Porto, Portugal

Rosa Et Al Townhouse

Rates from (inc tax)$100.61

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21EUR), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.


A place like home


Among artists and artisans

In the creative heart of up-and-come Porto, Rosa Et Al Townhouse is an imaginative blend of traditional architecture and mid-century design. Each of the six bedrooms is flooded with natural light and packed with a personality of its own, formed by hand-crocheted throws and an artful assembly of antiques gleaned from markets the world over. Teetering pancakes and today’s house loaf star in a brunch of local legend, and there’s a sun-soaked garden out back. The ones to thank are brother-and-sister owners Patricia and Emanuel. Here, they’ve crafted an atmosphere to wrap up guests like part of the family. It feels like home, if only home could feel this good.


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Need to know


Seven suites.


Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 4pm, unless otherwise agreed.


Double rooms from $100.61 (€92), excluding tax at 6 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR98.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include Continental breakfast.


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.

Hotel closed

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.

Packing tips

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.

Best for

Small ones who take up least room, larger ones with good appetites.

Recommended rooms

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.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

When the sun’s out to play, the garden’s the way.

Dress Code

Don Fifties haute couture to fit in; but it’s not as though you have to in Porto’s indie art district. Step out in your own New Look instead.

Hotel restaurant

The Rosa Et Al weekend brunch is fast becoming a local institution, and that’s just the way the owners like it. They taught themselves to cook, and did a darn good job of it too. The three-course menu has dishes as delicious on the eye as they are on the ‘buds – and many feature garden produce so local you can see it from your table. The daily bread is variously flavoured with paprika or pomegranate, and everything in between, and the tartines and frittatas make eggmen go googoo-g’joob. Special mention goes to the signature ‘chipancakes’: a towering masterpiece of sweet potato patties, passionfruit and kiwi, topped with cream, chia seeds and eucalyptus honey. At weekends, locals flock to join guests in the Fifties-feel Brunch Room, clustering around the smooth-edged tables inside if all the seats in the sun are snaffled. On weekdays, breakfast is a satisfactory tribute act. Eggs are made to order, and there’s home-made yoghurt and granola with fresh fruit. Every day there’s an afternoon tea of scones, sarnies and other treats. Lunch and dinner aren’t scheduled sittings, but ask ahead to book in and then take your pick of à la carte options or go big on a three-, six- or nine-course tasting menu. Need a souvenir? The Bed and Brunch Collection includes home-made jams, limoncello and other things you might be tempted to smuggle out in your suitcase, all for sale at reception.


Hotel bar

Handily part of the restaurant, the bar serves beers and wines, four colours of sangria (red, white, rose and green) and cocktails and mocktails to order. Softs include just-squeezed juices, coffee as you please, and a tea list that’d stretch to China and back again, all served with a soundtrack of jazz piano, or something comparably laid back.


Last orders

Breakfast is from 9am to noon. Brunch is on Saturdays and Sundays only, from noon. Lunch and dinner only available on request, with at least eight hours’ notice. Dinner is served at 7.30pm. Afternoon tea is at 4pm, snacks available throughout the day.

Room service

Anything and everything on the restaurant menu can be brought to the room.


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Rosa Et Al Townhouse
Rua do Rosário, 233


Porto Airport is 15 kilometres away. There are direct flights from London Gatwick with British Airways, Easyjet and TAP Portugal, and from London Stansted and Liverpool with Ryanair. TAP also has routes across Europe and from several major cities in North and South America. To get from and to the airport, ask the hotel for a transfer (€35 each way), or take metro line E.


Apart from on two feet, the best way to get around the city is with an Andante ticket (€15 for three days, see www.stcp.pt) for buses, metros or trains. Campanhã is Porto’s chief rail hub for long-distance travel, with trains to Lisbon (under three hours on the Alfa Pendular express) and into Spain. It’s a little out of the way, but can easily be reached by taxi or metro from the historic São Bento station in the city centre. São Bento is also the place to go for services to Braga, Guimares and other parts of northern Portugal - just be sure to leave enough time to ogle at the ornate tiled walls; check www.cp.pt for timetables. From the hotel, São Bento is a 15-minute walk or a short taxi ride (a transfer costs €15).


If you need a designated driver to visit the surrounding area, hire a car from any one of the major companies at the airport. There’s a car park next to the hotel; it costs €20 a day and to be sure of a space, reserve in advance.

Worth getting out of bed for

Get barely out of bed for an in-room massage, or venture downstairs for a cooking class with Patricia and Emanuel (Thursdays and Sundays only, classes are in English). They’ll give you the inside line on modern Portuguese cuisine, but beware, the classes sell like hot custard tarts, so book ahead. In the local area, gallery hop (Ap’arte and O! are good places to start) and shop in Centro Commercial Bombarda, which houses independent fashion and home boutiques such as Storytailors and Piurra. Or to delve a little deeper, ask at reception for an art, food or photography tour. The storied Lello is the grandest of bookshops, magic enough to inspire JK Rowling and many a muggle before and since. For a day out, take a trip up the Douro Valley to explore the port vineyards, and tour the riverside cellars back in the city to sample the end product. Or, explore the city with an architecture tour, taking in Gustave Eiffel’s bridge over the Douro and countless crumblier relics. To work off brunch try a bike tour up and down the hilly streets, or a gentler riverside ride along some of the 70 kilometres of cycle paths. After dark, hit the theatre district for a show, or head to the angular Casa da Música concert hall for proof that good acoustics don’t always come in domes. The hotel staff are on hand to advise and book any of the above and more.

Local restaurants

Wine bar Reitoria is known for its steak, but we think its foccacia sandwiches are especially well done. Add a jug of juicy sangria and let a lazy lunchtime happily slip by. Chef Jose Avillez gives his name and kitchen wizardry to Cantinho do Avillez, where crack-pot dishes include ‘exploding’ olives, liver with port marmalade, and sautéed scallops with trout eggs. Mondo Delis worldly mix of tacos, coconut curry and gyoza parcels makes an appetising alternative to seafood. For Porto’s finest dining, DOP, by star local restaurateur Rui Paula, is sleek and sophisticated in an historic building. The menu matches the setting, with modern makeovers given to traditional classics such as goat, sausage and plenty of seafood.

Local cafés

BB gourmet does a popular brunch buffet, with puffed-up pastries, fruit-laden pancakes and eggs all sorts of ways.  


Local bars

Café Candelbro (Rua da Conceição) is an all-in-one arts space with a lively bar and DJs most nights. On the way there or back, cut down the narrow Travessa de Cedofeita and join the locals at former bakery Casa de Ló.



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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Porto and unpacked their artisan ceramics and a bottle of their chosen vintage, a full account of their city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Rosa Et Al Townhouse…

Brother and sister owners Patricia and Emanuel conceived Rosa Et Al Townhouse with an ethos: to create a boutique hotel made for travellers, by travellers. And that’s exactly what they’ve achieved. Steps from the galleries and artist studios of Rua de Miguel Bombarda in Porto’s creative district, it makes an inspiring base for a break in this resurgent city. Inside, it's been remodelled from a former family home, retaining its historic elegance and hotch potch of vintage pieces by Ercol, Wegner and Prouve sensitively installed. But it takes more than just two sets of eyes for style to build a hotel-from-home that people visit and return to. A traveller marches on his stomach, and so, to the kitchen. Garden cuttings flavour dreamt-up takes on modern Portuguese cuisine, and packed-out cooking classes spread the recipe gospel. At the end of each day, a soak in the tub, or an in-room massage will see to travel-weary shoulders. And then it’s time to slip between the Portuguese cotton and cosy up under a hand-crocheted throw. Dream, wake and repeat. When travelling is like this, it makes it even harder to go home. 


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