A most unusual hotel just off the centre of Porto. Easy access to town walking downhill and metro - 100 metres from the hotel (or taxi - not expensive) back.
Set in large gardens with plenty of outside seating, this hotel makes a great base from which to explore Porto. Added to this, there is free on-site parking and a good buffet breakfast served in the old, oak lined dining room. There is also a private chapel on site which the charming owner kindly showed us.
We received a warm welcome at reception and thankfully our two bags were taken up (up being the operative word) to our room in the tower on level 3. A word to those less fit - ask for a garden room if you are unable to climb the stairs - we counted 60 up to our Room 132 which is in the main tower. We understand from a talk with the owner that although they would like to install a lift, this is impossible as the building is 'listed' so they are restricted with changes they are able to make. It did not detract from the charm of the room - slightly on the small side but clean and perfectly comfortable. A large bathroom with the original metal window frames, toiletries and a good hair dryer - all add to the uniqueness of this hotel.
As described, the breakfast is good, with an array of fresh fruit, juice, cereals, scrambled eggs and ham, cheese, sliced tomato etc. An extensive selection of breads, pastries and decent coffee will set you up for the day.
We really liked this hotel and would recommend it highly. We enjoyed Porto immensely and will return and definitely stay here. It's certainly different and a bargain.
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- Castelo De Santa Catarina Porto
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