable from just about any other part of it. Don't obsess about location and chose this hotel only on that basis; we didn't see any inconveniently located hotels.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover the hotel Mercure Porto Centro. This 4 star hotel is located in the city centre, in the historic heart of Porto, beside the Sao Joao Theatre. Just 17 km away from the international airport, the hotel is within easy reach of several forms of transport. The hotel has been fully refurbished and decorated with an understated theatrical theme. Book a room for your business or leisure trip. Visit Ribeira, Clerigos Tower and the famous Majestic Cafe in Santa Catarina street. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mercure Porto Centro Hotel Porto
- Accor Porto Centro