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“Probably the best hostel I've ever stayed at”

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Garden House Hostel Porto
Ranked #24 of 237 Speciality Lodging in Porto
Certificate of Excellence
Bremen, Germany
2 reviews
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“Probably the best hostel I've ever stayed at”
Reviewed 22 July 2014

What a fantastic hostel, there is absolutely nothing I could fault it for. The staff were lovely and able to answer all of the questions we had from information about the huge student festival that was taking place whilst we were there to the best place to get a vegetarian Francesinha and the best beaches in the area. It was also a delight to arrive on a plane from Germany and find a German member of staff, felt like a home away from home. The rooms were light and spacious and the under bed storage was huge with plenty of space to fit all of our luggage into. Our room had a tiny balcony that looked out over the street which was nice. The hostel also went out of their way to make sure our group was kept together. Bathrooms despite being shared were very clean and there was always one available. Other facilities should also be mentioned, the kitchen is large and has everything you need to comfortably make a meal. The lounge area is fitted out with games and dvds and we spent an evening in watching Jackie Brown which made a nice change from going out every night. Breakfast is included in the price and really has all the essentials you need to make sure you have enough energy to get out and exploring Porto. The hostel is also easy to find, located a few minutes walk from a metro stop. You can easily jump on the metro to reach other parts in the city or walk everywhere. All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would come back in a heartbeat. Thanks for a brilliant trip!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Sao Carlos, SP
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 17 July 2014 via mobile

Good location, near the bus and train station and you can easily walk to the main places of the city. When I stayed there it was very clean and silent, with some very nice people to talk.
They have contacts of a very good walking tour as well, the wild walkers.

Stayed July 2014, travelled solo
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Kingston, Canada
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11 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

We stayed at this hostel for 2 nights, and had a great experience. The place was clean, and had a good atmosphere. Great location (close to the action), and the price was quite competitive with other accommodations in the area.

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 May 2014 via mobile

My friend and I are backpacking and we stayed here in the 8 bed mixed dorm for 6 nights! We really enjoyed our stay and the staff that work here were beyond helpful! It has a perfect location and we really couldn't ask for anything more!! Breakfast is included in the price and there is toast, spreads, cereal, fruit, coffee and tea. There is a really great patio out back to lounge around and eat meals! One of the nicest hostels I've ever stayed in!

Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Madrid, Spain
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Reviewed 29 March 2014

wow. amazing hostel. the building is impressive and the rooms are massive the bunk beds are wood so are sturdy, don't creak and each has a light, socket and locker. Bathrooms are spacious, simple and clean. Reception are super friendly, the common areas are really cosy. Feels like a home. There are computers with internet, a great little patio out the back and breakfast is simple but ok. There are excellent bakeries and supermarket close by if you want to grab your own food. It's right in the centre.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 24 February 2014 via mobile

This hostel is an amazing hostel with lovely staff who are willing to help you with any questions you have. There is a great homely atmosphere and breakfast in the morning is good. I would definitely recommend this hostel to anyone though the hostel was a bit chilly but easily dealt with.

Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Beirut, Lebanon
Level 6 Contributor
91 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 31 January 2014

First, I will start with complimenting the staff of the Garden House Hostel. They are kind, helpful, and welcoming. I enjoyed chatting with them, especially Ever! After that, I will state the the Garden House is situated in a nice location. When coming from the airport or any rail, it is less than 5 minutes walk from a main terminal: Bolhão. You can bring your bags, drop them and be on your way. If you enjoy nightlife, it is about a 10-15 minute walk to the clubs and pubs, just note that you will have to walk back up hill when you return from your shenanigans. Also, many of the attractions and historical sites are about 10-15 minute walk (down hill.) It is a nice retreat from the busyness, if that is what you are looking for.
The rooms are adequate and the common area is comfortable and engaging. My cousin and I visited during a low season and during our stay it was rainy so we were unable to take advantage of the outdoor space in the garden behind the hostel. From the photos, it looks like a nice place to be social. The hostel offered a walking tour and a pub crawl. We went on a Saturday night for the pub crawl and had a lovely time.
The only thing I would say to the "needs improvement" is probably out of the control of any hostel in this region: in the winter it is a bit cold in the spaces here. They have available space heaters, but it is difficult to heat spaces with such high ceilings. Probably this is unavoidable. The bathrooms and showers are "mixed" so you might have to be skillful in your shower taking and changing - or just really open.
We thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere of the place. It is comfortable and user friendly.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: Garden House Hostel Porto
Address: Rua de Santa Catarina 501, Porto 4000-452, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Northern Portugal > Porto District > Porto
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 237 Speciality Lodging in Porto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Garden House Hostel is a new hostel in Oporto. Located in the heart of the old city, in the famous Rua de Santa Catarina, a pedestrian street where you can feel the Oporto essence, visit a wide range of restaurants, shops and cafes, as the well known "Cafe Majestic", an Art Nouveau icon where artists and intellectuals meet for a "cimbalino" (expresso). Also within walking distance are all the museums, Port wine cellars, the Douro River and the cool Oporto nightlife. After a day of walking and sightseeing, nothing feels better than returning to the beautiful 19th century house where the Garden House Hostel is installed. The building has been fully restored and improved, with all the modern commodities, and has a wonderful garden where you can relax, have a glass of wine, read a book... feel at home in a cozy, warm and friendly atmosphere! From the Hostel you can catch the riverside tram to the sea and the beaches at "Foz". With its restaurants, bars and promenade, you can enjoy the sun in one of the iconic places of Oporto. In the summer don't forget to pack your sunscreen and beach towel! ... more   less 
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