We (with my wife and another couple) slept recently in 5 pousadas through their "Golden Age" deal (Obidos, Condeixa a Nova, Ria Aveiro, Porto Palacio do Freixo and Convento Desagravo). Obidos was the worst while Porto was the best by far. There is at times a "herd effect" in the tripadvisor reviews - which led me to several disappointments in the past. I must say that regarding the Porto Pousada all the excellent reviews are fully warranted. It's facilities are the best from all pousadas I visited in Portugal. The palace itself is beautiful and sumptuous in every aspect while the sleeping quarters are at par with any 5 star hotel I have seen anywhere. Don't be fooled by the fact that the bedrooms are located in an old flour mill - the place has been totally and thoroughly refurbished - the only thing that reminds the old factory are the red bricks facades and the inscription on one of them. What particularly attracted my attention was that the interior decoration of the rooms did not follow the usual pousadas kitschy azulejos and old timber and stone but it had the interior of a high class hotel. I could note the efforts they made in order to stand out from the other pousadas (this can be appreciated only by someone who has been in several and has noticed that there are some common features in all of them) like the breakfast or room amenities.
The service staff is one level at least above what I have seen in other pousadas and were courteous, efficient and helpful in every way (we used quite a lot of their time with requests for directions regarding to our trip and Porto itself).
Definitely a place to return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This hotel is situated by Porto's Douro River in a restored 18th-century Baroque building. It offers grand public areas with original architecture. Rooms at Pestana Palacio do Freixo are spacious, air-conditioned and have a separate seating area. Bathrooms include luxury amenities and a hairdryer. Some rooms offer Douro River views. Guests can relax on a sun lounger next to the Palacio Do Freixo's outdoor infinity pool which overlooks the river. The restaurant Palatium serves a daily buffet breakfast cooked with fresh ingredients. Guests can order light snacks at the pool or evening cocktails at the hotel's bar. The hotel is situated 2.5 km from the Dolce Vita Shopping Area and 1 km from Campanha Train Station. Porto Airport is a 20-minute drive away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Palacio Do Freixo Hotel Porto