Coronavirus is causing havoc to travel plans all over the world. We managed to fit in our trip to Porto last week before much of the craziness started. We had a fantastic time in Porto – it’s such a beautiful city and we can’t wait to share lots more Porto content over the coming weeks. On our latest trip we stayed at the reasonably priced House Ribeira Hotel. Here’s what we thought.
House Ribeira Hotel is a modern 4* hotel located in the heart of the Ribeira district on the banks of the Douro river. ‘Feels like home’ is the hotel’s motto and the warm welcome we were given on arrival definitely helped us settle in to the start of our trip. Nothing was too much trouble during check in, including checking into our room early. We were even offered a glass of port and a pasteis de nata to try while they were processing our check in.
The hotel itself was well decorated and impeccably clean and a great base for a weekend away. There is a cafe on site serving breakfast and a lounge area in reception, although I admit we were too busy exploring to make much use of this. One of the best perks of our stay was the free phone you are given to use throughout your stay which is pre-loaded with helpful apps like Google Maps and the hotels local tips. Particularly useful when you have a phone as old as mine!
We booked a double room directly with the hotel. They have been running lots of promotions on their website recently so it’s definitely worth checking if you can get a great deal by booking directly. The room itself was very compact and at first we were a little disappointed as it was smaller than the photos we had seen online. However, it was very comfortable and perfectly adequate for a weekend city break. The room had the usual facilities with the added bonus of a Dolce Gusto coffee machine.
I used to be a massive fan of a hotel breakfast but once again we ate out every morning instead of trying the breakfast at the House Ribeira Hotel. However, if you are interested, breakfast is only £13 extra and is included in the great winter rates that they are currently offering online. Breakfast looked great and I’m sure we would try it next time we’re in Porto. For options further afield look out for our Foodie Weekend in Porto post coming soon for some great tips for breakfast and brunch in Porto.
Overall, the House Ribeira Hotel really does feel like home and is a great base weekend city break in Porto. The rooms were comfortable and offered everything you need. What really stood out was that the hotel was in a great location in the heart of the Ribeira district and was still very reasonably priced.