Driving from Lisbon to Porto, we waited to catch sight of the famous Dom Luís Bridge, an image that had long been at the heart of our desktop screensavers. Gliding past the roads stippled with terracotta homes, it seemed some were so ancient looking it was hard to believe they were still inhabited. With a wealth of artistic heritage and historical presence, Porto was a gem we were finally going to uncover with our own eyes.
What connected the journey from Lisbon to Porto had been a string of lavish ideas involving a day excursion to the town of Coimbra. But even on roadtrips, delays are to be foreseen. At so it was, slightly delayed but also extremely ecstatic, that we arrived at Lounge Inn, with all the excitement in the world to explore the city. Upon arrival we were greeted by Pedro, the guesthouse manager, who helped us bring our bags to our room and explained all of the room’s amenities. The Lounge Inn is a comfortable accommodation for anyone looking for a Porto home base that is practical in every aspect. While it is conveniently located by the Marques square and metro, it is also steps away from a Minipreço, the discount supermarket chain in Portugal.
With 17 cozy and snug room accommodations, the Lounge Inn Guest House offers a balance between elegance and practicality. A room adapted for people with reduced mobility is also available. Modeled after the theme of Port wine, the purple accents are a reminder that while Porto is modern, it is also steeped in tradition. Maid service is a daily occurrence and with Pedro’s depth of knowledge about the city, this leaves the option of both planning thoroughly and improvising your day’s schedule. A man of wit, be prepared for some light-hearted sass towards Lisbon as a city that doesn’t really produce anything while the North of Portugal hustles on the daily. “Lisbon doesn’t really do anything but gets all the money”, he joked. Before a little rest after our drive he pulled out a map of Porto and showed us all of the most important landmarks and tourist traps to avoid. One important distinction he made is that while Porto possibly even more laid-back than Lisbon, this imperturbable tranquility is also reflected in its transportation system. There are practically no barriers to be seen at metro stations yet most people will respect the rules and pay their dues.
The kitchen is the perfect place to prepare a home cooked meal as it is equipped with a stove, utensils, a microwave and coffee machine and coffee pods. We found ourselves bringing home simple breakfast items from Minipreço on several occasions, preparing a meal in the kitchen and relaxing in the park square in the company of local elderly men playing chess. Unlike many other hotels dead in the city center, there is almost no separation between tourist life and local life. In fact, we might as well have been locals — our post office was right on the corner of the square and evenings we enjoyed little cafeterias on our block for warm sandwiches and savoury snacks.
Never a dull moment with their quirky shower that has massage jet streams and music speakers! You are transported into your own world upon closing the doors to your shower capsule.
If you have a few hours of sunshine after your daily excursions, some quiet downtime can be savoured on their private terrace. With the light shining in, it is the ideal spot to wind down and enjoy the peace, with an appreciation of the good times you have spent that day.
With the private entrance we had to our suite’s building, our stay truly felt like one in which we returned to our own home every night. Despite feeling a little homesick over Lisbon, our stay would not have been the hospitable Lounge Inn team that made us feel so welcomed.
Lounge Inn Guest House is located on Rua da Constituição 633, 4000-305 Porto, Portugal.
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*Thank you to Lounge Inn Guest House for inviting us as guests. All opinions are my own.*
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