Pros

  • In the historic district near restaurants, cafes, and shops
  • Walk to Ribeira Square in just 15 minutes
  • Four-minute walk to Sao Bento Metro and train station
  • Elegant, historic hotel with museum-like decor
  • Free breakfast buffet with large variety of cold cuts, cheeses, and breads
  • Dining terrace with garden views
  • Parlor-like bar with antique furnishings
  • Book exchange corner
  • Airport shuttle available (for a fee)
  • Free Wi-Fi
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Cons

  • Rooms are smallish, a bit plain, and have dated features
  • Only Family Rooms have air-conditioning
  • Street noise outside of rooms, especially on weekends
  • Wi-Fi can be spotty
  • Fee to use safe
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Bottom Line

Opened in 1877, Grande Hotel de Paris is a historic, two-and-a-half-pearl property with antique charm. The museum-like hotel is located on a cobblestone street in the historic district, a 15-minute walk to Ribeira Square. There are plenty of restaurants within walking distance, which is helpful as aside from a well-liked free breakfast buffet there's nor proper restaurant. A bar and an outdoor terrace are additional nice-to-have extras. The 42 rooms are smallish and plain when compared the rest of the hotel; old tube TVs add a dated element and there have been issues with the free Wi-Fi. For a similar rate, the upscale Axis Porto Business & Spa Hotel is farther from the historic district but has an on-site restaurant, pool (for a fee), and modern rooms with balconies.

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Amenities

  • Cribs
  • Internet

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Grande Hotel de Paris

Scene

Museum-like hotel with historic charm and lovely, tranquil garden

Upon first glance, there's plenty of Old World elegance to this hotel, which was built in 1877. A marble staircase leading up to fancy white French doors under a darling transom window sets the charming tone. This historic hotel has hosted several prominent guests, and today, vintage furnishings, antique paintings, and tapestry rugs give the property a museum-like feel. Pastel walls with decorative wood paneling add sweet appeal to the lobby and parlor-like bar, and vintage typewriters bring a bit of nostalgia to the book exchange room. The hotel has a small Exhibition Hall that, during our visit, featured a display of international currency from prior guests. The breakfast buffet is served to guests -- who are mainly leisure travelers -- in the Belle Epoque room, where fresh flowers and white table clothes bring elegance to the dining room. Seating is also available outside, where fruit trees, colorful flowers, large cacti, and a fish pond make for beautiful scenery that's rare to find so close to the city's core.

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Location

Historic area near plenty of restaurants, four-minute walk to Sao Bento station

Grande Hotel de Paris’ location is a huge plus. The hotel sits on a cobblestone street in the historic-yet-trendy part of town near plenty of restaurants, galleries, and shops. It’s a four-minute walk to the city’s main train station, Sao Bento, where there is also a metro station. The UNESCO World Heritage-protected Ribeira Square is a 15-minute walk away, and several of the city’s main sightseeing attractions are within walking distance including Clerigos Tower (four minutes), Bolsa Palace (11 minutes), and Monument Church of St. Francis (12 minutes). There’s no parking on-site, which means unloading luggage from a vehicle on the narrow, one-way street and parking in a garage a few blocks away -- it may be a hassle to some guests. Casa da Musica, a major concert hall space, is a 10-minute drive or metro ride from the hotel, while Estadio do Dragao soccer stadium can be reached in 15-minutes by car (20 minutes by metro from Trindade). It's 20 minutes by car to the airport, or a 45-minute trip by metro or train.

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Rooms

Smallish rooms with wooden floors and sparse decor, only some with air-conditioning

Compared with the rest of the property, the rooms at Grande Hotel de Paris feel a bit bare and underwhelming. They're pleasant enough, but look very much like the budget and mid-range rooms that crowd seemingly every town in southern Europe. Red curtains and patterned bed runners bring a little color to the otherwise plain rooms with wooden floors and white walls. Only a token, tiny framed black-and-white photo hangs on the wall, as well as a few old-school hooded sconces. The rooms have a few classic furnishings like simple wooden desks and sconce lighting. All rooms have small wall-mounted tube TVs and free Wi-Fi, though some guests complain of problems with the connection. The hotel has plans to upgrade to flat-screen TVs in 2016, so check ahead if this will be an issue for you. An array of sizes and shapes are available, and Family Rooms are also available. It's worth noting that these are the only rooms that have air-conditioning in the hotel. There's also a daily fee for use of the safe. Bathrooms are small and plain, with white tile floors and walls and either stand-up showers or shower/tub combinations. There's little in the way of counter space and limited toiletries are provided. Keep in mind that rooms facing the street are liable to pick up a lot of noise, especially on the weekends.

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Features

Free breakfast buffet, book exchange corner, and parlor bar

Given it's two-and-a-half-pearl status, it won't be surprising that features are limited here. The hotel provides a free breakfast buffet including cold cuts, cheeses, and a variety of breads -- the spread earns good reviews from past guests. The breakfast room is a charming space, and an outdoor terrace offers garden views. There’s also a bar in a parlor-like room with limited seating. The hotel has a book exchange where guests are encouraged to take and leave books, a process that's resulted in a library with books in several languages. There’s an internet corner in the lobby, with one computer, and the hotel has an exhibition hall with antique photographs and displays. Wi-FI is free throughout the property, though can be spotty. The hotel's front desk can also help arrange various tours and excursions.

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Grande Hotel de Paris

Scene

Museum-like hotel with historic charm and lovely, tranquil garden

Upon first glance, there's plenty of Old World elegance to this hotel, which was built in 1877. A marble staircase leading up to fancy white French doors under a darling transom window sets the charming tone. This historic hotel has hosted several prominent guests, and today, vintage furnishings, antique paintings, and tapestry rugs give the property a museum-like feel. Pastel walls with decorative wood paneling add sweet appeal to the lobby and parlor-like bar, and vintage typewriters bring a bit of nostalgia to the book exchange room. The hotel has a small Exhibition Hall that, during our visit, featured a display of international currency from prior guests. The breakfast buffet is served to guests -- who are mainly leisure travelers -- in the Belle Epoque room, where fresh flowers and white table clothes bring elegance to the dining room. Seating is also available outside, where fruit trees, colorful flowers, large cacti, and a fish pond make for beautiful scenery that's rare to find so close to the city's core.

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Location

Historic area near plenty of restaurants, four-minute walk to Sao Bento station

Grande Hotel de Paris’ location is a huge plus. The hotel sits on a cobblestone street in the historic-yet-trendy part of town near plenty of restaurants, galleries, and shops. It’s a four-minute walk to the city’s main train station, Sao Bento, where there is also a metro station. The UNESCO World Heritage-protected Ribeira Square is a 15-minute walk away, and several of the city’s main sightseeing attractions are within walking distance including Clerigos Tower (four minutes), Bolsa Palace (11 minutes), and Monument Church of St. Francis (12 minutes). There’s no parking on-site, which means unloading luggage from a vehicle on the narrow, one-way street and parking in a garage a few blocks away -- it may be a hassle to some guests. Casa da Musica, a major concert hall space, is a 10-minute drive or metro ride from the hotel, while Estadio do Dragao soccer stadium can be reached in 15-minutes by car (20 minutes by metro from Trindade). It's 20 minutes by car to the airport, or a 45-minute trip by metro or train.

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Rooms

Smallish rooms with wooden floors and sparse decor, only some with air-conditioning

Compared with the rest of the property, the rooms at Grande Hotel de Paris feel a bit bare and underwhelming. They're pleasant enough, but look very much like the budget and mid-range rooms that crowd seemingly every town in southern Europe. Red curtains and patterned bed runners bring a little color to the otherwise plain rooms with wooden floors and white walls. Only a token, tiny framed black-and-white photo hangs on the wall, as well as a few old-school hooded sconces. The rooms have a few classic furnishings like simple wooden desks and sconce lighting. All rooms have small wall-mounted tube TVs and free Wi-Fi, though some guests complain of problems with the connection. The hotel has plans to upgrade to flat-screen TVs in 2016, so check ahead if this will be an issue for you. An array of sizes and shapes are available, and Family Rooms are also available. It's worth noting that these are the only rooms that have air-conditioning in the hotel. There's also a daily fee for use of the safe. Bathrooms are small and plain, with white tile floors and walls and either stand-up showers or shower/tub combinations. There's little in the way of counter space and limited toiletries are provided. Keep in mind that rooms facing the street are liable to pick up a lot of noise, especially on the weekends.

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Features

Free breakfast buffet, book exchange corner, and parlor bar

Given it's two-and-a-half-pearl status, it won't be surprising that features are limited here. The hotel provides a free breakfast buffet including cold cuts, cheeses, and a variety of breads -- the spread earns good reviews from past guests. The breakfast room is a charming space, and an outdoor terrace offers garden views. There’s also a bar in a parlor-like room with limited seating. The hotel has a book exchange where guests are encouraged to take and leave books, a process that's resulted in a library with books in several languages. There’s an internet corner in the lobby, with one computer, and the hotel has an exhibition hall with antique photographs and displays. Wi-FI is free throughout the property, though can be spotty. The hotel's front desk can also help arrange various tours and excursions.

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Amenities

  • Airport Transportation

  • Babysitting Services

  • Cabanas

  • Cable

  • Cribs

  • Dry Cleaning

  • Internet

  • Kids Allowed

  • Laundry

  • Poolside Drink Service

  • Room Service

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