Porto Suites are an exquisitely designed small hotel with elegant and spacious veranda rooms in the cultural centre of Porto — for discerning travellers, made by travellers.
How would you describe Porto Boutique Hotel in a nutshell?
Right in the city centre you will find our beautiful and charming Porto Boutique Hotel. With 12 guestrooms it is a rather small hotel in an old Portuguese house, which we have introduced to a contemporary approach. You‘ll find that it gracefully combines private and public areas, there is a garden and terrace for those who enjoy relaxing outside. And inside you’ll find big windows and mid-century furnishings. Only a few steps from the house are some of the best sights and public transport can easily take you to those that are a bit further away.
Please tell us a bit about how the idea of opening a boutique hotel in Porto started.
My boyfriend and I love antiques which eventually lead to the idea to restore this building and turn it into a boutique hotel. The building is 100 years old and has not been altered structurally so it has very spacious rooms, each including a dressing and a living room, and some of them featuring a balcony as well.
We also have a beautiful garden and our restaurant, which at lunchtime lets our guests experience the lively ambience of the city and in the late afternoon and evening is perfect enjoy quiet and relaxing moments.
Your boutique hotel is also part of the art scene in Porto. Please tell us a bit about that.
Every other month there are lots of gallery openings leading to a great street party on Rua Miguel Bombarda. During that time we too open our exhibition space on the 3rd floor of the boutique hotel, which is managed by illustration gallery Dama Aflita.
In your opinion, what is the secret of being a good host?
I have 10 years of experience in the traditional hotel industry. For me it is all about the enjoyment of receiving people and here in such a small hotel, it is even more personal and each guest and each arrival tells a different story.
To you personally, what has been most rewarding about running a small boutique hotel?
The most satisfying aspect about the whole project are the bonds and relationships we have been able to create with our holiday guests.
How would you like your holiday guests to remember their stay?
I would like our guests to remember an old Portuguese house that has gained a second life and offers a cozy environment and an unpretentious atmosphere.