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A studio overlooking the garden,bring a book..

This charming self catering studio has a small balcony to enjoy the garden and can be connected with contiguous Tunel apartment. Ideal for a family with children where safety is primary.Includes 2 beds(80/200 set side by side), bathroom with all amenities, a fully equipped kitchnette with some flavors to spice up your cooking - sugar, salt, pepp...

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A superb 33 sq/mt self catering studio, allowing to comfortably fit 3 pax.

With an extraordinary view it is possible to admire the typical Guindais stairs and roofs of the cascade of small houses who tear up the escarpment to the Douro river.This charming apartment is decorated with small touches of elegance that gives a sophisticated and simple atmosphere. Some furnishings are carefully restored as in ancient times an...

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Fantastic self catering Studio facing East,up Douro river.

Relax and enjoy an afternoon cocktail or a romantic dinner in your private "varanda" (balcony)overlooking the garden. Alternatively enjoy a cup of tea or coffee on us.Bottled water is also complimentary.The environment is very soothing. You get absolute privacy and a magnificient view over the opposite bank of the Douro river, which is remarkabl...

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A pleasant self catering studio with private courtyard,and direct access to the garden

A splendid space to relax decorated with simplicity and sophistication where white is the base color that was used on all surfaces in order to enjoy the natural colors of outdoor "patio"(courtyard) and garden. Includes: Private patio, two beds(90/200 set side by side), spacious bathroom with all amenities,fully equipped kitchnette including...

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A pleasure to stay and relax looking over the Fernandine Wall.

Self catering studio with two beds(80/200 set side by side), bathroom with all amenities,fully  equipped kitchnette  with some valuable basics    - sugar, salt, pepper, olive oil & vinegar, and of course, access to the garden. This particular room connects with contiguous" Cristal Room", so it´s ideal for ...

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About Us

“Casa dos Guindais” ,is an XVIII century house, located in the historic center of Oporto.World heritage protected by Unesco near by the Ferdinand Wall, the Cathedral and funicular elevator .The place, once a family house where 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. They both come from different professional backgrounds, he being an Aviator from early age and his wife Francisca a marketeer associated with arts. She served at National Theater for a few good years. They comment:” The diversity of our live experiences helps us dealing with a multicultural visitor that now comes to Oporto…”and “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 welcoming 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 project was developed around the existing tunnel and surrounded by courtyard and garden, guaranteeing privacy and peace for all who benefit from this space.

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 our place you 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.

We kindly invite you to visit this web site, look into the studios details, send us a message if you have any enquiry, and we hope to meet you soon, as a guest in our “Casa dos Guindais”.


Francisca & Álvaro