Menina Colina: The New Porto Guesthouse ♦ More than three decades passed without the doors of the 17th Street of Dr Alberto Aires de Gouveia Street, now called Girl Hill, open. During these years, they hid a story that dates back to the mid-nineteenth century, when José Joaquim Correia, the first owner of this house, built it for his family. The touch of modernity has been achieved through the use of technology, enhanced decoration and a built-in floor heating system. Secrets From Portugal brings you all about Menina Colina, an amazing ancient building in the wonderful city of Porto.
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Everything began to change in 2017, when four Germans, who fell in love with the city, decided to join forces to renovate the building and make it accessible to the public. One of them, Guy Lehmann, tells us that during the entire rehabilitation process they took into account the original house layout, which was preserved. From those times, they also kept their high ceilings, the fake marble that runs through every floor, the doors, the stucco, the walls, and the colours. The touch of modernity has been achieved through the use of technology, enhanced decoration and a built-in floor heating system.
Today there are nine suites – all with unique features, they say -, six of them overlooking the garden, where beautiful century-old Japanese women live. The old music room, which can be reserved for events (as well as the garden), and the skylight, which mainly illuminates the third floor – more modest as it was once the employee zone – are other elements. of the building, says Maria Vítor Mota, the manager.
Once inside, you will be able to forget about the confusion of the city, thanks to the excellent isolation that allows you to live moments of tranquillity. But if for now, you need to be installed (from 90 €) to enjoy the public spaces, soon you can come here for a coffee or a light meal. Until then, those interested in visiting the house can make an appointment to meet it, or simply show up. If available, someone will take you on a guided tour and answer your questions.
The Menina Colina Guesthouse: an example of Porto