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.
I like Porto because it is a well-sized city with character and lots of things to explore.
Porto Boutique Hotel
You‘ll be staying right on Rua Miguel Bombarda, just a step from art galleries, shops and cafés.
This is a small and charming boutique hotel, welcoming and personal, and with excellent service.
Don‘t expect a TV but there is Wi-Fi and of course busy life happening right outside the front door.
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.
This building is about 100 years old and has not been altered structurally since. Therefore the rooms are very spacious, each includes dressing and living spaces, and some even have a balcony. There are six rooms in the main house and five in the garden house. Of those there are two junior suites and then also two family suites. Our guests have access to the garden of course, breakfast is usually served on the terrace and when they get hungry during the day, there is also our café and a bar.
The 3 Double Rooms are located in the main house and feature a double or twin bed, a private bathroom with shower and a dressing room or wardrobe. There is space for one extra bed or baby cot.
The two Family Suites are located in the main house and feature a twin bed, on request and with costs we can put two extra beds, a sofabed or baby cot
The Junior Suite is located in the main house and features a double bed, a sofabed, a bathroom with shower and a balcony with beautiful views over the garden and Porto.
The 3 Double Rooms are located in the new building in the garden and feature a double bed, a bathroom with shower and a patio with beautiful views of the garden.
The Junior Suite is located in the new building in the garden and features a double bed, bathroom with shower and a patio with garden view.
The Double Room is located on the first floor of the new building in the garden and features a double bed, a bathroom with shower and large windows with beautiful views of the garden.
We 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 to enjoy quiet and relaxing moments.
In my opinion, must sees and dos in Porto are: a stroll along the Ribeira, a concert at Casa da Música, a visit to the Botanical Garden and an exhibition at the Casa de Serralves.
Porto Boutique Hotel is right in the city centre, on Rua Miguel Bombarda, which is a dynamic mix of contemporary art galleries, traditional commerce and alternative trade. A step further are some of the most famous sights, such as the beautiful gardens of Palácio de Cristal and Museo Nacional Soares dos Reis. The city of Porto is well-sized, with character and lots of things to explore and experience. Downtown is especially enticing with its attractive buildings, historic monuments, theaters, busy street markets, cafés, restaurants and bars.
The best months for a holiday in Porto are between March and October, with more tourists in July and August and harvest time in the Douro in September and October.
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