The apartments are located in a typical bourgeois building from Porto, located in the town's historic centre, which is classified as World Heritage by UNESCO. In the past, this used to be the old Jewish part of Porto (Judiaria/Porta do Olival). You can enter the building through Rua do Belomonte but the building also has an entrance, on the 3rd floor, through Escadas da Vitória, former Synagogue Stairs.
The building's construction started on the 16th century, however it got expanded in the 19th century. The central spiral staircase and the "lanternin" (skylight), that brings light to the whole building, are clear marks of that time period's architecture. This building also has a beautiful inner patio, that ventilates and illuminates the rear apartments from the 1st and 2nd floor.
The rehabilitation process was taken with extreme care, not to damage the building's structure and its ancestral characteristics. The main goal was to create modern housing conditions without destroying the building's unique characteristics, such as the amazing spiral staircase, inner patio, the stone arch, the "lanternin" (skylight) and the detailed ornate ceilings.
Our main purpose is to provide our clients with an unique experience. Our clients are people who search for a special experience, allied with comfort and quality, while visiting and exploring the city of Porto. We provide our clients with personalized suggestions and ideas, according to their needs and desires, encouraging, at the same time, their later return to our city. We are sure that any person who visits and enjoys our apartments will not remain indifferent to this exclusive experience.
The studios and the one-bedroom apartments are considerably ample, with superior areas when comparing with the other apartments, located in the town's historic centre. All the apartments have a clean and minimalist decoration, using mostly authentic Portuguese furniture.
The architect behind the rehabilitation project was Mr. José Bernardo Távora.
Credits photos: Mr. Luís Ferreira Alves