The Vibe: Your private crash pad on the beach.
The Area: Foz do Douro is Porto’s beach suburb, where the Douro flows into the Atlantic. It is the best of both worlds, the UNESCO World Heritage Site-listed old town of Porto (which can be reached by tram along the river) is 5km away. Foz nowadays is an affluent borough: you will see many nice houses in Art Deco and contemporary styles. It is also home to the Serralves, one of Portugal’s most famous museums of modern art. On Avenida Boa Vista, which borders the north of the borough, you will find the architecturally interesting, irregular shaped head office of Vodafone Portugal.
The DNA: Flattered to be in Porto are beautiful self-catering designer apartments with hotel service, located directly on the seaside promenade, across from the beach. The comfort of home, yet a totally different experience.
Suite-Me-Up: There are five apartments to choose from (sleeping up to five) with three having ocean views. The two penthouse apartments boast double height ceilings with a bedroom on the mezzanine. All apartments have a similar cool and minimalist style with unique designer and vintage furniture pieces. Art is on display and can be purchased. The kingsize bed is set in a slightly raised ‘box’, a kind of contemporary cupboard bed. Concealed underneath is another kingsize bed, which can be pulled out. This is an excellent solution for couples traveling with children or for couples which are just not that close. Each apartment has a fully equipped kitchen, which can also be concealed. There is even a washing machine and the cups and plates come from second hand markets, giving a homely feel to the place. Breakfast is included in the rate: just mention the time you like to have it delivered (untill noon) and you will find it, nicely packed and presented on your doorstep. Perfect for privacy and late sleeping. Bathrooms are completely clad in marble and come with walk-in showers and underfloor heating.
Your hosts: Miguel, Catarina & Catarina
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 5 apartments (60m2) (646 sq ft) • hotel opened: 2012 • architecture: Barbosa & Guimarães • interior design: José Carlos Cruz • bathroom amenities: Claus • street parking (charged) • no pets allowed