For over a year I carried the New York Times article on Rosa Et Al hoping that I would find myself in Porto. As soon as I rang the doorbell at the almost invisible door, I knew my husband and I were in for a very special experience and it exceeded our expectations. The warm and welcoming staff unloaded our luggage and then drove with my husband up the street to the parking garage (be sure to reserve a spot in advance). Fresh lemonade cooled us off as we toured the reception area, dining area and inviting garden filled with herbs for the meals. Our room, with a bottle of port, one level up on the winding staircase couldn't have been more perfect for us. Each room at Rosa is different and ours was beautifully decorated with our favorite mid-century modern furniture in whites and brown. The room was very spacious and the bathroom oversize and elegant. The quiet room facing the street afforded a good view of the neighborhood. Rosa Et Al is the result of a collaboration between siblings Patricia and Emanuel who decided to buy and renovate an old building an easy walk from the historic center of Porto. He's an architect and designed many furnishings as well as the townhouse and Patricia's crochet blankets also brighten the reaction area and at least one room. Most B&Bs provide breakfast early in the morning and often only offer a limited choice. But Patricia and Emanuel do brunch! You can sleep in a little later if you want and then be served a choice of freshly squeezed juices, in season fruit, omelets, bread and other choices that are prepared at your request. The atmosphere invites schmoozing and soon all the guests are sharing travel stories. We asked for a recommendation to a typical Portuguese fish restaurant and they sent us to their favorite Salta o Mura a short cab ride away down by the beach and the grilled fish was terrific. Patricia will also prepares dinner by reservation. The night we ate there we had the dining room to ourselves as the next diners were coming very late. We had a "surprise" fish dinner that was delicious and visually enticing from cocktails to dessert. It was hard leaving since we felt like we were parting from good friends.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Rua do Rosario, 233 - in the most trendy artsy neighbourhood in Porto, surrounded by art galleries, artist's studios and concept stores - ROSA ET AL Townhouse is made by travellers, for travellers. With only six elegant and spacious exclusive varanda suites, this is not your typical hotel, but rather your exclusive townhouse in Porto. ROSA ET AL Townhouse makes life's choices simples. Three suite types offered, all with the feel of a contemporary home within an ancient townhouse in the centre of Porto, with wooden floors, warm lighting, luxurious natural materials, and soaking clawfoot tubs. All suites offer IN-ROOM SPA with a variety of massages and SPA treatments and have balconies with garden views and across the city's quarters interiors or over Rua do Rosario. The suites also have original apparent wooden ceiling structures as well as original decorative plasterwork ceilings, including contemporary permanent art commissions. The nineteen-century townhouse is decorated with a range of vintage, modern and contemporary design furniture and objects, including pieces by Charles and Ray Eames, Jean Prouve, Hans Wegner, amongst others. The guests can read daily newspapers and periodical magazines, among other titles of our private book collection at our luminous skylight private library. ROSA ET AL Townhouse has a coffee shop, restaurant and a concept store, BAZAAR BRUNCH, outdoor patios and a kitchen's garden. BAZAAR BRUNCH gourmet meals are served in our ground-floor living area and in our Garden and Patios, offering Brunch for late-night carousers on weekends, complemented by our Sunday Roast on Sundays (subject to availability and advance booking required). We also serve light meals, lunch, traditional five o'clock tea and 3, 6, 9 or 12-courses surprise tasting dinners with Portuguese wine pairings (avance booking required). One can taste gourmet meals with fresh and natural ingredients, including organic products from our local producers and also a range of aromatic herbs, edible flowers, organic vegetables and fruits, cultivated in our property. The concept store sells books by Portuguese publisher Assirio & Alvim, as well as by other publishers on art, design and architecture, Portuguese wines by local producers selected by our own sommelier and gourmet products created and prepared in the house. ROSA ET AL Townhouse also offers weekly culinary WORKEATSHOPS with our Chefs, followed by a tasting diner (advance booking required). -- ROSA ET AL Townhouse architectural project by Emanuel de Sousa has been awarded with the RESPECT FOR ARCHITECTURE 2012 PORTO by Ordem dos Arquitectos. -- ROSA ET AL Townhouse is part of BED AND BRUNCH COLLECTION. ... more less
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