This was my first experience with a five star hotel, and it will be tough going back to lesser hotels! From the start, the staff went above and beyond to help make our stay pleasant. Beyond the beautiful facility and rooms, the service is by far what qualifies this hotel as five star by my standards. For example, several of the staff spent hours on the phone with the airline trying to arrange a seat on my mother's return flight to the USA. As far as the rooms, they were beautifully appointed and accurately illustrated by the photos on their website. Our room faced the main square on the side near the train station. The only issue with this room was that one Friday night there was loud music coming either from the square or from within the hotel, making it difficult to sleep. I did not inquire where the music was coming from the next morning, though it was not a problem the following Saturday night. Our favorite place within the hotel was the hotel lounge, bar area. It was a very pleasant space with live music. We ended each day of sight seeing with a glass of wine and listening to the music. The hotel couldn't be better located as other reviewers have noted. The main historical sights are walking distance (as long as you like hills!) and the hop on buses pick up across the street from the hotel. Not to be missed while in Porto is a visit to the Port Wine cellars across the river. It is lovely just to wonder around the streets peaking in to sample the various ports. Our favorite port wine cellar is Taylor's, where they offer a wonderful tour and have a fabulous restaurant overlooking the city...be sure to factor in time for lunch at this restaurant!
- 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