Porto Vintage Guest House
By: Audrey Trinidad
It was gloomy, the day we arrived in Porto. From the train station, we took a quick cab ride to Rua do Almada. Luckily, we got in just as it was starting to drizzle. The owner, Sofia, welcomed us warmly into the guesthouse.
We came in from Lisbon, so it was very convenient that we could get in touch quickly and easily through email. Sofia knew we were coming in early so they were able to get the rooms cleaned early enough to allow us to settle in comfortably when we arrived. In the hall, they also have a table full of guides, brochures and books you can rifle through if you’re looking for something to do around the city. But then again, if you’re looking for recommendations, we suggest asking Sofia or Maria, who runs the kitchen.
Aside from the showing us to our room, Sofia also made it a point to show us another important thing—how to properly open the door. As with many old European buildings, there seems to be an art form to getting in. It involved pulling on the door knob while simultaneously pushing and turning the key. It’s simple, really, until you have to do it yourself. Fortunately, Sofia watches you try it yourself to make sure you can get into the guesthouse when you need to. And yes, sometimes, Sofia has needed to take a trip back to the guesthouse in the middle of the night (or early in the morning) for guests who have trouble with the door.
What struck us most was how beautifully designed the guesthouse was. Sofia revealed that the house had been her parents. When she inherited it, she decided to leave her job in the corporate world and turn the house into a bed and breakfast. From what we saw, it was a good move. The resulting space is modern but homey, minimalist and well-decorated. If there is anything to quibble about, it is only that there was no other way to bring up our luggage but by carrying them up the stairs. Luckily, our room was only on the 2nd floor.
The room we stayed in was very spacious for three girls. There was one queen-size bed near windows that brought in a lot of natural light in the morning and two twin beds tucked behind double doors. We appreciated the clean linen and comfortable mattresses, and a plug-in heater for when it got really cold. There were also two toilets and a shower, making it pretty convenient to get ready.
They have a communal dining area and a simple but generous breakfast spread in the morning. On warmer days, diners can opt to have breakfast in the patio. If you are a smoker, the patio is also the only place where you can smoke. The wi-fi is also a little spotty in the rooms, so we would recommend using the wi-fi downstairs instead.
As a bed and breakfast located in a popular tourist destination, the guesthouse is frequently filled with other international travelers. Centrally located near the Trindade metro station, it is easily within walking distance of the tourism center as well as attractions like the Trindade Church, the City Hall, and Galerie de Paris – a strip of restaurants and bars. So if you’re coming to Porto for a few days with your partner or a group of friends, Porto Vintage Guesthouse is definitely a good option.