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Vera Cruz Porto Hotel
Ranked #56 of 108 Hotels in Porto
Reviewed April 16, 2011

Stayed here for two nights recently whilst visiting the city of Porto. Rooms were clean and functional, breakfast served on the roof terrace is of a continental selection plus cereals and perfect to start a day of sightseeing, located near Aliados Metro station with Trindade station (with direct trams to Campanha railway station and the airport) a 2 minute walk away. My room overlooked a back yard, but this did not bother me as there was a shutter to block this view, plus I was only using the room for sleeping in and it was nice and quiet. The staff working on the reception desk spoke excellent English and were happy to advise on what to do and where to eat and drink in the evening.

Overall, for the price I found this to be a very good hotel and recommend it if you're travelling solo or just need somewhere to put your head down in the evening.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 26, 2010

When we arrived i was hoping for a nice stay at our last hotel, with hopefully reasonably soft bed's. After all it is a 3 star hotel. Boy was i depresed when i enterend the room. I was readdy to go back home again. I didn't feel like staying here for 3 nights!!! But we decided to make the best of our stay and spend all of our time without sleeping outside the hotel.
We stayed in 404. I think it used to be a storageroom. We just had enough space to walk next to the bed, that's it. The bathroom was clean, and again verry small!! there was never a nice fresh smell in the room/bathroom.Not realy a bad smell but just not fresh or cleaned although i'm shure the cleaning lady did a good job and was friendly. The view was terrible!!! (see the photo's), we had no natural light at all!!!
breakfest was good, good coffee, bread, cheese and ham. That was the best thing of our stay. I must say that i don't believe this hotel deserves 3stars!!!

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 19, 2010

my partner and i stayed here in sep '10 and we were surprised at the size of our room - (601 ) 1 large balcony overlooking fabulous town square another small one overlooking street ahead and a side door leading out to another balociny with table chairs and sun lounger - wow a great start!

then we saw some ants making there way into the wardrobe - called reception quickly dealt with by the friendly paulo

here are some cons :
*bed was slightly hard- suited me though ( bad back)
*television was not flat screen as stated in the hotel desciption- no big deal didnt go on hols to watch tv anyway - although on egerman channel was quite boobie during the day ( watch out if u bringing kids)
*the noised outside in the square was unbelievable . the ave do aliados is a main thouroghfare through the city and the sirens and scambling bikes was really loud at all hours of the day - we decidde that the ambulance and police only used their sirens to get through the traffic lights - there couldnt possibly be that many emergencies in porto !

the nightlife was tooo quiet for us . we not big clubbers nor are we 75 years old . there seemed to be little to no decent music at all going on anywhere- we made our way to the irish pub and were disappointed to say the least . portuguese barmaid had music on that you wouldnt hear at a funeral- very depressing- we wanted to take it over for an hour we would have had the place hopping


now for some pros
staff were great - nothing was too much problem - except a late checkout which was not possible - but there was a little living room one could sit in while checked out and had some time to kill before leaving.

i really liked the breakfast lady she was so friendly and nice and worked so hard to turn around tables and keep the food topped up . we christened her bom dia because she always greeted us with a friendly good morning !

the location of the hotel was fantastic - just up the road was metro station trindade - we went to the estadio de dragao from here for a porto home match - 25 euro for a cheap seat - great night and only 10 mins away via metro. close to the river ( ribeira ) and the shops and all buses to the beach were out on the square too ( matashinos bus will get you out to the sea life centre and the beach)

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 2, 2010

When selecting a hotel, my primary consideration is location-price-quality ratio. Given Vera Cruz's central location, solid quality and reasonable price [I paid <$50/night], I was very pleased with my experience.

The location is accessible (2 minutes walk from Aliados metro stop), well-lit and secure. The property is clean and well maintained. The staff is friendly and helpful. Everyone at the front desk speaks English. My room (#704) was simply appointed, but the bath was large and the room was quiet. The bed, while comfortable, creaked a bit too much for my liking. The breakfast is continental-style (coffee, juice, bread, cheese, jam, cereal, etc.), but it is more than adequate to power you up for a day of sightseeing.

While I have certainly stayed at "nicer" hotels, there is an old adage that you get what you pay for. This is a very fine 3-star property. If you don't come expecting the amenities of a 4- or 5-star property you won't be disappointed. For the budget traveler, it is hard to complain. I would stay here again (particularly if I was watching my Euros).

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 22, 2010

Get the expectation right, this is afterall a 'residential' and not exactly a hotel, there is no proper lobby. The room is rather basic but sufficient. I noticed the cleaning standard (washroom, towel, blanket, carpet) can be improved. Got a room with a view but absolutely no view and lack of natural light. Hence is quiet to get decent sleep.

Location is good in the sense that it is at centre and is a stone throw away from metro station. There are supermarket, restaurant, cafe, bar at the immediate vicinity. However it is some 15-20 walk to the most happening riverfront area.

Breakfast is simple but good. Fantastic roof top restaurant.

One thing for sure, the staffs were very friendly and helpful, which I think is the biggest asset of this lodging.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 9, 2010

Stayed for two nights and were very impressed with the central location. Rooms are small but clean and staff is very friendly. Highlight was definitely the yummy breakfast on the roof terrace. If you get a good deal, it's definitely a hotel to recommend.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 2, 2010

We stayed in this hotel for 4 nights in April 2010. After landing in Porto we took the metro directly to Trinidad station, the hotel was a few minutes walk from there. The metro took about 20 minutes and cost only €1.50. Returning we took a taxi from just over the street (no need to order, not even at 4am), which cost just €20.

The hotel is located in a side street off Avenue dos Aliados, a main square in the center of Porto. From here it's a 5 minute walk to the market and the main shopping street, Santa Catarina. It's also only a 10min walk downhill to the river and the historic Riberia.

The staff in Vera Cruz are exceptionally attentive. The reception is manned 24 hours and the staff couldn't do more to help, on arrival they gave us a lot of advice on what to see and do in the area. The room is moderately sized, very basic, but clean and comfortable. The breakfast was excellent, a nice buffet in a large room on the 8th floor of the hotel, with tables on the balcony overlooking the Avenue dos Aliados.

Highly recommended for a comfortable budget trip.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Address: Rua de Ramalho Ortigao 14, Porto 4000-407, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Northern Portugal > Porto District > Porto
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Room Service Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #56 of 108 Hotels in Porto
Price Range: $75 - $308 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Vera Cruz Porto Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 35
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