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“Marvellous designed space, great hosts”
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A Casa Formosa
Ranked #73 of 163 Porto B&B and Inns
New York
Level 6 Contributor
152 reviews
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“Marvellous designed space, great hosts”
Reviewed 27 April 2012

João is a fantastic host: fresh oranges from his parent's farm, a homemade cake, a bottle of port on the mantle, and kindness and helpfulness. Staying here is more like staying in a friend's apartment (or having your own that you share with friendly flatmates!). It's all done in very very good taste and fitted with beautifully selected 50s furnishings. It couldn't be more central: a block from the main square of the upper town, where all the nightlife, which starts late, is located (much better in my opinion than staying in the lower town). Our room was both good value and very clean. Only to be recommended!

Room Tip: All good. There are three rooms, a single, and two doubles. The one at the end of the hallway is big...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 March 2012

The apartment is fairly basic but provides all you need for a pleasant stay. Its in a good location with easy access to the main attractions of Porto. Its only a few hundred metres from a metro station and bus stops, giving direct access to/from the airport and other destinations.
We found Joao to be very friendly and helpful. He gave us a local map and highlighted good places to visit and restaurants for meals. He keeps the apartment spotless and arrived each morning with fresh bread and other supplies for an excellent breakfast. The oranges from his parent's garden were particularly delicious!
We found our stay very relaxing and the apartment felt like a 'home from home'.
Thank you Joao. Our best wishes for your future. Kate & Jim

Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Berlin, Germany
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Reviewed 5 February 2012

The appartment is centrally located (5 min from São Bento station), new & modern tasteful refurbished. Many cafés & shops around; the city discoverable withtin a walking distance. Area & location top! I didn't get to know Sara but João was a very nice & caring host. Absolutely recommendable!

Das Appartment ist sehr zentral gelegen (ca. 5 Gehminuten vom Bhf. São Bento), alles frisch renoviert & modern geschmackvoll eingerichtet. Zahlreiche Cafés & Läden in der Nähe; die Innenstadt ist gut fußläufig zu erkunden. Lage & Unterkunft top! Ich habe Sara nicht kennengelernt, aber João war ein sehr netter, fürsorglicher Gastgeber. Absolut empfehlenswert!

Room Tip: rooms which are not on the street-side are perfect
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled solo
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Paris, France
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Reviewed 25 January 2012

A Casa Formosa was a great place to stay, ideally located and decorated with taste.
The apartment was super clean and spacious and we loved spending time there.
Joao and Sara were great hip hosts, very nice and friendly and gave us lots of good advices to discover the city.
That's the only place I'd go in Porto.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 January 2012

Had a great time in formosa. The place is very nice, fully equipped, clean, and João was super helpful. Also breakfast was great. Check out casa guedes for a serrana while your there and enjoy Porto!

  • Stayed January 2012
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Los Angeles, California
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13 reviews
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Reviewed 24 January 2012

I love Casa Formosa! Beautiful, clean and at a great location. I stayed for almost 3 weeks and it really became my home away from home. Joao and Sarah are super nice and sweet, always helpful and fun to be around if you travel by yourself :)
If I ever go back, this is the place I would stay!

Room Tip: All the rooms are nice.
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled solo
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Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed 24 January 2012

Visiting Porto would not have been half as amazing as it was if it had not been for Joao and Sarah. They are lovely people, and spent time making sure all of our needs were met. Everything from a delicious breakfast eaten on their outdoor terrace, to plenty of suggestions on what to see/do/eat/drink, they are the ideal hosts. The apartment was also very nice, big spacious room with our own doors onto the balcony overlooking the street, super-clean bathrooms (2 of them), a full, modern kitchen, 2 outdoor terraces, and a dining room. I can't wait to come back to Porto and stay with them again.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about A Casa Formosa

Property: A Casa Formosa
Address: Rua Formosa 433 2 Andar, Porto 4000-253, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Northern Portugal > Porto District > Porto
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #73 of 163 B&Bs / Inns in Porto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Casa Formosa. Big, sunny rooms right in the middle of the heart of Oporto waiting for you to enjoy. Fully furnished kitchen for you to feel at home. Two bathrooms in the house, both with shower to shared use. Sunny wide interior terrace. On your doorstep you will find plenty of shops, restaurants, cafes, and some of the best bakeries in town within walking distance. Feel home, here. ... more   less 
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