We have just returned from a 3 night break in Porto. Having trawled the hotel sites for days, we hit upon the Infante de Sagres Hotel, what a find!
The moment you step through the door, you know you are in a special hotel. Sure it's not one of the well known multi-national homogenised chains, and thank goodness for that. The staff at check in we're friendly and efficient, not too pushy with suggestions of tours etc, but you knew if you needed any help with anything, they were at your service. The lobby is just stunning, fabulous modern chandelier, white seating area with funky cushions, to the right is a charming outdoor seating area, beautiful tiles on the wall and the relaxing sound of water running in the fountain, perfect for a pre dinner gin and tonic, mind you we were the only two availing of this, I think the staff thought we were mad, as they were commenting on how cool the weather was! We could have sat there all night! To the left of the lobby is the most amazing dining room, used for breakfast, I mean how often do you sit under large chandeliers eating eggs and toast? Breakfast choice was good, the usual buffet offering, but very varied and good.
Our room ( we reserved a deluxe) was reminiscent of a Morroccan boudoir, all red walls, gilt chest of drawers, big marble bathroom and nice art work on the walls, even in the bathroom! Sheets were white, clean and crisp and the bed was comfortable, what more could you want? Chocolates and turn down service was a nice touch.
We had reception recommend restaurants for dinner for two of the nights, and we were not disappointed, excellent choices on both nights, though not
cheap when compared to other establishments in the area. Both involved a taxi ride to the outskirts of the city, and the food was great on both occasions. Well done guys at reception, we would never have found them ourselves!
Some reviews say that this is not a 5 Star hotel, and maybe if you compare it to large chains and other countries, it is not. But our stay was amazing, it is certainly a 5 Star in its class of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for something a bit different in the Small & Luxurious category. It was also excellent value for money, approx €150 per night, including breakfast, how bad?
I hope to return again someday, Porto city is lovely and the Infante de Sagres is a gem!
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