Hotel Infante Sagres
10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
old style charm in great location
"We were stayed in this hotel during the world cup when Portugal lost to Germany. The location next to the main square was excellent and a great place to see the portugeese celebrating their loss.
The hotel is the type of place that you would normally pay to visit as a tourist attraction! Old world grandeur and faded charm. The public spaces are amazing with traditional decor and styling.
The rooms do not live up to the public spaces, and the beds are very small,but the bathrooms are very 1920s and elegant. I would not say these areas are 5 star.
Service was great especially at reception where bars and restraunts were recommended
The bars along the Riberia are ten minutes away but the best bars are accross the river in Gaia, on the river front by the port cellars."
- Travel date: Sat 8th of July 2006
Infantes des sagres
"Public areas very stylish and luxurious. Standard double room was a little small compared to other 5 star hotels we have stayed in. Excellent dining room and buffet breakfast. Hotel is a good 15 minute walk to the river and port lodges."
- Travel date: Wed 29th of March 2006
Rooms not what we would expect in a 5 star hotel
"Hotel Infante Sagres, Oporto
Have just returned (March 06) The hotel lobby, lounge areas and restaurant have been beautifully maintained and are full of character and charm. However, it is unfortunate that the standard of the accomodation is not so luxurious. We booked a Superior double room which we found to be very plain, ordinary and small. The bed would have been totally uncomfortable and overall, the standard was not 5 star. At the cost of an additional 100 Euros per night we upgraded to a 'Suite' which was fine and more in keeping with what we would have expected but obviously at an additional expense."
- Travel date: Sun 26th of March 2006
Opulent and well-positioned but disappointed in room
"Stayed for long weekend in May 04, public areas of hotel are lovely, dining room stunning with groovy chandeliers. Service was poor, untrained staff concentrating so hard on keeping one arm behind their backs that they completely forgot essentials such as tea/coffee.
Everywhere was spotless but our room was a big disappointment, very ordinary and no better than many lower rated establishments.
The guy on the desk was very helpful recommending a (--) restaurant on front, when we arrived the clientele looked strangely familiar - all from hotel!
But comfortable, mainly helpful, good location & clean, just take some earplugs if they are still blasting out the metro in front of the hotel.Porto OK - very much a working city lacking the charisma of Lisbon. A weekend is long enough unless you head up the Douro."
- Travel date: Sun 6th of March 2005
old school charm
"Old school style. Very elegant common areas. Staff extremely friendly and helpful . They speak fluent english, a plus in Port. Excellent location, center of town near both the shopping areas and the river front. The food at the restaurant was great.
This is not a neat modern hotel, but a charming time capsule well worth a stay."
- Travel date: Wed 5th of January 2005
old, but classy and charming
"It is an old hotel, maybe 50 or 60 years old, I believe recently renovated. If you like old style hotels, but with great furniture, and not huge spaces this is it.
Rooms are small, and even on the 5th floor (top), if you face the square, you can hear the cars.
Breakfast in really nice, beautiful dining room and service.
Staff was very nice.
Location is good."
- Travel date: Thu 30th of December 2004
"Just returned from a long weekend in Porto. Hotel reception staff were very very friendly and went out of their way to give assistance - even at 1am when we enquired about rail schedules!!!
The Room was nice and comfortable although I would not rate it as 5 star - as the usual 5 star touches were missing....
The hotel is about a 10 minute walk to the river where you can cross the river to the Port houses."
- Travel date: Sun 23rd of May 2004
Ornate hotel with some more basic rooms
"We stayed for a long weekend 12-15 February 2004. This older hotel is very well situated in central Porto, within 100 metres of the Liberade Place (where stops the Aerobus from the Airport - fare EUR 2.60) and 300 metres of Sao Bento railway station (where start the trains to the 3 principal towns to visit : Guimaraes, Braga and Amarante). Round the square are lots of banks and cash machines. The hotel bears 5* and has a very ornate public area, first floor and dining room with "antique" style furniture and furmishings. Staff were friendly, helpful and spoke English. Buffet breakfast offered ripe fresh fruit and good choice of other dishes. Our disappointment was our room on first floor (106) which had cheap and plasticky fittings. It was nearer 2* or 3*. Shower curtain and rail was moderate quality. Loo seat was lightweight plastic. No real supports to get out of bath. Wardrobe had plastic clothes hangars, too wide for depth of cupboard! We paid in the inclusive price about GBP 80 (EUR 120) for the double room so perhaps had one of their cheaper and more modest rooms. A point to watch if you book unseen."
- Travel date: Mon 16th of February 2004
Best Kept Secret
"Loved this hotel. Our room was beautiful...the hotel was beautiful...the dining room was beautiful. Our breakfast was included in the price of our room and it was absolutely gorgeous, as was the impeccable service. We did not have dinner there because we wanted to get out and experience more of the city, but if dinner was anything like breakfast, it must have been wonderful. Oporto is a very worthwhile city to visit, however, I would recommend doing it with a guide. The hotel offered us an English-speaking guide with a car, which we chose not to do. However, the next day we met Fernando Magellan Pereira who was our taxi driver and I believe that is who the hotel would have called for a guide. He has a beautiful mini-van and speaks excellent English and he would have made our experience in Oporto so much more meaningful. He will tell you about El Infante de Sagre, Henry the Navigator, who is someone that anyone visiting Portugal must know about. I wish that I could locate the card with his phone number, but can't seem to locate it at the moment, but the hotel can put you in touch with him. Don't miss the Majestic!"
- Travel date: Fri 17th of October 2003
Definately a must stay!!
"We just recently returned from a 3 week vacation in Portugal. This hotel was the best that we stayed in. It is absolutely beautiful, close to everything, and the staff were incredible, attentive to every need!
Truly first class. We got a great rate on our room through the Hotel Store voucher program. Well worth every penny even at regular price.
Truly a must stay!!!"
- Travel date: Mon 25th of August 2003