Set on the banks of the Duoro River at the edge of the fascinating city of Porto the Freixo Palace is that - a palace. The public rooms are in the restored palace, the bedrooms are in an equally interesting old mill conversion next door. The palace has been sensitively brought back to life with ceiling paintings, gilded mouldings and decorative wooden flooring, but where things were lost beyond recovery they have not been recreated so you do feel that you are in the original building and not some facsimile.
Bedrooms are spacious, comfortable and well appointed. Ours, on the river side, had wonderful views. The staff could not have been more helpful. Reception were charming and informative, nothing seemed too much trouble. The restaurant was excellent with a table d' hote and a la carte. As we were on half board we should have been restricted to the table d' hote but on the second night they were happy to extend our choices. Dessert came from a large array of goodies in the centre of the dining room to which you helped yourself. Breakfast was also a buffet and of similar variety and quality. There is a riverside terrace which has pleasant gardens, a swimming pool and bar. Between the terrace and the hotel is a public track but this is below the level of the terrace and does not detract from the privacy of the guest rather it helps anchor the hotel into its surroundings. During our stay the shelter from the sum provided a place for elderly men to play cards. As the hotel lies on the south east edge of Porto they do provide a free shuttle into town. As traffic and parking in the city is a nightmare it is worth taking.
Normally in these kind of reviews there is a BUT - not this time. This is an outstanding hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This hotel is situated by Porto's Douro River in a restored 18th-century Baroque building. It offers grand public areas with original architecture. Rooms at Pestana Palacio do Freixo are spacious, air-conditioned and have a separate seating area. Bathrooms include luxury amenities and a hairdryer. Some rooms offer Douro River views. Guests can relax on a sun lounger next to the Palacio Do Freixo's outdoor infinity pool which overlooks the river. The restaurant Palatium serves a daily buffet breakfast cooked with fresh ingredients. Guests can order light snacks at the pool or evening cocktails at the hotel's bar. The hotel is situated 2.5 km from the Dolce Vita Shopping Area and 1 km from Campanha Train Station. Porto Airport is a 20-minute drive away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Palacio Do Freixo Hotel Porto