“An intimate and beautifully renovated B&B, set by the water’s edge in Porto’s UNESCO-listed old town”
The 8 rooms are packed with original features - smart shutters, exposed stone walls, swathes of ornate azulejos; one even has a bed nestled beneath a huge hearth. Furniture is a carefully chosen blend of old and new, the ensuite shower rooms are clad in elegant black and white tiling, and vintage jugs filled with fresh flowers are dotted here and there. Wonderfully comfy double or twin beds are piled with pillows and cushions, and snazzy TVs pop up from discreet boxes at their feet at the touch of a button.
We were lucky enough to stay in a River View Room, and it’s definitely worth paying a little more for one of these. They look out over the Douro and a couple open onto narrow balconies. The cheaper City View Rooms lack the watery vista and aren't quite as spacious, but they're lovely nonetheless. Two rooms (one a River View, the other a City View) are set into the eaves at the top of the building and come in gleaming white, with sparkling chandeliers and open-plan showers behind glass panels. These are the only rooms with wardrobes; others have small hanging rails.
Breakfast is included in the rates and available anytime between 8.30am and 1pm. It's served in the stone-walled lounge, which gazes out across the river, and there's no better start to the day than munching croissants as boats pootle by. The simple but tasty spread includes the normal pastries, cheese, fruit and cereals, plus eggs cooked to order and freshly brewed coffee; the frothy cappuccinos are particularly good.
No other meals are available, but you can ask for hot drinks and wines (including port, of course); there's also a bar with a waterside terrace just next door. And when it comes to dining out, Porto’s burgeoning culinary scene means there’s plenty of choice, from contemporary sushi joints to traditional family-run restaurants built into the old city walls. There’s also a string of eateries along the nearby Cais da Ribeira, where tables spill out onto the bustling quayside.