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Armazém Luxury Housing

Armazém Luxury Housing is a 19th-century iron warehouse lovingly converted into a boutique hotel in the heart of Porto.

A 19th-century iron warehouse lovingly converted into a boutique hotel in the heart of Porto.

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Lovely View
Historical Centre
Historical Centre
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Yoga
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Serviced Apartments

Armazém Luxury Housing is set in an old iron warehouse from the 19th century offering both industrial warehouse vibes and cosiness, without compromising on either.

The striking building has kept the stone walls and iron from its original life as a warehouse, with the use of concrete and wood being introduced during its restoration.

There are nine-bedrooms and three-apartments, all individually decorated with a mix of bespoke-designed furniture by the hotel’s architect, Luis Sobral, in addition to the many exquisite pieces found in local stores. Some objects that belonged to the old warehouse, have been given a new lease of life – such as the beautiful huge safe that now sits proudly as a bar in the communal living room.

Awesomeness

Style and substance.

Excellent restaurants as well as some of Porto’s most iconic sites are a stone’s throw away.

The staff are exceptional.

A generous and delicious breakfast.

We loved our yoga class.

Some rooms overlook the charming square, great for people-watching.

Bear in Mind

There is a lack of natural light in the hotel due to how the centre of the Porto was built in the past, and the fact this was a warehouse – which is of course at the heart of what gives the hotel its charm.

The nearby stylish apartments are not suitable for people with reduced mobility, so if that’s an issue we recommend the hotel rooms instead.

To get into the hotel you have to ring the bell and wait for the concierge.

Armazém Luxury Housing is set in an old iron warehouse from the 19th century offering both industrial warehouse vibes and cosiness, without compromising on either.

The striking building has kept the stone walls and iron from its original life as a warehouse, with the use of concrete and wood being introduced during its restoration.

There are nine-bedrooms and three-apartments, all individually decorated with a mix of bespoke-designed furniture by the hotel’s architect, Luis Sobral, in addition to the many exquisite pieces found in local stores. Some objects that belonged to the old warehouse, have been given a new lease of life – such as the beautiful huge safe that now sits proudly as a bar in the communal living room.

Armazém Luxury Housing is a 19th-century iron warehouse lovingly converted into a boutique hotel in the heart of Porto.Armazém Luxury HousingArmazém Luxury Housing
Interview

A Conversation with Fernanda Gramaxo about Armazém Luxury Housing

A Conversation with Fernanda Gramaxo about Armazém Luxury Housing
“I wanted to create a magical place, different from others already open in the city.”
– FERNANDA, OWNER

You have been a nursery school teacher for many years. How did the idea of starting a hotel come about?

The idea was to create the same magical ambience that I had with the children, but this time with adults. I wanted a magical place, different from others already open in the city.

Did you always know that you wanted the hotel to be based in this neighbourhood?

Yes. The historic part reminds me of my childhood. When I was a child I used to come to this street with my grandmother. We used to visit antique shops. The smells, the colours, the narrow streets have always been etched in my mind. Also, I think this is the best area to explore the “real” Porto, as everything is within walking distance.

“The historic part of Porto reminds me of my childhood.”
– FERNANDA, OWNER

How did you find this building and what drew you to it?

I knew that I wanted a building in this area and after a lot of research, I found this striking ruin that was once an iron warehouse from the 19th century. I immediately felt the desire to bring some 'light' to the space. It needed it to come alive again.

There are two images side by side. The photo on left shows a building in ruins, photo on the right shows the renovated building
The hotel's facade, before and after the renovation works.
The ruin inside.

How do you describe the architecture and interior?

Armazém (which translates to Warehouse) is a daring project. It tells you a story. We kept the original stone walls and the ironwork and we introduced the concrete and wood that contrasts with the delicacy of the fabrics. The majority of the furniture was designed by our architect Luís Sobral and we also found many unique pieces in local stores. We restored some items that were already here like the safe that became our bar.

This stunning antique safe has been given a new lease of life as a bar.

What inspires you?

The inspiration came with the features of the building. The challenge was to create a cosy ambience with its own soul in a luxury industrial context.

What part of running a hotel do you most enjoy?

Receiving and getting to know the guests.

What distinguishes you from other places to stay in Porto?

We are a private hotel. To enter the door, you must ring the bell. The guests feel at home but with a high-quality service. We tell a story which makes us unique.

What’s your favourite object in the hotel?

The letters AMOR [which translates to LOVE], because of its meaning. Everything we do is with love and passion. These letters belonged to the factory MABOR, we removed the B and changed the order of the letters.

AMOR – 'Love'“. These letters used to belong to tyre factory MABOR.

What are the things to do or see in Porto that a first time visitor shouldn’t miss?

A tram tour through the Douro River promenade until Foz, feel the magic of Livraria Lello and have a cup of tea at Café Majestic.

Describe your perfect day off in Porto.

My perfect day off involves starting the day jogging in Afurada's promenade and enjoying the amazing view to Porto. Afterwards I'd likely have brunch with my daughters at Foz. During the afternoon I'd visit the latest art show at Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art. I would then end the day having dinner at Casa de Chá da Boa Nova. They have the best vegetarian degustation menu.

For Fernanda the perfect day off in Porto involves a visit to Porto’s famous Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art.

Thank you very much for this interview Fernanda.

Thank you too!

Local Tips

Armazém Luxury Housing is located right in the historic centre of the city.

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Armazém Luxury Housing
Largo São Domingos 74
4050-545 Porto
Portugal

Location

Armazém Luxury Housing is a boutique hotel located in the historic centre of Porto.

By Air

The closest airport is Porto Francisco Sá Carneiro airport. From there you can take a taxi, metro, bus or hire a car. The hotel can arrange a transfer.

Porto (OPO) – 21km
Lisbon (LIS) – 308km
Faro (FAO) – 554km

By Train

São Bento Train Station is a 5-minute walk from the hotel.

© Photos by JO&SO and courtesy of Armazém Luxury Housing.

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