PORTO / INNVICT Guest House
The 'Guest House' format of hotel living is fast becoming the new alternative to AirBnB. Caught somewhere between an apartment and a hotel, InnVict offers the best of both worlds: a sophisticated, sexy, slick urban décor, and a semi-concierge service with optional cleaning services and no expectation for you to clean the apartment before you leave (which we did, anyways, of course).
All 9 of their rooms carry the same dark, minimalist design sense with pops of velvety yellows and lots of black & white. However no two rooms are the same, each with their own configuration and unique name which we believe derive from the house's history. Ours, for example, was called "Admiral" and had three double-storm-shutter windows overlooking the Douro river. We felt very admiral indeed. Maybe I am just being overly romantic.
But what really makes InnVict special is its location in the heart of Porto's historic district, Infante, a stone's throw away from, well, everything: wine bars; a bevvy of sophisticated cafés, boutiques and restaurants; a taxi stand (very important); the gondola to cross the river, where all of the wineries live; and, again... lots of wine bars. Lots of wine, really. Wine.
7 Rua de Sao Francisco
Porto 4050-430 Portugal
Book The Admiral Here: airbnb.com