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The hotel is located opposite the Duero River in the area of Porto, Ribeira. It occupies a complex of sixteenth to eighteenth century buildings that have been completely renovated. It's not too big, with 48 spacious, comfortable rooms, with large bathrooms. The breakfast buffet is very complete, and is served in the cafe on the first floor, with stunning river views. It's right in front of the area of wineries, and adjacent to the Luis I Bridge, by which you can walk to the other side of the river. There are plenty of restaurants nearby. It is also quite close to the Palais de la Bourse, and the nearest metro stop is Sao Bento.
The location is a real luxury, and so is the building. You are within a block of the Douro, in the Ribeira district. This hotel is labyrinthine, as it has been renovated several times. It now has 90 rooms, with old stone design elements mixed with cutting edge solutions, like the glass elevator nestled among the old stone architecture. The reception staff are young and friendly, the decor is modern, the prices are affordable ... what more could you want? The rooms can be a bit small, and you can request one overlooking the river for a small fee. Good breakfast, with delicious cream cakes.
The garden, the pool, the room, the building: all of it is lovely, but the rooms are not, ours was dark, the decor left a lot to be desired and the bathroom was dirty, there was hair on the floor and ceiling and there were black marks in the tub, but really black. It did not feel clean. Also every 20 minutes aircraft taking off from the nearby airport went by and the sound is loud and annoying. Also I heard incessant whispering passing by. The tranquility is not absolute.
If you want to stay in the heart of Old Town and enjoy a magnificent view over the Douro peacefully while enjoying the taste and aroma of a delicious port wine, do not hesitate, the Guest House Douro is the ideal place to stay. The rooms bordering the Ribeira, from whose windows you can see many things including the Villa-de-Gaia, are the perfect place to enjoy a well deserved rest. The owners, Carmen and Joao, will do everything possible to make your stay "at home" and as pleasant as possible. We were given a glass of wine each time we retired to rest, we were provided with detailed information about places to visit outside the typical tourist places and we were advised about the best restaurants in town (according to your food preferences and purchasing power). A luxury. The Guest House has been renovated and decorated with care and took care of the details, they wisely mixed classic and traditional elements of the building with the latest technology - among which is the dim indirect lighting that makes the place elegant and welcoming. Breakfast time is a great time, Joao strives to prepare some decorative dishes with all kinds of fruits accompanied by jams, cheeses, juices and coffee - it is more than adequate to start visiting the city. However, not everything has to be praised, it is fair to note that the rooms with better views, overlooking the Ribeira, are somewhat small, comfortable but small and also the price a little high, maybe this does not line up with the rest of establishments in the city.