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  • jamie 31 posts

    Hi all, my wife and I are travelling to Porto at the end of May for 4 nights and wondering if anyone has any hotel and restaurant recommendations? Thank you

    NorthernLass 8,262 posts

    If you have a scroll through the destinations section there’s quite a bit of info on Porto as it’s quite popular here!

    Roberto 297 posts

    We stayed pre river cruise at Maison Albar Hotels – Le Monumental Palace. Good solid comfortable hotel in great location. Ate and drank there and can reccomend you add the hotel to any short list you’re drawing up.

    Booked via Amex and enjoyed the breakfast and $100 room credit.

    jamie 31 posts

    If you have a scroll through the destinations section there’s quite a bit of info on Porto as it’s quite popular here!

    Thanks, will do I did do a search but nothing came up!

    jamie 31 posts

    Thank you Roberto

    zio 266 posts

    Thread I started here, but only relates to the IC. https://www.headforpoints.com/forums/topic/ic-porto/
    I also couldn’t find other Porto threads, which is strange as in general there seems a lot of love on here for the city.

    NorthernLass 8,262 posts

    I don’t think searching for specific terms works very well, you probably need to go to the destinations forum and look through the various headings.

    NigelHamilton 228 posts

    A quirky, inexpensive boutique that my client loved was ‘B the guest’. Nothing like the IC of course.

    cabal of rabid baboons 109 posts

    We enjoyed the Hilton by the Se Catedral , Porto has fine restaurants, do your research and make sure you have a reservation as restaurants are small and busy.

    NorthernLass 8,262 posts
    MF176 200 posts

    I stayed at the PortoBay Teatro Hotel a couple of years ago as part of a BA Holidays itinerary. Lovely hotel, spacious room and bathroom, good breakfast and a great location.

    And if you’re a keen meat eater, I cannot recommend Muu Steakhouse enough. Service was brilliant.

    alex_l 3 posts

    We stayed pre river cruise at Maison Albar Hotels – Le Monumental Palace. Good solid comfortable hotel in great location. Ate and drank there and can reccomend you add the hotel to any short list you’re drawing up.

    Booked via Amex and enjoyed the breakfast and $100 room credit.

    We stayed here as well and really rated the combination of location and the rooms. It also had a lovely swimming pool / spa in the basement that no one seemed to use.

    Misty 289 posts

    Thank you for all this information, I was thinking that Porto might be our next short haul, for 2025. (have 3 for 2024 already) It’s good to read all the positives on here. Got an upmarket brochure from Travel agents and the pictures of Porto and the Douro Valley are stunning.

    Has anyone stayed at the Vinha Boutique Hotel?

    NorthernLass 8,262 posts

    On the other side of the river from the main attractions, but I noticed a Vincci (?) hotel with an outdoor pool which was built into the side of the cliff overlooking the river, it looked pretty spectacular!

    Misty 289 posts

    On the other side of the river from the main attractions, but I noticed a Vincci (?) hotel with an outdoor pool which was built into the side of the cliff overlooking the river, it looked pretty spectacular!

    Thank you NL I will check it out, we like smaller hotels. Planning is half the fun, great info on your original thread too. 🙂

    Hbommie 218 posts

    Thank you for all this information, I was thinking that Porto might be our next short haul, for 2025. (have 3 for 2024 already) It’s good to read all the positives on here. Got an upmarket brochure from Travel agents and the pictures of Porto and the Douro Valley are stunning.

    Has anyone stayed at the Vinha Boutique Hotel?

    Hi @Misty, did you manage to gain any info on the Vinha Boutique? It pops up on LHW and looks to be an interesting option. I’m considering this with a stay next month to use up some points and something further in the city, possibly the Vincci mentioned above.

    redlilly 117 posts

    Thank you for all this information, I was thinking that Porto might be our next short haul, for 2025. (have 3 for 2024 already) It’s good to read all the positives on here. Got an upmarket brochure from Travel agents and the pictures of Porto and the Douro Valley are stunning.

    Has anyone stayed at the Vinha Boutique Hotel?

    I haven’t stayed at Vinha Boutique, but got married next door to it at Torre Bella, in September last year and some guests did stay there, and did enjoy it. This section of the river is stunning, but is a good 10-15 mins from the city. Easily accessible by taxi – but a bit of a drag after the bridge. The guest list was too large to get married at Vinha, but the hotel did look stunning on visiting.

    Oporto is quite small/contained in comparison to a lot of other European cities, and gets very overwhelmed from March-October (ish). Working out what you want from a stay is key.

    OH is from Gaia, so we tend to stay with family when we head over, but I really enjoyed my wedding stay at the Vignette Collection Casa Da Companhia, where they treated me so well and upgraded me to the best room during my stay (my only stay in the city having visited 15 times already)! It used to be a Port Cellar, and this is clear in some of the parts of the hotel – the refurb is very sympathetic.

    When chatting to regular visitors on the flights over, I hear a lot of good words about some of the hotels on the Gaia side, including the Vincci as referenced by Northern Lass, and some smaller boutique style hotels (I think Caleway?).

    The Douro Valley itself is also very beautiful, and has some lovely hotels at some of the Quintas. We are off to a wedding there next month – and it feels yet “undiscovered” by a lot of tourists who frequent Oporto. However, prices are going up in this area too year on year, making it not as affordable for the average domestic travellers.

    Misty 289 posts

    @redlilly

    Thank you for such an informative post. It does sound like somewhere we would really enjoy, I guess if we go it would be spring or autumn so as to beat the summer crowds. We recently stayed in a Quinta in Madeira and it was stunning, especially all the 8 acres of tropical gardens, so would be up for doing something similar in the Douro Valley. Generally we don’t like to move accommodation mid trip, but it sounds like a 4 day + 4 day would be a good way to see the area. Interesting that you say it feels undiscovered, I suppose because it isn’t a traditional flop and drop type destination is helping with that aspect. I guess the price hike is only to be expected due to what’s happening with the world economy.

    Edit:@hbommie apologies as I didn’t see your post, but as yet I haven’t done any proper research into accommodations, but I will update if I discover anything further.

    NorthernLass 8,262 posts

    Definitely avoid July & August. We went in August 2022 because of school holidays and while we’ve been to busier cities, there were queues for the most popular attractions which we just couldn’t be bothered with!

    A Douro river cruise is certainly on my bucket list.

    Hbommie 218 posts

    The 4 plus 4 type of thing is what we’re considering as I like to split city with beach. I need to do some research to find a nice coastal town to twin this with.

    ankomonkey 46 posts

    The 4 plus 4 type of thing is what we’re considering as I like to split city with beach. I need to do some research to find a nice coastal town to twin this with.

    There is a pretty good beach in Matosinhos, which can be reached on the Porto Metro. I’m sure there are plenty of nice coastal towns nearer Porto, but the Costa Caparica (just south of Lisbon) is well-regarded and a bit quieter than Estoril/Cascais (often mentioned here) to the West of Lisbon. Porto is also pretty close to North Western Spain (Santiago de Compostela, etc.).

    NorthernLass 8,262 posts

    The coastal area around Vigo (about 90 mins from Porto) is breathtaking and I’ll probably get my wrist slapped for talking about it! Google “Cies Islands”, though, and you’ll see what I mean.

    Hbommie 218 posts

    Thankyou, I’ve been to Lisbon and Cascais, and will check out Costa Caparica for another trip.

    Rob
    HfP Staff
    2,303 posts

    There’s a review of the InterCon from me if you search the main site.

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