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Carris Porto Ribeira 4.0

Porto, Porto District, Northern Portugal

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Pros

  • Set in a medieval 14th-century building with contemporary interiors
  • A five-minute walk from most of Porto’s main attractions
  • Just up the street from Ribeira Plaza
  • Guest rooms are chic and feature air-conditioning and minibars
  • Bi-level Duplex Suites and spacious Junior Suites are available
  • Formal restaurant plus a tapas bar with rustic decor
  • Bar serving a range of drinks has views over the cobbled street
  • Simple fitness rooms with small selection of modern equipment
  • Buffet breakfast available daily
  • Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property

Cons

  • Some rooms get street noise
  • Breakfast is not included in the room rate

Bottom Line

There are 90 rooms at this four-pearl property set in a series of atmospheric, historic buildings in Porto’s UNESCO-preserved center. The location is ideal for tourists wanting to explore the city on foot as Ribeira Plaza is just down the street and most other attractions are within a short walk. The rooms at this property have chic and stylish decor, and some have exposed brick walls from the original building. Air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, and a minibar are provided. The hotel has two excellent restaurants -- a rustic tapas bar, and a more formal, elegant eatery serving traditional Portuguese dishes. Those looking for a hotel with a pool should check out the luxurious Palacio do Freixo as an alternative, though rates are higher and its farther from the center of town.

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Scene

Stylish contemporary decor in a refurbished, historic building 

The Carris Porto Ribeira hotel is partially set in a medieval fourteenth century building which has been carefully refurbished. The property is appealing to those who have an interest in history and architecture, as many original features still remain. It is said that parts of the building’s basement were used as prison cells in medieval times, and that the area now used as a tapas bar was once a chapel. The lobby and public areas of the hotel are now a stunning blend of history and modern design. Steel and glass staircases and contemporary wood and cream furniture work well with the pale stone walls, floors, and dramatic arches. A panoramic elevator has also been installed where guests can see through the many arches of the property as they ascend to their rooms, and the hotel sparingly employs contemporary art to complement, rather than compete with, the architecture. Due to the hotel’s location in the center of the historic district, it mainly attracts couples on city breaks who want to see Porto's sights on foot.

Location

In the heart of historic Porto, near Riberia Plaza and Rio Douro

Situated in Porto’s historic Ribeira district, the hotel is on a pretty cobblestone street and is just up the street from Ribeira Plaza. There are plenty of things to see and do in the local area, from boat tours on the river, a traditional fruit market, and many different bars and restaurants. The property is ideally situated for tourists wanting to see the main sights of Porto on foot. Just a five-minute walk away are many historic sights such as Porto Cathedral, the former palace Paco Episcopal do Porto, the medieval fort Torre Medieval do Porto, and the gothic Monument Church of St. Francis. There are also a number of excellent museums within a five-minute walk including Casa do Infante, Museu de Arte Sacra, and the decorative arts at Casa-Museu Guerra Junqueiro. Sao Bento Metro station is just a five-minute walk from the property too, and Porto Airport is a 20-minute drive away. 

Rooms

Chic, contemporary rooms with air-conditioning plus sharp and spacious suites

The hotel’s 90 guest rooms are available are available in a variety of categories, including Junior Suites which have a spacious sitting area and balcony and bi-floor Duplex Suites that look like chic small apartments (albeit without kitchens). Rooms are decorated in sharp muted shades of gray and taupe, and have monochrome abstract artwork on the walls. Furniture is minimalist and contemporary -- it almost has a Scandinavian look, especially in units like the Junior Suite that we visited -- and there are dark wood floors throughout. Some rooms have exposed brick walls from the original building, and many have wonderful views across the rooftops of Porto. 

Rooms are all equipped with flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, air-conditioning, minibars, safes, and free Wi-Fi. Upgraded rooms have electric kettles. Bathrooms are elegant -- done in the same restrained style as the rooms, with white and tan accents -- and have shower/tub combos, hairdryers, generous vanities, contemporary fixtures, and luxurious toiletries, plus internal windows which give the feel of extra space and light to the rooms. Some previous guests have found that street noise filters in to the lower rooms at the front of the property.

Features

Formal restaurant, tapas bar, fitness center, and free Wi-Fi

The hotel's Forno Velho Restaurant serves traditional Portuguese cuisine beneath the original stone arches of the building. Simple black-and-white furniture and mood lighting create a sophisticated atmosphere. There is also a tapas bar on-site which has rustic decor that includes untreated wooden tables, beer barrels, and stone walls. Dishes like octopus, clams, and smoked hams can be sampled. Drinks are served at the hotel's bar where floor to ceiling windows allow drinkers to watch the world going by on the cobbled street outside. A buffet-style breakfast is served daily with a good choice of fruit, cereal, bacon, sausage, eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, croissants, cakes, and bread, though it’s not included in the room rate. There's even a small fitness center here -- it's not much, but there are a few modern machines, it gets natural light, and is nice to have given the city-center location. Room service is also available. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property.

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Address

Rua Infante Dom Henrique 1, Porto, Northern Portugal 4050-297, Portugal