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..
- 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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