I had only been to 2 different European cities over 10 days, yet by my own oversight and lack of planning ahead of time, I had already switched hotels 4 times. Of these, my favorite by far was Hotel Infante Sagres, in the heart of Porto, Portugal.
Because they offered free chocolates every night. And a glass of complimentary port wine upon arrival. And because I returned to my room one night to find that the maid had folded my pajamas. (You know the staff really care when they go so far as to fold your clothes!)
Within walking distance of the Unesco World Heritage Ribeira district and the main shopping street of Porto, Hotel Infante Sagres is situated in a 1950’s building and combines a classic decor with friendly staff and the comfort of home. I met some great hospitality students who were doing their practicum at this small luxury hotel. They told me that they chose to come here because this hotel had the reputation for being the best in Porto.
Each morning, I woke up to a maze of orange-tiled rooftops overlooking a quiet street in Porto. This was followed by a quiet breakfast on the open patio before hitting the streets for the day’s work. I loved that although the hotel was within walking distance of all major sights, it was quiet and serene.