The Vibe: Striking architecture and a contemporary aesthetic with a personal touch.
The Area: Largo de São Domingos, city centre. The Sé Cathedral, the Ferreira Borges Market, and the Douro river all within easy reach.
The DNA: When Fernanda Gramaxo bought the derelict 19th-century iron warehouse, she had the unshakeable notion that beneath the crumbling masonry was a hotel in the rough. Three years later, the Armazém (Portuguese for warehouse) is literally that – a raw space swathed in shades of grey, timber, iron, original stonework, and acres of polished concrete. There is no restaurant, but before heading out to dinner, pair an aperitif on the terrace with stirring views of Clérigos Tower, São Domingos Square, Misericórdia church and Porto’s historical silhouette.
Suite-Me-Up: Owing to the antiquity of the building, each of the nine rooms is configured differently with quirky bespoke furniture and storage spaces. Three apartments in the building next door have been cleverly designed with several mezzanine levels helping them feel large and light and all feature small but well-equipped kitchens and comfortable living rooms.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 9 rooms (25m2) (269 sq ft) & 3 apartments (68m2) (732 sq ft) • hotel opened: 2016 • architecture & interior design: Pedra Líquida ❌ no parking available • no pets allowed • 24-hour front desk • wheelchair accessible