Casa do Conto: the phoenix of designer hotels
Contacto: +351 22 206 0340
Dirección: Rua da Boavista, 703 (Oporto · Portugal)
Casa do Conto was our home in Oporto for four days. A charming designer residence in a XIX century bourgeois house in the Cedofeita neighbourhood (a re-emerging area in the heart of the city centre) which has been spectacularly restored.
Its history is worthy of a tale, as this magnificent property remerged after a tragic fire in March 2009, to give birth to a very original and innovative Project which stands out because of its solemn vertical architecture characteristic of the XIX century Oporto style and due to the inscriptions on the raw cement of the stairs and the ceilings of its six exclusive rooms as if they were scars of its life. A kind of “fossil architecture” which works as a narrator and like a memory of the past and desire for the future. It’s a collective proposal by architects Pedra Liquida – awarded the 2011 SEGD Design Awards, and the Golden Award of European Design Awards, in the category “Signs & Displays“-, which has been graphically devised by the creators at R2 Design, and whose messages have been written by authors who belong to the world of literature and architecture like Filipa Leal, Alvaro Domingues, Jorge Figueira, André Tavares, Pedro Bandeira and Nuno Grande.
As you can see from the photos, Casa do Conto is counting on an innovative hotel concept – arts & residence -, offering a personalized residence style directed at guests who are looking to live a complete experience for the senses as well as design. And, apart from combining design and Avant guarde materials with a fantastic façade of its original era, it also offers an excellent service, six impressive rooms, which are perfectly decorated and ideal for a rest/break, together with a breakfast of artesan and local produce, included in the price, which guests can choose to enjoy in the beautiful walled garden and/or the courtyard.
As if this weren’t enough, Casa do Conto has communal areas like the reception area, a living room, a library and the dining room which are on the ground floor and first floor and which are lit by a large central skylight. All these areas are equipped with designer pieces and furniture of the era, which you’ll want to take home hahaha. And on its Rua de Boavisa number 703 door you can read “Foi 513” (it used to be number 513), a painted tile invoques the overlap of various stories of the building, which is a National Heritage Property.
Additionally, Casa do Conto also invoques a great variety of cultural events like the release of books and showing of art exhibition in collaboration with different creators, curators; groups and the city’s cultural institutions. This implies a “constant flow of events” throughout the year.
All that is left to say is that I highly recommend this experience to be lived in person. It’s definitely not a sponsored post or anything like it, just a sincere recommendation about a hotel that has inspired us.
- Interesing facts:
Casa do Conto is a mere 4 minute walk from the Carolina Michaelis underground station and is close to many places of interest and Oporto’s most important monuments, like the old part of the city, Miguel Bombarda, full of galleries, shops and very interesting restaurants and which is the coolest street in the city. Also included are the Casa da Música, the cathedral and the tower of the Clergies.
(*) Photos: Casa do Conto