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Porto Portugal Hotels - Hotels in Porto, Portugal

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Porto, or Oporto, in English, sits on the Douro River in northern Portugal. It is Portugal’s second-largest city after Lisbon and the capital of Port wine. This is a thriving city, steeped in history that sits right next to new towering structures. The Ribeira, or the historic center of Porto was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. Among Porto, Portugal’s attractions are its many artistic creations, a Cathedral district filled with medieval churches, six stunning bridges, including two designed by Gustave Eiffel and a student, a Port Wine Museum, the 15th-century home of the royal family, a library, and more. Port wine,which is known and loved throughout the world, is widely accepted in Porto itself as a dessert wine. Part of Porto’s charm is that many of its houses were built close together, packed against each other onto the steep rock face. There are many hotels in Porto, Portugal, depending on your taste and your budget.

The five-star Hotel Pousada do Porto – Palácio do Freixo in Porto, Portugal offers 87 rooms and was designed by architect Nasoni in the mid 18th century. The Freixo Palace, as it is known, is an example of Portuguese baroque architecture. The hotel renovators preserved the entire front of the palace building, which in 1910 was declared a National Monument.

The Hotel Pousada do Porto provides stately gardens to walk or relax in, and is close to Porto’s amenities, restaurants and shops. The hotel is made up of two separate, but connected buildings. The Palace houses the restaurant, bar, lounges and meeting rooms. And the guest rooms, some of them right above the river, are in the former Harmonia Flour Factory. The mansion’s rooms are spacious, air-conditioned, with a separate seating area and breakfast is included in the room rate. Guests can lounge in the sun around the hotel’s outdoor infinity pool which overlooks the river. The hotel spa has a Turkish bath, a heated indoor pool, a health center where massages are offered, and a fitness center.
Hotel Pousada do Porto – Palácio do Freixo
Estrada Nacional 108 4300-316
Porto 4100-130, Portugal
Tel: +351-225-311-000

The four-star Pestana Porto Hotel sits inside Porto’s Ribeira, or the main historic area and is right on the River Douro. From Pestana’s large windows, you can see the famous Port Luis bridge, which connects Oporto with Vila Nova de Gaia, a city that has the lodges where Port wine is blended and aged. Pestana has 30 rooms, which include deluxe rooms and suites with a river view, and superior rooms with a city view. There are also non-smoking rooms, and rooms for the handicapped. Breakfast is available for a surcharge. The Pestana offers bicycle rentals, sightseeing tours, cruises on the River Douro, and visits to the Port Wine Cellars. There are also shops and restaurants in nearby Santa Catarina.
Pestana Porto
Praca da Ribeira 1
Porto 4050-513, Portugal
Tel: +351-223-402-300

The three-star Hotel da Bolsa is located just five minutes from Porto, Portugal’s lively Ribeira area. The hotel also has easy access to the banks of the Douro River, and it is just another few steps across the famous D. Luis Iron Bridge to Gaia. The hotel’s central location puts it near the Stock Exchange building or Palacio da Bolsa along with attractions such as the Oporto Cathedral, the Church of St. Francis and the Mercado Ferreira Borges Exhibition Center.

The building that Hotel da Bolsa occupies was originally built in 1908 as a private social club. But 30 years later, after being hit by a big fire, it was rebuilt in a Beaux Arts style for an insurance company. Then, in 1994, after several years of sitting idle, it reopened as a government three-star hotel, which is how it was when the Hotel da Bolsa took it over.

The Hotel da Bolsa offers 36 furnished rooms, that are compact, but have very high ceilings. There is also a breakfast room, where the complimentary meal is served each morning, a bar/lounge, a TV lounge, and an elevator lift. Each room is equipped with a satellite television, direct-dial telephone and bathrooms that offer shower/tub combinations and makeup/shaving mirrors. All are air conditioned, and also have windows that open. Amenities that are available on request include hypo-allergenic bedding and wake-up calls. All guestrooms are non-smoking.
Hotel da Bolsa
Rua de Ferreira Borges, 101
4050-253 Porto, Portugal

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