This five-room guesthouse is located in a typical Portuguese townhouse, but has been renovated with a modern spin. The traditional pattern of Portuguese chequered floors, for instance, found its way onto the ceilings, and a freestanding bathtub in two of the rooms creates a retro cool look. Designer light fittings and contemporary mirrors add nice finishing touches.
The quirkiest space on offer is the cute as a cubby house attic room. Here a low bed sits beneath a cool A-frame ceiling fashioned with white wooden beams and there’s a sneaky reading nook with a recliner that catches the morning sun.
If the idea of breakfast in bed appeals, you can have your morning munchies delivered to your room in a neat picnic basket. Furthermore, in-room Nespresso machines mean a caffeine fix is never far away and small kitchenettes allow you to whip up simple home-prepped meals. A good alternative to cooking on your holiday however is to stroll 300 metres to Rua de Santa Catarina, Porto’s main commercial street, to grab a bite and tipple. Most of the main sites are within walking distance (which you’ll find marked on the handy city guide presented at check in), but the Bolhão metro is at nearby disposal should your legs cry for respite.
Weary feet can then be propped up on the balcony railings if you choose a room with a garden view, or you can chill in the small lounge area tucked under the stairs (in which case a glass of wine is mandatory – because, you know, Portugal). Conveniently, you can buy said wine from reception.
|Venue name:||Malmerendas Boutique Lodging|
Rua Dr. Alves da Veiga 186
|Price:||Double rooms from €80 in low season and €90 in high. Breakfast €10 per person|