Pestana Porto Hotel

, Porto, Portugal
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Pestana Porto Hotel

4 star

Rooms: 48

1 Praca Da Ribeira - Porto - 4050 513 - Portugal | 22 340 2300
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A wonderful, wonderful hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
We felt like our room was part of a Hollywood movie set. We would open the doors to our balcony every morning and look out over the beautiful river and watch the bustle of the river banks below us. And at night, it was even more spectacular!

The staff was exceptionally plesant, and served us complimentary glasses of port wine on arrival. Breakfast was delicious, and the location simply could not be beat.

Perfect location

from Bagtalk
Pestana Porto Hotel is located in the Ribeiro district of Porto and situated in the most attractive and convenient location for a hotel in Porto. You are welcomed by very friendly staff and a glass of port which was appreciated after a long journey. Rooms are comfortable if not luxurious but upgrading to a superior/river view room is a must. The views over the Gaia district where the port houses are gathered together and the early morning view of the bridge is stunning. We did not eat meals at the hotel apart from breakfast which was adequate but there are plenty of restaurants a stroll from the hotel.

Porto is a walking city but you need strong legs as it is hilly. Cabs are cheap and the tram to Foz is well worth it. We ate at the Bull & Bear which was sublime and the Praia da Luz in Foz for Sunday lunch, very highly recommended. Porto is not crammed with too many memorable sights but strolling through the slightly run down streets and then coming upon a lovely church, art deco buildings and fish markets give it a very strong and unique atmosphere. Must sees are the railway station, cathedral and its cloisters, Majestic cafe, modern art museum and grounds along with the port houses. Enjoy

Excellent Hotel

from Dustydaisy
We stayed here in late September and found the hotel wonderful. The staff was very very helpful. We had a corner room southeast and the view was incredible. Many restaurants close by serving exceptional seafood. Highly recommend this Hotel.

Worst Hotel Experience in my life

from sf.pelkey
I've never had this happen.. due to what the hotel called a "miscommunication" they gave away my reservation the day before my arrival...I made this reservation and PREPAID two months in advance..

it really is too frustrating to even go into details.. all I know is I will never recommend this place to anybody I know..so unprofessional it's really disgusting.. I plan on raising quite a stink with American Express too as I know they have done a great deal of promotions for the hotel in the past few years..

anyway.. in retrospect.. I'm actually happy I didn't stay there, the location, while central, is in the middle of tourist hell (similar to Fisherman's Wharf of San Francisco) exactly what I try to avoid...

I got a room at the sheraton last minute and I have to say, it's been just great.. and about half the price E$130.. it's almost like being on a vacation from my vacation as I have found European Hotels have a terrible idea of what makes for good service..

I won't return to Porto for a long time.. the city is really dirty, the people seem very poor and uneducated... honestly, skip it and just head to the Douro.. I wish I had..

A Good Hotel in a Brilliant Location.

from optom
I would not think of stopping anywhere but the Pescara on a future visit to Porto. Superb location on the river and in the middle of all the action. To get to the main shopping area, simply take the funicular whose entrance is directly opposite the nearest bridge and the pedestrianed area is less than 5 minutes walk away.
There is a big difference in the rooms on offer. We booked 2 separate stays, which were 2 days apart on the pescara website. Each was a superior double room with river view, but the first was quite small. When I checked out I asked if I could have a corner room when I returned in two days, and this was granted -the room was twice the size and had spectacular views on two sides and an enormous bathroom. When booking pay extra for superior riverside room, but specify corner room.

Location, location, location!

from BellaBeans
The hotel is very nice - would be a high average/low exceptional rating any place else. Get a river view. The other side of hotel overlooks "not much of anything".

But...The views. The views. I felt as though I were in a 1950s movie like "to catch a thief".

Quality, pocket hotel in a perfect tourist location

from NW_Raven
Since the riverfront, particularly at the Ribeira and Vila Nove de Gaia, lie at the heart of any visit to Porto, this little hotel is perfectly situated for a tourist, particularly one who likes to walk to the sites, as I do.

My "city view" room faced a building across a narrow alley. I expected this since I had not paid for a view room, just the location. Judging from the position of the hotel's windows, the view rooms would offer a fantastic view of the river, the plaza, and the port cellars on the opposite bank. Nevertheless, my room was quiet, large, bright, modern, and well-appointed. The bathroom was palatial. The air conditioning was quiet and I could supplement it by opening the large double-door/windows.

Service was excellent in all regards. All staff spoke serviceable English, should you need it. I was able to book a boat trip to Regua through the front desk and have the fare billed to my room. The breakfast provided was excellent and the view delightful. The lounge and lobby extended to the second floor where several private niches offered a quiet space with a view. For the price, all this was good value.

But I stayed here for the location. Stepping out the door, I found myself right on the river Douro, in the heart of the old city, facing the Ribeira -- the riverside promenade of cafes, restaurants, and tourist shops. Boat tours and taxis were a step away and I found the bus and tram to the beach at Foz passed only two blocks away. In five minutes walk, I got to the famous bridge on which I could cross the lower level to Vila Nove de Gaia, the location of the famous port cellars. In just 20 minutes of walking I was in among the alleys touring and tasting at several of the over 15 cellars on that side of the river. From here, the larger tour boats for day trips up the Douro.

On the negative side, the area immediately around the hotel was very busy with sight-seers, drinkers, touts, and hustlers. In search of quieter streets, I found the steep, narrow alleys behind the hotel a little rough and unwelcoming. Walking there at night seemed out of the question. (You can bypass some of this by taking a cable car (which is part of the transit system) to the top of the slope -- look for the terminus just north of the bridge.) When, late at night, the Ribeira got chaotic and noisy, I was able to sit in the relative safety of the hotel's own Heritage Café sidewalk tables and watch the action. In fact, on a Sunday night, the hotel had a security guard posted at the entrance.

The riverfront was better. I was able to walk all the way to Foz on the Atlantic coast along a varied and interesting promenade of walls, old wharfs, old neigbhourhoods, and modern cafes. The Port Wine Museum, about halfway, was worth a visit. Just follow the tram line. At the mouth of the river, there is an small, old ferry boat for locals that crosses to the fishing village at Alfureda (fare is 0.65 Euro). From there, the walk up river to Vila Nove de Gaia is easy on a new boardwalk, then back over the bridge to the hotel. To my relief, coffee and a sandwich at the hotel café was a reasonable price.

Loved Our Room

from Gregdu
Gay couple who stayed here for 2 nights in June, 2005. We had a 'river view', and our friends had a 'city view.' Definitely pay the extra 20e and get a river view room. Our room was significantly bigger, and had a (very) small terrace, with high ceilings, and huge windows hung with cascading sheers that blew in from the breezes off the Douro river, and lest I forget, and amazing view. It was very romantic, and we loved the room. Thank goodness for those windows, cuz the air conditioning did not work well at all (which was a problem in virtually every hotel we stayed at in Portugal). By contrast, our friends room was a bit dark, with a dreary view, and smaller. They were very jealous, and tried to upgrade after seeing our room, but all were taken.

The hotel is in a great location right on the river, with lots of cafes nearby and a short walk across the bridge to more cafes and the port lodges.

There was some noise from the street cleaning (that seemed to begin around 4 am), so windows had to be closed...even then, it was audible.

Breakfast was included in the room rate, and was a fairly typical hotel breakfast (continental).

The cost of the room was low, I thought, and a great value. Highly recommend it!

What else could I add?

from Robwash
Looking at all the other positive comments, there isn't much I can add except to say I agree wholeheartedly. The hotel is exactly where you want to be, the staff was incredible, and you leave wishing that you had "just one more night". I am sure there are several other fine and perhaps more luxurious hotels elsewhere, but none with this location. For the tourist (but not necessarily a businessperson), this is THE place to stay.

Wonderful experience

from Llanmadoc
We stayed here two nights in Sept 04 and had a corner room with a balcony. The room was incredible with french doors all around and fantastic views of the port houses across the river. The square was a bit noisy at night but it just added to the experience. I would not dream of staying anywhere else but this hotel in Porto.

Top Local Tips for Porto

shoes! If you want to walk around, do not take high heeled shoes!!

Incredibly beautiful town on the river with great architechture Fly to/from here, not from Lisbon. The airport is huge, pretty, spotlessly clean and modern. Porto is vastly prettier than Lisbon, which we found graffiti-ridden and not that great.

Things to Do Recommend the restaurant at Taylor's Port Cave for either lunch or dinner. Best to book.

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  • Address: 1 Praca Da Ribeira - Porto - 4050 513 - Portugal
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