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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
High price but exquisite property with hugely attentive service front desk/reception staff, bellman, but also exquisite concierge services from Rodrigo and his other team members. Decent fitness center and good location. Breakfast left quite a lot to be desired.
This hotel was absolutely breathtaking...We were welcomed in our suite to complimentary champagne, traditional desserts, and daily fruit and water. We had a great view from the hotel and the location is right in the center of town (where most tours pick up). The concierge, Rogerio Martins, was amazing. We came to Porto with only our flight and hotel booked. He took care of everything else for us. He literally ensured our stay for the week was packed with all the must sees and dos with plenty of time to rest and truly enjoy the Porto. I definitely plan to go back.
I arrived at ICH after a long connecting flight from US. The staff was most welcoming and apologized that my room wasn’t ready. I waited an hour but was told, most apologetically that a mechanical issue had arisen snd I still could not be given the room. However, at this point, a Guest Relations manager took me to the lounge and promised she would do everything in her power to get me to my room. Shortly after being provided food and drink gratuitously, the manager returned, give me a room key, and said the hotel understood my exhaustion and had assigned me to another room, which on entering, I discoverer was directly facing the beautiful Avenida. The point of this recount is to demonstrate how attentive the staff is to their guests. I soon found similar personal treatment among housekeeping, room service, concierge, and dining staff, particularly breakfast staff, for whom I cannot speak highly enough, except to say breakfast staff may be rivaled by the incredibly personable and attentive evening dining room staff. Yes, the hotel was lovely, the room beautiful and comfortable, the location perfect for exploring the old city, it it is the staff that deserve accolades. ICH Cardosas is truly lucky to have this staff, for whom I would definitely lodge at the hotel again.