Porto Suites

  • Location: City
    Shops and restaurants: In walking distance
    Casa da Música by Rem Kolhaas: 1.5km (20 mins walking)
    Art galleries, vintage and design stores: In walking distance
  • Porto Airport (OPO): 15km (20 mins by car)
    Airport transfer available on request
    Good public transport
    Paid parking

The in-room spa treatments are a delight after a hard day of sightseeing.
The food served from the hearty breakfast brunch to the delicious 3-course dinners is amazing.
The location is unbeatable in our favourite part of Porto.

Children are welcomed with open arms but it is best suited for adults.

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An introduction to Porto Suites

How would you describe Porto Suites in a nutshell?

Porto Suites is quite different from standard boutique hotels in Porto. The first thing is that we are not very visible from the outside, we look just like a traditional townhouse in Porto. Porto Suites is in a very different niche, based on exclusive tailor-made services ranging from a luxurious in-room spa to private city tours. Above all, it is very relaxed and offers a feeling of being at home. It’s not like you’re staying in a hotel.

What was your inspiration to start a small hotel?

Part of our inspiration was our passion for traveling. Patricia and I have been travellers since we were young. We started travelling with our parents to these large resorts in the ’80s and then to smaller boutique hotels as we got older, and we noticed that that was the kind of service we enjoyed the most. For us, the idea was always to receive guests just as we were receiving friends in our own house.

Compared to a standard hotel, what makes Porto Suites so special?

We try to establish from the beginning through an exchange what our guests’ aims are for their holiday in Porto. From that point onwards, we offer a totally tailor-made experience. It all depends on the guests’ wishes. Not all establish this prior email-based exchange, but most do. It’s interesting to discover what certain guests want to discover on their holidays prior to their arrival or during their stay when we have time to share with them some thoughts on the best ways to enjoy the townhouse, the neighbourhood and finally the city of Porto and the wider region of northern Portugal.

What was the history of the building before it became a small hotel?

The building is located between the old and the newer part of the city. It’s a 19th-century wooden structure townhouse in a traditional narrow lot. It served as storage and office for the Portuguese publisher ‘Civilização’ until the mid ’90s, then it was derelict for almost 15 years. But more than a hundred years of history — the building was already mentioned in early 1800’s city plans — hides many stories still to be discovered among older neighbours and the unofficial history of the city of Porto.

The building was really run-down before we turned it into a small boutique hotel. Water was getting inside, so part of the wood was not in a good state. We renovated it to stabilise the structure, got rid of everything that wasn’t original to the building and brought back the traditional elements, and finally added a mix of contemporary furnishings and objects, which brought it back to life.

What has been the most rewarding experience to you personally running a small luxury hotel?

We haven’t approached the press, but word of mouth made the press aware of us across the globe, from articles in Monocle to reviews in the New York Times. It’s proof that we’re on the right track.

The comments have been widespread from the architecture to the services we offer. The best experience is when guests leave little presents behind and want to remain in contact with us. The relationships we build with some guests is really rewarding.

How would you describe Porto in a few words?

Porto is a very vibrant, contemporary city where you can have wonderful food and be very welcomed by people who really enjoy discovering different cultures. It’s an experience that goes beyond the UNESCO heritage and the obvious touristic things very easily.

Porto is also a very walkable city. After a while you feel like you own the city, feeling more like a local. You don’t feel like there are areas that are very far away.

How does Porto compare to Lisbon, the capital of Portugal?

Lisbon is the institutional capital of Portugal. It’s easy to understand the formality of that city. Porto is more relaxed and informal. For that reason, you can connect more with the city and feel part of what is happening rather than just being a spectator. Porto is definitely the most creative city in Portugal nowadays.

In terms of architecture, Porto has retained some of its Medieval aspects that are characteristic of older cities in Europe. It is now building on its history and renovating slowly.

King Grand Deluxe Garden Suite - 1st floor
King Grand Deluxe Garden Suite - 1st floor
King Grand Deluxe Garden Suite - 1st floor
King Grand Deluxe Garden Suite - 1st floor
King Grand Deluxe Garden Suite - 1st floor
King Grand Deluxe Garden Suite - 2nd floor
King Grand Deluxe Garden Suite - 2nd floor
King Grand Deluxe Garden Suite - 2nd floor
Hotel staircase
Hotel staircase
Hotel staircase
Reception
Reception
King Grand Deluxe Garden Suite - 3rd floor
King Grand Deluxe Garden Suite - 3rd floor
King Grand Deluxe Garden Suite - 3rd floor
King Grand Deluxe Garden Suite - 3rd floor
Garden Pavillon
Garden Pavillon
Garden Pavillon
Garden Pavillon
Garden Pavillon
Garden Pavillon
Garden Pavillon
Garden Pavillon
Queen Deluxe City Suite
Queen Deluxe City Suite
Queen Deluxe City Suite
Queen Deluxe City Suite
Queen Deluxe City Suite
Queen Deluxe City Suite Heritage
Queen Deluxe City Suite Heritage
Queen Deluxe City Suite Heritage
Queen Deluxe City Suite Heritage
Queen Deluxe City Suite Heritage
Club Suite
Club Suite
Club Suite
Club Suite
In-room spa
Kitchen
Kitchen
Restaurant
Restaurant
Restaurant
Restaurant
Restaurant
Rear facade
Garden
Garden
Outside dining

Porto Suites rooms & rates

There’s a favourite among the press and the critics who visit us. That suite is the ‘Viajante’ (the Portuguese word for ‘traveller’), which is a lofty and charming third-floor attic space overlooking the Porto roofscape from a combined bedroom and bathroom. It looks as if it could be from the beginning of the last century in Paris or the mid-’20s in New York.

The remaining hotel rooms are suites with separate bathrooms that offer all the amenities, and large bedrooms and living spaces. Three of them are toward the back overlooking the long garden with balconies from which you can watch the sunsets. We tried to take in the character of each room and furnish it accordingly.

  • Club Suite for 2 people / 27 m²
    188 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    The Club Suite is a lofty third-floor spacious and charming attic overlooking Porto city roofscape. With the original roof log structure exposed the airy double-height space is filled with travel-inspired furniture and objects. The room comes with a queen-size bed a bathroom with bathtub, iPod dock, bathrobes, toiletries and TV on request. It is possible to add a baby cot.

  • Queen Deluxe City Suite for 2 people / 32 m²
    228 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    The Queen Deluxe Garden Suite is a third-floor spacious double-height attic overlooking our inner gardens. With the original roof log structure exposed it has a French-style flare with a luminous petit boudoir and a spacious veranda. The room comes with a queen-size bed, a bathroom with bathtub, a balcony overlooking the garden, iPod dock, bathrobes, toiletries and TV on request. It is possible to add a baby cot.

  • King Grand Deluxe Garden Suite for 2-3 people / 36 m²
    268 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)
    • 1 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    King Grand Deluxe Garden Suite is a second-floor spacious veranda suite with an extra-large double bed or twin bed, an extraordinary permanent ceiling art installation by Bruno Vale and a series of beautiful vintage iconic design pieces. Two of the rooms have a balcony overlooking the garden. Only one room can take an extra bed, the other two can take an extra baby cot only. All rooms come with iPod dock, bathrobes, toiletries and TV on request.

  • Garden Pavillon for 2-3 people / 45 m²
    328 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    The Garden Pavillon is a beautiful new annex in the garden for your complete privacy. There are an extra-large double bed and a bathroom with a double walk-in shower. There is space for an extra bed or a baby cot. The room comes with iPod dock, bathrobes, toiletries and TV on request.

Included in the rates
Rates include complimentary still and sparkling bottled water, Port Wine FONSECA Tawny, daily housekeeping and turndown service, full concierge and select business services available, complimentary tea and coffee.
Optional extras
Mouthwatering brunch-style breakfast (EUR 15/person), everyday brunch (from EUR 15/person), carte-blanche tasting dinners (from EUR 60/person with prior notice), airport transfers (EUR 35), car parking (EUR 20/night), in-room spa treatments (from EUR 40), cooking classes (from EUR 80/person, minimum 3 pax). Rates subject to change. Small pets are welcome upon request. There is an extra charge of EUR 35/stay + EUR 35/extra cleaning charge. This includes a Pet Welcome Pack (included bed/matress, toys
Children & Extra beds
Children are welcome though this is more a place for grown-ups. Baby cots: EUR 30/night. Extra beds (from 3 to 12 years old): EUR 55/night. Extra beds (13+ years old and adults): EUR 75/night.
Minimum stay
1 nights
Check in time
after 16:00
Check out time
before 12:00

Facilities & services

  • Children welcome
  • WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Terrace
  • Maid service
  • Concierge service
  • Babysitting on request
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Music system
  • Central heating
  • Room service
  • Honesty bar/Minibar
  • Iron & Board
  • Pets welcome
  • Laundry service
  • Safe box
  • Bicycles
  • Hair dryer
  • Spa

We have a gourmet food store in the common area, and a very relaxed restaurant in the area that connects to the garden.

We serve brunch from morning until mid-afternoon, five o’clock tea until sunset and afterwards 3, 6, 9 or 12 course tasting dinners. Advanced reservation for dinner experiences is mandatory, as we do not have an à la carte menu. Guests and locals give us their food restrictions or their dietary requirements and our chef creates a tailor-made gastronomic voyage that spans from traditional, especially northern Portuguese cuisine, to fusions with colonial and wider international tastes, in skilfully prepared dishes. It is honest seasonal food, gathered from lovely local suppliers and producers.

We also have an in-room spa service with a dedicated therapist for massages and spa treatments. Besides that we also organise small exclusive corporate and family parties and even weddings. It really just depends on what our guests desire and imagine.

Things to do in Porto

  • Art / Culture
  • Shopping / Markets
  • Night life
  • Cooking classes
  • Massages / Treatments
  • Yoga classes
  • Golf
  • Boat trips

We have lots of people who start their trip in Porto or end it there. Most of the time we help them design or refine their itineraries in the northern part of Portugal, but sometimes this also includes entire north to south coastal road trips.

If you come to Porto, you should always take one or two days to visit Douro valley, which is another UNESCO site. You can stay at one of the farms in the beautiful landscape there and get an idea of how wine is produced. I also always suggest people go to Guimarães, which is under UNESCO protection as well as it is considered the birthplace of the nation. It’s a good vibrant cultural centre in terms of art and traditional artisans.

Another recommendation would be an architectural tour of the city including Porto’s two Pritzker Prize winners, Alvaro Siza Vieira and Eduardo Souto de Moura, as well as other architects of the famous ‘Oporto School’. And, of course, there’s always the Atlantic with its dramatic coast and beautiful beaches.

Porto Suites reviews

5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
Hi, we rate our stay as very good. The place is really unic, well located, very confortable, fantastic townhouse and furniture, great breakfast, nice people, spacious rooms... in a beatiful city. Thanks for giving us this good idea! Best Jacobo
Jacobo H.
stayed at Porto Suites in February 2018

The location of Porto Suites

We are located in Cedofeita, near Rua de Miguel Bombarda, which is where many of Porto’s art galleries are based. The art galleries combined with the vintage stores, furniture and design stores make it a very lively area in terms of art and design.

Other than that, we’re very close to Teatro Carlos Alberto, which is part of the National Theatre in Porto. We are also very close to Casa da Música, designed by Rem Koolhaas, a vibrant concert hall worth the visit, which has an internationally acclaimed music programme.

Our hotel is located between the river and the sea, very close to the Porto city centre with its touristic sights, but also close enough to the newer parts of Porto, so you can experience the full spectrum of the city. I think we’re in the perfect location.

When is the best time to visit Porto?

Spring or summer are always a good experience, but essentially March through November are best because you’ll get the least rain. The most vibrant time would be June with all the parties in the streets, particularly the 24th of June, which is the summer solstice and the city’s religious patron and pagan party, São João do Porto. Enjoy the street parties all night long, from the Ribeira to Foz!

September and October, when the wine production begins, are also interesting, but it differs from month to month depending on what you want to experience.