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Why Sandra Sousa chose União de Freguesias do Centro
Located in a very quiet area with traditional commerce, bakeries, restaurants, supermarket, pharmacy, hospital, post office, bank and ATM within 50 meters. Just 500 m from the "Casa da Música" (House of Music). Private parking space included.
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Spacious accommodations in a convenient area
Very clean and comfortable apartment with a great view of the city. The kitchen is well stocked and there is a good grocery store within a short walking distance. Sandra was very efficient and her husband got up at 6am to check us out to catch an early flight! we enjoyed our stay very much as we had a car and were able to park and leave the car while we toured the city. Easy drive from the main highways in and out of Porto.
My husband and I loved this apartment. Everything about it was comfortable, well maintained, and updated. We liked staying out of the tourist center and being in an area where people actually lived. The old town and the tourist areas were a short metro ride away. A good grocery store was nearby, as were bakeries and cafes. We also loved the beautiful terrace with a view over the city. If we ever find ourselves in Porto again, I would want to stay here.
Excellent place to stay
Well appointed - even a selection of tapas and a small bottle of port on arrival. Location was great - close to metro station and easy walking into the historic centre.
Beautifully presented and spacious apartment. Superb terrace. Well equipped and with owner who cares
Myself and an old work colleague like to visit mainland Europe together, usually when my wife is visiting relatives in the Philippines. This is our second visit to this apartment and we really like it. Both times it was immaculately presented, and has all the equipment you need for a nice stay in Porto. It is in a nice modern well-kept block and has elevators, so you get the high views from the terrace without having to lug your stuff up flights of stairs. It has a very good sized double bedroom with lots of wardrobe space, and a convertible sofa bed in the lounge. The kitchen is very well equipped with Bosch appliances including the washing machine. Also, there is a dishwasher. Also a lovely bathroom. The apartment is situated in a nice residential area. The Metro (tram) station is not far away and Sandra will give you all the information on how to use it. Once you know how, you can go almost anywhere on it. We actually also used it to go from the airport to the apartment, although we got a taxi when leaving because it was quite early (I think 16 Euro, but maybe a bit more in traffic).
As far as Porto is concerned, it is very unique and special. Although it was our second visit we were still enthralled by it. There are so many places to visit you never get bored. You can walk on top of the Dom Luís I Bridge and have great views of the old town and the river. There are lots of bar/restaurants by the river where you can relax and watch the world go by.
Sandra the owner is very nice, as are the Porto people in general. We hope to visit again in the not-too-distant future.
It was a lovely, large apartment very nicely appointed. Sandra was helpful, kind and very responsive. We enjoyed staying 4 nights at this property.
Lovely, comfortable flat with a view
The Musical View apartment was just perfect for us. The rooms are bright, airy, spotless, and spacious, the kitchen is well equipped with quality appliances and dishware, the shower has great water pressure, and the bed is very very comfortable. And then there’s the balcony: a gigantic, sunny space with granite floor and railing and a view to the ocean (and of course the Casa da Musica, for which the flat is named.)
Our host, Sandra Sousa, sent a very complete guide to Porto when we booked, and followed that up with her personal directions to various places on a map of the city when we checked in. Her suggestions were very useful, especially her recommendation that we seek out the new Mercado Bom Sucesso a few blocks away. This became our favorite place to eat, grazing among delectable seafoods, pastry, risotto, sushi, fine wines and so much more. We also took her advice to use the Porto Metro using the stop around the corner, and that helped us reach spots downtown quickly and efficiently.
Sandra provided us with a welcoming selection of local treats, including pastels de nata, juice, fresh fruit, and a small bottle of port wine which was a gracious touch. Sandra was also helpful when we had language difficulties trying to book our full day Douro River cruise, contacting the tour company so we could make our payment in a timely and secure way.
We can’t thank Sandra enough for her gracious hospitality and for making Musical View such a welcoming place for travelers. We’ve traveled extensively and choose to rent villas and flats wherever we go. The quality of this flat puts it near the top of our “best” list.
Airport via the E subway line, get off at “Casa da Música” station (22 minutes). Here, then walk towards Rua Dom António Barroso. Turn right and soon after, at Rua Oliveira Monteiro, turn left. Over 70 meters and reached the apartment entrance at number 637.
Guided tours on Oporto (http://www.oportoinsidetours.pt/en/index.html)
“Casa da Música” (House of Music) with excellent performances throughout the year (http://www.casadamusica.com); Porto's historic center classified as Cultural Heritage of Humanity - numerous monuments highlighting the Clérigos Tower and Don Luiz Bridge at Ribeira; Port Wine Cellars (http://www.cavesvinhodoporto.com); The Serralves Museum’s with a representative collection of Portuguese and international contemporary art and amazing gardens (http://www.serralves.pt/en/); Also enjoy the Sightseeing tours at Douro River, Oporto Streets and other many interesting places to visit (http://www.portoturismo.pt/Visitar/Paginas/Default.aspx).