InterContinental Porto – Palacio das Cardosas
What We Love
- Stunning update to an 18th century palace
- The large selection of port wines at Bar das Cardosas
- Fitness center open 24/7
- Stellar room service
What To Know
- There is an onsite business center
- Pets are allowed for a fee pending the hotel’s approval
- Located a short stroll from many of the city’s top sights
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Set along Praça da Liberdade in the heart of historic Oporto, the InterContinental impresses thanks to its home in a recently renovated 18th century palace. Guest rooms and suites combine mod cons like minibars, plush bathrobes and 24/7 room service with Old World elegance, created by classic design elements like heavy tasseled curtains and Deco-style mirrored headboards. Astoria restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner menus in a pretty, upscale setting that includes a terrace in summer months, while the library-style Bar das Cardosas serves an extensive selection of the Port wines the city is famous for. The wellness center includes a gym open 24/7, as well as spa facilities with facial and body treatments.
In the Area
Start the day with a visit to Livraria Lello. Steps from the hotel, it’s easily one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world with stunning Art Nouveau interiors and a stained glass ceiling. For lunch, head to Café Majestic, a circa 1921 gathering place on Rua Santa Caterina favored by artists and writers. Afterwards, browse the Mercado Bolhão with two stories of stalls bursting with every type of fruit, fresh bread and fish imaginable. On the way back to the hotel, stop at Sé do Porto a stunning cathedral that features beautiful views of the city.
How to Get There
Executive room was lovely, nice fixtures, gigantic bed that was really comfortable, fluffy pillows, good size bathroom with bath & shower, the only criticism was that the aircon was noisy during the night
Everything is excellent at this hotel: location, rooms, cleanliness, service, breakfast. Staff is very attentive and helpful, everyone speaks English. If you are ready to spend some extra money, book the room facing Praca da Liberdade.
The hotel is centrally located very convenient, walking distance to points of interest. The rooms are beautiful, spacious and so is the bathroom. The staff was very friendly and helpful, they went out of their way to help my early departure - as they overheard my saying that I will depart very early, they took the initiative and had my car in front ready at 3 am before I even called.
A little late to review, but better late...
Stayed for a couple of nights 8-10 August, and had 4 rooms between us and my brother's family,
Booked through Amex FHR, and all benefits plus those I had as a Spire-Ambassador member were recognised at check in.
We had two sets of interconnecting rooms, and one of ours was upgraded to a beutiful Junior Suite.
All pre arrival requests were handled promptly and efficiently, and this is how it continued during our stay. Staff are one of the best I have come across, and we travel a lot.
The hotel is beutiful and very well located. Breakfast was excellent, with any type of eggs made to order, and served to the table in the most beutiful and artistic way.
And on the first morning there as the dining room was full, they set up breakfast for us in the hotel library, which was fantastic as it was like having out own dining room.
We had dinner at the hotel one night and were impressed with the excellent food, and quality, and the flexibility to cook anything we wanted according to our restricted culinary needs. Dinner was a great experiance even for the little kids.
While I don't want to leave anyone out, and every member of staff we came across was excellent, attentive and professional I do want to mention Goncalo the concierge, Manuel at reception, and Luis who looked after us at the dining room and was incredibly patient with our little boy who just wanted to chat with him all night!
All in all, one of the best Intercontinental's I've stayed in and as we loved Porto, we will definitely be going back and will stay at the IC again.
The staff, room, food, wellbeing club were all faultless, would recommend to anyone wanting something a bit special. The whole experience has been tip top. The front desk was really helpful when checking in and the lady looking after the breakfast was really happy and helpful.