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Location advantage and Neighborhood
The location of the hostel is very convenient as you will sleep near the city center of Porto. Located in a UNESCO World Heritage Area, the Tattva Design Hostel is just a 5 minutes walk away from the main train station in Porto and the metro station. The famous Dom Luís I Bridge and the Porto Cathedral are right around the corner. From the cathedral and the bridge you have a great view all over the beautiful city of Porto, so pack your camera. In case you fancy some party out, or simply want to go out for a drink, you can walk just about 10 minutes to the main area of bars and clubs, and mingling with the locals.
How to get there:
It is very easy and convenient to get to this Design Hostel whether you are arriving at the Airport of Porto, or with the train. When arriving at the Airport of Porto, just take the Metro in direction to Estadio Dragao until the metro station Trinidad. Here you need to change to the yellow metro line in direction to Santo Ovídio. Get out at the metro station „São Bento“. Leaving the metro station, you will face the main train station of Porto. Walk-pass the main train station to the right until you reach a small square. Just turn left and on the right hand-side you will see the hostel
Full Address: 📍
CATS Porto Hoste,
R. do Cativo 26-28, 4000-160 Porto, Portugal
All room types at CATS Porto Hoste 🛌🏾
Private Room Types available: Double Room, Twin Room, Family Room, Private 6 bed dorm, Private 8 bed dorm, Private 10 bed dorm.
A great amount of motivation, passion and heart went into creating CATS Porto Hoste out of a the 4 floors historic building. Tattva’s (as we call it for short) design and decoration, the numerous facilities and services are all made with attention to detail so that you as a traveler can get the most out of your journeys.
Tattva Design Hostel is a family-managed hostel, located in an old warehouse building right in the heart of Porto. When the owners decided to start a hostel, two of those for Porto typically narrow buildings became one.
Let’s get a coffee at the hostel bar, put on your slippers and walk around.
Who stays here?
This hostel is very popular for Asian travelers, especially Korean travelers. You will find here big groups of Korean travelers, mixed with a few American and British travelers.
A lot of backpackers who like to stay in style come here. The pub crawl is also a popular activity for the crowd.
For couples and female solo travelers we recommend The Passenger Hostel.
1. Eco-Friendly, Sustainable, and Vegetarian-Friendly
As we mentioned, the hostel is all about the details.
Even when it comes to the staff, Eco-friendly installations, and charity, the team tries to make the most of it and take the extra effort.
The leftovers from the hostel‘s own restaurant are donated to the city’s homeless population, and the hostel joined a community project to bring local people and businesses together, to develop the neighborhood.
In order to get the locals engaged with the hostel and their travelers, the restaurant is also open to every local.
You do not have to stay here to enjoy the 3 daily menus:
1 meat option
This hostel in Porto is managed by locals and a local team.
It is simple logic that they put extra effort into Eco-friendly installations.
The place comes from the heart, and as the owners are Hindu and vegetarian, you will never find any beef, or veal in the hostel.
However, the guests are free to buy and cook any meal they want in the big, well-equipped guest kitchen.
The restaurant features a different menu every day offering 1 vegetarian meal, 1 meal with fish, and 1 with meat (no beef though).
This way all kinds of travelers can get a delicious, homemade food at the restaurant for a great price.
And hey, if you are vegan, please get in contact with the team.
They will be happy to find a vegan alternative for you!
Especially since the opening of its own restaurant and bar, recycling has played a very important role. An external company picks up the trash to recycle, and throughout the hostel every single person in the hostel can easily participate and help with the recycling.
In a sunny destination like Porto, you might think solar panels are standard, but unfortunately, they are not.
Therefore, it is even more impressive to see they are going the extra mile.
Whenever you take a shower at Tattva, the water’s heat derives from the sun.
The solar panels generate enough electricity to heat all the water throughout the hostel while the rest of solar energy is used for the lighting system and more.
Last but not least the hostel only uses LED lighting systems.
2. Clean and Simple Design – 5 Elements Design
Let’s talk about the design, obviously a very important part of Tattva Design Hostel.
The word Tattva is sanskrit meaning the 5 elements.
The goal of Tattva Hostel was to create a comfortable communal feeling within a clean and simply designed hostel including the 5 elements:
And the results speak for themselves. It is now home to many travelers from around the world visiting Porto.
Although you might think, the 5 elements theme might seek attention, the Tattva Design Hostel in cooperation with the design company Mundano managed to keep the hostels interior design clean.
Each floor of the building features one element: the 1st floor shows the earth and is all in green while the 2nd floor symbolizes the Air in orange.
The third floor is home to the red fire, and the last floor including the book exchange lounge is water in blue.
You can experience the fifth element live and in person on the terrace: The sky!
When you will walk into your dorm, you’ll notice that beside the well-designed bunk beds and its own huge lockers underneath them, one curtain of one bunk bed is different.
Why is that?
In every room, one curtain is originally from Goa, India.
And the color always depends on the featured element of the floor.
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