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Travel advice for my Mum!

Posted: 08:54 Thu 06 Feb 2014
by benread
My 70 (ish!) year old Mother and her friend plan a trip to Porto in May. Does anyone have any hotel and/or attraction and/or experience suggestions that may appeal to two culture seeking ladies of a certain age. Their budget will be at the lower end of the scale. Whilst they are not seeking luxury, the basic civilities are required I suspect!

Thank you.


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Re: Travel advice for my Mum!

Posted: 17:57 Thu 06 Feb 2014
by AHB
Are your mother and her friend port drinkers? Or even drinkers of any kind?

If not, we might be scraping the depths of our knowledge to come up with a suggestion.

However, I do have one thought - have they already booked? If not, perhaps it's worth them considering a river cruise. I did one with Elizabeth back in the mid-90s and it was a nice mix of port, sights, monasteries, fortified towns, museums and fabulous scenery. I think we did the 4 (or 5?) day cruise and stayed on the boat for the whole of that time. 1st day in Oporto, 2 days cruising up past the Valeira dam, then 2 days coming back downriver and then another night in Oporto. It was a pretty good introduction to the wider aspects of what the Douro has to offer compared to what I tend to focus on these days.

Re: Travel advice for my Mum!

Posted: 18:42 Thu 06 Feb 2014
by DRT
Contrary to your description of what is required I just had a look at prices for the Intercontinental Hotel, which is 5* and quite new, and rooms can be had for as little as £119 per night. If they are sharing that is very good value given the quality of the hotel and its location. It is near the top of the lift that takes you down to the Porto end of the Dom Luiz bridge and is in a large square filled with restaurants.

There is a nice hotel down on the front roughly opposite the Sandeman lodge but I forget its name.

Re: Travel advice for my Mum!

Posted: 18:59 Thu 06 Feb 2014
by Glenn E.
DRT wrote:There is a nice hotel down on the front roughly opposite the Sandeman lodge but I forget its name.
Do you mean the Pestana Porto?

Re: Travel advice for my Mum!

Posted: 19:09 Thu 06 Feb 2014
by DRT
Glenn E. wrote:
DRT wrote:There is a nice hotel down on the front roughly opposite the Sandeman lodge but I forget its name.
Do you mean the Pestana Porto?
Yes :D