Porto in Portugal is where I choose to spend my 29th birthday, and it is not short of places to stay – from hostels to hotels, you’ve got lots of options. One thing you will notice, however is that apartment rental is hot here. With the introduction of air BnB to the World, you can often stay in the home of a local, cheaply and be able to feel part of the community there.
I’ve stayed in an air BnB place twice already – in New York and in Mells, Somerset, both were different, yet incredible places to stay. Staying in an apartment gives you much more freedom, and strips the corporate and touristic feel of hotels.
This time round, I rented out an apartment in Clérigos, about a 15-minute walk from the waterfront. It had a bus stop right outside from the airport, and was easy to find.
In total for 3 people, it cost £46 each, for two nights – you wouldn’t get a hotel for that.
I was met by a friend of the owner, at lunchtime, was given a short tour, and instructions with what to do with the keys when we checked out.
The place was incredible. Spacious and tastefully decorated, and I was given a bottle of Champagne to celebrate my birthday with, I was pleasantly surprised.
The apartment was furnished with all the essentials; a well-equipped kitchen, which we used to make lunch on one day. A double bed and two single beds, a comfy living area, and a modern bathroom.
During our time there, we only had one little glitch – the bathroom door handle broke, and we had to return to the apartment, to meet with the brother of the owner, who did not speak one word of English, so we used google translate, and he had the door fixed in 5 minutes. Apart from this, our stay was faultless.
Here are some pictures from our place
If you would like to stay at an air BnB apartment in Porto, here is £16 off your first trip.