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Full description

Experience Porto from a unique, groundbreaking concept and design-led lodge that thinks outside the box...while you sleep cosily inside it!

Trust won't have stayed anywhere like ZERO Box Lodge before.

A perfect base for exploring the thriving coastal city of Porto, the hotel is a shrine to Portuguese art and culture, with bedrooms that are simple, windowless, industrial-style wooden boxes.

(Yes, you read that right!)

With no distracting TV and no windows, you're all but guaranteed a sound night's sleep - which you'll need, if you're going to experience the city to its fullest!

You'll find your air-conditioned box equipped with a comfy linen-dressed bed, plump pillows, and a private bathroom stocked with towels and toiletries.  

Sleep in for as long as you like; with breakfast served from 7am until 7pm, in the laid-back, O Carniceiro restaurant with long, sociable tables or in shiny City Club restaurant, as you listen to a contemporary Portuguese soundtrack.

Move onto signature cocktails later on, at the Big Bad Bank Bar - an old safe box imaginatively transformed into a funky hangout space; carpeted from floor to ceiling with Portuguese files and motifs, and filled with millons of dollar bills!

If you're more of a culture vulture, no problem! There's a bespoke cinema room to relax in, while the hotel's one-author Bookstop pays tribute to the famed Portuguese author Gonçalo M. Tavares.  Here you'll find with shelves filled with his books, translated into over 30 different languages.

Unwind in the hotel sauna, exclusive to guests, or if you're in the mood for unforgettable views, the Watertank is a rooftop pool area that promises some of the very best.

ZERO Box Lodge is also home to a Free Room - an inventive concept in which you can sleep for a fully-glazed box that allows people to see inside (this one is definitely not for the shy!)

With so much art, culture and originality all around, you'll be tempted to stay put. Yet with your location so temptingly central to everything Porto has to offer, it'd be rude not to dive straight in.

Shopaholics are in luck, with the city's famed, bustling Mercado do Bolhão a mere stone's throw from the hotel. Medieval Ribeira, with its cobbled streets and artisan shops, is less than a mile away.

There are plenty of restaurants and cafés within easy walking distance, while a visit to the banks of the sparkling Douro river (where you can sample a glass of port in its authentic setting) simply mustn't be missed.

With warm, friendly staff on hand twenty-four hours a day who make you feel special from the moment you check in (with a tailor-made beer for each guest), an irresistibly cosy box to sleep in, and unique Portuguese art and culture to sample in every direction, who could possibly ask for more?

Things to note

Rooms are a box concept - no windows, no TV, no minibar. No pets are permitted to stay. No smoking. Children are welcome to stay but there is no space for extra beds in the boxes.  

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The basics

The basics

Region: Porto, North Portugal
Cost (from): £43 per night
Sleeps: 2 per box
Bedrooms: 1 bed per box
Bathrooms: 1 per box
Minimum stay: 1 night
Property ref: 1031

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Boxes sleep 2, double bed, bedding & towels provided, private ensuite bathroom, shower, hairdryer, bathroom amenities, bedside table & lamps, air-conditioning.
Outside your box: 24hr reception, Wi-Fi, restaurant, bar, sun terrace, water tanks, sauna, cinema, bookstop.

Local activities

Museums, boat tours, wine tours, port tasting, towers, palaces, galleries, shopping, markets, aquarium.

At a glance

At a glance

  • Quirky, innovative and friendly hotel that features bedrooms as windowless, TV-less boxes. Perfectly located in the heart of Porto.
  • Fly to Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport, around ten miles from the hotel.
  • Your box includes Wi-Fi, a cosy bed, and private bathroom facilities. Towels and toiletries are provided, and reception is manned 24 hours a day.
  • Pets are not permitted. Please note that while children are welcome, there is no space for extra beds inside the boxes.
  • The hotel is home to a bar and restaurant, along with a bookstop, cinema room, sauna and rooftop pool area.
  • If you're feeling brave, you can sleep in the Free Room at no cost - a glass box that allows others to see inside!
  • Temptingly close to Porto's shopping and sightseeing hotspots, with plenty of bars and restaurants nearby.

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