Porto Palacio Congress Hotel & Spa
What We Love
- The Beauty Lab has a full-service salon menu
- Selection of restaurants include a modern beer hall and glass-walled VIP Lounge
- Sunday Brunch has decadent fare and panoramic views
What To Know
- Interiors are simple yet sexy
- Self-parking and WiFi are extra
- The hotel has two indoor swimming pools
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Rising from Avenida da Boavista, the 251-room Porto Palacio is a modern city sanctuary set among the spoils of historic Oporto. Interiors project a sexy simplicity, with sumptuous fabrics, geometric crystal chandeliers and richly textured wallpapers softening minimalist dark wood, glass and metal furnishing throughout. Dining options include a fresh take on traditional beer-hall eats at Portobeer, teppanyaki-style Japanese at Góshò Restaurant, and a glass-walled VIP Lounge offering city panoramas. The hotel’s full-service spa features a Beauty Lab salon and Turkish bath, while a stocked fitness center and two indoor pools round out the property’s health and wellness offerings.
In the Area
Deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city of Oporto serves up big-city retail and modern attractions amid an historic and fairytale-like setting. Cruise the River Douro, or embark on a full-day wine tasting tour in the Douro Valley to experience the flavor of the region. Visit the Casa da Música for a show and a peek at impressive area architecture, or check out the vast, revolving collection of art at the Serralves Museum. Whatever you do, spend at least a day wandering the charming city streets, exploring local markets and experiencing the day-to-day buzz of this Old World European hub.
How to Get There
The hotel has a professional standard, good rooms and bars. Friendly staff I think it's worth more for those going to work than the tour because the location is good. Would go back for work and not for tour.
don't be put off by the size of the hotel it's got great facilities, does not feel like a convention/business hotel and the staff are excellent, discreet and helpful. Rooftop bar has uninterrupted views to Duoro and Atlantic - also restaurant and bar on same floor has fab views out across suburbs. Lovely pleasant staff. Had dinner in restaurant, not brilliant but good enough for what was a cheaper bill than expected (250 euros for four including wine/beers). Good wine selection. pool and spa in basement (get swimming cap), one pool, one "lane" pool and Jacuzzi with gym. Nice touches everywhere, piano bar in reception, breakfast extensive (port or champagne anyone!) and until 1030am.
We stayed long weekend at this hotel.
We found it great for our purposes.
Large, clean and very convenient rooms.
The food in the restaurant was nice.
As we had a car it was great to have local parking for it and VERY cheap!
11 euros for the whole weekend.
The place this hotel is locate dis in the middle between downtown and the beaches.
The comment of everyone I spoke to was that this was the best hotel in town. It is modern, plush, well maintained and I had great service from the staff.
The view from my room was great except there were some flats immediately in the foreground with washing on the balconies which was a shame.
While we really liked the physical attributes and helpful staff at this hotel, there was a major problem with the temperature inside our room. When we checked-in, the room temperature was 26.5 C (80 F). We set the thermostat down to 17 C, our normal sleeping temperature. It didn't go down much. We called down to the front desk and the maintenance person came up, while trying to be helpful, measured the air temperature coming out of the vent at 18 C and said that we needed to give it more time. Needless to say, we didn't sleep well. By morning, it had gotten down to 23.5 C (74.3 F), still too hot to sleep. After 4 nights, the temperature still was 21 C (70 F), great for while awake, not so good for sleeping.
If 18 C produces a room of 21 C even after a long time allowance, I would suggest that hotel staff reduce the main temperature in the ducts down to 14 C.