Araújo & Sobrinho Stationery
A hotel that was inspired by the oldest stationery shop in Europe – Papelaria Araújo & Sobrinho – and that takes us on a journey through time.
The history of Araújo & Sobrinho is clearly and strikingly alive throughout the entire building of Porto AS 1829 Hotel.
Papelaria Araújo & Sobrinho is one of the oldest stationery shop in Europe, being managed by the same family for five generations. Currently, it is located within the Porto AS 1829 Hotel.
Araújo & Sobrinho was founded by Manuel Francisco de Araújo in 1829 and began operating as a paper warehouse, the former “Armazém de Papel ao Murinho de S. Domingos” [Paper Warehouse near S. Domingos Wall], but quickly grew expanding its operations to include its own typography, binding and carpentry workshops.
Each floor takes us on a journey through time, the same journey started by the family almost 200 years ago, which, having started out by selling paper imported from England, quickly expanded and started offering typography, bookbinding and carpentry services. This evolution, which culminates in the achievement of exclusive representations of major international brands (specifically typewriters and other office equipment), is presented to those visiting the Hotel with a collection of furniture and objects belonging to the stationery shop collection, now dignified, enhanced and eternalised in this beautiful themed hotel.
Take a trip down the 20th century, from the first to the fourth floor, where one finds the private wings of the Hotel, which include the rooms. On each floor, one lives and experiences the different periods of the shop, through the Araújo & Sobrinho collection (furniture, paintings, various pieces):
FLOOR 0 – Santa Catarina Das Flores and Art
FLOOR 1 – The Stationery Shop and the City of Porto [1829 to 1920]
FLOOR 2 – Typography, Carpentry, Pen Repair Services and Advertising [1920 to 1935]
FLOOR 3 – Typewriters and the Eversharp Pen War [1935 to 1945]
FLOOR 4 – The Stationery Shop and the Carnation Revolution [1950 to 1974]
Walking on the streets of Porto is like returning to the past, while keeping the present alive.
Sophia de Mello Breyner
Activities – Please contact the reception for information on local tourist activities and reservations.
Adapters and transformers – Please contact the Reception whetever necessary.
Air conditioning – The remote control in your room allows you to select the temperature. In order to allow the air conditioner to work, keep the windows closed. In case of any doubt, please contact the reception.
Airport transfer – It is necessary to book in advance, at an extra cost. Please contact reception for more information.
Amenities – bathroom – Shampoo, moisturizing milk, conditioner, shower gel, soap, shower cap, make-up remover pads, shoe cleaning sponge.
Amenities – office – At your disposal: pencil, paper sheets and an envelop in the room.
Amenities – on request – Whenever you need, we have at your disposal: dental kit, sewing kit, shaving kit, cotton swabs. Contact reception.
Animals – No animals are allowed in the hotel except for guide dogs accompanying visually impaired guests.
Araújo & Sobrinho – theme on which the hotel is inspired. Throughout the hotel, the history of Araújo & Sobrinho is clearly present throughout the Porto A.S. 1829 Hotel. Find out more about our history on our blog.
Audiovisual material – For using any of the audiovisual equipment available, please contact the reception.