Porto

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Mercure Porto Gaia

Address: Rua Manuel Moreira de Barros 618D

Neighborhood:

City: Vila Nova de Gaia

Phone: 011-351-22-3740800

Website: www.mercure.com

Expert Review

This 104-room hotel sits directly across from popular Arrabida Shopping Center and flaunts a contemporary vibe and a wine theme (think tree sculpture constructed with wine bottle corks) - appropriate as that's the reason most visitors travel to this region. Several port cellars are located within downtown Porto, less than five minutes away, and the Douro Valley wine region is only a two-hour drive away. Although an additional fee, the breakfast buffet gives you a bang for your buck - it includes an extensive array of pastries and fruits, as well as yogurt, eggs and espresso. There are two restaurants and a bar in the hotel, and all three are decked out in bright, cheerful colors. Be sure to book dinner one night at Oporto, which serves regional Portuguese fare in an intimate atmosphere with a vibrant red decor. The rooms, which are quite spacious, are divided among five stories, and while the design in each is unique, most have cherry-red or fuchsia accents. There's also a 20-screen movie theater and a fitness center (reduced day fees for hotel guests) next door.

Tags: moderate | hotel restaurant

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