Casa dos Guindais

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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

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  • Chic and Cheap
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  • Animals not accepted
  • Credit cards NOT accepted
  • Garden
  • Internet WiFi

Room Amenities

  • Hair dryer
  • Internet WiFi
  • Kitchenette
  • Non smoking rooms
  • TV


  • Golf
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Sports
  • Wine Tasting


Transport / Distances

City Centre: 0.1
Shops: 0.2
Airport: 23
Train Station: 0.5
Metro/Bus: 0.7


discover porto
Date of stay 23/10/2017
great place, beautifull rooms, great location, inmiddle of everything by foot, quiet although in the middle of the city, perfect interior products
Perfekte Lage
Date of stay 14/09/2017
Außergewöhnliches sehr schönes, gepflegtes kleines Hotel. Fußläufig zur Kathedrale und in die Stadt. Perfekter ruhiger Ort um die Stadt zu erkunden.
Date of stay 24/08/2017
We saved the best for last on our trip! Casa Dos Guindais is perfect. A beautiful restoration of an old building, taking care to respect the past and bring in the modern commodities in a gentle way. My family and I loved our suite, the location was perfect and Porto is beautiful. Casa Dos Guindais is very special and highly recommend to travellers that cherish unique accommodations.
Perfect Place for Porto
Date of stay 28/05/2017
We had a completely Introduction from Alvaro, what to see and where to go. Specially the Restaurant recommendations were perfect. The rooms have a wonderful style and you can get a nice view to the Bridge. We can fully recommend this Accommodation !
Einfach perfekt!
Date of stay 12/05/2017
Super Unterkunft in Porto! Tolle Lage! Wir hatten das Patio Studio und haben immer im Garten gefrühstückt. Das Zimmer ist klein, aber das Design von den Räumlichkeiten ist super! Großes Lob an den Architekten!
Weekend in Porto
Date of stay 11/05/2017
Arrived last weekend, very late delayed flight from London. We were welcomed at 1.30am by the lovely Fanhali who showed and explained everything about our room. We were pleasantly surprised by the beautiful Douro room with its features, exposed ceiling which goes into the rafters, stonework and enormous balcony overlooking the garden. The room had everything, good wifi and shower too. For 3 nights, it's an ideal size and location to explore the city, which we military did on foot. We bought 2day team card which is recommended. The local recommended breakfast cafe just up the road ticked all the boxes too. So yes, I recommend this place highly, good value and you can come and go as you please. Thank you Alvaro! Stayed May 2017, travelled as a couple
sehr schöne, zentrale Unterlunft
Date of stay 02/10/2016
Direkt an der zentralen Brücke Juan I. in Porto liegt diese sehr geschmackvolle Unterkunft, die aus einem alten Stadthaus restauriert worden ist. So ist der historische Charakter jederzeit gegenwärtig, auch wenn z.B. die Bäder sehr modern gehalten sind. Besonderer Vorteil der Unterkunft ist der wunderschöne, ruhige Garten mitten in der Stadt, der sich super für Pausen nach/vor der Stadtbesichtigung anbietet.
Una estancia muy agradable
Date of stay 04/08/2016
La Casa Dos Guindais tiene una ubicación fantástica muy cerca de todo lo más interesante de la ciudad de Oporto. Nosotros nos alojamos en la habitación llamada "Patio", que tiene acceso a una pequeña terraza privada y al patio de la casa. Es un espacio agradable y moderno en una vieja casa muy bien rehabilitada. Muy recomendable.
Super Lage
Date of stay 14/07/2016
Wir sind trotz sehr später Anreise nett und herzlich empfangen worden. Die Unterkunft ist schön eingerichtet. Sie liegt für einen Städtetrip hervorragend. Von der Haustür aus kann man die Maria-Pia-Brücke sehen. Es sind einige Stufen zu überwinden, dann ist man mitten im Zentrum.
Date of stay 27/04/2016
casa dos guindas is a perfect hideout in porto. it's centrally located and still remote from the beaten tracks. in 3 minutes only one reaches the central station sao bento, at the same time the house treats it's guests with a wonderful, well maintained quiet garden. alvaro, the host, does a great job by providing his guests with very personal and individual caring - his restaurant tips are marvelous. the rooms are cosy,, very conveniant, quiet, there is always a small bottle of port wine in the room. just a few steps down from the house is a fabulous football club bar (peaceful though), with an outstanding few to the landmark bridge. try the roasted chorizo! toptoptop!
Excellent location
Date of stay 22/03/2016
Casa dos Guindais is located within walking distance to know Porto main monuments. Decoration, place a attention is exquisite
WOW-Studio mit Charme mitten in Porto
Date of stay 01/03/2016
Alvaro ist ein herzlicher und zuverlässiger Gastgeber. Wir konnten das Studio planmäßig beziehen und am Abreisetag unser Gepäck bis nachmittags im Foyer stehen lassen. Wir erhielten Tipps für Besichtigungen und für Restaurants. Davon haben wir das Restaurant TRACA ausprobiert, das wir weiterempfehlen können. Das Studio Duoro war so wie es vorher in Bewertungen und der homepage beschrieben war. Wir wurden also nicht enttäuscht!. Die Mischung aus moderner Einrichtung, den original Steinwänden und den offenenliegenden Deckenbalken ist sehr gelungen. Die Dusche kann man nicht beschreiben, ist aber ein Unikat, das seines Gleichen sucht :-). Trotz der zentralen Lage, war es nachts ruhig. Bei Morgensonne konnten wir sogar im März auf dem Balkon mit Blick in den Garten frühstücken. Eine geniale Bäckerei liegt fußläufig 200 m entfernt. In Porto gibt es scheinbar keine Heizungen wie wir sie kennen. Das Studio musste jahreszeitlich bedingt (nachts 6 Grad, tagsüber 15 Grad) durch einen Radiator beheizt werden. Das war ok, aber wohlige Wärme ist anders. Dennoch bleiben wir bei 5 Sternen..
Date of stay 01/01/2016
Todo perfecto Ubicación perfecta Lugar muy agradable, la estancia fue aun mejor gracias a los detalles de Alvaro (la persona que nos recibió) Repetiremos sin duda
Estancia magnífica
Date of stay 01/10/2015
Fuimos a Oporto para tres días y Casa dos Guindais nos resultó un lugar ideal para alojarno. Cerca del centro de la ciudad, un ambiente acogedor, el dueño de la casa encantador. Repetíriamos la experiencia y lo recomendamos tanto a parejas como a familias.
Casa Dos Guindais
Date of stay 12/09/2015
Wonderful place to stay in Porto. There is no beating the location, the attention to detail, and the home is historically and architecturally beautiful. Alvaro was a wonderful, informative host.
Great place
Date of stay 28/08/2015
Great hide-away, in a quiet street only minutes away from the city centre. Alvaro is a great host, with very useful tips on where to go and eat. Special thanks to his cleaning lady, who helped us ironing! WIFI could be faster, that's the only flaw.
Porto eine tolle Stadt
Date of stay 21/08/2015
Wir hatten einen sehr schönen Aufenthalten in dieser Unterkunft. Der Gastgeber war sehr aufmerksam und mit guten Tipps behilflich. Auch sind die Zimmer sehr schön gestaltet und sauber. Der Garten ist toll.
Date of stay 04/08/2015
No pudimos elegir mejor en esta ocasion, el apartamento se encuentra perfectamente ubicado, por lo que una vez aparcas el coche puedes ir perfectamente andando, pero el mismo tiempo esta en una zona tranquila por lo que cuando decides volver para descansar solo oyes a los pajaros. La casa es comodisima y el apartamento con balcon, unas vistas previlegiadas, sin duda si volvemos a Oporto repetiremos.
Date of stay 08/07/2015
Waren drei Tage hier: Herr Alvaro sehr nett und hilfsbereit, die Zimmer wunderbar, ruhiger Garten, zentrale Lage, Porto super Absolute Weiterempfehlung
Sehr schön
Date of stay 09/07/2015
Es ist ein sehr schönes, kleines, charmantes Hotel mit sehr netten Besitzern. Die Zimmer sind sehr stylisch und angenehm. Der Service ist ausgzeichnet. Wir können es weiterempfehlen für ruhige Ferien.
Ein Juwel zwischen Ruinen
Date of stay 04/06/2015
Liebes Secretplaces Team, ein Danke Schön an Euch, dass Ihr dieses Objekt im Programm habt. Ausdrucksstark und super gestaltet in einer Stadt, die viele schöne Bauwerke aber auch viele Ruinen und renovierungsbedürftige Gebäude hat. Die Zimmer sind top gestaltet, die Aussicht phänomenal und ein Garten zum Rückzug - was man fast nicht glauben kann. Super zentral gelegen und gut zu finden. Der Eigentümer ausgesprochen freundlich, unterstützt bei jeglichen Fragen, ist gut erreichbar und gibt tolle Tipps zum Aufenthalt. Danke an Euch und liebe Grüße Monika
sehr schön und zentral
Date of stay 05/06/2015
tolle Zimmer in einem beeindruckend schön restaurierten Altstadthaus, Angenehme Eigentümer, perfekte Lage zur historischen Innenstadt und trotzdem ruhig, toller Garten, und sogar Portwein auf dem Zimmer
Tolles Flair in Porto
Date of stay 22/05/2015
Die Lage in der Nähe der Altstadt, 5 min zur Kathedrale, 5 min zum Douro, ermöglichen es, die Altstadt bequem und zeitsparend zu erkunden. Das Haus ist sehr geschmackvoll und komfortabel ausgebaut, inkl. ruhigem Garten auf der Rückseite. Modernes Ambiente in alten Gemäuern. Der Besitzer hat uns umfangreich eingewiesen, seine Hinweise zu Restaurants und Sehenswürdigkeiten waren sehr nützlich, insbesondere bei nur zwei Tagen Aufenthalt. Alles in allem sehr zu empfehlen. Auch kostenloses Parken gleich um die Ecke war möglich.
Edel wohnen
Date of stay 07/05/2015
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"
trully a secret secluded and very central place
Date of stay 20/03/2015
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 12/03/2015
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.
Exceeded expectations
Date of stay 28/09/2014
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.
Porto hideaway
Date of stay 27/08/2014
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.
Date of stay 07/09/2014
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.
Date of stay 11/08/2014
Tracto muy agradable por parte del personal del hotel con una habitación muy bonita. Repetiremos!
zentrales Wohnen
Date of stay 16/10/2015
Wir haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt, freundlicher und informativer Empfang durch den Besitzer Alvarez, zentrale Lage in der Altstadt und schöne Zimmer
Casa de Guindais
Date of stay 31/10/2014
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.
Central and charming
Date of stay 27/09/2014
+ Alvaro is owner and perfect city guide; + clean rooms; + central but quiet
Date of stay 04/09/2014
Sehr geschmackvoll eingerichtet, sehr gute Lage, einfach zum Wohlfühlen.
Recomendable precio-calidad
Date of stay 02/09/2014
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.
Fantastic stay
Date of stay 26/03/2014
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.
Highly recommended
Date of stay 05/10/2013
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.
Wonderful Apartment
Date of stay 08/03/2013
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. LB
Date of stay 22/02/2013
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.
Ein wunderschöner Ort
Date of stay 20/10/2012
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.
A real treat.......
Date of stay 04/05/2012
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.
Awesome spot down town Porto
Date of stay 18/04/2012
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.
A friendly and stylish stay
Date of stay 08/03/2012
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!
Wundervolle Auszeit
Date of stay 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,
awesome time
Date of stay 26/01/2012
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.
***** de luxe
Date of stay 09/12/2011
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
A hidden gem in Porto
Date of stay 07/11/2011
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.
Beautiful Home
Date of stay 18/09/2011
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. *****

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