Porto, Portugal

Tipografia do Conto

Price per night from$121.75

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 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR102.83), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Just our type

Setting

Cool Cedofeita

Tipografia do Conto in Porto dishes out eye-candy galore, from its elegant art deco façade to its typeface-emblazoned walls and design-lover’s interiors, blending modernist concrete, wood and plants. Spread across two historic buildings, the bright-white bedrooms are decorated with toffee-coloured leather chairs, covetable antiques and views of the street or the hotel’s hidden-away courtyard. Expect wonderful breakfasts, obliging staff and blissfully comfy beds; bonus points go the leafy green gardens, where a peaceful pool is surrounded by trees and hammocks. Porto’s cultural and culinary calling cards are a 15-minute stroll away, if you can tear yourselves from Tipografia…

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

10 suites.

Check–Out

12pm; earliest check-in, 3pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.

Prices

Double rooms from £99.91 (€109), including tax at 6 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €2.00 per person per night on check-in.

More details

Rates usually include a generous Portuguese buffet breakfast.

Also

If you like the look of Tipografia do Conto, check out its older sibling, Casa do Conto, which was the first hotel project from the acclaimed Pedra Líquida studio.

At the hotel

Serene, green gardens with peaceful courtyards; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, air-conditioning, minibar, free bottled water, tea and coffee kit, and Castelbel bath products.

Our favourite rooms

For lashings of light and space, it’s hard to beat the modern, milk-white A5 Penthouse Suite, which is worthy of a Wallpaper magazine shoot.

Poolside

There’s a dreamy pool in the gardens at the back of the hotel, surrounded by trees and inviting hammocks. You’ll almost forget that the city’s buzz is so close by.

Packing tips

Bring a thirst for port and a hunger for francesinha: Porto’s famous multi-layered sandwich.

Also

Two of the bedrooms – A4 and B4 – are suitable for wheelchair users.

Children

This hotel is designed for adults: it only accepts babies under 18 months. Free cots can be added to all rooms, except A4 Suite Rooftop and B4 Suite Rooftop.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Sit out on the peaceful terrace in warm weather or in the cosy breakfast/bar area in winter.

Dress Code

Match the hotel’s street-smart style and model a cool combo: denim and prints, silk slips and Doc Martens, or linens and leather, perhaps.

Hotel restaurant

There’s no formal restaurant as such, but buffet breakfasts are available in the snug, wood-panelled bar area, and the obliging staff will rustle up special extras such as eggs or home-made pancakes on request. If you’re feeling peckish, raid your in-room minibar, which is stocked with chocolate, salty snacks, beer, juice and sparkling water.

Hotel bar

Instead of a formal bar, the hotel has a welcoming breakfast and drinking den with a green-tiled bar and cosy chalet-style good looks. Pay tribute to the city’s famous fortified wine by ordering a tot or two here.

Last orders

Breakfast is served between 8am and 11am. Order drinks from the cosy lounge area from 2pm until late.

Location

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Address
Tipografia do Conto
Rua de Álvares Cabral 28
Porto
4050-040
Portugal

Tipografia do Conto is a 15-minute walk from the hustle and bustle of central Porto, in the cultured Cedofeita ’hood, also home to the city’s famous Casa da Música.

Planes

Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (aka Porto Airport) is a 20-minute drive away, served byl airlines including EasyJet, Ryanair and TAP Air Portugal.

Trains

Campanhã station is a 15-minute drive from the hotel, with services connecting to Lisbon, Coimbra and Faro.

Automobiles

The centre of Porto is a five-minute drive away. There’s public parking (€15 a day) on Rua de Cedofeita, a two-minute walk from the hotel; drop your bags off at reception first.

Worth getting out of bed for

Tipografia do Conto is your perfect city launch pad for Porto adventures of the cultural, culinary and port-flavoured kind. The hotel enjoys a prime location in Porto's arty, on-trend Cedofeita neighbourhood, which has a young, student-favoured feel. Casa da Música and the Port Wine Museum are local cultural highlights; other notable landmarks within reach include Porto Cathedral and Ribeira Square. See the city from a bird’s-eye perspective by hopping on the Gaia Cable Car, which swoops above the Douro River, Gaia's rustic red roofs, Jardim do Morro and Avenida da República. If you fancy a mini day trip, head north of Porto to the coastline of Matosinhos, a small town, for the tidal Leça Swimming Pools, designed by Portuguese star-chitect Álvaro Siza. The complex spans changing rooms, a café and two swimming pools: one for adults and one for children. There’s also a Siza-designed tea house close by. Serralves Museum is one of Porto’s cultural heavyweights. Reasons to swing by include the impressive collection of Portuguese and international contemporary art, the Álvaro Siza-designed architecture and the winsome emerald grounds.

 

Local restaurants

Enjoy a leisurely brunch in bright and airy Época, decorated with pale-wood furniture and pearl-white walls. This snug and friendly vegetarian café on Rua do Rosario will fuel you for the day ahead with strong coffee, kale-toting poached eggs, buttery toast and other treats. Mistu on Rua do Comércio do Porto woos eyes and taste buds with its elegant, classical decor and delicious, creative cuisine; popular dishes include sea-bass, steak tartare, tuna ceviche and picanha (a delicious type of steak). Two words: mozzarella bar – chewy-cheese lovers will go weak at the knees for Puro 4050, a dark and dapper temple to balls of buffalo milk on Largo São Domingos. Try the main event fresh, in bocconcini form or affumicata (smoked), paired with optional extras such as lettuce, chicory or prosciutto. Housed in a former drugstore on the same street as Puro 4050, Traça serves traditional Portuguese cuisine with Iberian influences. Try deer-loin carpaccio, salted codfish and other intriguing numbers; sweet-tooths are well catered to, with desserts such as chocolate-ice-cream soufflé or caramelised pineapple with goat’s-cheese ice-cream.

 

Local bars

Arty, sociable Base is an open-air garden bar in Porto's storied downtown, near Clérigos Tower. It’s a lovely place to while away an hour or two under the ivory umbrellas, with an ice-cold cocktail to hand.

Reviews

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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 pool-toting hotel in Portugal and unpacked their port and pottery, a full account of their city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Tipografia do Conto in Porto

 Unleash your inner design geek at Tipografia do Conto, which is housed in a former typography and graphic-arts centre from the early 20th century. Honouring its past, the hotel’s concrete walls are emblazoned with striking engraved texts in low relief – passages written by national and international authors on topics such as architecture, graphic design and design criticism. In tune with the bold art deco exterior, the hotel has a gallery’s worth of covetable furniture and striking antiques. An added boon comes in the form of the peaceful gardens, all swaying hammocks, shady trees and tranquil courtyards, where a glittering pool beckons. Staff flit around quietly, dispensing local tips and drinks. Begin each day with the hotel’s generous breakfast, before exploring cultured Cedofeita or heading into central Porto, an easy 15-minute stroll away. Tipografia do Conto deserves a toast or two with the city’s famous fortified wine. Felicidades.

 

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