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DOURO RIVER - MIRAGAIA - ART STUDIO
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DOURO RIVER - MIRAGAIA - ART STUDIO
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Converted chapel -
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Porto, Porto District, Northern Portugal

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AlfredP32...
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
“Wonderful hostess beautiful views”
Reviewed 26 September 2016 for a stay in September 2016

Our hostess Emilia welcomed us to her beautiful studio in Porto, Our suite overlooked the Douro river, with the windows framing the view towards the river. The property is located within working distance of the historical center of Porto. Porto is a UNESCO world heritage city, and its essence can be explored readily from the Art Studio. Remember to take good walking shoes, since Porto is hilly. From the studio, there is straightforward access to all of the key Porto sites. W would book this studio on our next visit to Porto. Good restaurants are close by.

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Liked best: Views of the Douro river
Liked least: Stairwell
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Smith1776
Addlestone, United Kingdom
1 review
“the most helpful hostess and lovely room overlooking the River Dooro.”
Reviewed 26 July 2016 for a stay in July 2016

The apartment is a bed/sitting room overlooking the River Duoro. And then shared use of the rest of the apartment /art studio with Emilia our hostess. Lovely views and very clean and comfortable. That is all very nice, but Emilia made the trip very special. She provided tea and coffee in the morning, rustled us some supper one night and arranged a River Duoro trip for us (E65 - excellent day out). Always helpful - never imposing.
And Porto is a great break. Visit to Sandeman Port was very good value.
Tip - if you are flying in - the metro to the city is easy to use and extremely cheap. It is a good taxi ride!

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Liked best: Hostess
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway
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Management Response
26 Jul 2016
It is a pleasure to share my studio and all space - Douro River - Miragaia - Art Studio - with delicate and sensitive people like Chris and his wife.
As a visual artist is a pleasure to share my love for my city - Porto - with people who want to learn about.
With the added pleasure of being able to provide visitors with all kinds of information and have the privilege of hosting "in the way northern people do. "
Thank you, Chris and Lesley!
You will always be welcome.
Greetings from Porto!
Emília
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DavidDark...
Avalon Beach, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
47 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Sleep? Forget It!”
Reviewed 15 July 2016 for a stay in June 2016
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The Miragaia apartment is not exactly easy to get to, as it is located on the river-front in an unidentified building - a sign would be good - but after 15 minutes looking around the vicinity we did see hostess Emelia waving to us from the balcony and up we went. The apartment itself is bright and airy with pleasant river views and our hostess was welcoming. But here unfortunately the good points on this apartment end.

Access to the shared bathroom was inconvenient through the living room and a corridor. There is no storage in the apartment, nowhere to hang a jacket or put anything on a coathanger, just leave it in your suitcase, on the floor or on the bed.

However, most unfortunately for us, we booked the partment on the day of the festival of Saint John, 23 June - Porto's big annual festival. Our hostess Emelia was anxious to close all the windows to prevent the BBQ smoke from numerous sardine grills coming into the apartment. But sardine smoke was the least of it. I had a further sense of foreboding when we viewed several huge speakers being set up in the car park right next door. A massive rave party ensued all night long in the adjacent car park with extremely, painfully loud music blaring non stop from 10 pm to 7 am. Yes 7 am. We went out to watch the fireworks and got home at 2 am. Sleep was completely and absolutely impossible, even with ear plugs. We got up again at dawn 5.30 am - music still blaring - and went for a walk to the botanical gardens, ears ringing, had a coffee and got back to the apartment at 9 am, the rave party had finally finished and only noisy drunks were left roaming the streets. What I found annoying is that our hostess knew full well about the festival and should not have actually rented the premises during this time given that sleep was absolutely impossible; but she certainly took the booking and said not a word before or even after the booking, when I complained. A shrug of the shoulders. Well if you want to shrug the shoulders to guests, you get a review like this.

Apart from the festival the apartment is very noisy. Trams, cars and motor boats all outside your front window including two large car park entrances with frequent horn blowing, and a large metal plate on the road, ka-thump ka-thump, to remind you of every vehicle passing. Worst night's sleep in 20 years. Official complaint made to Trip Advosor and refund requested.

Absolutely avoid this one if you like to sleep. If you are completely deaf it is OK. If you are not completely deaf, you will be well on the way to being so after staying here.

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Liked best: The view
Liked least: The noise
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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olivier b
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Second time and perfect again.”
Reviewed 20 June 2016 for a stay in June 2016
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It was may second stay at Emilia's place and i found it just as perfect as last year. Very spacious, clean, and bright room with beautiful view over the douro. A pleasure to wake up there in the morning. Close to the center, surrounded by restaurants and old pedestrian streets, and still perfectly quiet and peaceful. And most of all, Emilia is a wonderful person and she'll provide anything to help.

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Travelling group: Seul(e)
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690vanias
Sofia, Bulgaria
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Perfect stay”
Reviewed 24 May 2016 for a stay in May 2016

I was so lucky to find out this amazing apartment! It is in perfect location - just 10mins to Ribeira, 5mins to the famous Igreja Sao Francisco with its beautiful wooden decoration (must seen) and next Palacio da Bolsa with its amazing Arab Room (don't miss).
The apartment room is so clean, just sparkling white and the walls are full of wonderful paintings of Emilia, our painter hostess. The room windows are big and give you the wonderful view to the Douro river. If you are coming with car there is a parking lot just nearby with very appropriate price.
But the most important was our hostess, Emilia. She was so kind, intelligent and kind person and made our stay wonderful! Thank you, Emilia!

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Liked best: the location and our hostess, Emilia
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
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