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Casa dos Guindais
5 stars - based on 11 reviews
Arnaldo Gama 72
Number of Rooms: 5
Hotel Type: Apartment
Prices: from 69.00 EUR to 83.00 EUR
This old house (early 18th century to be exact) is bang in the middle of the historic Unesco World Heritage quarters of Porto, near the Cathedral. It has seen a lot over time, the French invasions of 1810 for a start, and for many generations was a family home not open to the public.
Thanks to the current owners, however, Francisca and Álvaro, and a splendid renovation by top notch architects, it has now been turned into an extremely comfortable lodge that mixes the old with cutting edge. It makes a great base either for spending a relaxing weekend visiting the colourful sites and sounds of Porto or perhaps a longer stay to also take in the beautiful Douro countryside.
The renovation we have already touched upon not only complies with the original plan and preserves some of the old elements of the house, it has also added a dash of modernity and simplicity to proceedings. The items used throughout include some of the classic materials of this city – granite (Porto is sometimes referred to as the Granite City), iron, wood and glass.
For the visitor, that means five excellently done up and independent studio apartments equipped everything, basically (See room descriptions for further details). And all have that that solid, sturdy feel so typical of Porto. But there is also a garden and courtyard, which is sometimes not so easy to find in the heart of town.
And here we mean a location that is pretty much near to everything worth visiting, such as the aforementioned cathedral, Clérigos tower, The São Bento railway station (considered to be one of the most beautiful in the whole world due to its tiles) and the Majestic Café.
Something else that is great about the Casa do Guindais are the owners. This urbane and well travelled couple knows more than a thing or two about hospitality, that’s for sure, so we think that all in all, the location, the history, comfort and welcome make the Casa dos Guindais a winner.
Please note: This accommodation requires a pre-payment which should be done by Paypal. The hotel will provide details upon booking.
All studios are non smoking
Casa dos Guindais Reviews
Wir haben zwei Tage in der Lodge von Álvaro Marques de Aguia gewohnt. Das ist wirklich ein wunderbar klares Design und edler Naturstein, eben ein Erlebnis dort zu wohnen. Alvaro hat uns sehr beeindruckt mit seiner Beratung und seinen Kenntnissen von Porto. Vielen Dank für alles. Empfehlenswert: Wohnen wie ein "Noble"by Monika
Date of stay at the Casa dos Guindais 07-05-2015
trully a secret secluded and very central place
We couldn't have asked for more than Casa dos Guindais for our weekend in Porto !!
Very very central and at the same time tranquil and quiet.
All amenities and conditions one could ask from a studio to rent, very spacious studio in a house full of old glory kind of charm and at the same time offering all modern comfort.
The garden is amazing, we caught the magnolias in bloom, a very nice place to relax, read a book..
The manager, Alfredo was extremely helpful with showing us around but also giving good sightseeing and eating tips.
I definitely recommend the place !
all the best
Date of stay at the Casa dos Guindais 20-03-2015
Eine gelungene Symbiose zwischen Alt und Neu im Herzen von Porto. Versteckt aber doch zentral. Altstadt, Hafen, Sehenswürdigkeiten alles schnell erreichbar. Besitzer Alvaro versorgt einen stets mit guten Insidertipps. Tolle Location. Jederzeit gerne wieder.by Klaus
Date of stay at the Casa dos Guindais 12-03-2015
Casa de Guindais
Apartamento do 1º andar e toda a casa construída e decorada com extremo bom gosto, bastante conforto e muito limpo. Apenas a apontar negativamente a falta de privacidade da casa de banho, cuja cortina não assegura o objectivo.by Ana Sousa Gomes
Date of stay at the Casa dos Guindais 31-10-2014
It's difficult to know what to expect from a hotel, apartment or B&B, even with photos and reviews available on the Internet. In the case of Casa dos Guindais, however, the actual apartment (Douro Studio) was even better than I could have hoped. Fantastic location and unbelievable view from the balcony over the river. Everything I needed for my 3-day stay in Porto.by Dianne
Date of stay at the Casa dos Guindais 28-09-2014
Central and charming
+ Alvaro is owner and perfect city guide;
+ clean rooms;
+ central but quiet
Date of stay at the Casa dos Guindais 27-09-2014
Casa Dos Guindais was perfect for our three nights in Porto. It's really well located and a little gem of a place with a secret garden out the back where you might forget you are in the city. Our studio upstairs with balcony and view of garden and glimpse of opposite river bank was just right.by Andrew
Date of stay at the Casa dos Guindais 27-08-2014
Die Lage - direkt im Zentrum an der beeindruckenden Stahlbrücke und doch romanisch ruhig - ist einmalig. Ebenso die liebevolle moderne Restaurierung des alten Hauses. Die Restaurant-Tipps waren Gold wert. Auch Porto war ein Volltreffer und hat uns besser gefallen als Lissabon. Wir würden jederzeit wiederkommen.by Ulrike
Date of stay at the Casa dos Guindais 07-09-2014
Sehr geschmackvoll eingerichtet, sehr gute Lage, einfach zum Wohlfühlen.by Werner
Date of stay at the Casa dos Guindais 04-09-2014
Álvaro una persona entrañable nos hizo estar como en casa.Nos mostró todas las zones para visitar y nos aconsejo muy buenos resraurantes. La casa cèntrica y acogedora,muy recomendable.by Jaume Cuscó
Date of stay at the Casa dos Guindais 02-09-2014
Tracto muy agradable por parte del personal del hotel con una habitación muy bonita. Repetiremos!by de Jesus
Date of stay at the Casa dos Guindais 11-08-2014
My wife and me stayed for 4 days in this lovely and very nice renovated appartment in March 2014. We enjoyed very much the combination of the historical house in the centre of the old town close to the Duoro and the modern interior. Alvaro gave us a lot of good Information where to go and which Restaurant is recommendable. The appartment is equipped with a kitchenette and all things you need for a stay. Two electrical heater kept us warm as the temperature outside was not yet summer. We can recomment this appartments and if we will come to Porto again we will again chose Alvaros appartments.by Ferdinand Rein
Date of stay at the Casa dos Guindais 26-03-2014
Casa dos Guindas is a conveniently located, walking distance to many of the city's attractions. It is stylish and clean, with all the necessary facilities. Alvaro is extremely friendly, professional and communicative. He provided fantastic recommendations for restaurants and sights. I would definitely stay again and would recommend this highly to anyone visiting Porto.by Melissa
Date of stay at the Casa dos Guindais 05-10-2013
We stayed at Alvaros converted historical family home for 2 nights in March. There was 4 in our group so we booked the crystal rooms that can be opened up into one apartment. The weather was a little chilly so we didn't take advantage of the quite garden. I will be going back to Porto with my wife and will stay at Guindas. Alvaro is a great guide too, he knows all the best places to eat.
Date of stay at the Casa dos Guindais 08-03-2013
This secret place has been carefully designed to suit those who prefer something different to a boring, busy hotel. The clean and precise decor includes carefully designed facilities without losing the historic features of the building. Ideally situated within walking distance to all attractions and metro stations, quiet and clean with a very helpful host. We will be returning soon.by Rod
Date of stay at the Casa dos Guindais 22-02-2013
Ein wunderschöner Ort
Hinter einer unscheinbaren blauen Tür in Porto eine große Überraschung - alte Granitmauern und neues Holz, Glas und Design, viel Licht und mit Liebe zum Detail eingerichtete Zimmer, ein grüner Garten und ein herzlicher Empfang. Nicht nur ein Hotel, sondern selbst eine kleine Sehenswürdigkeit, in die zurückzukehren jedes Mal richtig Spaß macht.by Katja
Date of stay at the Casa dos Guindais 20-10-2012
A real treat.......
An amazing secret place - lovely clean room and facilities, great location, affordable and an incredibly welcoming and kind host. I would highly recommend to anyone visiting Porto.by Emily Ramsay
Date of stay at the Casa dos Guindais 04-05-2012
Awesome spot down town Porto
Just outside the old town wall, we found a very pleasant place to stay. An old Porto-family house well restored/renovated. Very well equiped appartments and close to all the best of Porto. We can recommend this spot, for sure! A lot of local addresses and other places worth to visit were selected/listed by our host. Just awesome.by Jeroen en Marjan
Date of stay at the Casa dos Guindais 18-04-2012
A friendly and stylish stay
Our stay in Casa dos Guindais couldn't have been more pleasant! The location is really convenient, with easy access to all the sights and rail station. The room is very clean and stylish. The host was very helpful,happy to answer all our questions and giving us information about events going on in the city.
I would definitely recommend it!
Date of stay at the Casa dos Guindais 08-03-2012
Dieser Ort ist wie geschaffen für eine wundervolle Auszeit. Voller Liebe ins Detail ist das Zimmer für seine Gäste vorbereitet worden. Die Nähe zu allen Sehenswürdigkeiten spricht für sich selbst. Sicher war es nicht mein letzter Aufenthalt in Casa dos Guindais .Herzliche Grüße an die Eigentümer , wir haben uns sehr wohlgefühlt,by Koenig
Date of stay at the Casa dos Guindais 08-03-2012
We have spent a very nice weekend in Oporto, enjoying with fantastic weather and in a very comfortable place as Casa Dos Guindais.
Thanks for the great time.
Date of stay at the Casa dos Guindais 26-01-2012
***** de luxe
What an incredible place, perfectly located to visit Porto, next to the mayor interesting points, nicely renovated - a mixture of ancient and modern architecture, friendly owners, very clean,.....
We really enyoyed the stay there and were very unhappy to leave, we could have stayed longer. Casa dos Guindais is really a secret place !!!! You will not be dissappointed!!! ***** de luxe
Date of stay at the Casa dos Guindais 09-12-2011
A hidden gem in Porto
We recently spent 4 nights in Casa dos Guindais. The owners have really done something special with this new renovation. It is on a quiet street in a very convenient location - close to the Ribera and Gaia. Our host, Alvaro, was more than kind and amazed us with his hospitality.by Dan Erickson
Date of stay at the Casa dos Guindais 07-11-2011
Beautiful home and warm welcome. You will not be disappointed with this accommodation! Very close to the historic center and calm despite everything, everything was done with taste. *****Date of stay at the Casa dos Guindais 18-09-2011
Self catering studio with two Twin-beds, bathroom with all amenities,full equipped kitchnett with some flavors needed to successfully perform a moment of tasting - sugar, salt, pepper, olive oil & vinegar, and of course, access to the garden. This particular room connects with contiguous" Cristal Room", so it´s ideal for a family with children for safety reasons. Coffee, tea and bottled water is on the house.The studio is cleaned and bed linen changed on the fourth day when you stay a week with us,or on request (15 euro fee applied).
This charming apartment has a small balcony to enjoy the garden and can be connected with contiguous Tunel apartment. Ideal for a family with children where safety is primary.Includes 2 Twin-beds, bathroom with all amenities, a full equipped kitchnett with some flavors needed to successfully perform a moment of tasting - sugar, salt, pepper, olive oil & vinegar. Complimentary bottled water,tea and coffee.Studio is cleaned and bed linen changed on the fourth day, when you stay a week with us,or on request (15 euro fee applied).
Relax and enjoy an afternoon cocktail or a romantic dinner in your private \"varanda\" (balcony)overlooking the garden. Alternatively enjoy a cup of tea or coffee on us.Bottled water is also complimentary.The environment is very soothing. You get absolute privacy and a magnificient view over the opposite bank of the Douro r1iver, which is remarkable. This apartment is composed of two twin beds(90/200 set side by side),bathroom with all amenities, and a fully equipped kitchnette with some basics to help your cooking.. - sugar, salt, pepper, olive oil & vinegarDouro
A pleasant self catering studio with private courtyard,and direct access to the garden
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Within 5 minutes
Within a stone's throw from the Casa dos Guindais, you have the:
Porto Cathedral goes back to the 12th century.
One of Iberia's great (and most beautifu) rivers running across northern-central Spain and Portugal to its outlet at Porto. Its total length is 897 km, of which only sections on the Portuguese river are navigable by light rivercraft.
Palacio da Bolsa.
The Porto Commercial Association started building the Palácio da Bolsa, its seat and property in 1842. Throughout three generations, many masters and craftsmen worked towards the building of this 19th century architectural jewel in neoclassical style.
Ferrera Borges Market.
Originaly build to use as a city market, it's currently a building dedicated to sporadic events.
Don Luis Bridge.
The Dom Luís 1st Bridge is an arch bridge that spans the Douro River between the cities of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia. At the time of construction its span of 172 m was the longest of its type in the world.
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