Strange hotel, Outo hotelli
Reviewed 23 August, 2019
This small hotel is located near the Sao Bento train station. If you take the train, please note, that the hotel is located uphill and I’m really talking about uphill.
There is no lift. The rooms are old, a bit mold in the bathroom.
Bed is ok.
No breakfast or other facilities, but there are several cafeterias and restaurants in the neighbourhood. No A/C, but a fan in the room.
The c/o was at 12 but when we arrived to our room after breakfast there was no possibility to take a shower as the cleaners had taken over the room. We could hardly Fit in to take our luggage.
Tämä pieni hotelli sijaitsee Sao Benton rautatieaseman lähellä ja sinne mennään todella jyrkkää ylämäkeä. Hotellissa ei ole hissiä eli nousua riittää vielä sielläkin. Hotellissa ei ole tarjolla aamiaista, mutta lähistöllä on kahviloita ja ravintoloita.
Huoneet ovat vanhoja, kylpyhuoneessa oli vähän homettakin. Huoneissa ei ole ilmastointia, mutta pieni tuuletin oli.
Uloskirjautuminen oli klo 12, mutta kun palasimme aamiaiselta läheisestä kahvilasta klo 11, ei ollut enää mahdollista päästä suihkuun, koska siivoojat olivat valloittaneet huoneen. Saimme hädintuskin tavarat pois heidän keskeltään.
Heavy sleep required
Reviewed 24 September, 2018
Ideally located and cheap (for Porto). In the city centre and very close to the Luis 1st bridge.
Earplugs are more than required as it seems that the noise from the street and your neighbours are in your room.
Staff is nice but does not speak English.
Clean, but is a 2 Star Hotel
Reviewed 23 April, 2018
The rooms are clean and basic, and the owner is very nice (but does not speak English). The property is located close to the historic train station and about a 10 to 15 minute walk to the waterfront. It’s very close to wonderful shopping streets. Be advised that the walk up from the waterfront to the hotel is all uphill (good to work off your meal). If you are a light sleeper, this may not be the hotel for you - it is an old building (all stairs on the inside) and the walls are very thin. You can hear the outside like it was in the room. There is free parking on the street (8pm to 8am) - first come first serve. Otherwise parking is $1 Euro for every 2 hours. The price per room is decent but it really is a 2 Star Hotel by North American standards.
Great location, good value for money.
Reviewed 26 July, 2017
The location of the place is great, very close to all the important monuments, as well the city center, restaurants and cafes. It's 5 minutes away from metro station and train station, from where you can catch a train for many other cities in Portugal. The rooms were cleaned each day, every day you get a new towel. I stayed with a friend and for two of us it was okay, since it was a cheap option.
The room was pretty small, not too much space in between the furniture. The lady who runs the place does not speak a work of English, so we could not get any info from her. She also locks the door around 10 pm so in case you are coming late you have to ring the bell for her to open, which is kind of unpleasant considering she's about 60 years old and you're waking her up in the middle of the night. There is no kitchen or common dining area as it was described.
Reviewed 23 July, 2016
I can surely understand why this place divides people in a "for" and "against". It's all a question of expectations of course.
The hotel is more like a "room rental". It is run by a senior lady who is really an old-fashioned type of Portugese mama. She does not speak English at all (her middleaged housekeeper does), and can seem a bit hard or unfriendly to begin with. I have met many of these types of locals and once you get to know them, they are the nicest persons. In the end she asked me every morning if I had slept well. She also lend me a fan as it was quite warm during the nights.
The room itself was medium-sized, furniture was very old and worn, but things were clean and worked. There was a separate toilet room with shower. There was a bit of fungus on the ceiling in the bathroom, but I've seen worse. The tv was an old 14 inch tube (!). Some rooms only have a tiny window. The place does not serve breakfast, but there is an abundancy of street restaurants nearby, good ones too.
No, the draw to this place is the excellens location. Its hard to image a better place. Only a 200m from Sao Bento Train Station and almost next to the Luis I Bridge and the old city - BUT located in a small, quiet street, so no noise during the night.
It's a very basic place just for sleeping while on a weekend trip. Not luxurious in any way but that is also not what you would expect for 50 EUR/night. I was very happy with the stay. Oh yeah, if you arrive at the hotel later than say 10 pm, you ring the bell, and mama will look out the window from 1st floor and open the door for you. I came home at 4 am one night, and I will never forget that face! (but she let me in!).