PortoBay Teatro, Porto, Portugal
The location of the 74 room Hotel Teatro, built on the site of the old Baquet Theatre, is ideal for culture vultures. Within spitting distance of Avenida dos Aliados, the wonderful São Bento Train Station (a living piece of art, decorated floor to ceiling with azulejo tile work) and the Church of Saint Ildefonso, there isn't a better location for access to Porto's historic centre. The hotel blends nicely into this district. Its heavy copper doors lead into a long lobby and there is a nod to its theatrical past. Though contemporary in style the wood interior gives a natural and relaxing vibe - the first impressions are modern furnishings, soft up lighting and plants dotted about. On the ground floor is the excellent restaurant Il Basilico which opens out to the street - but bear in mind it serves mainly Italian cuisine as opposed to anything Portuguese with the exception of Pastel de Nata.
Your expert reviewer
A walk across the iconic Ponte Luis I, which spans the Douro River, drops you nicely on the opposite side with the wineries' tasting rooms.
The hotel is in Porto's Old Town, not far from the Bolhao City Market.
By plane: flights to Porto take around 2 hours 25 mins from London. The drive to the hotel takes 30 minutes. skyscanner.com
Style & Character
This hotel is perfect for a couple wanting to be centrally located in the historic part of Porto. The dramatic entrance doors to the lobby create an immediate feeling of drama.
Service & Facilities
We really like the upmarket products such as Rituals cleansing and shampoo offerings.
- Room service
- Free Wi-Fi
The bedrooms are comfortable, light and utilitarian, and we love the colour scheme and décor. It may seem a small thing, but it's very nice to have a desk/dressing table area.
Gallery Room, Tribune Room, Audience Room, Junior Suite, Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, Rituals toiletries, slippers, tea and coffee facilities, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
The Ravioli di Ricotta, Spinaci e Pinoli is excellent, and we love that you can sit at a table near the 'open to the air' entrance for as long as you like, lingering over a coffee and people-watching.
Il Basilico: Italian comfort food. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Mains from €17.50.
Il Basilico Bar: drinks, cocktails and snacks. Open daily 11am-11pm.
Rooms available from £85.72 per night
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