I stayed here for two nights while attending a conference down by the river. For me, the location was okay, I needed a taxi every time I went to the conference or returned, but it was only 5-15 minutes a travel, so not a big problem.
The hotel is excellent. It's pretty modern, but still retains a certain European / Portuguese flavor that US chain hotels fail to obtain in foreign cities. I was in a deluxe room on a high floor so the view was wonderful. The room was well appointed, but no outlets for US cords and they did not hold my converter well and kept slipping out. The bathroom was nice with a separate toilet room, tv in the shower, and a shaving kit.
The breakfast was passable, mostly bread and cereals, no fruit or hot food. Since I only drink coffee in the AM it worked for me. The bar was great, with live jazz, stunning views of the city, and fun people.
The real value of this hotel is the staff. I arrived from the airport at 0830 and they had a room ready, so I could shower and get to the conference by 0900. Also, Marina, the concierge, was nothing short of charming and efficient. She helped me changed some flights and recommende Al Baixa Forno for lunch and it did not fail to impress.
The spa is very nice, if you can get access, with many interesting little pools and saunas, although they could be hotter.
Overall, a great hotel, however I consider the Park Hyatt Tokyo to set the standard for 5-star and I would rate this is as a very nice 4-star.
- Also Known As:
- Porto Palacio Congress Hotel And Spa
- Porto Palacio Congress Hotel Porto
- Porto Palacio Congress Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- High-rise Hotel in city center; 5 minutes from Palacio de Cristal Exhibition Center; 10 minutes from Exponor Exhibition Center. ... more less
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