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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.
We had a lovely stay at this apartment. It is spacious, very clean and nicely decorated. It is very convenient to restaurants and the heart of old Porto. Just down the street is the trolly stop that connects to the beach and other attractions in the old city. The river is visible from the balcony and the apartment is a bit more sheltered from the city noise on a less traveled road. Parking is close by (we paid €78 for 3 days) as we drove a car from Lisbon.
Our host, Isabel, was warm and friendly and helped us arrange a wine tour of the Douro wine country and sailing trip with Diogo, a local guide who had incredible knowledge of the area. He picked us up and our door and drove us to the wine country and even stopped at a local bakery owned and operated by the same couple since 1940! Lunch was at an amazing winery where we bought 2 bottles of port. A beautiful sunny October day! I definitely recommend Isabel’s apartment.