Reviewed by Nadine Mellor
Welcoming, well-priced B&B in the centre of Porto, within walking distance of all the major sights
Portugal's second city, Porto, is the historic home of fortified wine production and export; port is named for the city. In the slightly rundown Batalha area, this gem of a guesthouse stands out. Young owners Mariana and Pedro painstakingly converted a near-derelict 19th-century mansion over 2 years, transforming it into a clean and contemporary B&B. Modern furnishings sit alongside preserved ceiling mouldings, an original wooden staircase and fabulous tall stone windows.

There are 6 light, colourful rooms, 7 larger suites, and a breakfast area/lounge-bar which runs the depth of the property and spills onto a sweet courtyard garden. Aside from the pared-back design, what sets it apart is the warm welcome you'll receive. If you need recommendations on sightseeing or a restaurant reservation, Mariana and Pedro are always happy to oblige. It's an an easy walk to most sights in the UNESCO-listed historic centre, and you're close to metro, bus station and funicular. Plus there's a delicious breakfast of croissants with pumpkin and tomato jam, homemade cakes and good coffee.


  • Ideal for citybreak fans who like style and design on a budget
  • Mariana and Pedro greet you with a delicious glass of port and helpful map, and really make you feel at home
  • We loved the calm furnishings and modern courtyard garden
  • Bedrooms have lovely floor-to-ceiling French windows, shutters and small Juliet balconies
  • Ticks all the boxes for a Porto minibreak: you're not far from the port lodges and Rem Koolhaas' futuristic masterpiece, the Casa da Musica; and there's excellent nightlife (the National Theatre S João is very close)


  • The Double/Twin rooms are simple, with standard-sized beds and no TVs or minibars; opt for a Suite if you want these mod cons
  • No elevator in the original guesthouse (Large Suite and Double/Twin rooms)
  • The surrounding area is somewhat rundown, and 6Only is on a busy road
  • Can be tricky to find - signage is subtle
  • Sound can carry through the old walls, and rooms at the front of the house may experience road noise

Best time to go

Porto is good to visit all year round; the best weather is usually between late April and early October. The feast of St John (São João) in mid-June brings visitors from all over the world and sees the city at its most lively. High season is April-September; low season is October-March.

Our top tips

Cross the Ponte dom Luis I, the bridge linking Porto and Gaia, for great views of the city. It was designed by Théophile Seyrig, the partner of Gustav Eiffel, in the late 19th century.

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
City Style
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique B&B
  • 13
  • Breakfast only (+walk to restaurants)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
  • Communal TV
Room: Suite


Originally there were only 6 rooms (hence the name), but in 2015 the penthouse was converted into a large suite, and a further 6 suites were added next door, making a total of 13 modern yet sympathetically renovated spaces to choose from. Most have floor-to-ceiling French windows leading to small Juliet balconies - daylight pours in but at night shutters ensure a good night’s sleep.

In the Doubles, Twins and Large Suite, uncluttered white walls and high ceilings are accented by bright cushions and coloured throws. Although decor is simple, there are some lovely little touches, like a fresh green apple on your bedside table.

The Suites are beautifully elegant with original wood floors and ceiling cornicing. In the centre of each is an amazing angular structure encased in cork, which houses a spacious ensuite shower room. We adored the clever, dramatic architecture, married with the pared-back decor - and the pricetag for such style and space is amazing. They also have the added luxury of TVs, Nespresso machines, minibars and air-conditioning.

Features include:

  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet


For breakfast, you can expect a classic continental European spread with some lovely touches like homemade cake and tomato jam, warm croissants, breads, ham, yoghurt, eggs to order, cheese and good coffee or hot chocolate as well as freshly squeezed orange juice.

The guesthouse only serves breakfast, but that's no hardship with the plethora of yummy eateries in Porto. The hotel bar is open in the evenings and is well-stocked in the hope of catching you for an aperitif before you head out to dine in town - try a local port wine. For lunch, you will probably be sightseeing in Porto itself and have plenty of options; for dinner Mariana and Pedro are keen to book restaurants for you and find ways of showing off their city's best side.

Close by, they'd recommend Casa de Pasto Ribatejo, which has great Portuguese food, good service, and an alfresco vine covered dining terrace at the back, which our kids had fun running around on. Nearer the river, Adega São Nicolau serves great fish.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Restaurants nearby


  • Explore the Ribeira (old town) district of Porto, a Unesco site with cobbled streets and skinny medieval townhouses. The main square, Praça da Ribeira, has buzzy bars, restaurants and terraces

  • Visit the Gothic São Francisco Church and don't miss the enormous crypt in the basement, or the treasures above the cloisters

  • Go shopping on Santa Catarina Street, Porto's liveliest shopping street, just a few minutes' walk away

  • Head to Cleridos Tower for the best views of the city

  • Or take the 19th-century Funicular dos Guindais (walking distance from 6Only), from the quayside at Ribeira to the Batalha area. It was originally used to transport port from the docks

  • Concert hall Casa da Musica, designed by Rem Koolhaas and built in 2001, is a feast for the eyes as well as the ears and a great photo opportunity. Book in advance for classical music, jazz concerts and clubbing

  • Other cultural delights are very close too: the National Theatre, concert venue the Batalha cinema, and beautiful Porto Cathedral

  • Visit Taylor's Port Lodge, just outside Pin Vila Nova de Gaia, a 10-minute taxi ride away, and sip on wine made a century and a half ago

  • Take a Segway, walking or cycling tour of the city. Blue Dragon City Tours arrange the lot (just ask Mariana)

  • Solar Vinho do Porto is said to be the finest place to sample port in the city. The 18th-century villa is just 10 minutes away by taxi

  • Visit Serralves, a vast park with formal gardens and contemporary sculpture. There's a museum of contemporary art at its centre

  • Take a '6-bridges cruise' along the River Douro to the mouth of the Atlantic, or wander along its banks and find shady parks, sandy beaches and panoramic viewing spots

  • Play golf. Da Quinta do Fojo is the closest course, surrounded by lakes and historic buildings

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Port tasting
  • Private guided tours
  • Shopping / markets
  • Wine tasting


Children of all ages are welcome and Porto is an easy destination for families as long as you bring a stroller or carrier, as you're likely to walk everywhere.

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

The Double rooms at the front of the house can fit an extra bed or baby cot, as can all the Suites; some face the potentially noisy street, although there is double glazing and we didn't notice any traffic noise. Over 10s are advised to take a second room beside their parents'. Each floor of the main guesthouse has adjacent double and twin garden-facing room which would be handy for older children - there's a door between the stairs and rooms which can be closed off to give more privacy.

Baby equipment:

There is 1 baby cot available to borrow - request in advance.

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Water park
  • Cable car ride
  • Boat trip up the Douro
  • Sea Life
  • Jardim de S. Lazaro for running around
  • There's a pool in a nearby gym
  • Zoo in Quinta de Sto. Inácio
  • Cycle to Parque da cidade

Families Should Know:

There are 2 flights of steps up to the rooms and no elevator, so pack light.


  • Airport: 20 minutes
  • Hospital: 5 minutes
  • Nearest shop: 1 minute
Kid Friendly: Room

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