Need to know
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 4pm, unless otherwise agreed.
Double rooms from $109.86 (€97), excluding tax at 6 per cent.
Rates generally exclude breakfast (for €15 a person you’ll get a sweet dish, a savoury dish and two drinks).
Co-owner Emanuel is an architect by trade, and his delicate renovation of Rosa Et Al Townhouse picked up a Respect for Architecture gong in 2012. Nowadays, he’s the celebrated house chef and has written a recipe book, Life on a Plate, to share his wisdom. Some kids get all the talent. Apart from the ever-present Patricia and Emanuel, the hotel staff are all part-time – a lovely, relaxed-yet-efficient mixture of artists, models, teachers et al. In-room massages, aromatherapy treatments and reflexology sessions are available on request, from €40 a treatment.
24 and 25 December, and two weeks in January (dates change annually).
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout. In rooms: digital radio with iPod dock; minibar and fridge; free water; a small bottle of Fonseca tawny port; tea and coffee and the kit to make it; robes and slippers; Castelbel bath products; and beach bags.
Our favourite rooms
Top of the pile is the Suite Club, under the eaves of a double-height ceiling in the attic. Scan Porto’s terracotta roofscape from the lofty windows, or sink into the claw-foot bath tub and stare up at the wise old beams above. It’s an open-plan set up, with the bath just a few steps from the bed. Provided you can exit your soak with dignity, that can only be a good thing. For maximum seclusion, go for the Garden Pavilion. It’s separate from the main building and tucked away at the end of a garden, with all the benefits of a private residence but still almost within a fork’s length of brunch.
Pack a sketchpad and pencils; the hotel's in the arty part of town after all. Flat shoes are required for the steep cobbled streets of the old town, and remember to leave enough space in your suitcase for townhouse-made deli goodies from the Bed and Brunch Collection.
Brunch only on Saturday and Sunday. The only room with wheelchair access is the Garden Pavilion Suite. There’s no lift in the main house, but no shortage of helping hands for lugging bags up the staircase.
Pets are welcome for a flat fee of €35; four-legged friends get a free pat on arrival. See more pet-friendly hotels in Porto.
All welcome; the hotel's best suited for ages 6–12. Extra beds and cots can be added to any room.
Small ones who take up least room, larger ones with good appetites.
For most space and a separate bathroom, go for a King Deluxe on the garden side of the house.
While fortified wines and scary-looking seafood arguably make Porto best suited to grown-ups, there’s still plenty for kids to enjoy. For mini explorers, Porto Rent-a-Bike have tandems, child bikes and baby trailers.
Kids menu available. Just ask for a highchair.
English-speaking babysitters available on request.
No need to pack
Leave the travel cot at home, and ask in advance for a non-travel one in your room.
Be aware, there's no baby-listening service.
The hotel's food is a mixture of organic, fair trade and locally sourced produce, some grown in the on-site garden. Sustainable, energy-efficient building materials were used in the refurbishment, and some pieces of furniture are made from recycled wood. Low-energy light bulbs and low-flow taps to conserve water are used, and overflow sink and shower water is recycled for the garden. Pedal power is encouraged: just ask to borrow a bike.