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Hostel Gaia Porto

Rua Cândido dos Reis N 374 376, Vila Nova de Gaia 4400-070 Portugal
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Douro Suite
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Cod dumpling and a glass of white Port by Roze
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5.0
#1 of 8 hostels in Vila Nova de Gaia
4.7 of 5 bubbles
Location
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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4.9 of 5 bubbles
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4.9 of 5 bubbles
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GaiaPorto Hostel is a friendly house, where you can stay and have a nice journey in Gaia and Oporto cities. You have the best views to oporto city,and you are near the most important port winw companies, where you can taste our best port wine. You are 5min walking from Douro River where you can catch a boat and have a nice trip along the river. You are 5 min walking from Metro station(General Torres)from where you are in Oporto Center in 5min. In this hostel you have nice and friendly people just taking care of you and making your stay the best you have in the last years.
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Property amenities
Street parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Canoeing
Airport transportation
Massage
BBQ facilities
Wifi
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
Ironing service
Room features
Air conditioning
Safe
Iron
Kitchenette
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
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2.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Modern
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
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nicolas p wrote a review Oct 2022
Dublin, Ireland3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We loved to stay at the Hostel. We rented a single room and it was very clean, the breakfast was delicious and fresh. Also the Hostel is very well located, close to the metro, train, and also to de River. The Hostel is located at walking distance from loads of wineries. They were flexible with the check in and check out. Would definetely stay again.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Vladimiro V wrote a review Oct 2012
Valbom, Porto, Portugal17 contributions20 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I loved the place.
So close to the river (In the morning, it´s astonishing.), close to every kind of transportation.
Me and my friends were delighted in the hostel. The staff was so helpfull, the breakfast is great, the neighborhood is typical Porto. You do not need a car to go anywhere, it´s amazing.
To not mention the rooftop garden. What a nice spot to chill, in the afternoon.
What a experience. I definitely recommend.
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Date of stay: October 2012
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Daan Timmers wrote a review Aug 2018
Utrecht, The Netherlands53 contributions55 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Me and my girlfriend stayed at the Gaia Oporto Hostel for two nights during our roadtrip through Portugal & Spain this summer. By far, this has been the best hostel we stayed at during this trip. John is a great host and is all the time ready to help you our for questions and recommendations. The hostel is directly involved with Pubcrawls, walking tours and Port tours, which are good (and cheap :) ) to join.
Furthermore the room was great and cosy and the view over the city was excellent from the tarrace.

Although the place is noted as a hostel, I would certainly also advice people searching for more hotel-like room to consider this hostel. It has everything you need for a great stay in Porto.
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Date of stay: August 2018
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Andrew4747 wrote a review Jun 2015
San Francisco, California8 contributions8 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Before I get into the meat of my experience there, I'll give a normal rundown:

Pros:
- Very clean
- Fast WiFi
- Beautiful Patio
- Good Location (though you will need to walk uphill a bit, if you didn't want to you shouldn't go to Porto)

Cons:
- No AC, this doesn't matter most of the time, but we happened to come on one of the hottest days of the year, so our first night was uncomfortable. Our other nights were good.
- Bathroom didn't ventilate that well, so it could smell bad for a while after someone used it (though it was kept very clean).

Anyway, the main part of my story is an interaction between myself, my girlfriend, and the owner. Our room had a flat panel heater which wasn't very well attached to the wall. My girlfriend didn't know what it was - she thought it might be an ironing board, so she tried to lift it up. The bottom two (plastic) nails/bolts weren't really well attached, so it did come off the wall a bit before it stopped. Because the bolts were cheap plastic, doing so bent one of the top nails, and when she put it back down, all of the bolts came out and the heater fell off the wall. It was only less than a foot off the ground, but it was pretty heavy, so it made a loud sound. However it didn't break, and, aside from the bent nail, didn't cause any damage.

I went down to the front desk to tell the owner about it, but no one was there. It didn't seem urgent since nothing major broke, and my girlfriend and I were about to leave for wine tastings, so I removed our "Do Not Disturb" sign so the staff would see it and we could talk about it when we got back.

I drank a bit too much wine at the tastings, and as we were wandering around the city I started to get horribly hung over (all the sugar from the port wines surely contributed), with a terrible headache. When we got back to the hostel, because I was in so much pain, I completely forgot to ask about the heater. I took some ibuprofen, drank a bunch of water, and fell asleep. I woke up a couple hours later, still having forgotten about the header (which had been removed from our room). When I went down to the kitchen, the owner ambushed me with the broken heater, and accused me and my girlfriend of trying to evade responsibility! Once he cooled down a bit, he said he still thought we were trying to "get away with it", but he wouldn't charge us for it.

I was really bothered by being accused of being dishonest and trying to evade responsibility. I really strongly believe in taking responsibility for your actions, to the point that most of my friends have told me that I go too far out of my way to admit my mistakes. In my experience, although you have to deal with the short-term consequences, it makes it much easier to learn from your mistakes and become a better person, and taking responsibility builds more trust with the people around it. So it really upset me that someone would attack that aspect of me with absolutely no information - to just assume the worst of me for no reason at all other than "something broke".

Anyway, the next day, as we were checking out, my girlfriend waited at the front desk while I went and got the car from long-term parking. As she was waiting, he brought up his accusation to her, and they got into a heated (no pun intended) argument. He ended up charging us 50 Euros just for the bent *plastic* bolt. Something which cost probably 20 cents at a hardware store, and shouldn't have been used to mount a heavy object to a wall anyway.

As my girlfriend said, it seemed much more like he was charging us out of his own random anger or pride than for any sensible reason.

So anyway, there you have it. Porto is a beautiful city, and I thought the hostel was really nice overall, but being attacked for no reason by the owner really affected how I felt about our trip to Porto. I think the owner may have had a bad day for reasons totally unrelated to me and my girlfriend, given the number of other glowing reviews on TripAdvisor or elsewhere, but I still felt that was not an okay way to be treated, and if I ever come back to Porto, I won't stay here.
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Date of stay: June 2015
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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SmartDodo1 wrote a review Jul 2017
Brighton, United Kingdom2 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I don't like roughing it and chose this place because it looked like a clean and upscale hostel where you could get a private room. It was all that and more. There's an excellent roof terrace on one side and a roof garden on the other.
Admittedly I had taken one of the best private rooms but it was hotel quality, with a shower room and bedroom that was cleaned and made up daily. Sitting at breakfast with the other guests was actually charming, with Joao, the owner, making conversation easy between the guests but also making sure everyone got what they needed. When I'd come back at midnight or one AM, Joao was still there and happy to sell me a couple of bottles of beer and go up to the roof terrace to enjoy the night view.
It's just far enough out of the centre for peace and quiet and yet it's a 5 minute walk to General Torres metro station and from there, less than 10 minutes to the city centre by Metro. I was really glad I'd chosen this place.
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Date of stay: July 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Ask if you want a balcony. Good outside spaces easy to access for smokers.
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Lieschen M wrote a review Apr 2017
Gaiberg, Germany47 contributions50 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Gaia Porto Hostel made us have a perfect stay. The house itself is a typical renovated Portuguese house and therefore has a really charming atmosphere. The rooftop terrace makes it perfect. It is really really clean and the owner and his family are amazing people. They are very very helpful and do everything to make you feel welcome. And the breakfast was the best one I've had in the last years while traveling. Definitely a good place to stay in Porto!
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Date of stay: April 2017
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montemonte wrote a review Jun 2016
Bristol4 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed here for 5 nights in May 2016 with partner in a double room. Lovely place to stay and a great base from which to explore Porto. The Hostel is either 5 mins walk uphill from the south side of the river or 5 mins walk downhill from a tube station. Loved being on the South side of the river as the North side is where most hotels/hostels are located and it was good to be away from the crowds.

Hostel clean, safe welcoming and everything you would want from a Hostel/base.

I always search for a hostel with breakfast included and for once the photos of the breakfast did not do it justice!

Friendly owner and wonderful welcome of a glass of Port and piece of cake made a great start to a memorable weekend.

Would say this Hostel is safe for lone female travellers and would suit young and old alike.
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Date of stay: May 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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alias44 wrote a review Apr 2014
montreal, canada19 contributions63 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have visited about 15 countries in Europe and have travelled a lot all over the world and staying in hostels and b&bs, I can say that this place is at the TOP of our list. We have loved our stay from the moment we got here. We were welcomed with good glasses of port wine and cookies, and then got to see the beautiful and clean room we had. The room and bed was clean (impeccably clean)and comfortable, the views from the terraces are amazing, the service from the owners is impeccable.
The hostel is in a great location. It was easy to get there by public transit, and we walked everywhere our entire stay. It is close to the port wine cellars, so it is easy to walk from place to place (and drink:) without having to worry about transport (driving especially). We also walked easily across the bridge to porto city.
The owners were very welcoming, giving us impeccable service, (in many languages, French and English), recommending great places for us to see. They even prepared breakfast earlier than usual just for us because we had an early tour.
The breakfast is very good, with breads and jams and cold cuts, coffee and tea, all in their beautiful kitchen with good and relaxing music.
This place was so peaceful, we got to relax and forget about our hectic lives at home the moment we got here.
Thank you to marta and Joao for our wonderfull stay!
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Date of stay: March 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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alshina wrote a review Nov 2012
1 contribution2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I find this hostel,and,be clear,was thinking,that is old hostel,but... I was surprized,because its modern interior,its new hostel in the old part of city,clear,warm,modern showers, modern funiture, friendly personal, new kitchen, computers, WiFi, every was great. For family and for friends,its really one of the best place for staying
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Date of stay: November 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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kseniaflkr wrote a review Oct 2019
Wuppertal, Germany4 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We love to come back to João (who for us is a perfect host) and his family. João has the best advices, he is communicative without being pushy. The hostel is clean and has a beautiful garden with an even better view. Overall the atmosphere is respectful and familiar. For us it’s the best hostel in Porto and we surely will come back!

Love, David and Ksenia
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Date of stay: September 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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SmartDodo1 wrote a tip Jul 2017
Brighton, United Kingdom2 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask if you want a balcony. Good outside spaces easy to access for smokers."
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melly952015 wrote a tip Jun 2017
Singapore, Singapore8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"single rooms are great!"
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amber88nicola wrote a tip Apr 2017
9 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don't doubt, book it! you won't regret it!"
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Jan P wrote a tip Apr 2017
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"2nd floor room was perfect with city view from balcony"
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Bob t wrote a tip Jan 2017
Amsterdam, The Netherlands3 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Not in particular. We had a shared bathroom which was very clean."
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£40 - £68 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
PortugalNorthern PortugalPorto DistrictVila Nova de Gaia
NUMBER OF ROOMS
5
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hostel Gaia Porto
Which popular attractions are close to Hostel Gaia Porto?
Nearby attractions include The Wine Experience Museum (0.1 miles), Jardim do Morro (0.2 miles), and Half Rabbit (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Hostel Gaia Porto?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and airport transportation.
What food & drink options are available at Hostel Gaia Porto?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Hostel Gaia Porto?
Yes, street parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hostel Gaia Porto?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cozinha Da Ci, The Yeatman Gastronomic Restaurant, and 7g Roaster.
Does Hostel Gaia Porto have airport transportation?
Yes, Hostel Gaia Porto offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Hostel Gaia Porto located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 miles away from the centre of Vila Nova de Gaia.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Hostel Gaia Porto?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese.
Are there any historical sites close to Hostel Gaia Porto?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) (0.6 miles), Igreja de São Francisco (0.5 miles), and Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar (0.3 miles).
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