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“Unscheduled holiday 2012”
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Hotel America
Ranked #76 of 104 Hotels in Porto
London
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54 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Unscheduled holiday 2012”
Reviewed May 7, 2012

Hotel America is a fairly small hotel, with a rather unassuming frontage. It is the sort of hotel that I really should not like at all! The reception area was rather small and cramped and not very appealing. The lift was very slow and ponderous. Everything in the hotel looked rather dated and an upgrade to the equipment and facilities would not come amiss. The bedroom was again rather small, although they had managed to fit in a full bathroom suite - and the shower was superb. The wardrobe (the only hanging and storage space) was an absolute joke, being cut down to fit around a projecting wall. There was no safety deposit box in the bedroom, nor safe in reception - although reception said that they had never had any problems with theft.

However, it is rather a pleasant place to stay in many ways. The staff are very friendly and nothing seems too much trouble for them. When I booked in, the receptionist apologised for overcharging me by 3 euros on my pre-paid booking (it was so cheap, I would never have noticed if she had not pointed it out) and she insisted on giving me the 3 euros back. She then invited me to come to the hotel bar for a glass of port - very civilised. Breakfast was on a par with really expensive hotels. There was a huge spread and you could pick from hot food, cold meats and cheeses, cereals, breads, croissants, about 6 different jams (tubs and jars), delicious cakes and pastries, fresh fruit, tinned fruit, fruit juices, tea, coffee, water. The cakes and pastries were different each day and some of them (e.g. a magnificent chocolate cake) would probably have cost you 5 or 6 euros per portion in a café. So breakfast was excellent. If you asked the staff anything, they would give you very good suggestions for restaurants and where the best fado was etc. As for location, it is pretty central and only a few minutes walk down to the main shopping area and sights. So, it turned out to be a pretty good place to be and quite restful.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 22, 2011

Good price, clean rooms. Free parking, but the rooms, at least our room 206, was very noisy. No window and very small.

  • Stayed July 2011
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My room was up front near reception, so thin walls, tile floors and walls, and people - ringing phones - TV, etc made for a noisy stay. Not very kind or helpful at the front desk reception area, either. Breakfast was above average, rate was good, parking was tricky.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 13, 2011

The hotel is fantastic, and the staff so helpful and friendly.
The Breakfast was the best we have ever had. The rooms were spacious . Everywhere was spotless.
All in all a lovely relaxing holiday, and we will certainly return to this hotel. We definitely would recommend it to our friends.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 11, 2011

We picked this hotel for our 2 night stay out of Michelin guide. The price was great and the hotel offered free parking which was a huge plus for us. It is located on a busy shopping street - Rua Santa Catarina, about 10-15 minute walk from the center.

Rooms were clean and the staff was friendly. The decor was very old and the mattresses were very uncomfortable. I would say that the sleep quality was the only big negative of this hotel because everything else was great for a budget hotel.

Breakfast had a good selection and there was even wireless internet in the lobby.

Staff helped us with good restaurant selection in the walking distance. It helped us since we arrived late at night and needed to eat something fast. Also, on the second day we wanted take an evening drive to the coast but our car was blocked in in the garage by other cars. It would take them a long time to pull it out. The hotel manager gave us the keys from one of his cars instead and refused to take the money for the gas when we got back. What a nice gesture!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 23, 2010

The Hotel is walking distance to the River and tourist attractions. The rooms are small and basic, but the breakfast is impressive and the staff were friendly and informative. Thank you for a pleasant stay.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with friends
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Property: Hotel America
Address: Rua de Santa Catarina 1018, Porto 4000-447, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Northern Portugal > Porto District > Porto
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #76 of 104 Hotels in Porto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel America 3*
Number of rooms: 30
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