The Astoria is a beautiful, old hotel on the banks of the Mondego River. The interior is rich, elegant and charming. The staff were extremely helpful at every turn. Breakfast was excellent.
The Astoria is shaped like a wedge. Rooms 209, 309 and 409 are at the tip of the wedge, large, have multiple balconies and views from several angles. If you enjoy taking pictures, request Room 409 as it puts you above many of the obstructions.
Public parking is located directly across the street. Rates are €3 for four hours from 0800 until 1900. You may have to wait 10-15 minutes for a spot to open up. There are men who roam the parking lot pointing out spaces that are becoming open (like you couldn’t see this on your own) expecting a tip. Throw them a Euro if you want, but you are under no obligation to give them anything.
The Astoria is nicely located at the end of Coimbra’s largest pedestrian only street. The famous university is a 10-minute uphill walk, which few will find too strenuous. Arriving at and departing from the hotel by rental car is very easy.
The Astoria is a wonderful hotel that you will enjoy. I highly recommend it.
p.s. If you are like my wife and I, after eight days of eating Portuguese food we were looking for a flavor change. There is a great Italian restaurant right on the river about 300 meters southeast of the hotel.
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- Traditional Hotel overlooking Mondego River in historic university town. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Astoria Hotel Coimbra