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InterContinental Porto - Palacio das Cardosas
Ranked #1 of 108 Hotels in Porto
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 13, 2013

What a lovely city is Porto and staying at intercontinental made it even nicer.coming into the hotel what a wonderful smell.we even bought this bottle with scent to take back home.hotel is very well located.concierge services very helpful and attentive directing us to all interesting sites.large spacious rooms and bathrooms.free wifi and such a comfortable bed!
Breakfast had a delicious variety.opening everyday the window we saw sunshine and decorated for Christmas view of the square
Will recommend and come back myself

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with friends
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FrancelinaAmaral, Director of Operations at InterContinental Porto - Palacio das Cardosas, responded to this reviewResponded December 15, 2013

Dear Mrs ilana2207,

We would like to thank you for choosing the InterContiental Porto Palacio das Cardosas during your recent stay in Porto.

We are pleased to acknowledge you had a wonderful stay and brought home a little scent of our Hotel, so you can remember your experience in Porto city.

Thank you for recommending our Hotel and we are expecting to see you in a near future once again.

Kind Regards,

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Reviewed December 12, 2013

Impeccable hotel, great service and helpful staff. A real grand hotel, everything modern, however more classic interior. I might prefer lighter colours, however, that's a matter of taste. I'll come back when I going to visit Porto again.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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FrancelinaAmaral, Director of Operations at InterContinental Porto - Palacio das Cardosas, responded to this reviewResponded December 15, 2013

Dear Mr/Mrs Value4Price-Seek,

Thank you for taking the time to review your stay and for your kind words.

The InterContinental brand it’s a classic style Hotel, the guests will know what to expect in any InterContinental Hotel.

We are looking forward to receive you once again in our Hotel.

Best Regards,

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Reviewed December 9, 2013

Excellent checkin process with Port included. Concierge very good at directing us to all the interesting sites. They recommended O Paparico Restaurant which was excellent and even had the owner of the restaurant meet us at the door when we arrived. Hotel is well located. Next to the train station, metro, and bus lines. Easy walking distance to the Bridge to get to the gondolas taking us to all the Port Houses on the other side of the Douro River. Large rooms, free WIFI, and great views of the square in front of this fabulous hotel.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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FrancelinaAmaral, Director of Operations at InterContinental Porto - Palacio das Cardosas, responded to this reviewResponded December 15, 2013

Dear Mr kawika66,

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay at the InterContinental Porto Palacio das Cardosas.

Our aim is to provide our guest with memorable experiences and I am delighted to learn that we were able to leave a positive impression about our Hotel and specially about our service.

We trust that we can look forward to welcoming you back to the hotel in a nearest future.

Kind Regards,

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Reviewed December 5, 2013

Pros: Really nice, seems new, very comfortable bed, good concierge, really nice umbrellas to borrow
Cons: None I can think of

Internet: Free
Parking: 22/night
Breakfast: 24 euros (if I am remembering correctly)

The hotel is located right next to a big square on the top of the hill on the north bank of the river Douro. It is also right next to Porto's main train station which makes it very convenient to get to if you are taking the train. Upon entering the hotel, you are greeted with a wonderful lobby. It is well appointed and very clean. When we checked in, the staff was very professional and friendly. We were actually upgraded to a suite at the time due to the amount of times we've stayed at IHG hotels. We then went up to the room and it was pretty awesome. The suite was on 2 levels where the bottom level was the living area with a full size bathroom and the upper level was the sleeping area with another full size bathroom. The rooms were well appointed and in very good condition. The color scheme was a white/grey/black scheme which really worked well. It was really a beautiful room. It also had great views of the city. The window on the second level looked out to the south and you have a great view of the cathedral and the city.

After enjoying the room for a little while, we went downstairs and spoke with the concierge about a place to eat. He gave us some good recommendations on some local restaurants and also a map to help us get to the restaurant. It was also raining, and he had some really nice golf umbrellas. It required us to sign something that said if we didn't return the umbrella we'd owe 50 euros/umbrella, but it was worth it (and we needed to use it and also didn't lose it). Even if you lost it, it seems like it would be an umbrella that could be worth 50 euros.

After doing everything for the day we headed back for the evening and went to sleep. To be honest with you, it may have been one of the most comfortable beds that I ever have used in a hotel. It was a real good night sleep.

I would completely recommend this hotel. It is a very afordable price when you compare it to other Intercontinentals that are around the world and I think it is worth it to splurge a little for this hotel if you were to visit Porto.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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FrancelinaAmaral, Director of Operations at InterContinental Porto - Palacio das Cardosas, responded to this reviewResponded December 9, 2013

Dear Mr Sean F,

Thank your for taking the time to review the InterContinental Porto Palacio das Cardosas following your recent stay with us and for your kind words.
In deed our mattress is very appreciated by our guests, they even request the brand upon check-out.
We are delighted to hear that you had an enjoyable experience and our team will be thrilled as it is greatly appreciated when their efforts are recognized.

We all look forward to having another opportunity to welcome you in our Hotel.
Kind Regards,

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Reviewed November 29, 2013

With a location on the end of the city square and having access to multiple neighborhood restaurants, Hop on Bus tours, walking distance to Porto's historical sites, this is an excellent place to begin a visit to Porto. The hotel arranged both our train arrival and airplane departure private car hire which was added to the hotel bill. The rooms are well appointed, spacious and having a shower and soaking tub it was difficult to leave to do sight seeing. All our questions and tour needs were addressed by the Concierge desk. Our 4 day visit provided a whole host of experiences within 10 minutes of the hotel in shopping at a local covered market to having roasted chestnuts from a street vendor, coffee at sidewalk cafes and browsing high end shops. With this being our first visit to Porto, it would be difficult to find a hotel that could provide more on the next visit.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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FrancelinaAmaral, Director of Operations at InterContinental Porto - Palacio das Cardosas, responded to this reviewResponded December 3, 2013

Dear Mr John S,

Thank your for taking the time to review the hotel following your recent stay with us.
We are delighted to hear that you had an enjoyable experience and your comments have been shared amongst the team. Our aim is to provide our guest with memorable experiences and I am delighted to learn that we were able to leave a positive impression.
Once again, thank you for your kind words.

We are looking forward to receive you once again in our Hotel.
Kind Regards,

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Reviewed November 27, 2013

This hotel is convenient for those who like to walk. Much better located than The Yeatman with way more reasonable rates. Yeatman rooms are bigger but not any nicer. Located right in the main square Praça da Liberdade, the lobby is rather small but elegant with a beautiful dining room that serves an included buffet breakfast. A really lovely breakfast spread. The rooms are grand and luxurious with rich colors and textures. Big marble bathroom with a nice shower. Our room was on the third floor and looked right out to the square – beautiful, albeit maybe lacking a bit of privacy with the drapes open. We stayed here only one night but were very, very comfortable, particularly for European standards.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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FrancelinaAmaral, Director of Operations at InterContinental Porto - Palacio das Cardosas, responded to this reviewResponded December 3, 2013

Dear Mrs Niki B,

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay at the InterContinental Porto Palacio das Cardosas.
We are glad the Hotel location was convenient and the facilities were up to our competition as to your expectations.
We are looking forward to welcome you back for a longer stay in a near future.

Kind Regards,

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Reviewed November 26, 2013

Rooms are stately, clean, luxurious and a good size. Great cozy bedding. Could close the curtains and be removed from the rest of the world. Modern amenities. Separate jacuzzi in the bathroom. Great breakfast spread. Nice bar area. Right in the heart of Porto, walking distance to everything. Highly recommended! Concierge is amazing!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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FrancelinaAmaral, Director of Operations at InterContinental Porto - Palacio das Cardosas, responded to this reviewResponded December 3, 2013

Dear Mr Kmnash1219,

Thank you for posting your review into TripAdvisor about your recent stay at the InterContinental Porto Palacio das Cardosas and for your kind words.
We are pleased to understand you had a comfortable stay and enjoyed our Hotel.
The Concierge will be glad to hear your comment.
We are looking forward to welcome you back to Porto.

Kind Regards,

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Address: Praca la Liberdade 25, Porto 4000-322, Portugal
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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 Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Porto
#1 Romantic Hotel in Porto
#1 Spa Hotel in Porto
#1 Business Hotel in Porto
#2 Family Hotel in Porto
Price Range: $211 - $611 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — InterContinental Porto - Palacio das Cardosas 5*
Number of rooms: 105
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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