Hotel Carris Porto Ribeira
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
With a stay at Hotel Carris Porto Ribeira, you’ll be centrally located in Porto, steps from Church of Sao Francisco and Sao Nicolau Church. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Stock Exchange Palace and Infante Henrique Monument.
Make yourself at home in one of the 90 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with showers feature complimentary toiletries and bidets. Conveniences include phones and safes, and housekeeping is provided daily.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with onsite massages or make use of the other amenities, which include complimentary wireless Internet access and wedding services.
Food & Drink
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel’s restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Buffet breakfasts are available daily from 7 AM to 10:30 AM for a fee.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, dry cleaning/laundry services, and a 24-hour front desk. Planning an event in Porto? This hotel features 2561 square feet (238 square meters) of event facilities.
How to Get There
We stayed at this 4* hotel for 3 nights in late-January. The location is excellent- a very short downhill walk to the Praca da Ribeira overlooking the Old Town riverfront adjacent to the famous Dom Luis bridge. All of the main historic sights of the city are within easy walking distance, including the Se Cathedral and San Francisco Church, and the area is excellent for nightlife with numerous bars and restaurants.
The hotel is stylish, having been imaginatively converted from 5 old houses, and facilities include a restaurant, bar and gym. In common with most Porto hotels, there is no car park but transport links are good with bus stops nearby (Inc. for the "hop-on, hop-off" tourist buses) and a taxi rank is opposite.
Contrary to some other reviewers, we found the staff to be friendly, professional and efficient, particularly those at Reception. In particular, Reception staff found us an available clean room when we arrived 2 hours prior to check-in time, they helped us with bookings and phoned a Port lodge to arrange a tour and tasting, for which we received a discount. In fact, they couldn't have been more helpful.
As for our standard room, it was large and well-equipped with tea/coffee making facilities, a room-safe, mini-bar and large TV. There was also free Wi-Fi, with reasonable speed and easy connectivity. The bathroom was also large and basic toiletries were supplied, although it would be wise to take personal supplies of shower gel, shampoo, etc .
We had 2 minor criticisms of the room; firstly, even in winter with the heating ostensibly turned off, the temperature rarely fell below 23+C (74+F). For some reason, turning on the air conditioner made the room even warmer and opening the windows exacerbated the second problem- traffic noise! All rooms at the front of the Hotel overlook the busy Rua Infante Dom Henrique which has heavy traffic and some noise is unavoidable.
In summary, we found this to be an excellently located Hotel with good facilities and, despite our minor criticism of the room, we would certainly recommend it to visitors wanting to visit this historic city.
The location is great. It’s close to the river and all the good restaurants and shops. Very clean hotel. Front desk staff are eager to please and very friendly. Some late responses to requests but overall a good hotel. Buffet needs to get updated though. We stayed here for 6 days and we had the same food over and over. They need more mains and salads and they need to be more pescatarian and vegan friendly. They have more pastries than main dishes.
First impressions were poor with rude reception. We arrived at 2.30 and were told we couldn't check in until 3. It's low season, so I doubt the place was full, and they refused to check availability.
Once we found our room, things didn't improve much as it was small and poorly designed - a television juts from the wall at just the right angle to catch anyone navigating from that side of the bed to the bathroom at night. The shower controls are a mystery, but we figured them out by trial and error.
The lifts - for some bizarre reason you need to take two to get from our room to the restaurant - were dirty. When we got to the restaurant for breakfast, we really didn't see why we'd bothered. Cold eggs and bacon two days running, a poor selection of meats and cheeses and surly staff made it an experience to forget.
The only good thing was the location.
Only thing this hotel was good for was the location of it, me and my friend got into the room and realized than our luggage’s could have been bigger than the space they gave us. Room was awful and staff wasn’t the most pleasant either, worst hotel in our 3 week vacation by far.
The drive to Porto was easy. Stopped in Óbidos which was well worth the suggestion from Portugal Trails. Next on the list was Aveiro which was ok but if time is a crunch I’d pass.
Traffic into Porto was really bad. Directions to parking were very clear once we figured the out.
Porto Pestana Heritage Hotel is to die for. Our Room 416 was one of the nicest rooms we have ever stayed. Service was A+, the view was terrific etc. etc.
Porto is a great town and plan to stay an extra day or two.
The food in Portugal in general is good in Porto it is excellent.
Onto the Douro Valley staying in Pinhão and Belmonte.