02
Apr

The Best Place to Stay in Porto: Casa dos Guindais

Posted By Trav
Entrance to the Casa dos Guindais

Entrance to the Casa dos Guindais

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Casa dos Guindais Snapshot

Location:  Rua Arnaldo Gama,72, 4000-094, Porto, Portugal

Price: 54 euros to 81 euros depending on season and type of room.

Pros:

  • Great location with stunning views and only a 3 minute walk to the river or the metro.
  • Free parking, which easily saves you 10-15 euros a day.
  • Amazing architecture that is completely unique from anywhere else.
  • Super hospitality.
  • Free port wine…and 3 different pillows!

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The Casa dos Guindais in Porto, Portugal is hands down one of the neatest places I have ever stayed.

For one thing, the location is awesome.

You are situated on a quiet, one-way street with free parking (!) that overlooks the pride of Porto, the Dom Luis Bridge, which is absolutely stunning at night.

Dom Luis Bridge at night.

Dom Luis Bridge at night.

Equally as stunning is the interior of the Casa dos Guindais.

The house used to be the childhood home of the owner, but after being left vacant for a number of years, it has been completely renovated and turned in to 5 separate studio apartments, each with their own kitchen, bathroom, and shower.

The amazing "Douro" room, complete with its own kitchen area and bathroom.

The amazing “Douro” room, complete with its own kitchen area and bathroom.

The entire interior is made up of original stone and wood, which gives it an incredibly unique feel.

Each of the rooms has a queen size bed and since Alvaro, the owner, is a pillow enthusiast, each bed also comes with three types of pillows; soft, medium, and hard.

Talk about attention to detail!

Three types of pillows!

Three types of pillows!

The bathroom, just like the entire place, is completely spotless and there is even a hair dryer, a major score in Heather’s book!

However, the coolest feature of the rooms that face the backyard is that the shower is actually “outside”.

It is situated on what used to be part of the balcony, and so you get a great view out of the window while showering.

Don’t worry, it’s completely glassed in so that you won’t get cold while in there!

The "outside" shower, built in to the wall, complete with magnificent views of the Dom Luis Bridge!

The “outside” shower, built in to the wall, complete with magnificent views of the Dom Luis Bridge!

Another perk of the rooms that face the backyard (the “Cristal” and “Douro” rooms) is that they have balconies which overlook the garden area, where you can picnic, play, or just sit, read, and enjoy the tranquility of this quiet slice of Porto.

The Douro room, on the third floor, has the biggest balcony of them all, so make sure to keep that in mind when booking.

The balcony of the Douro room at night.

The balcony of the Douro room at night.

The backyard garden area, a nice, peaceful place to relax.

The backyard garden area, a nice, peaceful place to relax.

And if the location and the amazing architecture of the Casa dos Guindais are it’s two best features, the hospitality of it’s owner, Alvaro, is not far behind.

When we arrived, Alvaro gave us a complete rundown of how everything worked and the history of the place.

He then took a half hour to map out with us the best things to do in Portugal, including pointing us to a few fantastic restaurants.

He made us feel completely at home and comfortable, even leaving us with his cell phone number should we have any more questions.

And to top it off, each room even comes with it’s own complimentary decanter of Port wine.

Now that’s service!

Complimentary port wine?  Always a nice way to start the night!

Complimentary port wine? Always a nice way to start the night!

Final Word(s)

Overall, the Casa dos Guindais gets my highest recommendation.

If you’re thinking of heading to Porto, you should absolutely stay here.

Between the amazing location, the stunning architecture, the free parking, and incredible hospitality (not to mention the little touches like free port wine and 3 different pillows), this place has it all.

And for less than you would pay at a regular hotel!

Prices for the rooms range from 54 euros for the “Tunel” room during the off-season to 81 euros for the “Douro” and “Escadas” (which can sleep 3) during the peak season.

To book and check out even more pictures of the amazing property, head over to Casa dos Guindais website.

And when you stay there, make sure to tell Alvaro that Travis sent you!

Many thanks to Alvaro and his wife for graciously providing two nights of accommodations for Heather and I.  All opinions expressed are my solely my own.  If you stay at the Casa dos Guindais, you’ll see for yourself how great it is!

5 comments

  1. Lane says:

    Great write up. Will pass this along to a friend heading that way.

    1. Trav says:

      @Lane- Awesome! It’s an amazing place, your friend will love it!

  2. Andy says:

    Porto is a really beautiful city! I only spent a little amount of time there, but I’d be happy to go back and explore a bit more.

    Also, I wanted to congratulate you on being a finalist in the BigBlogExchange. Best of luck mate!

    Andy
    BackpackingDiplomacy.com

    1. Trav says:

      @Andy- Can’t agree more, Porto is absolutely awesome and I’d love to spend more time there, and in Portugal as a whole.

      Congratulations to you as well, and good luck with the rest of the BigBlogExchange. Guess it is out of our hands now…all we can do is wait!

      Cheers!

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