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.
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 was decent. Nothing exceptional but staff was friendly.
Overall, I had a great stay here - everything was very convenient and price is very good!
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