Casa dos Guindais
Casa dos Guindais is an 18th century house, located in the historic center of Porto (UNESCO World Heritage site) by the Ferdinand Wall, the cathedral and the funicular down to the Ribeira district. The place, once the ancestral home of the present owner, was rebuilt to its original splendor by architects Sofia Marques de Aguiar and Ernesto Jimenes. The restoration resulted in creating a simple, modern decor, but also including some vintage antique furniture made by local craftsmen.
The owners, Francisca Pestana da Silva and Álvaro Marques de Aguiar thought of making this place a comfortable lodge to spend a relaxed weekend or a short vacation whilst in the heart of the city. They both come from different professional backgrounds, he being an aviator from early age and his wife a marketeer associated with arts. She served at the nearby National Theater for a few good years. They comment:” The diversity of our live experiences helps us dealing with a multicultural visitor that now comes to Oporto…”and “We hope to be able to meet our guest’s expectations, making their stay worthwhile to remember”.
The restoration allowed to preserve some old elements while adding modernity and simplicity. The noble materials used respect the rules of conservation of historic buildings in the city - wood, glass, iron and granite. Casa dos Guindais is composed of 5 independent studio apartments equipped with everything that is essential to make guests feel at home. Details like insulating doors and windows guarantee both comfort, safety and quietness. The rooms have two twin beds, bathroom, kitchenette and access to the romantic garden.
In all a very private and unique place for those who know how to appreciate the culture of this marvellous city.
Your host: Álvaro Marques de Aguiar & Francisca Pestana da Silva
• 5 rooms
Public parking nearby (charged).
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