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Charming House Marques

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Rua da Constituicao 361 Bonfim, Porto 4200-199 Portugal
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#31 of 241 B&Bs / Inns in Porto
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Located on a street typical of the city of Oporto, in a building dating from the early 20th Century, the Oporto Guest House Charming House Marques is central and quiet at the same time - perfect for your visit to this World Heritage City (UNESCO). Each of the rooms has personalized and comfortable decor. The proximity of the Ribeira of Oporto and the historic city center, just 10 minutes.
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Kathleen Alicia M wrote a review Nov 2019
Atlanta, Georgia83 contributions9 helpful votes
We were glad to meet the owner the second day. We were charged for boat tickets that were supposed to be included with our reservation. Honestly, we did not mention just let it go. The breakfast is served late due to the kitchen worker lives far from the city but makes it a bit tough for those that need to leave early. The yogurt was delicious and the owner did put a couple in our fridge. The room/bathroom are a bit dated but overall we were happy. It is far from town but we were able to walk everywhere. Parking was not available next door but down the street.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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MissyGrrr wrote a review Nov 2019
Sheffield, United Kingdom44 contributions18 helpful votes
Lovely deluxe room on the top floor. Loved the style of the room. As it was our honeymoon, the staff provided a gorgeous bouquet of flowers and a silver gift that we really appreciated. The breakfast is lovely. Lots is laid out and you feel guilty leaving bits! All the staff we met were very friendly and helpful. Carla booked us onto a boat tour when we asked for help and Marta sat down with us and highlighted all the places on the tourist map that she thought we might like to see. We walked into the city centre on most days, though there is a Metro stop around the corner. There are cakes out every day to eat in the lounge. We would have perhaps liked some milk in the lounge too to add to hot drinks. Regardless of what time of day we went out, the room was always cleaned when we returned. Theres a lovely bakery across from the Metro that we can recommend. I've noticed some other reviews complain of mould on the blinds, bit of painting needed here and there - I only really remembered this once I read the reviews. Really tiny details when everything else suited us so well and we enjoyed everything about our stay. If you're looking for a hotel with a cooked breakfast and a porter to carry your luggage upstairs then this isn't the right hotel for you. If you're looking for a small scale guest house with a good cold continental buffet, nice rooms at a reasonable price with a straightforward walking route to town or good metro links then this is a good hotel. Thank you Carla and the team.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Tom wrote a review Sep 2019
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Charming House Marques is a mixed bag. It is not 4 star but a 2 star house without air conditioning that is staffed infrequently (e.g., had to carry suitcases down 4 flights at 8:40 am). The clerk was not knowledgeable, e.g., recommended a taxi while Uber in Porto is cheap, couldn't get us a tour reservation easily made at a tour kiosk. If you don’t believe our 2 star rating, see our pictures of the mold in the bath tub, the knicks on the vanity, etc. We used the 15 Euro extra late check-in (after 8 pm). We were not greeted with a glass of port and pastries as others claim but with a complaint that we had arrived a few minutes early and an immediate request to pay the late check-in fee and city tax in cash. Favorable was that the place was clean and the room spacious with high ceilings. We had the 2nd floor suite but were warned not to use the 2nd bedroom. The balcony overlooking the garden was picturesque. The continental breakfast was good with fresh fruit and orange juice but no eggs. The waitress was nice and helpful. The breakfast started at 9 am—If you want to take an 8 am tour to the Douro valley as we did, you’re out of luck. They did reluctantly let us eat the last day at 8:40 am. The evening pastries were limited with only instant coffee or tea available. The location was remote from the old city. However, it is a block to a Metro station a few stops from the old city. There are restaurants nearby including a Chinese restaurant popular with the locals. I'd recommend the crispy duck with oranges. So, if you want a clean 2 star room in an accessible location, it may be right for you. For a couple I’d call it a 4 star price. For a family using the full suite it might be OK.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Room Tip: A room facing the garden is best. There is no A/C so in hot weather you need to leave your...
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AllRoadsLeadToCake wrote a review Dec 2018
Birmingham, United Kingdom495 contributions59 helpful votes
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As it turned out, this light and airy B&B was perfectly located, not just because it’s three minutes walk from the metro but because it’s opposite a dentist. Not just any dentist, the B&B owner’s dentist. Perfect as just as our plane was landing in Porto, my tooth fell out, or so it seemed, There was no pain so after a couple hours of distress, I realise it’s just broke and life goes on. Or that’s what my dentist told me when I desperately called them to book an urgent appointment upon our return. So in the end, despite our fantastic host taking us across to the dentist, doing all the translations enabling me to register, I decided to wait until I come back home, especially as when we called our insurance company, we’re informed we can’t make a claim as it’s not deemed an emergency if there’s no pain. So I had to enjoy 6 days in Portugal with no smiling. This was tough from the start as apart from the warm welcome - we’d already sat down to have a detailed 5 minute intro to the city over a tea and cake - the room is magnificent, homely and yet luxurious. The bed had 4 glittering chocolates waiting for us on the bed and heating was turned on upon arrival and came on each evening for us to control as needed. We were on the 2nd floor and were happy to walk up as the stairway is stunning. The whole place is decorated in a french regency and/or shabby chic style and our room had three windows with shutters and was amply furnished complete with a large hallway providing most of the storage. Room (Superior deluxe suite) Our room looked out to the front with plenty of light coming in from the tall windows. Large bed One bedside table (another hotel with a table on just the one side!) Large sofa Desk with drawers and comfortable chair TV on storage unit 2 bedside lamps Storage Hallway has room for a suitcase or two Plus it has two, double wardrobes with integrated automatic lights with drawers underneath (half filled with ample spare pillows and blankets) Drawer on the TV stand 10 wooden hotel style hangers Clothes airer (fold-up) Bathroom I’m delighted with the double sink situation here. After all, the way to a happy living situation is separate bathrooms and this takes us one step closer. Also the bath had a jacuzzi which is always a fun extra. Good sized bath with over-head, detachable shower. Two branded bath towels along with the two hand towels and a bath mat. Bidet & an extra towel Ample storage with some space under the sink but a tall cupboard in which we could spread out our toiletries rather than leave them messily around the sinks. Towel shelf plus a self-controlled radiator to dry the towels so we never needed them changed. Full-size toiletries: shower gel, shampoo and body lotion (although that ran out on the first day I managed to keep scooping it out for two more mornings!) Food and drink Jug of water and glasses in room Complimentary tea/coffee/cakes/water available in the lounge each afternoon Buffet breakfast Fruit bowl and chocolates in room Delightfully, the excellent breakfast was served at a civilised time (I think from 9am). The smiley staff offered crepes with Nutella, coffee tea, juice, fruit, cereals, pastries with a fair few handmade Portuguese goodies including of course the Nata tarts. We found throughout our travels in the country, anytime something was exclusively Portuguese, it was proudly pointed out by restaurant and hotel staff alike. Amenities Small fridge Small fan Hairdryer There was an issue with the front door keypad on one night and as a last resort, we had to call the owner. Thankfully it wasn’t too late into the night and next day, the code was duly changed. Otherwise, the superb service continued with the attention of detail that it started with, as staff bought a cake and candles with ‘39’ on for the boyfriend’s birthday breakfast. I hadn’t said a word so this is just through noticing details on passport etc.Truly outstanding and again, if I ran a B&B….
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Date of stay: November 2018
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Niall M wrote a review Dec 2018
Purley, United Kingdom16 contributions27 helpful votes
My wife and I enjoyed a three night stay at Charming House Hotel in Marques. A beautiful house with a lovely manager (Carla).Her son even managed to get me Porto FC football tickets for an evening game (much to the disappointment of my wife!) Breakfast was excellent and Charming House location is minutes away from the Metro. 4 stops brings you Sao Bento and a 10 minute walk to the beautiful Ribeiro area. Bars and restaurants line either side of the river. Take a boat ride and view the 6 bridges on the tour. Another interesting town to visit about an hour by train is Braga, well worth the trip. Finally we must recommend a restaurant Carla suggested, 'Estrela do Lima' 5 minutes form the hotel on Rua da Alegria. An understated but brilliant place where locals frequent, hardly surprising! Great food, great value and really discerning, friendly service. We will definitely be returning to Charming House in the near future. Maybe try and get Braga tickets next time!
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Date of stay: September 2018
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Frequently Asked Questions about Charming House Marquês
Which popular attractions are close to Charming House Marquês?
Nearby attractions include Quinta do Covelo (0.3 miles), Igreja Senhora da Conceição (0.1 miles), and Garagem Central (0.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Charming House Marquês?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and dry cleaning.
What food & drink options are available at Charming House Marquês?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Charming House Marquês?
Yes, paid public parking nearby and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Charming House Marquês?
Conveniently located restaurants include Restaurante Estrela Do Lima, Preamar Supper Club, and Francesinha Café.
Is Charming House Marquês located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.9 miles away from the center of Porto.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Charming House Marquês?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Are there any historical sites close to Charming House Marquês?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Palacio da Bolsa (1.5 miles), Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) (1.4 miles), and Casa do Infante (1.6 miles).