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
A former palace located in a great spot close to everything. What makes this place tick is the friendly genuine service I experienced. The concierge desk is probably one of the best I have experienced in the world. They were very busy every time I dropped by but they managed to make me feel I was number 1. This place like Porto is a real gem- which makes you want to hurry back and stay there agin! Soon...:)
Stayed here for short weekend break. The hotel itself is newly renovated and looks great. Because of Royal Ambassador status we were upgraded to a gorgeous duplex apartment extending over two floors. All of this is great but hotel really shines because of the *fantastic* service. All the employees were super friendly and helpful. I have stayed at many Intercontinental hotels but this one is definitely one of the very best I have ever stayed at. I will certain come back to this great hotel!
First, the building's architecture is beautiful. We stayed two nights and wish it could have been longer. This was the best hotel of our travels. We were upgraded to a duplex as members of IHG, and found everything top-notch--the decor, the bedding, the bathrooms. We were on the back side so it was super-quiet. The service was outstanding; every request was a met with a smile and helpful information. We appreciated the valet parking (at a cost) and left the car parked, as we could walk to most tourist locations. Taxis and Uber are plentiful. Though we did not travel by train, we visited the station across the street where the city's history is told in beautiful blue and white tiles. We did not eat at the restaurant, choosing instead to eat breakfast from a wide variety of choices nearby. We cannot say enough about this wonderful hotel and look forward to returning there some day.
Hotel itself is beautiful, room had a good size, service was excellent too, gym is nice, and it is centrally located, and here comes the “but”: hotel is located in a central place and unfortunately for us the local football team won and celebrations took place in the square in front of the hotel. Preparation with music started in the morning went into the evening and culminated with the team arriving at night, with extremely loud music, shouting in megaphones etc til 2am the following day. It was not possible even to watch tv in the room let alone sleep. We asked the hotel why we were not told it was going to take place and they said it should have been a day later. No idea whether we would have been alerted. They apologized and said it was not in their hands. So otherwise we would have rated the place as excellent. Do yourselves a favor and find out in advance whether any events are planned in that square during your stay. Otherwise- great place.
What a beautiful hotel in a wonderful location. We stayed in this hotel for 5 nights and were SO impressed. Our room and bathroom was huge and beautifully decorated with an unforgettable city view. The location was excellent and walking distance to all the must see sights. The staff was very nice and the concierge desk staff was one of the best I have ever seen in all my travels. They literally took care of every need we had from reserving restaurants, buying us exceptional seats for a soccer game, organizing transportation to take us to and back from the game, recommending sights and tours, etc. etc, etc.
A big shout out to Triago (not sure about the spelling) and ----------at the concierge desk.