“Welcoming, well-priced B&B in the centre of Porto, within walking distance of all the major sights”
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.
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.
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.
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.
There is 1 baby cot available to borrow - request in advance.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
There are 2 flights of steps up to the rooms and no elevator, so pack light.