A new hospitality concept was born in the heart of Vila Nova de Gaia, right above a historic wine cellar. Sandeman, a brand of Port wines founded in 1790, offered their office building on the banks of Duoro River to open a new type of accommodation in collaboration with the Independente Collective. The group is responsible for bringing like-minded travelers together in unique and authentically Portuguese properties.
The Independente Collective has wholly transformed the 200-year-old building during its four-year-long renovation process. They've torn down fake walls to find the original architectural elements and showcase the property's aged beauty. The restoration was even more complicated because of the hotel & hostel concept the owners have envisioned. A core part was also to keep an intimate atmosphere, so they limited the number of beds to 43. What's more, they wanted to combine four-star hotel qualities with the cozy communal features of hostels.
And that's not all. Thus far, there were no branded hostels in the world. However, the cooperation with the Port wine producer meant that it would become the world's first branded hostel. So, finally, in 2018, The House of Sandeman was opened.
The House of Sandeman prides itself on exceptional informal service. Behind the strong concept, there is the vital layer of human interaction. The staff is friendly, down-to-earth, and knowledgeable. They know the city well and can share insider information, showing you a different side of the town.