We got off the metro at Aliados to be greeted with one grande street and right in the middle of the grandeur was Hotel Universal. With more expensive hotels like the Intercontinental a stones throw away, I can't believe the great value this hotel offers. It may not be as glitzy as some but we had a lovely stay in a clean, air conditioned and comfortable room (with a surprise balcony, no view but still a bonus for our needs!). The staff were really helpful. i would recommend that for an early morning return flight that you ask staff a couple of days in advance to organise a shuttle bus to the airport. It's 6 euro , collects you at the door and drops you too the airport, saves a lot of hassle and time. I would recommend this hotel to anyone who is looking for simplicity and comfort and wishes to be in the heart of Porto for low low price!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in an elegant and old avenue "Avenida dos Aliados," in the heart of the historical center of Porto, the Hotel Universal is surrounded by some of the most emblematic buildings of this city and in a central point to reach on foot touristic sights one can’t miss such as: The City Hall, Trindade Church, S. Bento Railway Station, Clérigos Tower, The Cathedral Douro Riverhood. If you want to go further, you have a railway station or an underground station both in less than 3 minutes on foot. One can’t miss neither a boat trip through the magnificent Douro River, nor the night view of the old part of the town near the river, where you can taste a good meal and a delightful Porto wine. Our hotel offers you a personalized service in a joyful, comfortable and inviting atmosphere. We guarantee the best prices and we’ll help our guests to get the most out of their trip calling our receptionists’ advice. ... more less
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