Half way between Lisbon and Porto, Coimbra is an essential stop for all those who want to discover the real Portugal. This lively student town is centred on the University of Coimbra, a UNESCO world heritage site dating back to 1290. Coimbra and the surrounding area are brimming with history and culture and we’d recommend a few days to discover it at a relaxed pace. To make the most of your trip you’ll be looking for the best hotels in Coimbra so we’ve hand-picked the best places to stay in Coimbra to suit all tastes and budgets.
Best hotels in Alta Coimbra
Alta Coimbra is the oldest part of the city with steep, narrow streets that lead up to the top of the hill, dominated by student life and the university.
Sapientia Boutique Hotel Coimbra ****
Located on the top of a steep hill, a great place for visiting the university. Tastefully restored it has an industrial chic vibe. From the rooftop you have superb views of the city. Interior designers took inspiration from Portuguese literature and each of the 22 rooms have been called after a Portuguese writer.
Serenata Hostel Coimbra**
Located beside the Sé Velha (Old Cathedral) and near the University of Coimbra. The decoration is unique featuring hand-painted wall murals and original marble features. This boutique hostel provides single, double and dormitory accommodation.
Best Hotels in Baixa Coimbra
Hotel Quinta das Lágrimas Coimbra *****
This charming boutique hotel ticks all the boxes making it one of the best luxury hotels in Coimbra. Set in an 18th century palace surrounded by 12 acres of botanical gardens, an outdoor pool and a state-of-the-art-spa.
Hotel Tivoli Coimbra ***
A short walk to the city centre, the Tivoli Coimbra is modern, spacious and comfortable.
Vila Galé ****
The hotel overlooks the Mondego River it has 229 rooms, 108 with balcony, indoor and outdoor pools and various spa and leisure treatments.
Hotel Astoria Coimbra ***
The Astoria Coimbra is a boutique style hotel located in the historic heart of the city overlooking the Mondego River. Astoria hotel Coimbra is set in a beautiful art nouveau building and offers rooms with a classic décor.
Stay Hotels Coimbra ***
Simple, affordable and located in the city centre within walking distance of all the city’s top attractions.
Hotel Oslo Coimbra ***
The Oslo Coimbra is a family-run hotel located in the city centre, a stone’s throw from the banks of the Mondego River. The rooms at the Oslo hotel Coimbra are modern and comfortable and the rooftop bar offers some of the best views across Coimbra.
Hotel Dona Ines Coimbra ***
Located a 10 minute walk from the city centre. The 122 rooms are modern and comfortable, the hotel offers a tennis court and outdoor swimming pool.
Hotel Vitória Coimbra **
Located in the historic centre of Coimbra this family-run hotel offers double, triple and single accommodation at affordable prices.
Hotel Ibis Coimbra **
Ibis Coimbra is a 10 minute walk from the historic centre.The hotel overlooks the Mondego River and provides modern, budget accommodation.
Hotel Domus *
Located in the centre of Coimbra, close to cafés, restaurants and Coimbra’s main attractions. This budget hotel provides twin, double and family rooms.
Best Hotels near Coimbra
Without a doubt there is no better way to experience the centre of Portugal, than stay at one of its rural hotels. These tranquil hideaways are in perfect harmony with their surroundings, reflecting the area’s history and heritage So here you have the best countryside retreats in central Portugal.
Palace Hotel do Buçaco *****
The Buçaco Palace was once a luxurous royal retreat and is now a magnificent, historic hotel. Set in the enchanting Buçaco forest, 29 km north of Coimbra. The interior is unique and steeped in history and fine paintings.
Grande Hotel do Luso ****
Located in the spa town of Luso, 25km north of Coimbra. The hotel provides direct access through a tunnel to the spa which offers a variety of wellness treatments. There is a large outdoor swimming pool, an indoor pool and a gym.
Alegre Hotel Buçaco ***
Charming boutique hotel located in a manor house near the spa resort of Luso, 20km north of Coimbra. Alegre Hotel is within walking distance of the Buçaco forest. The rooms at the hotel feature 19th century décor but include private bathrooms, TV and Wifi. You can relax in the lush gardens or swim in the outdoor pool.
Hotel Parque Serra da Lousã ****
Located in the Lousã national park, 28km south of Coimbra. This is a great choice if you are looking for a rural retreat. You can enjoy free bikes, an indoor pool, fitness centre and a spa.
Curia Palace Hotel Spa & Golf ****
Set in a beautifully restored palace in the spa town of Curia, 29km north of Coimbra. The hotel features art deco styled rooms, an invigorating spa with indoor pool and an olympic size outdoor pool.
Conimbriga Hotel do Paço ****
Located close to the ruined Roman town of Conimbriga, 15km south of Coimbra. The hotel offers spacious rooms with classic décor, an outdoor pool and beautiful gardens.
Vinyl M Hotel Mealhada ***
Located in Mealheada, 27km north of Coimbra. This hotel’s unique feature is a drive through check in and check out service and each room has a private garage with room access.