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“Fabulous hostel and brings hostelling to a new standard”
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Gallery Hostel
Ranked #2 of 225 Speciality Lodging in Porto
Certificate of Excellence
Barcelona, Spain
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67 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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“Fabulous hostel and brings hostelling to a new standard”
Reviewed 5 November 2013

I had booked 2 nights at the Gallery Hostel in Porto. However after 4 sleepless nights in a hostel in Lisbon, I decided to go to Porto 1 day earlier. The staff were very accommodating as I also decided to upgrade from a dorm room to a private room. I did take a look at the dorm rooms and they were very nice, clean and spacious. But because of need for some privacy and some decent sleep, I decided to take the private attic room (definitely not for tall people as you will hit your head on everything!). It is a gorgeous room, very spacious, very clean, has heating and cooling and is well appointed. For the cost of Euro 50.00 per night it made it a better option than a hotel. It also allows for socialising and meeting new people in a hostel environment as opposed to being alone in a hotel. The staff on arrival were so helpful and friendly that I decided to stay in the first night and join them for the BBQ night. At a cost of Euro 10 it was great value as fabulous food, wine and company. The staff gave me a great suggestion for some live music just around the corner (note that it does not start till around midnight). Then on return at about 3am we had a lovely port wine at the little bar in the hostel. The hostel is in a beautiful old building and has various areas such as the Library, a little bar, the kitchen area, a gorgeous smoking outside room and a TV/games room. Everything in this hostel is of the best standard. The walking tour that the hostel provides every morning was delightful, informative and really gave you an understanding of Porto history etc Would highly recommend a stay here as it is also in a fantastic location for all you want to see and do in the lovely city of Porto..

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 25 October 2013

I was welcomed by an incredibly helpful, smiling, and authentically kind staff. They have a wonderful breakfast with scrambled eggs, a FREE city tour (although they deserve a tip!), free internet and access to computers, and very comfortable rooms. I stayed in a private for my first two nights in the Crystal palace room which was great. When I decided to extend for a day I moved to a 6 person dorm room. The beds were new and comfortable and you had a secure locker to store your valuables. The bar downstairs was cofortable and reasonable and they even had a relaxing room for the weary traveler that has been on the road with cinema and comfy chairs. It is also a short walk to the shopping area as well as the bar street!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

Great staff and localization. They provide excellent dinners for a good price! There are families, young people, and they all interact with each other in the breakfast and dinners (we all sit in a big table together)! The neighborhood is wonderful. There is art everywhere and some great restaurants and stores.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Macau, China
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Reviewed 7 October 2013

Based on the recommendation of my friend and the different good reviews, once I have decided to go to Porto, I immediately booked this hostel, and certainly Gallery Hostel did not let me down.

I stayed in one of the three guest rooms with private bathrooms, the decor was simple and beautiful, and the bed was comfortable to sleep in. Even more attrative was the overall decor of the hostel, which is set in an old Portuguese building with some modern design adding into it. The breakfast of the hostel did not offer too many choices but we were satisfied with the quality as well as the environment of dining. All the staff we came across were so nice and helpful. Our stay in this hostel was surely a pleasant one! Highly recommended!

Room Tip: Rooms with private bathrooms are limited and should book earlier if wanted.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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Reviewed 29 September 2013

I stayed in a female 6 beds dorm. It is the best hostel I have ever stayed at. Beautiful decor and very clean room and bathroom. Staff are very friendly and helpful. Breakfast is free and they do dinner every night at the hostel. you pay 10euro and you get a three course meal!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed 28 September 2013

This place is pretty amazing, certainly for the value. Super friendly and helpful staff, lovely meals, free walking tours, good decor, interesting art. My wife and I stayed for 2 nights and we definitely recommend.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 September 2013 via mobile

You must stay here if you're looking for a hostel in Porto! Or even if you just want a low cost hotel.

The decor is incredible, breakfast is free (ham egg toast sausage cereal cake fruit), location is fantastic so central.

I would return and recommend to anyone.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Property: Gallery Hostel
Address: Rua Miguel Bombarda 222, Porto 4050-377, Portugal
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Region: Portugal > Northern Portugal > Porto District > Porto
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 225 Speciality Lodging in Porto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Gallery Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Gallery Hostel is set in a privileged area of Oporto, known for its art galleries and modern shops, at a walking distance from the main points of interest in the city centre such as museums, monuments, gardens, restaurants and bars. Located in Rua Miguel Bombarda, the Hostel is established in an historical building with more than 100 years old, which just went through a renewal in order to respond to our guest’s needs and expectations. With high standards of comfort and carefully decorated, you will find a familiar and cosy atmosphere, complemented by a multilingual and professional team. Composed by several types of rooms, the Gallery Hostel is divided in two sections. You can choose between staying in the main building in a 6 or 4 people bedroom, or in one of our Garden Suites, always offering a privileged privacy. In the main building, each room is named after the most renowned artists of Oporto such as Sophia Mello Breyner, Almeida Garrett, Julio Resende, Silva Porto, Siza Vieira and Souto Moura. Also creating an original feeling of the city and enhancing local culture, the Garden Suites are named after the main Oporto city parks (Cordoaria, Botânico, Serralves and Palácio de Cristal). Our services and common areas have also been developed in order to satisfy any need the guest might have. You can choose listening to music and drink Portuguese wine in our Lounge Bar, watch a DVD in our Movie Theatre or play a game, surf on internet or read a book in our Library, have a chat or chill out in our interior gardens, enjoy a meal in our open kitchen and breakfast area, between others. ... more   less 
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