Destinations / July 07, 2018. By Paulo Tavares
Whether you’re looking for a luxurious boutique hotel or a family friendly apartment you’ll find your ideal base in our guide to the best places to stay in Porto. When considering where to stay in Porto you’ll need to think about how you plan to get around. Porto city centre is very walkable, but to take full advantage of this we recommend booking accommodation in an area close to key landmarks such as the Clérigos Tower, Majestic Café or Avenida dos Aliados and using that as your base to explore this wonderful city.
One of Porto’s most historic grand dames it just underwent a massive revamp. This elegant, luxury hotel benefits from an excellent central location putting you right near the Clérigos Tower and many of the city’s top attractions. Housed in a listed building, it has a long and storied history as one of Porto’s most luxurious hotels. Its interior contains a wealth of decorative features, such as exquisite ironwork, carved wood detail and magnificent stained glass panels. The surrounding neighbourhood is chock-a- block with exciting new restaurants and bars, but it’s worth enjoying at least one meal at the on-site Vogue café which offers modern European cuisine and décor that feels like its been lifted directly from the pages of the magazine.
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Guests rave about A Brasileira’s fantastic location just a 4 minute walk from Avenida dos Alidos and a stone’s throw from the São Bento train station. The hotel is divided into six floors with 90 luxurious rooms and suites. Interior designers took inspiration from the spice trade during the Portuguese Age of Exploration. From cinnamon to chocolate, tea to cocoa, and anise to pepper each floor provides a sensory immersion, which ranges from scented corridors to pictures covering the walls behind the headboards. Other highlights we love, the historic A Brasileira café, a popular spot among locals.
For one of the best places to stay in Porto, you can’t get more centrally located than the Intercontinental. The hotel stands prominently facing the Town Hall at the end of Porto’s main avenue, Avenida dos Alidos. Housed in a converted palace the hotel exudes character. Suites and rooms combine mod cons like minibars and walk in showers with old world elegance created by classic design elements like heavy tasselled curtains and Deco-style mirrored headboards.
On the banks of the Douro river with great views of the Port wine warehouses that mark the opposite side, this hotel is located in the charming historic Ribeira square with buildings dating back to the 16th century. This UNESCO designated world heritage site bustles with market stalls, cafés and restaurants. Don’t miss the bronze sculpture by José Rodiques also known as the cube by locals, it sits over the remains of a 17th century fountain or the monumental fountain three storeys high. Be sure to look for a room with a view.
The Yeatman sits among the port wine cellars on a seven-acre hillside site on the south bank of the Douro river. All public spaces and bedrooms face the front so you get the most wonderful picture postcard views of Porto. The 70 spacious rooms and 12 suites are themed around a wine partner and all have a balcony or terrace. Bacchus is the smartest suite with copper bath and revolving bed. The spa offers vine products and therapies. There is a gym, sauna, hammam and an indoor pool with a view. An open air decanter shaped infinity pool adds to the wow factor. We love the wine cellar ( most comprehensive list of Portuguese wines in the world). Don’t miss the 2 Michelin- starred contemporary Portuguese restaurant.
A newly renovated hotel in a great location just across the road from Trindade metro station with direct links to the airport and within walking distance of Avenida dos Alidos in the heart of Porto. After settling in make a bee line for Leitaria Quinta do Paço, and order an éclair in your favourite flavour. For dinner there’s Guarany Café where the octopus fillets and rice pair perfectly with the vinho verde.
This charming 19th- century bourgeois home has been converted into a boutique style hotel with minimalist design. You’ll love the high ceilings stamped with creative prose intended to represent the story of the building. The spacious concrete suites are furnished with designer and period furniture. Located away from the main tourist attractions on Rua da Boavista, there are plenty of dining options and shops in the neighbourhood and public transport is nearby. One child under 6 and all children under 2 are free, cots are provided free of charge.
A friendly Guesthouse in Bonfim just east of the city centre. Cosme has four double rooms and three apartments, a free continental breakfast and cosy library stocked with books on Portuguese culture. Not far from A Cozinha do Manel where you can enjoy traditional Portuguese cuisine. All children under 4 are free.
Step back in time and stay in Grande Hotel do Porto. One of Porto’s oldest hotels is reminiscent of nineteenth century, fin de siécle charm. Great for shopping along the pedestrianised Rua de Santa Catarina, go for coffee in the nearby Majestic Café, one of the most beautiful cafés in the world.
The intimate 6Only guesthouse offers spacious rooms with big windows and high ceilings in a great location. An extra bed or cot can be added for an additional charge.
You don’t have to sacrifice location and charm when travelling on a budget. Moov Hotel, Porto Centro with art deco façade was once a cinema and is now a welcoming space in the heart of Porto, Praça da Batalha. Don’t forget to try the best hotdogs in town at nearby Cervejaria Gazela
Housed in the same building as the Sandeman port wine cellars, this stylish hotel-hostel hybrid gives you a taste of Porto’s wine heritage. You’ll enjoy mesmerising views of Porto at this riverfront hostel located on the south bank of the river Douro. 12 suites and 43 hostel beds in dormitories, prices range from €25 for a hostel bed to €160 for a suite. Don’t miss a visit to the bar where you can try the port wine signature cocktails – a perfect prelude to a night on the town.
An apartment is a great option especially if you are travelling with the family as you have more facilities like kitchen and washing machine.
The newly renovated Trait House apartments in Bonfim are located nearby the Municipal Library. Not far from Praça dos Poveiros where you can tuck into one of the famous pork sandwiches (sandes de pernil) at Casa Guedes or go for a francesinha at the nearby Café Santiago.
Located on Rua Cedofeita in building dating from 1858. Eight modern apartments in a very central location near shops, restaurants and cafés about 5 minutes walk to the Clérigos Tower and Lello Bookshop. More here
This newly renovated building on Rua Alves Cabral offers six apartments T1 and T2 . Within walking distance of all major landmarks. More here