Mercador
Guest House

Boutique Guesthouse in Porto
From €78 per night
10% OFF MIN. 2 NIGHTS

10% OFF MIN. 2 NIGHTS
B&B Mercador Guesthouse in Porto Staircases - JO&SO
B&B Mercador Guesthouse in Porto Bedroom - JO&SO
B&B Mercador Guesthouse in Porto Bedroom - JO&SO
B&B Mercador Guesthouse in Porto Bedroom - JO&SO
B&B Mercador Guesthouse in Porto Bedroom - JO&SO
B&B Mercador Guesthouse in Porto Bedroom - JO&SO
B&B Mercador Guesthouse in Porto Bedroom - JO&SO
B&B Mercador Guesthouse in Porto - JO&SO
B&B Mercador Guesthouse in Porto Bedroom - JO&SO
B&B Mercador Guesthouse in Porto Bedroom - JO&SO
B&B Mercador Guesthouse in Porto Bedroom - JO&SO

7 unique colonial themed rooms occupy this beautifully restored 19th century townhouse.

Mercador is a boutique guesthouse located in Miguel Bombarda, Porto’s artiest neighbourhood with various art galleries, trendy shops, restaurants, bookshops, record shops and cafes.

The guesthouse occupies a perfectly restored 19th century building with period décor and furnishings. All of the 7 rooms have been individually decorated and given names from older Portuguese seaports of the colonial era. Some of the rooms have a garden view and a seating area.

The lovely communal garden feels like an oasis of calm in the middle of the city.

Awesomeness

Stylish restored house with 7 uniquely decorated rooms, inspired by the Portuguese colonial era.

Arty neighbourhood with numerous art galleries, cafés, and shops. Historic Porto is within a 10-minute walk.

Porto’s buzzing nightlife hotspot is only 900m away.

Bear in mind

Each room is unique, check the pictures when booking.

No lift or TV. Also, no fridge or coffee/tea making appliances in the room.

Some guests have complained about the lack of wardrobes in the rooms – something to bear in mind if you require a hanger.

B&B Mercador Guesthouse in Porto Bedroom - JO&SO
B&B Mercador Guesthouse in Porto Bedroom - JO&SO
B&B Mercador Guesthouse in Porto Facade - JO&SO
B&B Mercador Guesthouse in Porto Bedroom - JO&SO
B&B Mercador Guesthouse in Porto Garden - JO&SO
B&B Mercador Guesthouse in Porto Garden - JO&SO
B&B Mercador Guesthouse in Porto Garden - JO&SO
Barcos Rabelo Ribeira Porto - JO&SO

Activities:

Boat trips
Guided tours
Historical sites
Museums/galleries
Nightlife
Shopping/markets
Tuk Tuk tours
Wine tasting

Local Action

Mercador is located in Miguel Bombarda, Porto’s artiest neighbourhood with various art galleries, trendy shops, restaurants, bookshops, record shops, and cafes.

You’re within walking distance of the historical centre and all the best sights. The seaside neighbourhood of ‘Foz do Douro’ (5km) is a bit further but if you enjoy walking or cycling you’ll be in for a treat – walk by the river front until it meets the Atlantic.

Another 4km and you’ll reach ‘Matosinhos beach’ which is popular among surfers, with a few surf schools (we recommend Godzilla Surf’s Cool) and restaurants/cafes with outdoor sitting.

If you’re looking for some post-dinner action, head to the nearby Rua da Galeria de Paris (900m), where bars and party goers fill the streets until the early hours.

Foz do Douro, Porto, by JO&SO: Off the Beaten Track with Condé Nast Traveller.
Ribeira Porto - JO&SO
Ribeira Porto - JO&SO
The river fronted neighbourhood of 'Ribeira' (1.6km) is a must-do in Porto. Enjoy one of its many riverside bars and restaurants and take a '6-bridges cruise' along the River Douro.
Landscape Ribeira Porto - JO&SO
Cubo Ribeira Porto - JO&SO
Cross Dom Luís bridge and go wine tasting at one of the many lodges. From this side of the river, you have an awesome view over Ribeira.
Lello Bookstore Porto - JO&SO
Lello Bookstore Porto - JO&SO
'Livraria Lello' (850m) built in 1906, has been considered one of the world's most beautiful and iconic bookshops.
Vida Portuguesa Shop Porto - JO&SO
Vida Portuguesa Shop Porto - JO&SO
'A VIDA PORTUGUESA' - A STUNNING SHOP SELLING GENUINE PRODUCTS OF PORTUGUESE DESIGN.
Cantina 32 Restaurant Porto - JO&SO
Cantina 32 Restaurant Porto - JO&SO
'Cantina 32' (1.3km) not only looks cool but also serves delicious international and Portuguese dishes. Try Porto's typical dish 'Bacalhau à Braz', ours was perfect.
Casa da Musica Porto - JO&SO
Casa da Musica Porto - JO&SO
'Casa da Música' (1.6km) is a state of art concert hall designed by Rem Koolhaas.
Museu de Serralves Porto - JO&SO
Museu de Serralves Porto - JO&SO
'Fundação de Serralves' (4km) is a world-class contemporary museum set in a gorgeous park with interesting sculptures.
Foz Pergola Porto - JO&SO
Cafeina Restaurant Porto - JO&SO
Head to 'Foz do Douro' (5km) and chill at one of the beach bars. Nearby is 'Cafeina', a fancy restaurant in a beautiful old townhouse serving European food with a Portuguese touch. Booking is highly recommended.
Salto o Muro Restaurant Matosinhos - JO&SO
Salto o Muro Restaurant Matosinhos - JO&SO
For genuine fresh seafood head to Matosinhos (10km) which is a key seaport. Streets are packed with typical restaurants. 'Salta-Ó-Muro' is one of our favourites. They don't take bookings so get there early to avoid the queue.

We interviewed Mercador's co-founder João Oliveira.

B&B Mercador Guesthouse in Porto Founder Joãoo Oliveira - JO&SO
Palácio do Mercado in Lisbon Living Room - JO&SO

Mercador Luxury, Lisbon

The 1st venture of the owners started in the heart of Lisbon where they restored the iconic Palácio do Mercador (“Merchant’s Palace”), turning it into luxurious apartments inspired by the many famous people who once stayed here. They marked the society of their time through politics, culture and overseas trade.

Museu do Estuque Shop Porto - JO&SO

‘Loja do Museu de Estuque’

Near the guesthouse they also own a shop which sells unique objects made of stucco – an old traditional art.

B&B Mercador Guesthouse in Porto Bedroom - JO&SO

The Colonial Theme

Each room has been given the name of a place explored by the Portuguese, with decor and furnishings to match.

How did you come up with the idea to start Mercador Guesthouse?

We already had a successful venture in Lisbon, Palácio do Mercador (‘Merchant’s Palace), a building that dates back to 1565 which we also restored. We decided to create a similar guesthouse in Porto.

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

We own a shop called ’Museu do Estuque’ in the Centro Comercial Bombarda (small local mall) and we know the neighbourhood well. We also have ties to restoration and conservation – we enjoy preserving the architecture and decoration from older times and this 19th century townhouse caught our attention. It was in a really bad state but it still carried the main period characteristics. We saw it as a challenge.

How long did it take to get everything ready to open?

The restoration took around a year.

How do you describe the architecture and interior?

The architecture is in keeping with Porto traditions, such as the central staircase with the skylight above it. Every room has period decor and furnishing with very characteristic elements such as the painted ceilings, the plasterwork and boiseries.

Entering each room feels like we are travelling in time and space – we love the colonial theme concept. How accurate is the decor and what do you think the main differences would be between the colonial era and what you’ve achieved with all of the seven rooms?

Every little detail was meticulously considered. Each room has been given the name of a place explored by the Portuguese and the decoration was thought of and executed according to that same place. We used items and objects that we acquired during trips to those places; they all belong to our collection.

"Every little detail was meticulously considered."

– João Oliveira, Co-Founder
B&B Mercador Guesthouse in Porto Facade - JO&SO

Contributing to the art scene

Mercador commissioned Polish artist Tina Siuda to paint this beautiful mural outside the guesthouse.

Luis de Camões - JO&SO

Favorite Object

A bust of Luis Camões (one of the greatest Portuguese poets) which lives in the guesthouse’s office.

Is there a neighbourhood gem that tourists are not usually aware of?

Our street, Rua Miguel Bombarda, is known as the art galleries street and so there’s always a lot of special stuff going on. We wanted to contribute to the art scene so commissioned Tina Siuda, a Polish illustrator to paint the wall outside the house. We love seeing passers by taking photos of it. We’d like it to be considered a ‘jewel’ in our city in a few years time for it.

What sets your guests’ experience apart from other hotels?

Our guesthouse is different from traditional hotels because our priority is to make the guests feel at home, with all the comforts that a home provides. You can appreciate the beauty of the objects and enjoy the smell of the breakfast which hopefully will make you drool. We get a lot of compliments on our soft sheets and cozy beds.

What’s your favourite object in the guesthouse and where did you find it?

We do have a special one which is a bust sculpture of Camões (one of the greatest Portuguese poets) which lives in our office. It belongs to our shop ‘Museu de Estuque’, which we are responsible for. We like to preserve our culture and it’s yet another way to pay homage to this great poet.

You’re interior designers specialising in restoration. Was Mercador a project you had in the back of your minds for a while?

The Mercador Guesthouse project had been on our minds for 3 years before it happened. It’s something we thought about in detail as we wanted to offer our guests a memorable experience.

Did you see it as a chance of having some fun, like a blank canvas?

It was fun but it also involved a lot of work. We like being creative and always try to make work as enjoyable as possible which allows for the end result to be both something awesome and worthwhile.

What’s your favourite hotel worldwide?

One of our favourite hotels is the Bombom Resort in the Príncipe Island (São Tomé and Príncipe).

Have you visited many colonial houses abroad?

During our trips we have visited a few. We like to get to know the culture and the local traditions. It’s something we always try to fit in.

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Rua Miguel Bombarda 382
4050-378 Porto
Portugal

Location

Mercador Guesthouse is located in Porto’s Miguel Bombarda Street, site of numerous art galleries, cafés and shops.

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 guesthouse can arrange a transfer.

Porto (OPO) – 17km
Lisbon (LIS) – 307km
Faro (FAO) – 550km

By Metro

The nearest station is Trindade Station (600m).

By Train

The historical São Bento Train Station is 1.3km from the guesthouse.

By Bus

From the airport, take the bus 601 towards Cordoaria (last station). Passing the university and Praça de Gomes Teixeira you will find Carlos Alberto Square. Go towards Rua de Cedofeita and take the second left to Rua de Miguel Bombarda.

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