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Residencial Palanca
Ranked #64 of 111 Hotels in Porto
Reviewed December 16, 2010

I had a great experience at this hotel. The staff was extremely friendly, breakfast was tasty and generous (served individually instead of buffet style), and the room was clean and quiet, all for a very affordable price. The decor is definitely outdated, but that did not bother me. The only thing that bothered me was the darkness of the hallways; one of the lights had burned out and was not replaced. The hotel is close to the subway, but if you have a heavy suitcase it will seem like a trek. I would definitely stay here again, as a budget traveller with high standards. Please note that this is not a four-star hotel - it is a four star pension; something like a 2-star hotel, as the manager explained to me.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 26, 2010

Clean and basic room, but what a staff and what a location. The people here, Annabell, Juan Carlos and the guys we don't know names of were so kind, so helpful, and so willing to give you some of their time, it was a joy. The hotel is located really near the metro, bus stop, taxi rank, or a brisk fifteen minute walk to the centre. Ask at reception about restaurants in the area,better than ones in town. Restaurant Rito or Grauo Douro both within three minutes of the hotel are superb. Have a coffee or a beer at Cafe Bugatti on your way home will finish off a great night.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 14, 2010

Rooms clean and spacious.
Avoid rooms near the elevator: noisy and makes you not sleep at night.
Breakfast simple but plentiful.
Staff very kind.
Free indoor parking is difficult, but is convenient free parking on the street.
Metro station 500 meters.
Good quality-money.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 30, 2010

Walking distance from metro Marques, good breakfast, quiet at night, friendly and helpful staff

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled with family
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Thank daveb1311
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Reviewed December 28, 2009

The best staff you can imagine, nice cosy hotel. They made my breakfast at 4am only for me as I was in a hurry to the airport....

Stayed: January 2006, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 10, 2008

Hi,

I was in a bind to find lodging at the last minute to go see the redbull air race in Porto, unable to find a room at a decent price (read below 400 euros a night) I scoured the net and came up with Residencial Palanca... I called them up and although unable to accomodate me on staurday I was able to book 2 nights from sunday on.

There was no need to supply any info, just requested I check in. Since I would be busy till 5pm they just requesed a call confirming my presence in Porto.

The personel were top notch, very helpfull with maps and instructions on how to get around. For those with cars the Palanca has private parking free of charge u just need to request a spot when you book your room.

I was given a room on the 1st floor towards the back, this was a good choice as the front of the hotel faces a very busy street. The carpet was not what I would call perfect, stained here and there but overall the room was very clean, the beds were a bit soft but the linen was impecable. Bathoom was impecable, plenty of towels. AC was perfect although unecessary considering it was not that warm.

I did not take advantage of the breakfasts but did take a look and the selection looked just fine.

One negative if you plan on sleeping in a bit, things get started early there, around 7 or 8 am there is alot of traffic in and out of the rooms this means the elevators are doing their up and down runs and that can be a bit noisy although the room is by no means sharing a wall with the elevators it still is noisy. For myself it was not a problem.

This is a very central place, at the top of Porto which means the centre of Porto is within (downhill) walking distance for anyone of average fitness. Some may struggle on the way up, there is a good selection of local restaurants and such places, with the advantage of not being as touristy as places down in Porto center and ribeira areas. There is also a metro station close by (marques metro station) and many busses to and from the center as well as up to Maia.

As for pricing although the site quoted me 32 euros on weekend nights and 40 weekdays I was charged at 40. The price list at the reception indicated 50 (single ensuite). Although it is a bit steep considering the carpet that is compensated by the central location.

I will stay there again in future if I am looking for a short stay the location was perfect for myself it gave me a chance to explore the city from a central location.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled solo
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Stayed: December 2017, traveled as a couple
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Address: Rua de Faria Guimaraes 779 781, Porto 4200-291, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Northern Portugal > Porto District > Porto
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #64 of 111 Hotels in Porto
Price Range: $47 - $61 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Residencial Palanca 2*
Number of rooms: 35
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