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“Fun hostel near Matosinhos beach.”

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Surf' in Monkeys Surfcamp
Dublin
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32 reviews
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“Fun hostel near Matosinhos beach.”
Reviewed 8 October 2013

We stayed booked a 7 night surf trip through Groupon. The hostel is a neat little building only 20 mins walk (5 mins by bus) from Matosinhos beach.

The rooms are basic but interestingly decorated.
Breakfast is included and there's free tea and coffee. There is food, water and beers available to buy on a trust basis.

Only a couple of things let it down slightly. The rooms weren't cleaned during the week and only one towel was provided during the week. We had to ask for clean towels.

It has a fun atmosphere which I think attracts fun people.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Ronneby
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Reviewed 27 August 2013

Me and my boyfriend landed in Porto August 18th. Went outside to find the Airport shuttle, which the hostel had already paid for, and got driven to our location. When getting to the hostel a maid opened. She did not speak a word english, but was very friendly :) She gave us two metro/bus-cards so we could take the bus to the surfing spot and a welcome-sheet. Pleasant surprise!!
The first impression is that it was a very clean, hip, and fun hostel where u can chill and get much information about different activities. We were there for a 5 lesson surf camp which was awesome!!! We recommend it to everyone! Great instructors and people staying at the hostel.
Good connections to the city by metro and bus.
We would definately stay at this hostel again!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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leeds
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Reviewed 20 August 2013

What a lovely place and lovely people, Stayed for a week with 2 children (11 and 13) for the surf camp. Flight was late and i was worried about landing in a new town/country with children. Emailed Pedro with my concerns. Met me at the airport, bought us all to the hostel(which he didn't take any money for), he gave us metro tickets to last the week, 3 maps, and a book of all things to do and visit. (So lovely) The rooms were clean, safe and really comfy, the kids felt at home within hours. We had our own bathroom and mini kitchen. The surf school staff were equally as nice, really good with the kids and i couldn't surf after 4 days, so they gave me a paddle baord instead, which i really loved. Oporto is beautiful and really worth visiting (especially the port caves) I honestly couldn't find a negative word to say about the whole experience.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed 18 August 2013

Me and my boyfriend had such a nice week in Oporto! Loved the surfing!
We were such a nice group of people at the hostel who had lot of fun together!

I loved the designs in all of the different rooms. The hostel is really close to the big shoppingmall where we went together almost every day. You can find EVERYTHING in that mall, and even go to the cinema, do some bowling or laserdome. Lovely city.

Only thing that was negativa was the distance between the hostel and the beach where the surfing took place. But we were just unlucky and had to walk the approx 35 min walk every morning because there was a busstrike and a car race (they closed the roads).

Really recommend this place though! Mostly to friends who wants to have a fun week together.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Oslo
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Reviewed 4 August 2013

This clean and simple accommodation was in a great location for those
interested in the best that Porto has to offer. The E metro line is a 5 min walk away. But you should ask Pedro, the proprietor for directions on how to get there first beforehand, it can be a little tricky to find. The metro stop is not in the city centre, though it is only a 20 to 30min ride away. The 205 and 504 buses stop right outside their door. The 205 bus takes you all
along the Matoshinhos coast line of beaches, passing the gorgeous area parks of
Foz, and into the heart of the historical city centre. Simply a spectacular ride for the price of a bus ticket!

I should also mention that the rooms were whimsically decorated with information for visitors (see some of the photos of the place for what I mean). I found the historical tidbits a fun read.

You can reach this place from the airport by the metro line or the 205 bus from
Campanha train station. If you get a chance to talk to the proprietor, ask him for advice on getting around and what to see. I found him to be very a nice, approachable man.

Locals are employed by this establishment and local businesses are supported by Oporto Excentric (i.e. the hotel gives its patrons free soap from a local artisan).

I fell in love with Porto largely in part because I stayed at this place. I am already trying to plan to come back and stay with Oporto Excentric.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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Kharkiv, Ukraine
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Reviewed 3 August 2013

Seriously, I've never though that one can ever feel relaxed in the hostel. The owners are extremely welcoming people and they try their best to make their guests feel comfortable there. Design is really cool and stylish, it's really amazing (you can find the pics here) especially if you like surfing and urban lifestyle. Location is also very convenient, there a bus stop nearby and a metro station located in a few quarters.

I felt myself at home staying in Oporto Excentric for a week and now my heart bleeds when I see those pics from vacation, I'd like to come back again.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Malmo, Sweden
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Reviewed 2 August 2013

Even though the waves for surfing wasn't the best at the time, we had a great time in Porto - partly thanks to good service and a nice living at Inez and Pedro's hostel. You will definitely feel welcomed by the owners (Inez and Pedro) and socialize with people from all over the world, also staying at the hostel. There are different rooms, booth with and without your own bathroom. We had our own bathroom and it was great!

Would I recommend this to my friend? Yes!
Would you return to the same hostel if you were going to Porto again? Yes!

Great place, great people, great city!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Surf' in Monkeys Surfcamp
Address: Estrada da Circunvalacao 16002, Matosinhos 4450-100, Portugal (Formerly Oporto Excentric Design Hostel)
Region: Portugal > Northern Portugal > Porto District > Matosinhos
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 9 Speciality Lodging in Matosinhos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Surf & Nature: For those who look for a quiet, safe and central place. Our hostel is a true Oporto Design house full of charm, where tradition and comfort meet perfectly. We are connected with sport, here people from all over the world can enjoy the surf, become friends and exchange experiences in a very relaxed and informal atmosphere. The Hostel is very comfortable and amazingly charming. Central and next to the beach! We have 5 rooms with a unique concept: All the rooms are customized! We are near the sea, city park, and Foz, which is full of cafes, bars and gardens by the sea make this area one of the most popular in Oporto. In 5 mins bus you can find restaurants with typical Portuguese food (lots of fresh seafood), bakeries, traditional groceries and shops with typical products from the region. Surf rental and surf lessons are available to our guests. Surf' in Monkeys Surfcamp occupies a strategic position between the city center and the Oporto International Airport, offering great transportation links. It is easy to reach all major attractions in Oporto. Each attraction is within a small distance of the property, which allows you to wander freely and discover the little pleasures that the city has to offer. In Winter, all surf, body board, sail and windsurf lovers find in the Northern sea the ideal settings to play these sports. Facilities:• Breakfast included (self- service)• Guest Kitchen• Credit Card Accepted• Reading Light• Internet Wi-Fi and computer Free• Heat• Hairdryer• Bed linen and bath towels Free• Tv, games and DVD• Towels are included.• Free parking* Big shop and supermarket next to us* Recycling facilities.*** Free parking in front of the Hostel. ... more   less 
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