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“All Good Things”
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Gallery Hostel
Ranked #2 of 213 Speciality Lodging in Porto
Certificate of Excellence
birmingham, al
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40 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“All Good Things”
Reviewed 3 July 2014 via mobile

This place gets it right on all counts! The location is perfect...out of the touristy old quarter but in a lively and well-connected area; the most lovely building, inviting communal spaces, and large individual rooms. Maybe best of all though are the hosts. Everyone we met was engaging and interested in chatting and helping with recommendations. If you are a couple, ask for a double room in the back where it is quieter. And, if there is a dinner offered during your stay, don't miss it! Great food and company are guaranteed. We loved this place!

Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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NunoGH, Gerente at Gallery Hostel, responded to this review, 7 August 2014
Dear guest,

Thank you so much for your time on writing this review.

We always appreciate such comments and are happy to know you had a grea time with us. Our location is definately a plus, being located on an area apart from the "street buzz" but still a step away from what Porto has got to offer.

And please, keep enjoying Summer :)!

Kind regards,
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Perth, Australia
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40 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2014

Having backpacked and flashpacked around the world this is one of the best hostels I have stayed at. We stayed in a double rooom.

Staff were awesome. The place is relaxed, clean and more like a hotel than a hostel!

Would highly recommend to backpackers and / or those heading to Porto for a holiday break.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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NunoGH, Gerente at Gallery Hostel, responded to this review, 7 August 2014
Dear Mark,

Thank you very much for your kind review.

It's always a pleasure to hear from our guests they had a wonderful stay, specially when you value us staff :)!

Safe travels!
Kind regards,
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Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2014

This hostel is overall fantastic. You will not regret staying here. The staff are helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, and not too in-your-face if you don't want to be their best friends. The optional hostel activities are wonderful, diverse, and affordable. I highly recommend participating in the common dinner, you get more than your money's worth of delicious, gourmet food and good conversation with the other guests.

What I loved about this hostel were the little touches that made it a really luxurious place to stay, even if you are backpacking and on a backpacking budget. The bathrooms are large, clean, modern and the shower stalls are spacious with privacy. All the rooms have window shutters to block out the early morning light. The lockers are large and can easily fit all your things.There is a little bedside table for both the lower AND upper bunk. They even make your bed for you during the day.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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NunoGH, Gerente at Gallery Hostel, responded to this review, 7 August 2014
Dear guest,

Let me thank you for your wonderful review, it will definately help future guest understand a bit more of what you offer :)!

It was a pleasure to have had you staying with us and we all hope to welcome you in a near future.

Have a great Summer!
Best regards,
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Reviewed 26 June 2014

All the staff without exception were incredibly friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.

The location in the art district is perfect. Only a short walk to the tram station. The evening meal was delicious and the atmosphere was perfect.

Would definitely recommend to anyone and hope to return some day.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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NunoGH, Manager at Gallery Hostel, responded to this review, 10 July 2014
Dear Adam,

Thank you very much for your review.

We hope to welcome you again in a near future :)!

Kind regards,
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Kansas City, Missouri
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2014

This was one of the best hostels I stayed at during my Eurotrip. Unfortunately, we were only able to stay there one night because we didn't book ahead of time (learn from my mistake!)

Why I liked it: The place was spectacularly clean, had great views and a great location, the staff was very friendly, and the hostel itself has beautiful artwork! The staff was the most hopeful bunch of any hostel I stayed at, knew their way around the city, suggested places to go, and even had a free walking tour. They also were the only place to give us free towels! It is very reasonably priced and dinners are great as well.

My only complaint was that it seemed to attract somewhat of an "older" clientele rather than college travelers like myself, although perhaps we just happened to stay there on a night when there weren't many people my age.

If you're going to Porto, stay here for a few nights.

Room Tip: We got a 4 bedroom room for 20 euro I believe, and it was very nice. Had a bathroom in suite and a t...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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NunoGH, Gerente at Gallery Hostel, responded to this review, 6 July 2014
Dear Connor,

Thank you for your time on writing your genuine review. We are proud to read you had an amazing experience overall.

We hope to welcome you back on your future visit to Porto :)!

Warm regards,
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Calgary
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 2014

My boyfriend and I stayed here for two nights in May- we wished we could have stayed longer! Found it a little difficult to find walking from the train station so you do need a map. When we checked in, there had been an error in the booking and our private room was not available. It worked out perfectly though because the attic room upstairs was free so we moved into that. It was larger and cheaper anyways so we appreciated it. The one complaint is that there are birds sitting outside on thr roof that wouldn't stop loudly chirping late into the night. Was very thankful for earplugs. Not really the hostels fault. ;) Other than that, we had an amazing experience. The staff recommended places to eat, all that were wonderful. Sunday night we stayed in and ate dinner at the hostel- just ended being us and three staff members and for 10 Euros we had wine, bread, olives, cheese, chicken, ribs, salad.....It was great! It was nice to just sit and chat with the locals at the communal table. Fun little bar with great cocktails as well. Would definitely stay here again, it feels like a little oasis in the middle of a busy city!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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NunoGH, Gerente at Gallery Hostel, responded to this review, 6 July 2014
Dear Vicki,

Thank you very much for your kind review!
It is alwyas a challenge when the system turns against us but thankfully we had the attic room available, which is one of the most requested ones by our repeating guests :)! Regarding the seagulls noises, apparently we have a nest with a few newborns... hopefully they will be flying away soon.
I hope you had a safe trip back home and that you enjoy summer! In the meantime, we will keep up with the tasty dinners :)!
Kind regards,
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Steenbergen, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

first of all thank you Gallery hostel!

We spend five nights with a group of 28 people from 20th april till 25th.

Really great hostel, with great people and nice rooms with good beds.

Nothing more to say, just go and experience for yourself!

Greetings from the University of Rotterdam of Applied Science.

ps: The bar is open 24/7 !!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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NunoGH, Gerente at Gallery Hostel, responded to this review, 1 July 2014
Dear Michiel,

We do remember you well :)!

Thank you again for having stayed with us and sharing your experience here... it was a pleasure to have you all here.

Maybe you come back next year... we will be around and will welcome you back!

Warm regards
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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 213 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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