This is not “just” another hotel that opens in Porto, it is a Pousada de Portugal and comes, of course, with all the historical scrolls that accompany each of these units. These start right from the street where it is located – Rua das Flores, in the heart of the historic centre, which was, at the time of its construction, in the 16th century, the most exclusive street in the city – and continue inside doors – a century building XVIII. It’s called Pestana Pousada Porto – Hotel Histórico and the first guests arrive this Thursday, 7th October.
They will settle in what is one of the most popular pedestrian streets by tourists, or if it weren’t for its privileged location as a connection point between medieval Porto (Ribeira) and early 20th century Porto (São Bento Station). And its recent rehabilitation has given back to its centenary buildings – with regular intrusions of emblazoned houses – an unsuspecting color also fueled by a “new” trade: the traditional still resists (although some facades are misleading), there is a museum (the MMIPO, with roof the accompaniment), but cafes and restaurants, wine and wine shops now abound. memories, gourmet grocery stores. Musicians and street artists – from jugglers and painters – cheer those passing by and the main Porto tourist attractions are within walking distance.
And the Pestana Pousada Porto – Historic Hotel is a kind of continuity to what happens abroad, a synthesis between the past and the present. The building was recovered and preserved as original 18th century features, the group guaranteed, with the preservation of the granite walls (with wooden intrusions) and the vaulted ceilings in the common areas, combined with a contemporary and elegant atmosphere that is welcoming. The 84 rooms, including suites, follow the same line of comfort, with sober furniture in harmony with fabrics and warm colors. The flowers, in an assumed homage to the street, intrude in a more or less subtle way in the decoration – from ceiling plasters to carpets, for example.
Guests at Pestana Pousada Hotel also have at their disposal an indoor pool, sauna and a gym. There is also an invitation to informal gastronomy at the P Gastro Bar: for those who are staying, the service starts right at breakfast, served here; for others, the doors open at 10 am for snacks and drinks that can extend to the patio with a vertical garden at the rear.
Reservations are already available in the special opening offer at Hostels website: prices from 79 euros per night in a double room with breakfast.