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Hotel B&B Porto Centro
Praca da Batalha no. 32/34, Porto 4000-101, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #9 of 89 Hotels in Porto
Singapore, Singapore
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16 hotel reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Great Location & Value!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I stayed for 4 nights - 1st night in a double bed room (306) and then I asked for a room with the view of the main square - so on the 2nd-4th night, I stayed in a bigger twin room (324).

Hotel and Location:
The hotel looks newly restored with a pretty art deco facade. It stands in the middle of a square - with a really pretty blue-and-white tiled church beside it.

The location is unbeatable and absolutely fantastic - every main site in Porto can be covered by foot from this hotel and no transport is needed (which is great for saving transport fares!). You can even get across to the next city Vila de Nova Gaia for wine tasting, where all the port wine producers / warehouses are, by crossing the Luis I bridge, which itself is an attraction and rather scenic to walk across on a sunset evening. The main long shopping street of Rua de Santa Caterina is about 2 mins away on foot just to the right of the hotel, the main road - Rua 31 de Janeiro, which leads to many sightseeing places such as Cais da Ribera waterfront etc is just directly in front of the hotel, and the metro station Balhao, where you will first arrive, is about 5-10mins away (you are not likely to use it again except for arriving and departing).

Very charmingly, the narrow street to the right of the hotel is very local - where you can find some stores and tiny supermarkets where you can get cheap water. Walking further down, you will find the famous Café Santiago where you should definitely try the best francesinha - a huge toast with meat and cheese and egg, drenched with some special sauce and to be accompanied by beer.

3-5mins away on foot, you can also find the famed Cafe Majestic - which is absolutely a must-visit. The art nouveau architecture within and outside the cafe makes it one of the beautiful cafes in the world, and it is here also that Harry Potter was bornt - it was said that JK Rowling had written her first book here.

Price:
The price of 47Euros / night is really value-for-money for the location and the modern, clean and functional rooms. I would consider it one of the cheapest unbeatable rates for a hotel in Europe - given its new, nice, clean, simple but tasteful settings and decor of dark wood panels and black and white photos.

Rooms and facilities:
The rooms are quiet, and they are simply furnished but clean and very functional - with writing desk and chair, hangers and small open wardrobe, TV, and the simple but chic toilet / bathroom. WIFI is free and good.

My only complain is the poor design of the shower place. The small glass panel separating the shower and toilet allows water to splash out from the bath after every shower. The water collects on the toilet floor and does not really dry. The one floor / foot towel provided is not enough - since if you dry the floor with it, the towel remains wet even until the next day. Hence, it was rather annoying stepping into a wet toilet all the time after a shower. Perhaps the hotel could provide more foot towels, or redesign the glass panels or replace them with a sliding door.

Breakfast isn't fantastic and isn't really worth the price. I would rather walk out to the Traveller Cafe nearby or to any of the cafes around to try the different stuff available

Service:
Service was decent. Nothing exceptional but staff was friendly.

Overall, I had a great stay here - everything was very convenient and price is very good!

Room Tip: Ask for room facing the square - you can sometimes enjoy a sunset / nice sunset skies from the windo...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Mariana R, Diretor de vendas at Hotel B&B Porto Centro, responded to this review, October 27, 2014
Dear Slersh,

We much appreciate the nice comments on your stay with us.
We were very pleased to read that we exceeded your expectations with our philosophy: comfort at the best price!

Regarding the shower, we understand your comment and we will try to fix it.

We hope to have the pleasure of your visit very soon, here or in the historic center of Évora, also classified as World Heritage by UNESCO, the Hotel B&B Évora.

Best regards,
Hotel B&B Porto Centro**
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Great location ! Just a few minutes walk from the bus terminal .
The outside of the building - a baroque like style theater building . The inside - a total modern renovation : cozy and inviting .
Obviously the B & B Hotels chain is doing its utmost to create a modern looking ,inexpensive hotel by reducing operation costs : Hence breakfast not included , only 1 pillow per person and a small closet with no doors (though bathroomis spacious},
We stayed 2 nights and decided to have breakfast (self service buffet) in the hotel lovely dining room . Before entering the dining room we were stoped by the front desk receptionist who left other guests in the middle of their checkout process , in order to ask us to pay for our breakfast before entering . Wow . We felt very uncomfortable about the situation : Was it lack of tact or a lack of manpower ? I think the hotel cuts on manpower , because put aside that awkward situation , the hotel staff was very helpfull , polite and friendly .Even the way they ask you to remove your breakfast tray back to the trolly - is polite .
Al in all - we did enjoy our stay : Great location , comfortable room , nice breakfast . friendly staff .
Good choice !

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Room Tip: We tried to move to a room overlooking the square but they were all booked
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Mariana R, Diretor de vendas at Hotel B&B Porto Centro, responded to this review, July 22, 2014
Dear Saul G,

We much appreciate the nice comments on your stay with us. We were very pleased to read that we exceeded your expectations with our philosophy: comfort at the best price!
We hope you understand that B&B Hotel is a budget hotel which only focus on what is essential like comfortable and clean rooms, great location at the best price.
We look foward for your visit very soon, here or in the historic Hotel B&B Évora, also classified as World Heritage by UNESCO.

Best regards,
Hotel B&B Porto Centro**
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I was hesitant reading the reviews and only booked a few nights and I also skipped the breakfast part. I must say after getting there, checking the breakfast and surroundings. I took action and quickly extended for my whole stay. There are homeless people around the corner yes but nothing strange for the city. No three was no iron to borrow but else perfectly placed in the city. Tame the metro from the airport. 35 mins ride and then 7 min walk. Saves you 20 euros.

Room Tip: Ask for a room where you do not hear the construction next door if you want to sleep in.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mariana R, Diretor de vendas at Hotel B&B Porto Centro, responded to this review, October 25, 2014
Dear PeterP-Swe,
We much appreciate the nice comments and we are very glad to know that everything went well during your stay with us.
We hope to have the pleasure of your visit very soon, here or in the historic center of Évora, also classified as World Heritage by UNESCO, at the Hotel B&B Évora**.

Best regards,
Hotel B&B Porto Centro**
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Stayed for two nights in July, great central location. We parked our car for 7 euros a night which was great value. Booked a family room which had two double beds, odd shaped room but spacious enough. Had view onto square and could open the windows fully. As other people mention the double glazing is excellent and blocks out all noise. You can get trams outside, but walking around is easy too. On main shopping street, and there is a mall not far which has a reasonably priced food court with Pizza Hut and a pasta place if you want something to eat quickly. Had breakfast which was ok. Building work going on in old cinema next door but we didn't have any disturbance in our room on the third floor. There is a lot of beggars and homeless people sleeping next door, but they didn't bother us. Porto is a great, atmospheric place to visit and this hotel is a very reasonably priced option which allows you to free up money to enjoy the city and what it has to offer.

Room Tip: Ask for a view onto the square. We had a third floor room, some on the second floor had a balcony.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Mariana R, Diretor de vendas at Hotel B&B Porto Centro, responded to this review, October 25, 2014
Dear GGLH,
We much appreciate the nice comments on your stay with us. We agree that our central location and affordable prices are very distinctive factors of our offer in the city.
We hope to have the pleasure of your visit very soon, here or in the historic center of Évora, also classified as World Heritage by UNESCO, at the Hotel B & B Évora**.

Best regards,
Hotel B&B Porto Centro**
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

One my best bookings. This place is great and was exactly what we were after. The hotel is very modern and functions like a well oiled machine. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Location is central and close to the main Porto train station. Beds are hard, but this would appear to be the norm in Portugal.

Stayed July 2014
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Mariana R, Diretor de vendas at Hotel B&B Porto Centro, responded to this review, October 18, 2014
Dear EuroTravellingOzzies,

We much appreciate the nice comments on your stay with us. We were very pleased to read that we exceeded your expectations with our philosophy: comfort at the best price!

We hope to have the pleasure of your visit very soon, here or in the historic center of Évora, also classified as World Heritage by UNESCO, the Hotel B&B Évora.

Best regards,
Hotel B&B Porto Centro **
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Excellent location right in the city centre, very close to the bus station and convenient for both the Ribeira district and the modern city. Very easy to get to from Bolhão metro station if you're coming from the airport, as you avoid a change and it's still only about a five minute walk to the hotel.

Welcome was excellent, and staff really wanted to go out of their way to help. Rooms are basic, but very well designed and well-sized for the money you're paying. Design makes it look like more of a boutique hotel. This is the look they're going for in the corridors as well, I guess, but the overall look was that it was a bit dingy - needs better lighting I would say. Free wi-fi worked well, but strange that you could only connect one device at a time. Shower was excellent and hot water at all times.

The square where the hotel is located is very pretty with a beautiful church covered in azulejos, but lots of down-and-outs milling around at all hours. We didn't have any problems at all, but felt a little dodgy at times.

Didn't try the breakfast buffet at 5,95€ per person. Try Biscuit on Rua Alexandre Herculano for breakfast (about 2 min away) - huge croissants and good coffee (but nothing fancy) and we ended up paying 3,30€ for two of us!

In all, excellent value for money for the location - we paid 53€/night in high season

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Mariana R, Diretor de vendas at Hotel B&B Porto Centro, responded to this review, October 18, 2014
Dear Josh S,

We are very glad to know that everything went well during your stay with us. We much appreciate the nice comments and your recommendation.We agree that our location and appealing prices are very distinctive factors of our offer in the city.

Regarding the homeless people in the neighborhood, we have met several times with the local authorities to try and solve this situation, but without success.

We hope to have the pleasure of your visit very soon, here or in the historic center of Évora, also classified as World Heritage by UNESCO, the Hotel B&B Évora **.

Best regards,
Hotel B&B Porto Centro **
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The hotel is completely renovated so it is modern, with excellent housekeeping a good location all at an attractive price. (The Hotel B&B chain seems similar to the Ibis chain concept). Our room was on the ground floor, and although we had no view, the room was quite large. The hotel staff was very accommodating; they provided items not found in the rooms: extra towels, hair dryers, etc. Breakfast had a nice variety and was tasty. We especially enjoyed the lovely outdoor patio. Some of the rooms, including ours, had carpeting and it was filthy. (I suspect they are eliminating the in-room carpeting). That was the only real negative that we encountered. Since we were driving, their in-door parking right in the heart of Porto was an amazing bonus. We highly recommend the hotel.

Room Tip: We were told that the ground floor rooms are larger...no views, however.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mariana R, Diretor de vendas at Hotel B&B Porto Centro, responded to this review, October 18, 2014
Dear DesertTravellers23,

We much appreciate the nice comments on your stay with us. We were very pleased to read that we exceeded your expectations with our philosophy: comfort at the best price!

We hope to have the pleasure of your visit very soon, here or in the historic center of Évora, also classified as World Heritage by UNESCO, at the Hotel B & B Évora.

Best regards,
Hotel B&B Porto Centro**
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Address: Praca da Batalha no. 32/34, Porto 4000-101, Portugal
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Location: Portugal > Northern Portugal > Porto District > Porto
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
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Ranked #9 of 89 Hotels in Porto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 125
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B&B Hotels welcome you in the city center of Oporto at Hotel B&B Porto Centro.Despite its majestic facade which announces a luxurious and expensive hotel, this is a space based on the B&B econo-chic® concept where comfort and location are privileged, with the best price guaranteed. Services: Breakfast Buffet & Private ParkingWhether you travel on vacation or on business, B&B Hotels are an economically smart choice. ... more   less 
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