This hotel fits the name, Grande Hotel. Central location is true, not on fringes or slopes, or sub-prime locations of newer hotels. From the moment we arrived, we enjoyed the classic early 20th century period design & furnishing, and especially in the evenings, their Windsor Bar and formal dining room (dinner was pleasant for the uniformed waiters' service, good food & wine list, charming ambiance - especially on a cold wet evening).
Only 2 suites, but we booked one to have enough space -- can't stand average European rooms of 10 to 16 sq m, especially on a long trip requiring 2 large bags and 2 carry-ons. Our Manuel Oliveira movie-themed suite (no room number, a nice touch) had a dining table, living room, nice bed, a dressing area, and a large marble bathroom with extra-large tub.
Service was classy and professional, befitting such a hotel.
All this for a very reasonable rate, easily equal or less than what many new, style-driven hotels with tiny rooms were charging. Note that Porto hotels are busier on weekends and rates spike up.
We arrived by train then cab, but departed by Uber to the airport (better value than cab).
Extra note: Porto airport is fantastic!More
- Free Wifi