Situated as it is in the central avenue in the city it couldn't be more convenient to everything you might want to access in this charming city. Restaurants that are recommended in all the guide books and by our fellow travellers in Virtual Tourist are nearby and easily walked to. The Metro stop is litterally out the door and if you have the legs for it walking down the hill to the the port is about 15 minutes away-the walk back is another matter particulary after lunch although there is frequent bus service.
The hotel itself is up a short flight of stairs where there is a small elevator that takes you to reception. Reception is staffed by very helpful totally fluent English speakers who also speak fluent French, Spanish, German and for all I know Japanese-what are they doing working in a small hotel?).
The rooms are small and boxy. Ours had a view of the back of a derelict building. For a few days you can cope with it although it is claustrophobic if you spend too much time in your room. Breakfast is included in the price but not worth having. Instant coffee, orange squash, sticky buns, and supermarket bread. Better to go to the cafe next door for real coffee and food.
There is very expensive internet access in the hotel. Better to go down the avenue about four minutes away to an Internet shop(or register in the Municipal building up the avenue and become an internet user for free).
So this hotel is a tradeoff- central location for very ordinary accomodation.
Unique Quality: Next door to the Cafe Guarana which has entertainment each night. Ten minuutes from the main shopping area and the Cafe Majestic
Directions: Aliados stop on the Metro from the airport
When we check in and saw our room we were very happy. The bed was very close to ground but was quaint. We checked out the balcony becasue I wanted to make sure we had one so we could have a view. The balcony was cool with a view of these 4 cool stone figures looking down on us from across the street. Well, the bed was for little tiny people and we are both over 5'8". The noise outside was unbearable. REally really bad!!!
Unique Quality: Location is great, right on Avenida des Aliados. Alot of shopping streets, markets, and everything nearby. Not many touristy places. The room was clean and nice, shower was small too. The shower curtain is wrapped around you like a towel when you are in it. Very small.
Breakfast is a roll and cereal, tea, coffee, juice.
Directions: It is on the Avenida das Aliados but the entrance is on a side street. Take Purple line from Airport to Trindade, change to yellow and go one more stop to Aliados. It's just 2 mins. walking down hill from the exit.
An awful hotel, perhaps the worst one I have seen!
It has a couple of good points: convenient and safe location, and it was clean. The girls at the reception speak very good English.
Now, the bad... The heater barely works, and whatever heat it makes escapes from the gap between the door and the floor. I had to sleep under three blankets, and it was still cold. When I told the desk about my problem, they suggested to change setting to 25 degrees (I had it originally at maximum, since it was barely working), and when I advised them that it didn't help, they said that they can't do anything, but will inform the management. Probably, it cools in summer as effectively.
Water pressure was almost non-existent, and the sink has two separate faucets (one for ice-cold water and another for boiling-hot).
They don't have touchtone phones, so you can't use a card to call long distance. I had to call overseas, and ended up having to pay $122 for 8 minutes! When I complained to the desk, the girl got defensive and said it was not her fault, as if I was blaming her personally.
Breakfast is awful, too. It has just tea, coffee, the cheapest cereal available (served for some reason with very hot milk) and inedibly tough croissant-type of a thing.
I have reserved a room with a queen-sized bed, but instead was given a room with two full-sized beds. I barely fit into one, even though I am thin and average height. The girl at the desk said that 'this [was] what they have'.
Internet is availabe near reception for about E3/hr. There is no alarm clock, but the reception woke me up right on time.
Unique Quality: AWFUL!!!
Directions: Centre, between the city hall and Praca da Liberdade.
I stayed at Residencial Aliados. It could not be better located, right in the main avenue. It is very inexpensive, and included breakfast! The view of the grand avenue from my room was also great! I highly recommend it for those on a budget.
Unique Quality: Great location, great views, and heat, shower, and breakfast for less than $30 (low season)? Can't ask for more...
Directions: City Center
does any one know whats the best way to get from porto airport to the residencial dos aliados hotel can i get the metro? also is ithe hotel near the porto campanha railway station
residencial dos aliados hotel is in the center of Porto. It is accessed off Rua Elisio de Melo near Av Aliados. One block from metro station Av Aliados. Take metro line B from the airport. Trains leave from Sao Bento or Campanha stations. There is a metro station at each of these stations.
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thanks a lot you have been very helpfull
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