Oporto Loft - Art Hotel is located in the center of Porto - right in the Arts District -, at 50m from the Crystal Palace Gardens and at a 10-minutes walk from the historic heart of the city where you can visit the famous Lello Bookshop, the iconic Clérigos Tower or enjoy the nightlife spot - Galerias de Paris - with trendy restaurants and bars.
The unit is set on a renovated 19th century building. Its architectural heritage was maintained and the interior was fully adapted to provide our guests the maximum comfort in a space entirely conceived by a local interior designer. Our Art hotel offers five different themed rooms with a décor and design influenced by both traditional and contemporary art. All rooms are equipped with fan coil units, which allow them to be heated or cooled. Each features a flat-screen cable TV, minibar, safe box and work desk. Each morning we provide our guests a delicious breakfast.
In Oporto Loft you will be able to enjoy the serenity and beauty of our 2000 squared meter garden as well as our Wine House. Free WiFi is provided.
Local restaurants are available at a 5-minutes walk. The traditional Porto cuisine is rich and varied, with signature dishes like the famous "Francesinha" and "Tripas à Moda do Porto".
The Douro riverside area is at a 14-minute walk from the unit, with its various riverfront cafés, bars and restaurants.
São Bento Train Station is at a 15-minutes walk away and Porto International Airport is 14.8km away from the Oporto Loft.
An Art Hotel
Our hotel was conceived to provide our guests an unique experience.
All different rooms and common spaces are decorated with art pieces from both local and national artists and most of them are available for sale. We have a permanent art gallery and we do temporary art exhibitions.
From across the Rio Douro at sunset, romantic Porto, the country’s second-largest city, looks like a pop-up town. A colorful tumbledown dream with medieval relics, soaring bell towers, extravagant baroque churches and stately beaux-arts buildings piled on top of one another, illuminated by streaming shafts of sun. If you squint you might be able to make out the open windows, the narrow lanes and staircases zigzagging to nowhere.
Porto’s historic centre is the Ribeira district, a Unesco World Heritage Site where tripeiros (Porto residents) mingle before old storefronts, on village-style plazas and in the old houses of commerce. On the downside, here and in other parts of the city centre stand many dilapidated early-20th-century town houses, left to crumble as the young and moneyed flee to the sprawling suburbs by the sea.
Yet despite signs of decay, in the last two decades Porto has undergone a remarkable renaissance – expressed in the hum of its efficient metro system and the gleam of Álvaro Siza Vieira’s Museum of Contemporary Art and Rem Koolhaas’ Casa da Música. More recently, the arrival of low-cost airlines has turned Porto into a popular weekend getaway.
Culturally, Porto holds its own against much larger global cities. The birthplace of port, it’s a long-running mecca for wine enthusiasts. Riverside wine caves jockey for attention in nearby Vila Nova de Gaia, with scores of cellars open for tastings. With tasty new kitchens springing up regularly, its palate is slowly growing more cosmopolitan. And thanks to a number of superb venues, Porto residents dance to many of the world’s top rock, jazz and electronic artists. On warm summer nights the plaza can feel like one enormous block party.
Of course, you’ll be forgiven if what you remember most are the quiet moments: the slosh of the Douro against the docks; the snap of laundry lines drying in river winds; the shuffle of a widow’s feet against cobblestone; the sound of wine glasses clinking under a full moon; the sight of young lovers discreetly tangled under a landmark bridge, on the rim of a park fountain, in the crumbling notch of a graffiti-bombed wall…
(Adapted from http://www.lonelyplanet.com)
Cais de Gaia (Gaia’s pier)
The city postcard skyline and the birthplace of one of the world’s most famous wines
Two buildings that are as much a work of art as the collections they exhibit inside, surrounded by a magnificent park
Casa da Música (House of Music)
An architectural masterwork by world – renowned architect Rem Koolhaas
São Francisco Church
One of Europe’s most extraordinarily lavish church interiors, completely covered in gold
Atmospheric, colorful, World Heritage medieval district
Iconic landmark overlooking the city
Palácio da Bolsa (Bolsa’s Palace)
The exuberant interior of the former Stock Exchange Palace
Dom Luis Bridge
Before thee Eiffel Tower, there was this ironwork showpiece
Soares dos Reis Museum
A notable national art museum named after one of the country’s top artists
Lello Book Store
Go inside the “Lello & Irmão” bookshop, a historic space with a Neo-Gothic interior where J.K.Rowlings inspired herself to write Harry Potter
Have a drink at “Café Majestic”, a classic European Art Nouveau café and a city landmark
Gigantic Tile Murals
Admire the gigantic tile panels inside São Bento railway station and on the façades of Carmo and Capela das Almas churches
Take a cruise or a tour down the World Heritage Douro Valley
Art Galleries Street
Check out the art galleries down Rua Miguel Bombarda
Shop at the retro shops downtown, many preserving wonderful Art Nouveau façades. Recommended: A Vida Portuguesa and Pérola do Bolhão
The local market
Browse through the colorful Bolhão Market
Take a stroll by the sea in Foz
The monumental heart of the city
Watch the world go by on Avenida dos Aliados
The Gardens overlooking the river
Relax at the Crystal Palace Gardens