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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Fantastic hotel with great rooms, fantastic service and brilliant staff but unfortunately relies on a separately owned gym and pool below the hotel. They appear to have a dislike of the hotel guests and insist on all users of the pool buying and wearing swimming hats at €4 each which in our case took 40 mins to organise as they appeared to have run out of stock. They then prowl the pool area insisting that you remain quiet and don’t play games (even though in our case we were the only people there). We asked to have a water jet switched on for the children and were told it was €5 euros for 15 mins. We have stayed in lots of hotels across the world and never come across anything like this before. Best avoided if you are looking for a hotel with a pool as we were.
This is the second time I stay in this hotel and the experience was once again, an excellent one.
It is conveniently located and close to the main transportation hubs and motorways.
The staff are very friendly, attentive, always ready to help and nothing is too much trouble.
The hotel is very well presented, looking very fresh and an amazing roof top bar with a lovely view over the city.
Great breakfast buffet where you’re spoiled for choice, including champagne. Its actually champagne, not cheap cava or Prosecco!
Love the 24hr bar concept, where you can go for a quiet drink after a night out.
Rooms always spotless, nicely decorated and lovely touch with the chocolates that are offered with the turndown service.
In all, I loved staying here and definitely will be back again.
Very friendly people, good hotel, good location.
Carlos from reception is the best, thank you for your service and kindness.
See you maybe in September.
The rooms are clean and good.