FIND THE TALE

Part I

Fire and Recovery

 

Casa do Conto (House of Tales) was born in 2008, giving rise to a unique project within the Oporto’s growing hotel industry. Unfortunately a fatal fire in March 2009 interrupted this process but not the collective will to complete the project. And many were those who generously honored and supported it. The House rises now fully rehabilitated, once again seeking its exclusivity within the usual Oporto’s hotel offer, which is becoming gradually generic and impersonal.

The House

 

The project strategy is centred on the restoration of the entire building, recovering its original architectural value. This reflects the surgical nature of the design plan, adapting the new interventions to the architectural language already present in the house. The planned layout includes, as was formerly the case, an entrance hall with vertical access to every floor of the building. In the the focal point of the building, a skylight was designed to capture light from the outside, and enable visual contact with the sky. The house’s social areas (reception, lounge, library, dining room and garden) are arranged throughout floors 0 and -1, with the upper floors reserved for the private rooms. Every room is different, having been furnished with vintage furniture and other design items.

City Break

 

Today, the city is a richly varied organism, the quintessential domain of mobility. Inspired on travel and the coming together of people, Casa do Conto, a charming home with its own cultural agenda, promotes the intersection of people and ideas on an urban stage.

 

Renewed now, after 100 years of history in Oporto, the elegance of Casa do Conto is accentuated to welcome guests in an iconic cultural atmosphere. This is a project which could only have taken place within a city, a territory which drives interpersonal contact and stimulates creativity. The Casa do Conto project brings new significance to the XIX century bourgeois home in Rua da Boavista, one of the main arteries of Oporto.

 

The renovation project for the house, which is listed as being of special historical interest, has accentuated both its architectural and poetical value. The significance which these buildings can take at the renewed city, as a symbol for those who inhabit it, even if only temporarily, confers modernity to Historic Centres, and can help prevent their desertification.

Descubra-o-Conto---Touring-Cultural

Cultural Touring

 

As well as accommodation, the house is host to a number of other “tales”: themed discussions covering various issues; book and CD launches; small concerts and performances; films, shorts and documentaries projections; art exhibitions and displays; and artists’ residence. At Casa do Conto, stories can have multiple plots; it is an open space, receptive to critical ideas and suggestions.

Nearby points of interest

Taking advantage not only of the cultural offerings of the city and the central location of Casa do Conto, but also of our Cultural Touring, you can visit several centers of interest.

Casa da Música

Casa da Música

On foot: 5 min

 

Metro: 2 min (Lines A, B, C, E -> Estação Casa da Música)

Mercado do Bolhão

Mercado do Bolhão

Metro: 5 min (Lines A, B, C, E -> Estação do Bolhão)

Avenida dos Aliados

Avenida dos Aliados

On foot: 15 min

 

Metro: 5 min (Line D – Estação Aliados)

Rua de Santa Catarina

Rua de Santa Catarina

Metro: 5 min (Lines A, B, C, E -> Estação do Bolhão)

Estação de São Bento

Estação de São Bento

Metro: 7 min (Lines -> Estação de S. Bento )

Ribeira do Porto

Ribeira do Porto

Metro: 10 min (Line D -> Estação S. Bento )

Teatro Nacional S. João

Teatro Nacional S. João

Metro: 15 min (Line A, B, C, E -> Estação Bolhão | Linha D -> Estação S. Bento )

Igreja Românica de Cedofeita

Igreja Românica de Cedofeita

On foot: 1 min

Rua de Cedofeita (comércio tradicional)

Rua de Cedofeita (comércio tradicional)

On foot: 2 min

Galerias de arte

Galerias de arte

On foot: 5 min

Torre dos Clérigos

Torre dos Clérigos

On foot: 10 min

Rotunda da Boavista

Rotunda da Boavista

On foot: 4 min

Mercado do Bom Sucesso

Mercado do Bom Sucesso

On foot: 7 min

Museu de Serralves

Museu de Serralves

By car: 10 min

Foz do Douro

Foz do Douro

By car: 15 min