The front desk always shows her wide smile throughout the process, she even escort us to the concierge and for introduction then to the lift (only experienced this twice before when staying at Marriott properties in Asia with Platinum status).
The hotel decoration is of the 'classic/royal' type, with a very pretty lobby. Got an executive king room overlooking the Av. Aliados street, lovely view!!! Room is spacious, bathroom with a separated shower area, a separated toilet and a bath-tub=) Classy design, fantastic.
Location is utterly perfect for tourist. It's located right in the heart of city centre, walking distance to most if not all of the main tourist spot. Metro station 'Sao Bento' is just around the corner, it's close to 'Aliados' station too. Maybe it's easier to find the hotel if you arrive at Aliados metro station, you could see the hotel once you come out from the exit, but it's further if you compared to 'Sao Bento' station. If you're arriving at 'Sao Bento' station, once you exit from the station, try to spot a tourist information counter which is right at the corner and ask for direction (That's what we did, Porto has very complicated net of streets)
One thing to highlight about this hotel is their concierge. They are the most helpful concierge we have ever met in any hotel across Europe. Besides giving us suggestion of tourist spots with the easiest way to get there, they brief us on each spots one-by-one, history, features etc. Awesome!!! They surely deserve the tips!!!
Breakfast is included in my BRG. Hot dishes and cold cuts have quite a wide variety. Lunch at the hotel is not expensive, for 10euro/person, you could get their meal of the day=) Try it!!! Candle-light dinner is awesome too, there's very few customer in their restaurant for dinner, perfect for couple=)
All in all, it's currently the best hotel which I have ever stayed in Europe. 11/10!!!
Hopefully it helps the others who are planning to stay at this hotel. PM me if you have any question about it=)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- HISTORICAL PALACE AT THE HEART OF THE CITY CENTRE. Located in the heart of the Historical Centre, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO, the InterContinental Porto - Palacio das Cardosas is the result of a careful renovation of a palace dated from the end of the 18th century. The Hotel is located in Oporto’s main city square, the Praça da Liberdade, within walking distance from all the major cultural highlights, trendy shops, bars and restaurants. The hotel comprises 105 spacious rooms and suites, the Astoria Restaurant, Cardosas Bar, meeting and banqueting rooms, as well as a Wellness Centre. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Intercontinental Porto Palacio Das Cardosas Hotel Porto