Pestana Vintage Porto Hotel (Porto)
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- Air conditioning
- Disabled facilities
- Conference and meeting room
- Free Internet access in public areas
- Paid access to the Internet in the room
- Bike rental
- Business Centre (Internet access)
Historic Town House
The Pestana Vintage Porto Hotel, located in a delightful riverside position, occupies a picturesque group of buildings dating back to the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Oporto is a historic city of great charm and romance, and the hotel, in the heart of the city, forms part of the area classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With its warm atmosphere, tasteful décor and attentive service, the Pestana Porto Hotel is an ideal base for cruising the river, exploring the streets, and discovering the city’s historic buildings, markets, cafes, museums and tempting variety of shops. Located at the heart of Oporto, directly opposite the port wine-cellars on the southbank of the river, the hotel is located 20 minutes from the airport, and 5 minutes from the train and subway station of São Bento, offering you all the charm of Ribeira (Porto waterfront esplanade), a picturesque set of buildings of original outline, well lit and standing out from the banks of Douro.
Porto City Tax - Please note that a €2 city tax will be charged locally per person, per day. Children under 13 years will not be charged.
The majority of the rooms at the Pestana Vintage Porto Hotel face the Douro River. The Hotel has 104 deluxe rooms with river views and superior rooms with city views, and 4 suites with river views. The hotel also has a room with easy access.
All rooms are equipped with:
Meetings & Conferences
The Pestana Vintage Porto Hotel has four meeting rooms, some with views overlooking the river.
Restaurant meal times & typical dishes
The Água d’Ouro Restaurant
The hotel's restaurant only opens in the mornings for breakfast but is certainly an ideal place to start the day, enjoying ones breakfast with great views of the Douro river. The restaurant has an interior section as well as an outdoor terrace which is open in peak summer season.
- Breakfast: 7:30-10:30 hrs
The hotel's comfortable bar also enjoys good views of the river and guests choose from a vast selection of different port wines. Bar Heritage also serves fresh and toasted sandwiches throughout the day. The hotel's tremendously convenient location makes it perfect for a light lunch stop.
Bar Heritage opening times: 10:30–24:00; Room service is available between 07:15 and 10:30 for breakfast and from 10:30 to 24:00 for sandwiches and pastries.
RIB Beef and Wine Restaurant
A new addition to the many dining experiences available at the Pestana Vintage Porto, the RIB restaurant aims to make guests discover the intricacies of Portuguese cuisine through high quality DOP meat. Many beef-based signature dishes are served in the sophisticated environment of the restaurant, such as the Tomahawk ribeye steak or the 'Chateaubriand' steak. For those who would prefer a lighter meal option, other carefully-prepared dishes are on the menu, such as red cabbage salad with a balsamic and honey sauce, or beetroot risotto with apple and roasted pine nuts.
Opening times: 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Group menus are available for a minimum of 10 people, prices start from 30.00€ per person (drinks supplement from 9.50€ per person).
Region & Cuisine
PORTO & THE NORTH
This for us is the most scenically spectacular of all of Portugal’s five official Regions on the mainland. Bordering the Spanish regions of Galicia to the north and Castilla y León to the east, and with the Atlantic to the west, this is essentially a mountainous region that encompasses two important river systems: the Minho in the north-west forming part of the border with Spain, and further south the Douro running roughly east-west and reaching the Atlantic at the city of Porto. With a mild climate – winter temperatures average 13/14ºC, rising to 26ºC in July and August – this is a region to visit at any time of the year.
Porto is the principal city of the region – it’s Portugal’s second city and gave the country its name. Only an hour and a half or so from the UK by air, Porto is rapidly becoming one of the most popular ‘city break’ destinations for visitors from this country, and for good reason. Most of the historic quarter can comfortably be explored on foot, and a spectacular view of the city and of Vila Nova de Gaia (Gaia for short) on the other side of the Douro can be seen from the splendid Romanesque-Gothic cathedral in the old quarter. Another, more leisurely, way of seeing both Porto and Gaia is by taking a trip on one of the river boats that run between the eastern edge of the city and the point at which the Douro enters the Atlantic.
No mention of Porto is complete without a reference to the most famous product of this region, port wine. Most of the major producers have their cellars across the river in Gaia: here the wine, produced on the estates up-river in and around the Douro Valley, is aged before being shipped to markets throughout the world, and a visit to one of these cellars followed by a tasting of a few varieties is absolutely recommended. Moored in Gaia are the original ‘Rabelo’ boats which were used to transport the wine down from the estates. Nowadays, modern cruise vessels carry passengers up into the Douro Valley, and beyond as far as Spain, for trips of one day to a week.
North of Porto is the ‘Costa Verde’, running up to the River Minho and the Spanish border. The principal town on this coast is the elegant resort of Viana do Castelo, famous throughout Portugal for its ‘Fiesta of Fiestas’ on the third weekend of August, while further north and a few miles inland, on the banks of the Minho and with glorious views across the river to Spain, is the little town of Vila Nova de Cerveira and its charming Pousada.
Other notable towns in the region are Braga, founded by the Celts in 300 BC and an important Roman administrative centre, and Guimarães, a medieval town known as the birthplace of the Portuguese nation and with a magnificently well-preserved historic centre. And in the mountainous ‘Tras-os-Montes’ in the north-west, the historic towns of Chaves and Bragança stand out.
But a major attraction of this beautiful region of Portugal has to be its outstanding scenery. To appreciate this to the full you really need a car and a touring holiday of a week or so, starting and finishing in Porto and staying at several Pousadas en route, will provide a perfect introduction to the region. We would certainly suggest staying a night or two in Porto itself and an ideal route would include the highly-recommended Pousadas at Vila Nova de Cerveira, Amares (near the exceptionally beautiful Peneda-Gerês National Park), Guimarães, Alijó and/or Mesão Frio in the Douro Valley area, the latter with quite magnificent views of the river valley itself, then back to Porto.
The cuisine of the region naturally includes fish of the highest quality along the coastal stretch (including lampreys, a speciality of Vilanova de Cerveira) and inevitably ‘bacalhau’ (codfish), for which there are either 365 or 1,001 methods of preparation – whoever you believe – throughout Portugal. A very popular local speciality is ‘caldo verde’, a green cabbage and spicy sausage soup; rich meaty stews in the mountainous north-west, and everywhere a profusion of sweet desserts, many of them almond based, cakes and pastries. This is ‘vinho verde’ territory so this light, white wine is found throughout the region, while several excellent red wines are produced in the area of the Douro. And, of course, there is always port.......
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Pousadas of Portugal:
Children: Generally the cost of an extra bed for a child under 13 years is free (when sharing a twin/double room with 2 parents).
Half-board: Most Pousadas offer a varied 3-course 'Table d'Hote' menu from £27 per person excluding drinks, and from £35 for their Pousadas in Cascais, Porto and Lisbon.
An extensive 'a la carte' selection is available at all Pousadas, these menus change seasonally.
Pestana Hotels and Resorts:
Children: Prices for extra beds for one or more children will be displayed at best rate available for each room type with capacity for additional beds.
Half-board: Most Pestana hotels offer 'a la carte' and buffet dining options.