“Casa dos Guindais”, is an XVIII century house, located in the historic center of Oporto, that has seen great moments of history, both sad and glorious from French invasions in 1810, to the more recent“ Carnation Revolution” in 1974 bringing Portugal to democracy. World heritage protected by Unesco near by the Ferdinand Wall, the Cathedral and funicular elevator .The place, once a family house were many generations lived and grew up , is now rebuilt to its original splendor by architects Sofia Marques de Aguiar and Ernesto Jimenes, and it is now ready to welcome guests.
The owners, Francisca Pestana da Silva heiress of the estate and Álvaro Marques de Aguiar thought of making this place a comfortable lodge to spend a relaxed weekend or a short vacation whilst in the heart of the city.
“We hope to be able to meet our guest’s expectations, making their stay worthwhile to remember”.
The restoration of the building complied with the original plan and allowed to preserve some old elements in a project with lines marked by modernity and simplicity.
The materials used are noble and respect the rules of conservation of historic buildings in the city – Wood, Glass, Iron and Granite.
It is composed of 5 independent studio apartments equipped with everything that is essential to make guests feel at home. Details like extra thick doors and windows guarantee both comfort and safety. The rooms have two twin beds, bathroom, kitchenette and access to a romantic garden.
The restoration resulted in creating a well coming environment with a simple, modern decor, but also including some vintage antique furniture made by national craftsmen, with small touches of elegance that gives the place a very special atmosphere.
The location is outstanding, being close to everything worth visiting, the street ending in stone steps, leading you to the river allowing only pedestrians and very quiet.
Only 200 meters there is the Cathedral, the National Theatre S. João, renowned Art nouveau ”Café Magestic” and shopping district .
São Bento Railway Station, the main square and Nasoni’s Clérigos Tower easily reachable by foot.
Very close to “Casa dos Guindais” you’ll find the funicular cable car named “Guindais” that takes you right down the Douro river bridges, Port wine cellars, picturesque shops, bistros, bars and restaurants.
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