You can't really beat the place for location, either (assuming you want to be in the town in the first place, rather than at the snootier hotels of Vila Nova de Gaia or Ribeira)--Avenida dos Aliados runs along the Praca da Liberdade, and moreover, the Aerobus stops right outside the hotel.
Make sure when you book (they are very good at returning faxed bookings within 12 to 24 hours) that you specify a room at the back of the hotel, and in the winter, that they turn the heating on in your room (you may have to remind them, but they are charming when you do and also provide blankets, etc., to make up for it!).
December 12, 2004
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