The location was very good. Easy walk to the main street. Porto has a lot of hills to walk so we chose the hop on hop off bus and the stop was only a couple of blocks from the hotel.
The hotel is in a restricted driving area so cabs can come up to the entrance.
We did not walk from the bus station with our luggage and based on our walks after we arrived I am glad we didn't. The hills are serious and the cobblestone streets would have been difficult to drag luggage down.
The staff were excellent. From the bellman taking our luggage to the front desk for check in and advice/answering questions the staff were all excellent. In particular Claudia in the bar was great. Every request I had she helped out from getting seats outside to making sure our drinks (including coffee and tea) we exactly the way we wanted.
The room was clean and spacious.
We had room 205 which is right beside the elevator. It was not as noisy as some rooms I have had by the elevator but I always try and avoid these rooms. The hotel was full so we didn't have a choice.
The hotel is on the waterfront with a square out front so it is a "happening" place. Which is good or bad. Overall the windows are quite soundproof.
We had breakfast included and it was excellent. A wide variety of the usual continental stuff plus eggs, bacon and sausage. Also had champagne for the orange juice.
The wifi was free but a little strange because you are given 30 minute free coupons. So after 30 minutes you had to login again with a new code. I was told they are looking to change this.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In one of the most prestigious areas of Porto, the Ribeira historic district you will find the Pestana Vintage Porto, constructed as a group of 18 buildings that have been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Postcards always feature the hotel right in front of the Douro River, which blends in nicely with the other historic buildings in the area. We welcome you with an atmosphere that is at once vintage and contemporary, luxurious and romantic. The RIB BEEF & WINE restaurant is the place for true connoisseurs of great beef and wine. All rooms have Wi-Fi and some feature views of the Douro River, the Wine Cellars of Gaia and the D. Luís Bridge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pestana Hotel Porto
- Porto Pestana Hotel