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“quiet, upscale in the heart of Porto” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Teatro Porto
Ranked #20 of 103 Hotels in Porto
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Hartford, Connecticut
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6 reviews
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“quiet, upscale in the heart of Porto”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2012

Very nice, trendy hotel in the busy heart of the city. You can walk 1-2 miles in every direction and find all kinds of interesting things to learn & entertain. The staff was possibly the best we've come across, flawless English at all times, and always ready with suggestions and tips to make sure our 3 days were filled. The rooms were spotless, the completely glass walled shower & toilet rooms had to be! the soundproof rooms & windows were amazing, very easy to sleep in such a busy city area. Breakfast was great with plenty to choose from, the fresh fruit was fabulous. the one complaint was the evening bar maid, she was unable to handle our simple drink order when it was only the 2 of us in the lounge. on the 2nd night when there were 3-4 other patrons in the lounge, the wait for a glass of port was over 20 minutes, and then another 20 minutes to get the tab before we could leave. She was completely inept, we didn't return on the 3 night.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Pendleton, South Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2012

Hotel Teatro is a lovely modern hotel in an excellent location. Our room was stylish and nicely decorated but very poorly lighted and inefficient. The bathroom was accessed via a transparent curtain that provided no privacy. The shower was very nice and the sink was quite beautiful. But, there was absolutely no place to put any toiletries except for the built-in shelves on the totally opposite end of the room. The lighting was terrible and the mirror was set back so far that doing your hair and makeup was almost impossible.

Doesn't seem like the hotel designer understood the "form follows function" concept!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2012

A very centrally-located stylish hotel near Sao Bento station. It's within easy walking distance of all the main sights, the town square and Se Cathedral/Clerigos Tower. Great buffet breakfast with champagne. Lovely bar area with a good range of drinks (try the local ports and vinho verde). Only issues were that frequently one of the lifts was out of operation, the "fitness room" only has one cross trainer and one stationery bike (no treadmill even though there is clearly space for one) and the shower room leaked into the middle of the floor because there was no way of sealing the bottom of the door. Perhaps this isn't an issue in the better rooms, but we were reduced to using a number of towels to mop the floor every time we used it. Also, the sliding door situation meant a lack of bathroom privacy and some dicey situations nearly walking into doors in the night. It's a great hotel though, one of the Design hotels chain, and worth going for the experience of being in and old theatre,

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2012

Upon entrance the hotel was very dimly lit and you almost feel a little bit disorientated. The front desk staff were polite and efficient. Our first room was tiny and all that separated the room from the toilet was a brown curtain that you could see through straight to the toilet ....little awkward and uncomfortable if you ask me!!Very little privacy!..The staff were very kind and quickly moved us to another room. The rooms are very average. SMALL and with very poor lighting...Putting on make-up was a challenge in itself..The room was sparse and minimalistic and the bed was rather uncomfortable and hard. Location of hotel was rather good though and parking was cheap at 10 euros a night but the car park itself was awful...tight, narrow and awkward and we scratched our car while trying to press the bell the exit the carpak..BEWARE of this!!

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Greenwich, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2012

“This is definitely a hotel you have to experience. From the moment you walk in you really feel like you’re at the theater — the keys are even tickets! The rooms are sleekly designed and bed was big and comfortable, just what we needed after spending the day exploring Porto. The location is key — right in the middle of the city.”

Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2012

Spent a weekend in Porto after rescheduling the trip twice. Got in quite late and checked in at Teatro, where we were invited to have a glass of port on welcome. NIce start. The hotel is extremely dark, but it works. The room was very modern, and the bathroom was VERY modern, and had a unique setup of where the old claw foot tub was used as a standing shower. Only problem was the water had nowhere to drain if splashed outside the tub?? The hotel staff was befuddled as well. The breakfast was excellent, and the lounges where you could hang in hotel were comfortable, with old leather chairs. Location was great, only a couple of steps off the main boulevard. The old town area of Porto is quite easy to get around, albeit a bit hilly, bud manageable. I'd stay there again.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2012

Overall this is quite a nice hotel but it is problematic. We were impressed by the reviews and, having stayed at design hotels all over the world, thought that we would give it a try. In truth there are good and bad aspects to it but eventually the themed design drove us to distraction. The “theme” is the darkened lighting of the demolished theatre that used to occupy the site. Throughout the hotel they have adopted very low lighting and the colour brown. It gives a modern arty feel, but the novelty can wear off and it certainly did with us.

Convenience-wise the hotel is centrally located and handy for tour buses, trains, taxis etc. I would say ideal for business or pleasure.

The staff are generally very good and it is fairly professionally run. They seem to speak English very well but should perhaps listen a little more. They should also ensure that your room is available before 3.15 in the afternoon.

The bar/lounge area is really good (even if you are not staying here it is worth a visit to chill out in comfort away from the gray stone streets of Porto) but perhaps a little understaffed at times as the single barman has to service the restaurant as well as the bar.

Similarly in the morning having one (albeit extremely helpful) person servicing all of the breakfast diners became a slight problem at peak periods. Having somebody dedicated to greet you and show you to a table would be nice rather than having one person to do it all. Perhaps they could have one of those ladies with a torch who used to show you to your seat in the cinema, it would be in keeping with the theme.The breakfast itself was OK but not great.

The darkened theatre theme, however, can become quite irritating. If you are considering an overnight stay or perhaps two nights, business or leisure, I would be happy to recommend this hotel. However, we booked for four nights and for us the minor inconveniences added up and became very annoying.

Let me start with the room - or Junior Suite as it was called. It was a tad smaller than I expected for a room with "suite" in the title but that problem is not unique to this hotel. I think that in this case they justify using that word by dividing up the room between the bed part and the seating part by means of a dark glass panel about four feet wide in the middle of the room. Because the room was narrow this precluded some badly needed light from the remainder of the room (i.e from the bedroom area). Much depends on the weather – if it is a bright morning then the room is not so gloomy but if it is overcast then it can be quite dim. Obviously the problem is much greater should you be sufficiently eccentric to wish to use your room at night. As the theme throughout the hotel is gloomy-theatre-lighting you may find that you have very little light in the area where you sleep, read, dress, unpack etc. “What is the problem?” I hear you say, “simply turn up the lighting and get on with your life”. Unfortunately it was not as simple as that, because turning on ALL of the lights still gave insufficient light and there are no dimmer switches to turn it up. As an example the wardrobe was an unknown area of darkness to us, you put things in there but seeing them afterwards was a problem as there was no lighting in that particular area. Put plainly, sometimes you simply want more light in order to do something very ordinary but it is denied to you by the design police. Four days of it drove us nuts.

As we were staying for four nights we decided to unpack our cases. Reasonable enough you might say – but WRONG! For storage there is the abovementioned darkened alcove with a rail and a brown curtain which acts as a wardrobe, but within it there are no shelves suitable for shirts, underwear, socks etc. unless you use the low one under the safe which is impracticable. Simple you may say, put them in the drawers. Sadly there are none, not one drawer or appropriate shelf in which to put your clothing in the entire 200-euros-a-night “suite”. It is the only hotel of any quality that I have come across where they do not expect you to unpack items of clothing into a set of drawers or shelves. We spent four days living out of suitcases which had to be accessed every time we wanted to change our underwear or whatever. This may sound trivial but it really does get irritating after a while.

There are further frustrations in the designer bathroom (e.g. the clear glass panel separating the shower from the toilet) but the key one I will mention is the most serious one of safety. The hotel is very darkly lit, even the corridors are gloomy. On returning to our room each evening we had to enter the room in the dark in order to insert the card which permits the lights to operate - again this is not unusual in a hotel although most other hotels have appropriate light in the corridors which assist the process. However one night we returned to discover the hard way that the bathroom’s large designer glass panel door, adjacent to the card slot, had been closed by the maid or whoever whilst we were out, and I crashed into it heavily in the near total darkness. I consider this to be a very important issue and hope that the management take note of it. I do not know if this large sheet of glass is breakable or what the consequences could have been had it broken. In any event one could easily be injured by the edge of the glass. The batting order (imho) should always be (1) Safety, (2) Functionality, (3) Style.

You may ask if we mentioned any of this to the hotel reception and I am ashamed to say that we gave it a try on day one and then gave up. We were asked how we found our room (it was tempting to say that we found it by carrying a torch) but the only problem we mentioned was the lack of drawers for our cloths. Perhaps the chap didn’t understand or did not think it important, but all we received was the Portuguese equivalent of a Gallic shrug. I guess we figured that they were in any event unlikely to have any better rooms or indeed a spare set of drawers and so to pursue the matter further was futile. It really seemed pointless to continue the conversation as we were in Porto to relax and not to advise hotels on their design failings.
To state the obvious a single hotel cannot cater for everybody’s tastes. I realise that there are different behaviours and different cultures when it comes to one’s small habits (reading in bed, putting cloths in drawers, showering without watching somebody else go to the toilet etc, etc). Perhaps some young people and some nationalities do not, for example, feel the need to change every day. I can only imagine that the designer falls into one of these categories or was aiming at a particular market.

Most of the other guests seemed to be French.

Room Tip: Tip Don’t pay Euros 200 for a Junior Suite. You should be able to get a better deal than that – if t...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Hotel Teatro Porto
Address: Rua Sa da Bandeira, Porto 4000-427, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Northern Portugal > Porto District > Porto
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #20 of 103 Hotels in Porto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Teatro Porto 4*
Number of rooms: 74
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Teatro arose from the spot where the Baquet Theatre was inaugurated in 1859. A hundred and fifty-one years later, the unique, refined and bohemian environment of the Theatre has been revived here in a hotel. The Reception represents a box office, where each guest receives a ticket to access their room. The Restaurant and Bar have become the new Palco and Plateia, offering creations for a discerning palate. The inner courtyard is a versatile garden or a quiet and secluded haven from the tumult of the city. The 74 comfortable rooms and suites are colored in gold and bronze, and the gym on the top floor transforms the Hotel into a true arena for action and relaxation. ... more   less 
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