"I booked this apartment in February as a surprise for my husband, it transpires we had booked the weekend of the Air Race and I assume that's why the owner tried to cancel the booking some months later? He is an avid fan, we have no interest. We arrived early and dropped off to leave our bags at the apartment whilst the cleaners finished off from the previous booking and agreed to return at noon. When we arrived back there were four people in the apartment waiting for the owner whilst watching the races. We wanted to get settled in, but were made to feel awkward.
The apartment is in dire need of an update. It felt very tired, the photos do not show this. On closer inspection it's very dirty, it's clear that the cleaning is a surface clean only. The shower head is broke and you need it remove it to get any water over your body. The water runs brown each morning and takes a good 20 minutes to clear.
All dirt was clearly visible, I would hate to see behind or under the furniture, I didn't look.
We booked this apartment due it stating that it is in a quiet block! Most apartments face inwards with balconies, families/friends sat out partying until gone midnight for 3 nights, due to the design, the noise resonates. We couldn't open the window due to the noise and there was no air con in the rear bedroom. On the 2nd night we went to move to the front double room but the bed was tiny and the road noise even worse. This is NOT a quiet apartment at all.
The whole feeling was one of penny pinching, one pillow each with no further covers, I went on the hunt for additional clean pillows, they all need replacing, either lumpy or stained yellow. The towels were tiny, I have tea towels bigger than the bath towels they gave us.
I raised all of these complaints with the owner, showed him the pictures of dirt and quite frankly he didn't care. He told me the dirt wouldn't be a problem for him as it is "detail". He seems happy about the noise but only so he could use this to play a tit for tat game as the residents usually complain about the noise from his apartment. The brown water, yes it happens, it must be maintenance. Didn't apologise once and seemed far more interested in himself and his super sports car.
We were only 2 adults and the apartment was spacious but there is only a very small two seater sofa, I wouldn't have wanted to share with more than two more (small) people.
I will finally add that the view is amazing, we had gorgeous weather and were able to sit out and enjoy it but unfortunately all the other issues did not compensate.
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Fellow travellers, this apartment for a stay in the Porto area is a 5 rating. You can park your car and luggage and just go where you want on that day. A cruise, a walk, a train trip, a nice meal on the Douro, buy the Porto of your dream of, buy some local bread or see a guy jump from the bridge for fun...it's all from a walking distance. The owner is very nice and helpfull for all the questions you have on arrival and is available via phone. The appartment has the quality of a confortable "port d'attache" with really a great view that enhanced the planning of your next day.
The apartment is located mid-way on the hill on the Vila Nova de Gaia side of the the river. The block itself looks and feels tired.
We were initially impressed with the accommodation but found it lacking in basics. Clothes storage was an issue, lack of wardrobe space. No wardrobes in the main bedrooms (a clothes rail in the rear bedroom).
Also, we found the description a little misleading, the Air Conditioning box has been ticked, however the apartment only has Air-con in the lounge and front main bedroom. We felt the heat as we were holidaying in August and felt a little mis-lead and were expecting Air-con for all the bedrooms - it was needed!
There is a lack of lounge seating too, a two seater settee isn't sufficient.
The beds need pulling out and cleaning underneath and behind, the wall behind the bed in the rear main bedroom was very dusty. The windows to the front of the apartment are very dirty and would benefit a clean and the balconies are not usable as they are very narrow and the left one has a large appliance in it.
Having said all that, we enjoyed our stay in Porto and Miguel and Joana were very nice people.
The score is 3.5 out of 5.
This apartment is situated in the perfect spot to view the River Duoro at sunset, get over to any of the local shops and restaurants within minutes, or just take a walk down the block to any of the local Port houses. A gem in a small, tightly packed city of sights and excitement. Our stay was great, with everything we needed to enjoy Porto. Parking is in a secure location beneath the apartment, which makes parking in the city worry free. Miguel was super to work with. Great communicator and extremely helpful. You will not be disappointed. Come. Stay. Enjoy!
Absolutely beautiful apartment with wonderful views. Flat was really well situated so we did most of our exploring on foot. Apartment is very comfortable and is perfect for two families. Check in/out very smooth and the owner was really friendly and helpful. Would recommend the apartment to anyone who wants to visit this beautiful and friendly city.
This apartment is situated in Gaia, just on the other side of the Duoro where the Port houses are (5 minutes walk). It's view on Porto is beautiful. A walk from the apartment to Porto is 15 minutes and therefore an good location to explore Porto.
The apartment is well equiped and proper. Parking at the back in a garage. The price of the apartment is absolutely worth its value.
The owner, Miguel makes you feel welcome, is a good host, providing useful tips and always willing to be of assistance whenever needed.
I can recommend this apartment when visiting Porto.
Miguel is a great guy. We all felt that it's a great luck that we are staying in his place ans have him as a host.
Apartment is great. Location is unbelievably good. The view from the apartment is unforgettable. It also comes with no-nonsense parking in a gated garage in the same building; luxury you will not find in Europe very often.
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