Duas Portas is the result of a very special restoration of an old portuense house connecting past and present and offering a minimalistic space filled with design pieces and an overall great taste.

We were offered the chance to review the beautiful Duas Portas hotel and stayed for two nights.

A cozy stay at Duas Portas Townhouse on Porto.

A few weeks ago, at the end of September, we decided to book a last minute leisure (work) trip as we had some time off before starting with a couple of new projects. Thanks to the ever-changing quarantine rules during Covid in Madrid we really wanted to pay Porto a new visit. It’s one of our favorite cities and this was our third time there. Despite the general situation, 2020 was great to rediscover Portugal in a different way.

We were offered the chance to review the beautiful Duas Portas hotel (arguably one of the best newcomers in the city), and stayed for two nights. It felt like the perfect opportunity to get to know a new side of Porto, since it’s located in the Foz area – a quiet and lesser known part of the city. If you are looking for a more unique experience, we can truly recommend this neighbourhood – it’s full of authentic ‘portuense’ restaurants & orange sunsets by the sea. Check our ‘Flavours of Porto’ reportage to see some food recommendations.

We were offered the chance to review the beautiful Duas Portas hotel and stayed for two nights.

We were offered the chance to review the beautiful Duas Portas hotel and stayed for two nights.

Under the iconic staircase.

Duas Portas is a family project and we could definitely feel that the moment we arrived. We were so lucky to meet the ever kind Luisa & Miguel, who welcomed us in the warmest way. Duas Portas is the result of a very special restoration of an old portuense house connecting past and present and offering a minimalistic space filled with design pieces and an overall great taste. This boutique hotel is placed in front of the tranquil Douro River and 15 minutes by foot from the city centre.

We stayed at Room n.5 – with wide-open views to the ribeira. The room was very spacious, quiet and cozy. The neutral tones and the beautiful light coming from the large windows inspired us so much. Our bathroom was covered in two-tone tiles, and featured a walk-in shower. We particularly loved spotting boats in the river from the king-size bed first thing in the morning.

A design and architecture affair on Duas Portas.

Common spaces.

Every corridor and corner of the hotel reflected the exquisite design taste of the owners. There were a couple of lounge areas where you could spend some time going through the latest numbers of Portugal’s Vogue or maybe a curated collection of Alvar Aalto’s best works. A coffee machine was also available for every client to enjoy a quick espresso before the mandatory sightseeing. Bikes were offered under their iconic staircase too.

From the exterior, the former house is painted a clean white and little decorated. From time to time, it’s likely to spot a charming tram going towards the streets of the city centre. The property also counts with an interior ‘patio’ with a small garden on top and some chill-out areas to read and chat. Since Porto’s weather at the end of September is still very warm we asked to have breakfast outside.

Welcome to Floor 3 and its incredible lighting.

8 am Morning light 

We were offered the chance to review the beautiful Duas Portas hotel and stayed for two nights.

We were offered the chance to review the beautiful Duas Portas hotel and stayed for two nights.

Green and white, the color palette.

White king size bed at the room.

Breakfast was honestly one thing to be excited about when waking up every morning. The table was filled with an impressive array of pastries, cheeses, fruit, meats, and cereals…there’s everything and anything you could possibly want, including homemade granola and yoghurt. And please, don’t ever leave the ‘pasteis’ untouched. Sipping coffee whilst hearing the birds sing was definitely a wonderful way to start each morning.

As previously mentioned, the hotel is located in a prime position on Douro’s riverside which gave us the chance to explore by foot the Foz area and discover its main attractions. We spent an afternoon walking by the river, shooting around Praia do Carneiro and enjoying some delicious tapas at Casa da Pasto da Palmeira – thanks to Miguel’s recommendations.

We were offered the chance to review the beautiful Duas Portas hotel and stayed for two nights.

Room n.5

We were offered the chance to review the beautiful Duas Portas hotel and stayed for two nights.

Duoro river views.

Neutral and modern reconstruction facade.

We were offered the chance to review the beautiful Duas Portas hotel and stayed for two nights.

Impressive ‘Portuense’ breakfast. Pasteis are a must.

We also took advantage of its location to finally visit the well known Serralves Museum, a true gem of Contemporary Arts. We especially loved the gardens of Serralves and the many statues and sculptures placed all over the park. We pitied the under construction state of the House though. Service throughout the hotel was absolutely flawless, and this is something we really want to stand out.

The owners were incredibly warm from the beginning and eager to help with anything we might need. Overall, we had a very special stay at Duas Portas, and on the morning of our departure, felt really quite sad at the prospect of leaving. I would happily head back as soon as Covid let us and encourage you all to race over at the nearest opportunity… .

Some green to take a breath.

We were offered the chance to review the beautiful Duas Portas hotel and stayed for two nights.

Two floors interior minimalistic Patio.

We were offered the chance to review the beautiful Duas Portas hotel and stayed for two nights.

We were offered the chance to review the beautiful Duas Portas hotel and stayed for two nights.

Disclaimer: The hotel stay at ‘Duas Portas’ is a gifted invitation. Opinions and reviews are completely reserved to editors’ real experience.

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