Listen carefully as the (actually very straightforward) directions for the 10 mins walk to the Metro terminus are explained by the delightfully friendly reception staff – otherwise you will spend hours wandering around housing estates and alongside motorways in the northern suburbs of Oporto, far from tourist attractions! The hotel itself is absolutely superb – gleaming marble, tiles and mirrors with en-suite bedrooms fully equipped with all mod-cons, shower and bath, hairdryer, toiletries, towels galore, packets of cleansing tissues and sewing kit etc etc. Also a mini-bar and digital safe – but take a travel kettle if you fancy a d-i-y tea or coffee in preference to using room-service. The piece -de- resistance of this establishment is the gargantuan buffet hot and cold breakfast – running for 3 hours per day – with at least 50 different foods and drinks to mix and match according to taste. I haven't stayed at other hotels in Porto but I would rate this 5 out of 5. Even the slightly odd location gave us a chance to discover local shops and cafes and it forced us to get to immediate grips with the "Andante" ticketing system on the superbly modern Metro.