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Guest House Douro
Ranked #1 of 148 Porto B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Melbourne, Australia
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17 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“The highlight of our trip to Portugal!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2012

What more can I say. If it was possible to give 6 out of 5 then I would not hesitate. The other postings are extremely accurate and I really cannot add to such favourable reviews. It was well with the experience. Especially Carmen and Joao who make it so memorable. If in Porto then the Guest House Douro is THE place to stay.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2012

We booked here based on Trip Advisor and Lonely Planet and were not disappointed. The house is ideally located in the heart of Porto, the rooms are comfortable (though not huge) and in very good condition. Breakfast was sensational. However, the best part of the experience was the warmth, kindness, and good advice of Carmen and Joao. I would recommend this to anyone looking to spend time in Porto.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Huntsville USA
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2012

The guest house offers outstanding quality, from the fresh fruit and breads at breakfast, to the linens and furnishings in the rooms, to the flowers and fittings in the bath. The service is exceptional. The hosts are committed to the comfort of their guests and are an inexhausible source of information on the attractions of Porto and the surrounding countryside. We loved all of their recommendations on restaurants and sites. The location is superb, with the Douro River offering an amazing panorama and the district teeming with activity and historical interest. The clientele is international (the hosts seem to be fluent in most of the languages spoken at breakfast!). Do not miss this opportunity to add to your best travel experiences.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2012

There are not sufficient superlatives to describe adequately the pleasure, comfort, and well-being of a visitor to the Guest House Douro. In 49 years of international travel/residence, covering 34 countries, including accommodations ranging from hostels to three through five star hotels,plus several luxury cruise liners, my wife and I have never ever been so delighted to return to our chosen room and our gracious hosts. Our five night stay in September 2012 was our third encounter. We had rehearsed our swansong address citing our age and the fatigue of travel today,within two hours of arrival, my wife, Carolyn, and I were arranging for our next sojourn in earl2013! What do we like, why are we so happy?

First, the hosts, Carmen & Joao are delightful, warm, and intelligent hosts. They are honest and well informed as to ALL aspects of Porto & Portugal. They age years when I am around asking endless favors and services from daylight until dark. they do not ACCEPT or ASK for commissions from the establishments they recommend, only that their clients receive excellent service .

Second, the rooms have absolutely anything and everything a normal human could want or need.If anything is missing ,you can have it in an instant. The bedding, bathroom are spotless-gleaming in fact. The views over the Douro River are spectacular and the scene changes 24-7.We sleep like two garden slugs on a fine bed surrounded by absolute silence, even when casts of thousands are parading ,dancing, or merchandising beneath our windows. The location for touring,eating, shopping is superb.

Finally, the lovely, and delicious breakfasts prepared by Joao are not only artistic, but also delicious. If you have gathered by now that I am enthralled with the Guest House, you are right! Every guest is treated like a real friend, and sometimes your wishes come true.

Room Tip: Choose, if possible rooms with a river view. the first time we stayed none were available, but we su...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Jersey City, New Jersey
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2012

My husband and I often are reluctant to stay in B&B's because the furniture tends to be outdated, the bedding worn down and the finishes in need of an upgrade. We booked Guest House Douro because of all the terrific TA recommendations and the positive review in Lonely Planet. We were not disappointed! From what we could tell, everything in the place is practically brand new and it's immaculately clean. The owners could not have been more welcoming and gracious. I was six months pregnant during our stay, and they made sure I was comfortable and had plenty of water and juice when I needed it. The breakfasts were delicious and the portions generous. The location makes it very easy to see the sites on the Porto side of the river as well as cross the bridge to the port wine houses. Do not hesitate to stay here!

Room Tip: GHD has a variety of rooms, pick depending on what you are looking for. A river view was not a prio...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Milan, Italy
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2012

it's a perfect resort for couple or single who want to breathe a certain atmosphere of the old capital of Portugal. Every historic place is near, you feel completely immerged in the real life, sometime also rude, of the baja. No frills, no fake luxus, no useless gadget. And real people with interesting stories behind the desk. Service, friendly and warming but precise and very focused. breakfast gorgeous and natural. Unique problems: you must feel comfortable with your partner: into the room the space is very limited. And don't folrget: you must come back home before 1 o clock a. m. This limit can be a problem if you want to stay longer laid down on a sofa along the river or in a bar until late.

Room Tip: Absolutely choose the room on the river front .the wonderul space you can admire from the window an...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank silvestro s
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Sydney, Australia
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34 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2012

A wonderful experience from the warm welcome to the sad farewell. A sensational view over the river in a soundless room when the windows are closed. The room has top quality fittings and comfy bed. Fantastic breakfast and excellent advice on where to go and what to do. The place to stay.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank OzLoz42
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Property: Guest House Douro
Address: Rua Fonte Taurina 99 101, 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 148 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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