Azulejo apartment is located in a 19th century traditional Porto building that has just been totally renovated (June 2014). Respecting its architectural past, the apartment keeps the flair of an historical house having, at the same time, all the modern comforts and facilities. It is styled with a selection of portuguese objects and materials… in fact, the name was motivated by the typical portuguese ceramic tiles that decorates the wall – “azulejo”.
The apartment is perfect to experience Porto’s everyday life and everything you need is within walking distance – and that’s exactly what we love about it! It is located on a pedestrianized street with daytime cafés and gourmet/bio stores so, even being right near the city center, it is located in a quiet place. Facing a centenary public garden, the balcony is the perfect place to peacefully enjoy your breakfast or an evening drink and watch the life flow. Just sit and relax!
FACILITIES AND AMENITIES:
The apartment is brand new, nicely furnished and totally equipped with everything you need to spend some comfortable days in the city:
BEDROOM - The bedroom features a queen size bed (1,40x2,00) with high quality mattress and 100% cotton linens. At your disposal, you have 2 sets of pillows, a winter goose feather duvet and a summer duvet. Some lovely details such as the portuguese tiles headboard and the wine box nightstand complete the cosy look making it perfect for a dreamy getaway.
LIVING ROOM - This is the ideal space for lounging regarding the street-flow. There is a flat screen TV with around 40 channels (including international channels and local radios. It has USB and HDMI inputs). High speed wireless internet included - free unlimited usage.
BATHROOM - In the bathroom each guest has a set of quality cotton towels and a traditional local soap so you don’t have to worry packing any of these in your bag.
KITCHEN - The kitchen is functionally designed and equipped with all the modern appliances you’ll need for cooking your own meals: electric stove, microwave, toaster, hand blender, Nescafé coffee machine and refrigerator with freezer. It also has some cooking essentials including salt, pepper, olive oil, vinegar, tea and coffee capsules.
At your arrival, you’ll have a welcome set including portuguese cheese or biscuits, seasonal fruits and… a bottle of Porto Wine! (these contents may vary depending on seasonal availability).
We are more than happy to welcome you and give you some tips and the info you need before and during your stay in this lovely city!
PARKING - There is public Parking in the neighbourhood and an underground public Parking just across the street (from 6€/24hours).
TOURS - We can recommend you a friendly Tour service out of the tourist trails, where you can discover hidden and unusual places in the city. (Trip Advisor award-winners).
NEIGHBOURHOOD - WHAT TO EXPECT?
The apartment is located in a central neighbourhood that has an incredibly authentic daily life atmosphere and cultural dynamism (as the Fine Arts College is 2 blocks away). It is perfect to those who are looking for genuine experience and those who want to discover Porto historic center on foot.
In the surroundings it’s possible to find the oldest typical stores, bakeries and cafés, such as the so famous café Majestic. All around there are traditional food restaurants and café-bars with gastronomic specialties.
Just downstairs, there are grocery shops and supermarkets. Nearby, you also can buy Porto Wine at the old wine stores, fresh fish and meat and local vegetables, so you can cook yourself a fantastic meal.
By walking around the neighbourhood, you have shops with handcrafts and typical pottery, small shops specialized in art, gourmet and biological food stores, trendy cafeterias and antiques/vintage findings.
It’s a great location to start your daily adventures from, as you’ll be close to all city attractions at walking distance:
- A 7 minute walk will take you to the central Aliados plaza and to the main train station of São Bento. There, you are at the very city center, near Clérigos tower and at short distance from Douro river.
- A 5 minute walk away from the cathedral and the cable tram to Douro river.
- A 3 minute walk away from the main shopping street of Porto – Santa Catarina.
- You’ll be close to all city entertainment attractions such as the main theatres (Coliseu-2 min; Rivoli-5 min; São João National Theatre-5 min) and the famous Porto nightlife (Galerias de Paris and Leões plaza-15 minutes walking).
You won’t need transport to get around. However, may you wish to explore further, there is a bus stop just across the street connecting to many places in Porto (Casa da Música, Serralves Museum and beaches) and “Bolhão” metro station at 10 min walking distance (direct line “E” to the airport – it takes 28 minutes).
GOING FURTHER (OTHER DESTINATIONS):
Around the corner, 5 min walking distance, there is the intercity coaches gare that connects Porto to all main cities in Portugal, so you can visit close cities (Braga, Guimarães, Gerês, Aveiro,…) or continue your visit towards southern regions (Lisboa, Algarve, Alentejo,…). You also have the main train station “São Bento” at 7 minutes walking distance.
Other Things to Note
Please send us a message if you need help with the booking.
Check out is at 11am and check in at 14pm, but depending on availability it might be possible to adjust to your needs.
No special rules, just good sense:
- The building is residential, the residentes are peacefull and we want to preserve it like that. In order to keep the atmospere, we ask you no late noise, good coexistence and tidiness.
- We also ask you not to smoke inside, you can do it in the balcony.
My partner and I loved our stay in Porto, Joanna was not able to greet us however he beautiful mother showed us the apartment and gave is some great tips on things to do around Porto. Joanna was a great host, easy to deal with and always available to help if we needed. The apartment was beautiful and are sad we had to leave.
This apartment was beautiful! Joana has done a great job of decorating it, it was a pleasure to stay in. It's very conveniently located just minutes away from anywhere you want to go by foot. She also provided great tips on where to eat and what to see in the city. Although she couldn't greet us, her mom was very warm and friendly and was at the door when we arrived. I definitely recommend this place if you're in Porto!
This place was FANTASTIC! Perfect neighborhood. Not touristy but close to everything. We actually ended up returning to this neighborhood again later in the trip. There are some great local food options nearby (and especially downstairs!). Joana was the best hostess. She provided tons of recommendations- and really great ones!! She had her mom Ana let us in as she was out of town. Ana was so wonderful and kind. The apartment is beautiful. I kept saying I wish it were my apartment!!!
Joana ist sehr freundlich, zuverlässig und hilfsbereit. Ihre Wohnung schön und gemütlich. Ansonsten können wir uns nur den vielen positiven Bewertungen anschließen. Wir haben uns pudelwohl gefühlt. Herzlichen Dank liebe Joana. Wir kommen bestimmt wieder. Sylvia und Michaela
Thanks to Joana for her welcome ! I will definitely recommend this host for people travelling to Porto.
Perfect place for a perfect time ! Thanks !
Joana was very sweet and welcoming and her apartment is a great place to stay in Porto. Recommended.