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Guest House Douro

Oporto, 4050-270 Portugal (Show map)
5.0
29 Reviews
€ 130 - € 170
per night

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Part of World Heritage Site, the house is classified as a national monument. The only bed and breakfast on waterfront Ribeira, Porto's most interesting neighbourhood. Stunning waterfront views to River Douro and emblematic bridge as well as one of Ribeira's most ancient streets. Arqueological excavations during renovations revealed Roman beaches under the house. Attention to healthy solutions such as choice of air conditioning (water and not air), wood floors, cotton sheets, etc. Personalized service, attention to detail. Located only steps away from the most interesting monuments and boat tours.

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  • Guest room4.9
  • Service5
  • Value5.0
  • Cleanliness5
  • Dining5.0

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Perfect

5 on November 06, 2013

Highest marks to Carmen and Joao. Everything everyone says about the friendliness, the cleanliness, the owners' knowledge of the town, the views, the marvelous breakfasts included in the price, is still true (we visited there in October, 2013). Even more, I knew nothing about touring the Douro or the town of Porto. However, by emailing Carmen in advance, I received her excellent suggestion to reserve with Douro Exclusive, a wonderful husband and wife tour team that showed us the Douro River and its port history, all in a comfortable van drive and river excursion. Carmen also arranged for tables at two fantastic restaurants packed with locals, both just steps away from the Guest House. Our room was small, but Carmen had kindly warned us about its size before we booked. During our stay, we certainly didn't mind the smallness of what turned out daily to be our sparkling, fresh-flower-enhanced room, overlooking the Douro, with a bed more comfortable than ours at home, and a shower with more hot water than we ever enjoyed in Paris. Highly recommended. Edie and Robert De Avila, California


Douro Dream House!!!

5 on April 26, 2013

One of the best experiences we have had traveling! Truly beautiful B&B. Exquisitely decorated, fantastic location,wonderful hosts. Highly recommend when visiting Porto. We are already talking about a return visit!


A most EXCELENT stay!

5 on October 31, 2012

Guest House Douro is first rate. My wife and I had a great stay there last August. Carmen and Joao accommodated our every want and need, went above and beyond. We were pleased with every aspect of our visit, from the elegant yet comfortable room, to the delicious, varied breakfast, to the accurate directions and useful local tips and information. Fantastic bed and breakfast; we recommend it most highly.


Delightful

5 on April 30, 2012

We recently stayed at Guest House Douro. Porto is a great city and Guest House Douro is perfectly located overlooking the Douro River. The owners, Carmen and Joao, were a great help in choosing places to dine and shop. Immaculate rooms, very comfortable beds, and delightful breakfasts (made even more delightful by Joao). We will definitely return


Best place to stay in Portugal

5 on April 29, 2012

We recently had our second visit to Guest House Douro. We had previously stayed there two years ago when visiting Porto on our honeymoon. We enjoyed Porto and Guest House Douro so much the first time that we wanted to visit it again and explore other parts of Portugal, including the Douro Valley and Lisbon. While we enjoyed the other parts of the country, our tour convinced us that Guest House Douro and the city of Porto are our favorites. Just like the first visit, the accomodations were immaculate, with no detail overlooked. The breakfast (included in the reasonably priced room rates) is phenomenal and showcases amazing fruits, cheeses, meats and breads of Portugal. The owners and staff are extremely friendly and had great insights into things to see, where to dine, shop and visit in the city. We had an amazing time and will certainly be back to Guest House Douro again.


What a trip!

4.8 on July 06, 2011

My boyfriend and I, stayed at this guest house for two days, and we really wish we could have stayed longer. Though the rooms were small, Carmen and Joao made us feel at home and welcome. They were able to provide us with places to see in Porto, as well as show us the best places to eat. I cannot wait to return.


Details, Details, Details

5 on April 16, 2011

Guest House Douro is terrific. Carmen and Joao see to every detail. The maps they provide are hand marked IN ADVANCE with a variety of special places to visit; because they aren't preoccupied with marking maps on the spot, they are able to focus on guests' interests and tastes and then individualize their recommendations. By the time we reached Porto, we were ready to hire a private guide for a day, but found no need after several consultations with Carmen, Joao and their assistant. Cleanliness is sacrosanct. Best of all: when Carmen or Joao made dinner reservations on our behalf, we snagged the best table in the house! May the Guest House Douro never change.


The Best B&B I Have Ever Stayed At

4.8 on April 16, 2011

While the rooms are small, this is more then made up for by the location, the service, the cleanliness and the outstanding breakfast. The owners and the staff go out of their way to make your stay as if you were at home and knew the answers to everything. Ask and they will help you have a wonderful experience.


Like staying with chic, generous friends. Wonderful experience!

4.8 on January 20, 2011

My husband and I recently had a wonderful stay at the Douro guest house. Carmen and Joao are fantastic, as is their beautifully restored home. We received a very warm welcome from Carmen and enjoyed a glass of port while she explained a map of the city and pointed out highlights. She was full of valuable information that couldn´t be found in any of our guidebooks. Our room (102) was small, but expertly designed so we had plenty of room to organize our belongings. The best part of this room is its two beautiful windows overlooking the river and allowing for beautiful city views and lots of natural light. The design of the room (like everything about this guest house) is very tastefully done! We loved it. Joao served up a delicious breakfast of artisinal breads, pastries and cheese, along with a beautiful assortment of freshly cut fruits (including my favorite passion fruit!). Our last day of the stay, my husband was a little nervous about a phone interview for a job and Carmen even helped him prepare and recommended some excellent port tastings to help him relax. The interview turned out to be a great success!! We can´t wait to return here again soon. Highly recommended! Our only regret is that we didn´t stay longer!


The Only Place to Stay in Porto!

5 on November 04, 2010

We spent two nights at the Guest House Douro in October. Our only regret was not staying longer! GHD is perfectly situated for a tourist. This gorgeous B&B is right on the riverfront and a short walk to all of the sights, restaurants, and public transportation in Porto. We stayed in room 302, which had a wonderful view of the Douro River. Our room was small (typical for European accommodations), but was cleverly furnished to make the best use of space. Despite the size, our room was incredibly comfortable. The lavish bed linens made for a perfect night’s sleep and the bathroom felt like a mini-spa! Our room was equipped with a flat screen TV (with programming from around the world), bathrobes and slippers, bottled water and a safe. Guest House Douro is an ultra-modern gem in one of Portugal’s most historic cities. It is immaculately clean. The décor is stunning and tasteful with clean lines and bold colors. Each morning we were greeted by Joao at breakfast. Artfully plated fruit, meats, cheeses, yogurt and fresh bread were always waiting for us. Various coffee drinks and tea were also available. Not to mention wonderful conversation and suggestions on how to spend the day from Joao. Carmen was available to guests in the evening. She always had perfect insight on what to do and most importantly – where to go for dinner. Her recommendations were wonderful, and when Carmen made a reservation for us, we were pampered when we arrived at the restaurant! Carmen was always willing to accommodate any request….from a wakeup call from a nap, to making arrangements for a taxi, to helping American tourists communicate with area businesses in Portuguese! It is obvious that Carmen and Joao have devoted their lives to their business. They love what they do and they truly love their guests. The accommodations are superb, but is the warmth and friendliness of the innkeepers that really make Guest House Douro special.


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Location

Location Type

historical waterfront porto, City, Downtown, Oceanside, Wine country

Airport

Porto, Portugal (OPO) 6 miles

Directions to property:

From airport, metro to Sao Bento Station (about 40 minutes). Then a 10 minute walk down to the river, or a short taxi ride. GPS coordinates on our website, as well as directions to arrive by car. If by car, come and see us first, we have a deal with the parking so come and pick up the ticket here.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, Nature area, Ocean, cruises on Douro River, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ruins, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn, Other, Private Home Bed and Breakfast, Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

CD player, Computer, Copier, Fax Machine, Radio , slippers, glass of Port wine upon arrival

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, In-room internet, Desk, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Private entrance, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Fishing, Golfing, Kayaking, bird watching, Port tasting, Shopping, Water sports

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Policies

  • Check In:: 3pm
  • Check Out:: noon
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: Limited
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Historical house. Limited space. Please email us.
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No The house is too small, sorry.

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: One day is not enough to discover Porto !
  • Deposit Amount Required: please visit www.guesthousedouro.com under "reservations" for details.
  • Cancellations: please visit www.guesthousedouro.com for details.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Carmen and Joao

Languages spoken

portuguese, basic German, basic Italian, English, French, Spanish

About the innkeepers

We moved here from Canada to open our guesthouse and we are deeply involved in it.

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Meals

Breakfast

Full

  • Time Served: 8h00 to 10h00.
  • Serving Location: in room in certain rooms, Breakfast Room, Guest room

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