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“We loved Porto and the Guest House Douro” 5 of 5 stars
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99 - 101 rua Fonte Taurina, Porto 4050-270, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #1 of 103 Porto B&B and Inns
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“We loved Porto and the Guest House Douro”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

I can't say enough about our three-night stay at the Guest House Douro and our hosts, Carmen and Joao. The views overlooking the river are beautiful, the rooms are spotlessly clean and stylish and the breakfasts are wonderful as well. This was so much better than staying at a chain hotel! We hope to visit again and look forward to staying at GHD!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

My husband and I stayed with Joao and Carmen in late December 2012, and had a wonderful time. The house is fabulously located, our room 302 tastefully and very usefully furnished (little details abound that make it very functional), and of course the best are our host and hostess. They are prefectionists, and very knowledgeable of all the local attractions. It was low season (which suited us great) but quite a few things were still open, so they were able to put together a great itinerary for us. They excelled particularly in their selection of restaurants, all of them different and every one a winner. And I must mention Joao's grand breakfasts; such care was taken to put together these beautiful and delicious feasts. We had a grand time in Portugal in general, and will most surely be back.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

We just returned with our 2 adult children from Portugal where we toured from North to South. Our favourite and most comfortable place to stay was at Guest House Douro. We were welcomed with open arms, and treated like a family member. Carmen & Joao run an A+ guest house. Located in the best spot in Porto, along the water, meticulously clean rooms and bedding, and freshest breakfast! What we found outstanding and beyond the call of duty, was the care both Carmen & Joao took to help us book trains, restaurants, and look after our daughter who had the flu. I cannot wait to return in the near future!

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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The Hague, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

We stayed at Guest House Douro at the beginning and end of our trip to Portugal in July 2012. It was a great place to stay and our hosts, Carmen and Jaoa delightful. Their warm welcome, recommendations on restaurants, places to vist, Port cellars and advice were excellent. The guesthouse is in a fantastic location in the historic centre with a number of rooms with views over the River Douro. We were very comfortable staying there, enjoying Jaoa's artistic and delicious breakfasts, a treat we looked forward to every morning along with white Port aperitifs in the afternoon. A home away from home.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

We had an incredible 2 nights at the GHD - we are sorry that we couldn't have stayed longer. Room 402 looks out on the Douro river and over to the Port lodges in Vila Nova de Gaia. It was incredibly comfortable, small and well appointed. Carmen and João are fantastic hosts, and we felt the kind of personal warmth that you could never find in a regular hotel.

Breakfast was fantastic - real cafe latte, an incredible assortment of fruit from all over the world, yogurt, cereal, bread and jam and butter and cheese and ham/chorizo, etc! Top that off with the restaurants that are nearby, and we were in food nirvana. Restaurant ODE is not to be missed - the passionate chef, Cristovão, even gave us recommendations for restaurants in cities that we visited later in our trip! This restaurant is only 30 meters from GHD, and a second great, small family run restaurant (Restaurant A Grade) was only 10 meters further up the hill.

If possible, stay at least 3 nights and try to get out for some day trips and for exploring Porto. It was a wonderful city, great hospitality, and warm and welcoming people. Thank you, Carmen and João

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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Broomfield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

If you're looking for a place to stay in Porto, look no further, this place is by far the best. My husband and I were treated very well, something you wouldn't receive at a regular hotel. Great location and views!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

went for a long weekend in november and thouroughly enjoyed the guest house douro. Carmen and Joao are very hospitable, the hotel is very boutique and extremely stylish and the breakfast was out of this world! the location for porto town and also for gaia for the port tasting is excellent as its located right on the river - all in all, tremendous!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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Address: 99 - 101 rua Fonte Taurina, Porto 4050-270, Portugal
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Location: Portugal > Northern Portugal > Porto District > Porto
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 103 B&Bs / Inns in Porto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in the heart of historical Oporto, the Guest House Douro offers a unique and personal experience. It is the first and only guesthouse on Oporto's waterfront. Part of UNESCO's World Heritage Site, the G.H.D. enjoys breathtaking vistas. All rooms offer direct views, either of the Douro river, the Dom Luis bridge and the Port lodges that line the riverbank or of the romantic Fonte Taurina, one of the oldest streets of Oporto. Only steps away from an abundance of attractions and historical monuments. Create beautiful memories and let the Guest House Douro be one of them! ... more   less 
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