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“Great Location and Great Staff” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Carris Porto Ribeira
Ranked #28 of 103 Hotels in Porto
Certificate of Excellence
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50 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Great Location and Great Staff”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2013

The hotel is great in appearance, in a great location, and the staff really do all they can for you as well. Everything is new and clean. I had one of the suites, but was not totally happy overall. I greatly prefer that amenities are very functional and comfortable to use, not only good looking.

Things that bothered me:

1) I was not told that my suite would be a loft. I despise lofts. There is a long and possibly dangerous staircase to go up. Basically, lots of up and down if you want to make any use of your so-called suite.

2) View from the loft window was indeed good. The balcony, however, is on the lower floor, and is unusable. Apart from all the seagull droppings, there is roaring traffic all day long, and nearby construction, which of course is not the hotel's fault. All there is to see from the balcony is constant traffic, and working men hanging out and talking in front of the hotel at all hours.

3) Internet works fine, but the new ID and password that you have to get every day is a pain in the butt.

4) There is no desk or chair, which is my preferred way of using my laptop. You have to share a ledge with the coffee and tea making facilities, and sit on an automan that is too low.

5) Closet and safe are under the steel stairs.

6) Shower and bathroom floor are incredibly slippery. I was almost scared when having a shower. The floor is the only place to put soap or shampoo when you are in the shower.

In a nutshell, the hotel looks great, and the staff is great, but because of the above mentioned drawbacks, I cannot give the hotel a top rating. However, based on some other people that I talked to, you could very likely do far worse in Porto.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2013

We stayed in Suite 402 and couldn't have asked for a better room or view. We had two balconies -- one overlooking the center of town and the other overlooking the river. We just didn't want to leave our room! My parents were with us and stayed in a typical guest room, where the bed was just about the size of the entire room. For 20 euro more, we got more than double the space and a priceless view. Staff beyond friendly and breakfast was amazing.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Edina, Minnesota
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12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2013

This is a prime location, and therefore it is a hive of activity. We have been told that rooms on the
Douro side of this property are quieter, which is telling, since those rooms overlook a pedestrian river promenade with lots of foot traffic, cafes, etc. The noise on the street side seems to ricochet
between the buildings.With the balcony doors closed however, the noise is greatly reduced.

Our room was very clean but also quite small.The bed was very comfortable and the decor contemporary. Welcomed with small bottle of port wine.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Therese K
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San Diego, California
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83 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2013

Pleasant and soothing ambiance, new hotel in an old building, beautifully designed and decorated. Great location, a block from the river. We parked our car and walked or took public transportation everywhere. Exceptional staff and service. It seems like the differences in ratings come mostly from the individual rooms, size and sound. We had a good sized superior room (not a suite) that faced the river. We were on the first floor and couldn't see the river, but looked out on to rooftops which was fine with us and made it quiet. They must have many different room configurations. WiFi worked fine in the room and there were plenty of outlets. We did have breakfast at the hotel one morning and it was lovely. Being from the US we love our endless cups of coffee and had to keep asking for refills of our coffee pot. The Portuguese can make a tiny espresso last a long time so everywhere we went I think the "cafe Americano" seemed strange - no refills offered. One thing I missed was any kind of coffee/tea service in the room since I love to have coffee in my room in the am and herbal tea in the afternoon or evening before bed.
The only negative for me was the parking and getting our luggage in and out of the car on a very busy street. The hotel is on a busy corner and the only parking is a city garage. It is close to the hotel and the hotel did give us a discount. The staff also were very helpful with our luggage. So it isn't a criticism of the hotel as much as the location.

Room Tip: Facing the river for less noise since the hotel is on a busy street.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank LynnandLee
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Denver, Colorado
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2013

This hotel is in a terrific location in Porto, with easy access to the lively waterfront. The best aspect of the hotel was the concierge who was helpful in planning a Duoro cruise as well as a private local tour. The driver / tour guide affiliated with the hotel was excellent.
We did not eat dinner in the restaurant nor have breakfast there , something I regret.
We had the junior suite. Very nicely appointed but the ceiling became abruptly low and I kept bumping my head. Tall or clumsy folks are advised not to book the junior suite but a large lower floor room. The bathrooms are better in the regular room than the suite - ours had only a shower and was cramped.
All in all very nice, good value but not a superb property.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Ted666666
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London
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66 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2013 via mobile

This hotel is in a brilliant location. The hotel is very modern and clean. The rooms are a little small. The front desk staff are excellent. Great value for money and the breakfast was great. If you want to be in the best location in Porto than this is the hotel

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bergen, Norway
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7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2013

The hotel is located in a very old building, very well restored to a first class hotel, but still maintaining the old walls and layout. Staff was efficient. Small bar area. Nice breakfast with an excellent choice of hot and cold dishes. Room was elegant and well furnished with an excellent bed. If I ever go back to Porto, this is my frost choice .

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Carris Porto Ribeira

Property: Carris Porto Ribeira
Address: Rua Infante Dom Henrique 1, Porto 4050-297, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Northern Portugal > Porto District > Porto
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #28 of 103 Hotels in Porto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Carris Porto Ribeira 4*
Number of rooms: 90
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