The Menina Colina Guesthouse: an example of Porto

It’s your choice how to be guest in our house. The simplest way is just to sleep here.

And with this only you have the experience of a sample of Porto in architecture, tradition and history from the entrance up to the rooms.

The café is open all day. Start the day by having breakfast here and continue reading books, magazines, newspaper or enjoying games. From here you have access to the garden directly.

You can spend the afternoon reading on the balcony or to meet other guests in the garden. Our historic rooms equipped with modern furniture offer the opportunity to spread your papers on the table or to rest in an armchair with a glass of wine.

The garden offers free areas and others with opulent plants, at the edge are marvelous old camellias. Enjoy the view from the benches, tables and sun loungers.


Every Room is Different.

Each of our 9 rooms is individual, but for all applies: convenient beds, adapted modern furniture, free Wlan, Lan and TV are bidding to dwell in the room. Colours are following the type of good Portuguese town houses. Together with the building history and modernity is connected. Cause of monument protection we don’t have a lift. For special requirements like tube instead of shower, extra bed or others please call us.

Superior Garden View

Double room, 28 to 34m², with private bathroom and double bed (1.60m or 1.80m wide). Possibility to request by phone or e-mail two single beds instead of one double bed, according to availability. Balcony overlooking the garden, located on the 1st floor. Heating. The house does not have an elevator.

Deluxe Garden View

Double bedroom, 32 to 34 m², with private bathroom and double bed (1.60m wide). Balcony with garden view, located on the 2nd floor. Heating and air conditioning. One of the bedrooms has a fully equipped kitchen, which can be requested, according to availability.  The house does not have an elevator.


The apartment with city view has 50m². One bedroom with double bed (width 1,60m), living room with 2-person bed sofa, bathroom with shower, fully equipped kitchen. Heating, AC.

Classic Room

Double room, 27 to 31m², sofa for 3rd person, with bathroom and double bed (width 1,60m or 1,80m). located in 2nd or 3rd floor. Two single beds in place of double bed on request by email or phone corresponding to availability. Heating, AC.

Small Double Room

Double room, 17 to 20m², with private bathroom and double bed (1.40m wide). Located on 2nd or 3rd floor. Heating, air conditioning. The house does not have an elevator.


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If you have any questions, please call or email us. You can also book directly here.

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You reach us quickly and you are close to the centre.

Our house is located between city centre, old town and the galleries around Rua Miguel Bombarda.

Our address

Menina Colina
Rua Dr. Alberto Aires de Gouveia N°15-19
4050-023 Porto
GPS 41.146399, -8.620473


+351 966 311 994

Reception is normally open from 8:30 AM to 18:30 PM.

How to reach us


40 min by bus line 601 and 602 stop directly at the house (station “Hospital Santo Antonio”, twice per hour, 2,50 € to be paid directly at the bus driver)

Taxi ca. 25€

Railway station São Bento

15 min. by foot from the station

Alternatively, walk about 5 minutes to Filipa de Lencastre Square and take one of these buses to the Hospital Santo António stop: 200, 201, 207, 208, 302, 501.


We recommend the following park, with 24H/day access, located 500 meters from the guesthouse:

Carregal Park
Rua Professor Jaime Rios de Sousa, 61, Porto (entrance 1)
Rua Miguel Bombarda, 295, Porto (entrance 2)

The 24-hour ticket costs €15. Payment must be made directly at the park.

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The history of our house began more than 170 years ago.

The history of the house dates back to the mid-nineteenth century, when the city began to expand due to the beginning of industrialization. At that time the hospital San Antonio, which is located in front of the hotel, was built. Palácio das Carrancas (Palace) was also located nearby. A wealthy family was living there and had their production until the royal family acquired the building in 1861. They lived in this palace during their trips to the northern part of Portugal. Since 1940 until now, the Museu National Soares Reis is located in this palace.

Rua Dr. Alberto Aires de Gouveia street in the middle of the 20th century. Menina Colina Guesthouse is almost visible behind the tree on the right-hand side.

The first owner of the house was José Joaquim Correia who built it for his family. At that time the name of the street was Rua das Carrrancas and later Rua da Liberdade. The current name, Dr. Alberto Aires de Gouveia Street was much later named after a well-known Porto painter. The outer appearance of the building was rather classic whereas in the interior many decorative elements of this epoch were found and could have been preserved. José Joaquim Correia lived there with his parents and brothers and sisters until the end of the 19th century. At that time the house was inherited by Costa Fontes and his family, who made some changes and improvements to the building, for example building a balcony in the music room at the front of the building and inserted the initials of the new owner’s name on the middle door glass. Many of the ceiling stuccos and paintings were added at that time. He also built a small chapel on the top floor.

The historical music-room before restoration. Even with a long period in which the house was not inhabited, we took care of restoring the old substance with traditional technics.
The entire staircase is painted marble.
Ornaments all over the place.

The last inhabitant left the house in the middle of the eighties of the last century. For more than 30 years this building with his extraordinary example for Portuguese arts remained closed until we decided to renovate this hidden secret and open it for the public. In 2017 we began the renovation. We inserted modern elements almost without changing the old building substance. Within many months of restoration, stucco, doors and other decorative elements were carefully cleaned, consolidated and refreshed.
Now all our guests can experience, fill with life and admire this unique house.

The old garden is another highlight of the property. It has centenary camellia, which only blossom in winter and are one of the emblematic trees of Porto. They are also called Japoneiras in Portugal.
It was possible to restore the skylight in it's original form.
Previously the dinner-room. The typical portugues painting of wooden-texture was preserved and completed.