The seven fully equipped apartments are flooded with light, and are beautiful decorated. We love the minimalist decoration, intricate ornate ceilings and hardwood custom doors.
B28 is a great choice for couples and also families. The most spacious apartment is the Upper Deluxe Apartment 5, which has two bedrooms (one double, one twin), a bathroom and a living room - plus stunning views over both the city and the river.
These are among some of the best serviced apartments in the centre of Porto, and we highly recommend them. Don’t miss our interview with Alida Jamal, the creative mind behind B28 Apartments.
Your opportunity to experience the splendour of Porto’s 17th-century architecture.
Some of the apartments have killer views.
Daily cleaning is included in the price of your stay, and there’s an optional organic seasonal breakfast available.
Excellent restaurants and some of Porto’s most iconic sites are a stone’s throw away.
Bear in Mind
The apartments are spread over five floors, and there’s no lift.
To avoid street noise, go for the top-floor apartments, although the noise isn’t bad considering you are in the centre of the city.
Minimum two-night stay.
“I fell in love with the building, the staircase, and the back entrance door that faces the steps of Escadas da Vitória.”
I’m really glad you enjoyed your stay. At the start, I was on the lookout for a building with a garden at the back. However, all the places that I went to look at were in really bad condition. Eventually, I came across this building which, even though it was pretty rundown, still had many original elements which could be rescued. And that’s not to mention the breathtaking views from the 4th and 5th floors.
I can tell you that it was love at first sight. I fell in love with the building, the staircase, and the back entrance door that faces the steps of Escadas da Vitória on the third floor. And after that, we had many other nice little surprises. I wanted to restore the stucco ceilings, the foyer, and the roof lantern, which was decaying but still capable of lighting the staircase.
I have always liked this part of Porto. It’s an area that was degraded for so long, even as far as I can remember. When I was little, I used to come to downtown Porto with my grandmother. She’d go to the hairdressers, and then we’d go for lanche (Portuguese afternoon snack) at Costa Moreira or to Leitaria da Quinta do Paço (these are two of Porto’s most classic confeitarias, or pastry confectionaries). Then there was always some shopping to do, errands, etc. We’d visit Rua das Flores and Largo dos Lóios up to Rua 31 de Janeiro, Santa Catarina, doing all of this while listening to my grandmother's stories.
I chose Architect José Bernardo Távora because I was sure he would be able to keep the building’s character. He has huge respect for popular architecture, and the aim was to bring back this building’s previous splendour.
I’m against the facadism trend (when façades are maintained but the interior is completely rebuilt). I think it’s important to keep the identity, to wholly respect old buildings.
I purchased the building in May 2012, and I only opened B28 in August 2018. It was a long process with a lot of setbacks. But in the end, we got there and achieved what we wanted.
The actual construction work took two years, from 2015 to 2017. Afterwards, it was the licensing. This renovation was conducted with extreme caution. It’s almost like giving birth, giving it life and seeing it growing up. That’s the feeling B28 gives me.
“The way the renovation was done is this house’s biggest luxury.”
I didn’t have any experience in the tourism sector. I’m academically trained in Financial Management, but I always liked to travel, and I knew what I wanted for this project: something pretty simple, giving priority to comfort. Yet, everything required for the function of the house has a story. The way the renovation was done is this house’s biggest luxury. For the decoration, I mainly chose Portuguese brands and materials.
What I enjoy the most is undoubtedly the relationship you create with the guests. You can’t please everyone, but I feel most of them adore staying here. They feel at home. They love to ask about all the details, and they pass on the word to friends and family. Many have come back and stayed in the same apartments. That’s very fulfilling.
The idea for the concept store came about as a way to give continuity to the apartments. It’s a polyvalent space where we will occasionally host an art show, a supper club, a pop-up, or even a workshop. The main objective is to promote Portuguese artists and brands, preferably sustainable ones. I need to identify with the projects. It’s interesting to watch the synergies that the concept store brings us.
We sell ceramics, organic artisan liqueurs, handmade lamps made with reused materials, organic infusions, teas, olive oil, clothing, candles, and so on.
Without a doubt, the photographs shot by Luís Ferreira Alves. They are spread around the building and tell a little bit of the story of the renovation process.
They were taken to document the work, but when I started thinking about the decoration, I realised it made full sense to use them in the design of the building’s interior.
The perfect day in Porto is to leave the house unrushed and cycle 500 metres to the riverfront. Then I would keep cycling down the waterfront and go to Serralves to see some art. Finally, I’d have lunch in downtown Porto and finish the day with a drink at Ibar.
I don’t know if it’s my favourite hotel in the world, but the first one that came to mind was a palafito when I visited Chile. Patio Palafito inspired me a lot. It was a unique experience to sleep right on the sea, with the constant earthquakes that are so characteristic of that part of the world. It’s fantastic. It’s also a renovation that fully respects its heritage, and even though it’s very simple, it’s so comfortable.
The small but mighty street Rua de Belmonte holds some hidden treasures, such as the Escovaria de Belomonte - this family shop specialising in artisan brushes is one of the oldest businesses in the city and perhaps in the Iberian Peninsula. The street houses some of the best examples of traditional 17th and 18th-century architecture of downtown Porto.
Right behind B28 Apartments you will find the charming steps of Escadas da Vitória, which lead you to a viewpoint with breathtaking views over some of Porto’s most famous buildings and the Douro River.
Some of our favourite restaurants, as well as some of Porto’s most iconic sites and the Douro River, are just a short walk away.
For post-dinner action, head to the nearby Rua da Galeria de Paris (900m), where bars and partygoers fill the streets until the early hours.
Read on to discover 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.
B28 Apartments is a collection of seven beautiful and spacious boutique apartments tucked away on a lovely street in the historic centre of Porto.
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) – 20km
Lisbon (LIS) – 309km
Faro (FAO) – 552km
São Bento Train Station is a 10-minute walk from the hotel.
© Photos by JO&SO and courtesy of B28 Apartments. Portrait photo of Alida Jamal by Mariana Sabido.
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