Value Score Great Value!
Good For Families
A Luxurious Base in Porto
The Meridien Park Atlantic is a very nice hotel, with all the comforts that you would expect for 5 stars. Most of Porto's hotels are not in the city centre but this location was ideal because although there's nothing of interest in the immediate area, and the city centre is a 45-minute walk away, buses stop right outside the hotel and they are cheap and very frequent. You can also catch a bus in the other direction to the beach at Foz.
The standard rooms are very comfortable, spacious and tastefully decorated. I'd booked a single but got a king-size bed (with loads of pillows) which was lovely. There was a useful desk and chair, two comfortable chairs in a sitting area, and lamps and wall-lights provided a relaxing atmosphere.
The bathroom was equally luxurious with designer fittings, a good range of toiletries, and a bathtub over which was a gorgeous rain shower.
There were no coffee/tea facilities in the room but I ordered a coffee from room service and it came beautifully presented - a pot of coffee with a plate of scrummy biscuits.
If you want to use the Internet in your room, you'll need an Ethernet card and the price when I stayed there was too high - ,98€ for the first minute and ,48€ per minute after that. However, when I complained about it on checking out, I was told that WiFi is available in the lounge, so maybe that was more reasonable. There was a handy safe in the room which was large enough to house my small laptop.
The hotel also has a restaurant but it's very expensive and my meal was mediocre. I was the only person in there so perhaps things are better on a busier night. However, the large and comfortable bar area serves light meals and these were more reasonably priced and much nicer.
I got an amazing package deal through Expedia but the rates look generally reasonable for the class of property if booking direct with the hotel.
Unique Quality: Luxurious accommodation, good service and great transport links.
Directions: Buses to/from the Airport and the city stop right outside.
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