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
Everything was superb, from beds to terrace dining. We had a dinner of ordures in the bar. Very handy to everything and the staff got us a taxi in no time at all. I didn’t see a swimming pool, but there was a spa, so it may have been there. We’ll stay there again
Loved the prime location for seeing Porto. Wonderful restaurants (like Muu and Tapabento) very close by. Lots of cafes and shops nearby.
Excellent concierge! Got us tickets to Llalo and we could just walk right in...instead of wait in very long lines. Also arranged lunch at Graham’s port lodge and tour & port tasting in English. We were surprised that because concierge arranged this we were given white port cocktails and a discount on a truly fabulous lunch.
From the moment you walk in total class
The bar well defined and luxurious cocktails good and service great
The rooms totally opulent silk draperies marble floors and huge bathrooms
Highly recommend you feel like the most luxurious hotel in Paris
This hotel is conveniently located a block from the metro station and centrally located in town. The guy who checked me in, Rui, was very friendly and helpful. My room wasn't ready yet, so I passed the time at the hotel restaurant (delicious sangria). From the outside, the hotel has a traditional look, which is quite charming. Inside, the hotel has been updated and my room was quite spacious. Everyone at the hotel was friendly and made the stay very nice. Highly recommend this hotel in Porto.
We are a retired couples and have stayed in a lot of top 5 star hotels. We must say the Intercontinental
Palacio Das Carissa ranks right up there with the best, like the Peninsula Hotel and the Mandarin Hotel in Hong Kong.
I think the excellence starts at the top ( thanks so much Mr. Poulingue for the handwritten welcome letter to thank us for our loyalty to the IHG brand). As soon as you enter the hotel , you will feel so comfortable and appreciated, everyone wants to take good care of you. From check-in ( Manual), to the young gentleman (Bruno) who helped us with the luggage , the servers in the restaurants ( Joao, Catrina, Leonardo etc), and in the bar ( Ruben, Joao, Ana).
We just do know how to express our gratitude for their kind and warm service.
This is our first time to Portugal and we must say we are in love with the beautiful city of Porto and so impressed with the Portuguese hospitality. We will definitely return and if and when we come back , we will definitely choose the Intercontinental ( thanks so much again for making our stay so memorable).
Five star all the way and two thumbs up. Without a doubt, one of the very best hotels we have stayed in.