Each apartment is uniquely decorated and comprises of a double bedroom, a private bathroom, a living room with a double bed and a single sofa bed, a dining room and a very well equipped kitchenette (there’s even a washing and drying machine for clothes).
Design lovers will admire the bespoke bookcases, vintage furniture, designer lighting, contemporary classics and great fabrics; while the walls are enriched by the works of young Portuguese artists from Flattered’s own art collection.
It’s absolutely one of our top choices of places to stay in Porto.
These spacious and stylish apartments are great for families.
The central heating and heated flooring make it very cosy in the colder months.
Some of the apartments face the sea and enjoy lots of natural light.
Complimentary amenities from Porto born soap brand Claus Porto.
A delicious continental breakfast can be delivered to your door each morning (optional).
Bear in Mind
It’s located outside of the historical centre, in a residential area.
The apartments are spread over three floors and there’s no lift.
“When we opened the windows to the ocean, we knew in that very moment that we had to have it. We had found our place.”
We had been searching for a place in Porto just after the renovation works at our other place in Lisbon had stalled for a few months. We had visited lots of different sites around town, some of which were really nice, but somehow the landlords or the vendors never really bought the idea. Remember this was back in 2011 and it was really hard to sell short rentals as a business idea.
In the end, it was just a pure stroke of luck when we found the building. We remember clearly that it was a very dedicated and stubborn real estate agent, to whom we are forever thankful, that showed us the place. We fell in love as soon as we walked inside the top floor apartment, and it was when we opened the windows to the ocean, we knew in that very moment that we had to have it. We had found our place.
Actually, our renovation of the interiors only took us a few months. But the whole process until we welcomed our first guests in December 2012 took much longer than we expected because the building was still struggling with licensing issues.
That was definitely our biggest challenge; having everything ready on our side and not being able to open for bureaucratic reasons. But in the end, everything worked out really well.
Well, it’s a long story, but we can say that most of our furniture was collected from local vintage dealers, some pieces we ended up importing directly ourselves, and other pieces were custom designed by our architect José Carlos Cruz. The lighting is a mix between vintage stuff and new items bought from brands such as Flos, Artemide or Menu just to name a few.
The artworks are actually something that came from an artist in residence event we organised back in 2015 called FlatteredBY. We invited five young Portuguese artists; each of them staying in a different apartment. And then the last period was when we collaborated with the furniture brand De La Espada, throughout 2017, to set up two apartments with their furniture and styling. The truth is we’re always updating little things as we go.
We began by founding a veterinary hospital back in July 2005. At a certain point, we started thinking about changing life.
Another thing that influenced this was that back in 2010-2011, the financial hardships that hit the country and the excruciating media turmoil that preceded the IMF/EU bailout deeply affected the local economy. Our sector was no exception. Fewer animals to attend, pet owners becoming jobless, underpaid or simply emigrating. That’s something we’ll never forget, dozens of our clients taking care of papers to emigrate with their pets.
At the same time, we began to feel it was increasingly difficult to reconcile the demands of hospital emergencies with our growing families.
So, we decided it was time to look for a new business. We can actually credit the original idea to my wife and co-founder Catarina S. (note: Flattered has three co-founders, Miguel Mateus, Catarina Silva and Catarina Alves). In 2010 Catarina was at home on maternity leave watching this TV show talking about entrepreneurship, real estate and something very strange for the time. It involved renting houses to tourists for short stays.
My parents had an apartment in Lisbon that they had just vacated and all things somehow came together. At the start, it was hard to convince my parents but they eventually accepted the idea. And that’s how we got started in hospitality.
We were super naive. We thought that we would easily manage to combine our appointments and other clinical duties with managing Flattered. We were so wrong, as it’s such a demanding job. With a lot of trial and testing in between, today our roles are completely separated. Catarina A. is the Clinical Director at the Hospital and Catarina S. is the CEO of both companies, and I’m mostly doing our social media and still pretty much involved in the everyday life of Flattered.
In the short term, we’re right in the middle of planning the renovation of two new apartments in Lisbon. We’re discussing the details with our architects and preparing everything for the licensing. The biggest challenges are definitely the amount of bureaucracy involved, plus the amount of capital you need to deploy from day one until you are able to welcome guests. We’re obviously getting better at that, but those are still the biggest challenges.
On another note, more of a long-term thing, we’re considering the idea of creating a Flattered concept in the countryside. A kind of a retreat in a farm setting. We really think this will be our future as a company; bridging the gap between the cities and the countryside around our places. And who knows, maybe adding a few other concepts on the way. We’re never short on ideas!
It’s actually a ceiling lamp, the Knitterling by Ingo Maurer. The way the lampshade in Japanese paper soothes the light and gently spreads it onto the ceiling is so beautiful. It’s kind of poetic. We don’t remember where we bought it. Sorry.
"Our perfect day in Porto would definitely involve a picnic with friends at Parque da Cidade. That’s our thing."
That would definitely involve a picnic with friends at Parque da Cidade. That’s our thing.
We’re actually still looking for our favourite hotel. Whenever we find a place where the human connection is amazing and we feel that the people are really taking good care of us, then what usually happens is that the design or the food somehow does not match. And maybe that’s just the way it should be. Our favourite place to stay in the world should just be something aspirational.
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The location is perfect for those who want to stay off the beaten track - away from the tourist crowds yet close to everything.
Flattered to be in Porto is located in Rua Senhora da Luz, a charming street with various boutique and independent shops. The apartments are within walking distance to many great restaurants and bars, and it’s only a 15-minute ride to Porto’s centre on the bus or tram (Uber, Bolt etc. widely available).
Explore Foz Velha, the older part of the Foz neighbourhood. Discover its narrow streets, charming townhouses, the waterfront and Passeio Alegre’s leafy gardens.
Nearby we recommend Casa Aberta (Open House). They serve delicious small dishes and roasted meats, and there’s a small courtyard at the back.
For Portuguese homestyle cooking we like Capoeira, a cosy rustic-style restaurant located directly opposite the Forte de São João (tip: go for one of the daily specials).
Read on to discover some more local tips. For more recommendations, check out our Porto TipMap.
Watch the video above which we did with Condé Nast Traveller. In it we talk about Foz do Douro - the seaside neighbourhood in Porto where we grew up. check out the Full article on their website.
You are in Porto so you shouldn't leave without trying a francesinha. Porto's craziest food invention is like a sandwich similar to an elaborate Croque Monsieur. It’s filled with various meats, topped with melted cheese and the chef’s secret spicy sauce. Cufra, Café Santiago, Bufete Fase and Cervejaria Brasão are some of the best places in town to try it, with the latter offering one of the best vegetarian francesinhas in Porto.
Flattered to be in Porto is a collection of five apartments located in the seaside neighbourhood of Foz do Douro, a 15-minute drive from the city centre.
The closest airport is Porto Francisco Sá Carneiro airport. From there you can take a taxi (Uber, Bolt etc. widely available), metro, bus or hire a car.
Porto (OPO) – 14km
Lisbon (LIS) – 309km
Faro (FAO) – 505km
The historical São Bento Train Station is 8km from the hotel.
© Photos by JO&SO and courtesy of Flattered to be in Porto (credit: Fernando Guerra).
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