A Bela Aurora

  • Location: City
    Shops and galleries on Rua Miguel Bombarda: In walking distance
    Jardins do Palácio de Cristal: 8 mins walk
    Casa de Serralves: 40 mins walk
    Casa da Música by Rem Koolhaas: 20 mins walk
  • Porto Airport (OPO): 16km (17 mins by car)
    Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS): 310km (2h 40 mins by car)
    Good public transport
    Paid parking

It’s so comfortable here, to us A Bela Aurora is much more like a charming and cosy bed & breakfast.
You'll love the hotel’s delicious vegetarian and homemade breakfast, they even offer kosher options!
Explore the art district and find concept stores, art galleries, and lots of cute cafés and bars.

A Bela Aurora is a traditional Porto building and therefore recommended for children older than 6.

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An introduction to A Bela Aurora

How would you describe A Bela Aurora in a nutshell?

A Bela Aurora is a Guest House and a creative collaboration between architects, interior designers, and artists, centrally located in the beautiful city of Porto. This Arts and Crafts building from 1870 has five large bedrooms with high ceilings, pine wood flooring and wonderfully cosy, warm light. The house is set into Porto’s arts district, allowing guests to experience peaceful inspiration, yet still being close to the hustle and bustle of the city centre.

What was your inspiration to buy the house and refurbish it?

We do a lot of creative work, have travelled and lived in big cities as well as the countryside. Having had all those experiences has really helped us realize what’s important in life and how we want to spend our days. We had always wanted to have a guesthouse and now was the time to do it.

We found this house after seeing around 80 buildings in different parts of the country and totally fell in love with it. Porto was our first choice as we feel that it is probably one of the nicest cities in Europe. A very cool and easygoing city, the perfect mix of creativity and tradition in a nice way. After all, returning to Porto after 40 years of traveling and living all over the world was an interesting step in my life.

How would you describe the architecture and interior design?

From all my travels I learned that there a only a few things I cannot be without, such as a table where I can draw and a small corner with good lighting where I can read. I also enjoy large bathrooms when I travel, so we tried to make this place exactly like we like to find it on our travels.

Everything at A Bela Aurora is high-quality craftsmanship. The architect Tiago Oudman, who also happens to be my son, worked with us on refurbishing the house. He was in charge of all the structural elements of the house, such as rooms, bathrooms, the kitchen, and so on. Also, all of the furniture was handmade and tailor-made for the hotel, apart from a few original family pieces, which were also hand-crafted, but 150 years ago.

The rooms were all designed using soft colours. We’ve found that when people travel, they’re usually touring all day. The idea was to have a place for guests to return to that provides a feeling of silence and peace to recover from absorbing information all day long.

To you personally, what makes the B&B so special?

When you enter our guesthouse, one of the nicest things you feel is that it’s a very silent house, also spacious and light, and with an easy, simple feel to it. It’s not overcrowded with furniture and decorations, and is very elegant yet unpretentious. My experience from guest feedback is that they appreciate what we’ve done and the beauty of A Bela Aurora as a whole. They feel the authenticity of the place and the honest way we interact with our guests.

Suite 3
Suite 2
Central staircase
Breakfast area
Suite 3
Suite 5
Suite 4
Suite 1
Sitting area
Garden and entrance

A Bela Aurora rooms & rates

A Bela Aurora is a very large house built with granite walls. The floors are original, the ceilings three metres high and everything is very spacious. On five stories, we can accommodate couples as well as families with children. Upon walking into the house on the ground floor, you are greeted by our reception area with an office and a creative space where I paint. At the end of the corridor you can look down into our 45-metre long garden with old trees and a private sitting area. Downstairs is the kitchen and a breakfast room with a long family table. Our bedrooms are spread out over the first, second, and third floor. Four of the rooms have balconies, some have garden views and others overlook the city. The high ceilings enable guests to really feel the space that surrounds them, and spread out within it. All the private bathrooms have walking showers except one which has a bathtub.

  • Suite 1 for 2-3 people / 39 m²
    147 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)

    This beautiful room with pine wood floor and high ceilings features a king-size bed (two twins) with hypoallergenic mattress and pillows, 100% cotton linen and towels and 100% pure wool handmade blankets or duvet. There is a desk, a comfortable armchair, yoga mat, and an en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower and eco-friendly toiletries. The two large double-glazed windows look out to the city.

  • Suite 2 for 2-3 people / 41 m²
    160 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Extra bed (on req.)

    This beautiful room with pine wood floor and high ceilings features a king-size bed (or two twins) with hypoallergenic mattress and pillows, 100% cotton linen and towels and 100% pure wool handmade blankets or duvet. There is a desk, comfortable armchairs, yoga mat, and an en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower and eco-friendly toiletries. The two large double-glazed windows look to the garden with a large private leisure balcony with comfortable chairs and a table.

  • Suite 3 for 2-3 people / 39 m²
    147 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)

    This beautiful room with original pine wood floor, high ceilings and a private balcony with double glazed windows facing the city, features a king-size bed (180x200) with hypoallergenic mattress and pillows, 100% cotton linen and towels and 100% pure wool handmade blankets or duvet. There is a desk, a comfortable armchair and an en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower and eco-friendly toiletries.

  • Suite 4 for 2-3 people / 35 m²
    154 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)

    This beautiful room with original pine wood floor, double height wooden ceilings, air-conditioning and a private balcony with leisure corner, and double glazed windows facing the garden, features a king-size bed (or two twins), with hypoallergenic mattress and pillows, 100% cotton linen and towels and 100% pure wool handmade blankets or duvet. There is a desk, a reading corner with comfortable armchairs and a bathtub/shower in the room with eco-friendly toiletries.

  • Suite 5 for 2-3 people / 29 m²
    137 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)

    This beautiful room with original pine wood floor, double height wooden ceilings, air-conditioning and a small private balcony with double glazed windows facing the city, features a king-size bed with hypoallergenic mattress and pillows, 100% cotton linen and towels and 100% pure wool handmade blankets or duvet. There is a desk, a reading corner with comfortable armchairs and bathroom with walk-in shower and eco-friendly toiletries.

Included in the rates
Rates include a delicious vegetarian breakfast with mostly organic produce from small and local farms and stores, daily cleaning, eco-friendly amenities and free WiFi.
Children & Extra beds
Only children from 6+ years are welcome. Extra beds are EUR 45 per night.
Minimum stay
2 nights
Check in time
after 16:00
Check out time
before 12:00
Closed January to mid-March

Facilities & services

  • WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Terrace
  • Maid service
  • Concierge service
  • Garden
  • Central heating
  • Honesty bar/Minibar
  • Not suitable for young children
  • Laundry service
  • Safe box
  • Hair dryer

A healthy vegetarian breakfast with mainly organic foods is served daily in our breakfast room. Delicious homemade tarts, fresh juices, homemade jam, and a variety of fresh and dried fruits are part of the arrangement. Classical music or melodic Jazz will be played at a very low volume to assist in creating an uplifting ambience to start the day with. The guest house has a big library with multi-lingual books, and in the living room a selection of organic teas, coffee, beer, and port wine are available for our guests. Our family comes from a line of port wine makers, which is why we can proudly serve a very good family port.

There is free WiFi, guests will find a yoga mat in their rooms, and tablet computers are available on request. We live inside the same building and there is, of course, always someone available to help guests with whatever they need as well as to give recommendations of places to go and things to do.

Things to do in Porto

  • Art / Culture
  • Shopping / Markets
  • Night life
  • Massages / Treatments
  • Yoga classes
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Cycling
  • Horseback riding
  • Boat trips

In my opinion, Porto’s essential sights include the Serralves Museum, a beautiful museum of modern art with a wonderful park. Also, Casa de Música by Rem Koolhaas is a stunning building where you can hear classical music or Jazz concerts. And there is so much more, like the Botanical Garden, a traditional art museum, a photography museum, as well as the Lello Library and Torre dos Clérigos. You can also walk to the river or take a short trip with an old tram to the beach. Really nice, unique shops with a great variety of choices are also nearby.

A Bela Aurora reviews

5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
Very good! We rate our stay 5 (very good), we enjoyed the very comfortable stay.
Gordian B.
stayed at A Bela Aurora in May 2018

The location of A Bela Aurora

A Bela Aurora is located in the historical centre of the city, in the arts district with a lot of art galleries, designer stores and small craft shops. Many young creative people live in the neighbourhood and everyone is very friendly and open. We also have wonderful street markets such as vintage or organic food markets on the weekends. I think it’s the nicest neighbourhood at the moment, as it shows a great mixture of what Porto really stands for, its somewhat faded grandeur as well as a very modern, and culturally interesting atmosphere.

Guests won’t need a car at all during their stay in Porto. A Bela Aurora is a 7-minute walk from the heart of the city, but we are still located in a residential area, so it’s very quiet and easy going. It’s very nice when you come from the centre and you feel this peaceful silence upon entering the hotel.

When is the best time to visit Porto?

Spring is a fantastic time to be in Porto. However, all of the seasons have their charm. August tends to be a bit more crowded but mostly spring and autumn are perfect for a visit and even winter isn’t too bad. Our long rainy winters seem to be over, which is very good for tourism. For instance, in December, it’s often 12 degrees during the day and 5 degrees early in the morning with sun and blue skies. Anybody coming from the north will find that to be extremely pleasing.