Where to Stay in Porto – The Best Areas
Travelling to Portugal and wondering where to stay in Porto?
We can help you out. We have not only lived in Porto but visit frequently. It is one of our favourite cities to visit and we want to make sure you have the best holiday possible and love it as much as we do.
In this where to stay in Porto article, we will tell you about each Porto area and then list the best place to stay in Port for each. So all you have to do is work out which area meets your trip requirements best then pick the recommended accommodation in Porto for that area that best suits your budget and needs.
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Best Place to Stay in The Baixa
Baixa is the best place to stay for visiting key landmarks if you want to do so on foot as they are all within easy walking distance.
- The Clérigos Tower
- Lello Bookshop,
- Majestic Café,
- São Bento train station
- Bolão Market
- Plus the main shopping streets of St. Catarina and Cedofeita
Infante Sagres ∗∗∗∗∗
One of Porto’s most historic grand dames it just underwent a massive revamp. This elegant, luxury hotel benefits from an excellent central location and is one of the best hotels in Porto near the Clérigos Tower and many of the city’s top attractions. Housed in a listed building, 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.
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Pestana Porto – A Brasileira ∗∗∗∗∗
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.
Intercontinental Porto – Palácio das Cardosas ∗∗∗∗∗
You can’t get more centrally located than the Intercontinental. This Porto hotel stands prominently facing the Town Hall at the end of Porto’s main avenue, Avenida dos Alidos. Housed in a converted palace it 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.
Hotel Trindade ∗∗∗∗
A newly renovated hotel in Porto, located 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.
Grande Hotel do Porto ∗∗∗
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.
Moov Hotel ∗∗
One of the best hotels to stay in Porto on a budget without sacrificing location and charm. 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
Best Place to Stay in Ribeira Porto
On the riverfront, Riberia is a UNESCO designated world heritage site with plenty of landmarks such as;
- Monumental fountains,
- Luís 1 Bridge and
- House of the Prince, birthplace of Prince Henry the Navigator.
The riverfront is touristy and lined with restaurants, cafés and bars.
Pestana Vintage Porto ∗∗∗∗∗
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 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. Look for a room with a view.
Descobertas Boutique Hotel ∗∗∗∗
Located in the Ribeira offering modern and comfortable accommodation. The 18 rooms are decorated with the Portuguese Discoveries theme.
Porto River Aparthotel ∗∗∗∗
Located in charming historic Riberia, Porto River is an aparthotel with carefully decorated apartments. The exposed stone walls contrast with the refinement of modern lines. Each unit has design furniture, soundproofing, private bathroom and fully equipped kitchnette where guests can prepare their own food. The surrounding area has plenty of restaurants, bars and cafés where you can enjoy the unique views.
Best Place to Stay in Vila Nova de Gaia
On the opposite bank of the river Douro is Vila Nova de Gaia.
- Home to the port wine cellars.
- Here you get picture- postcard views of Porto.
- Plenty of restaurants, cafes, and bars in the surrounding area.
The Yeatman ∗∗∗∗∗
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.
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The House of Sandeman Hostel and Suites
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.
Best Place to Stay in Bomfin
Just east of the city centre is Bomfim, it’s within easy walking distance of the centre. Here you’ll find the municipal library and some nice gardens for a leisurely stroll. There are plenty of restaurants and cafés in this part of town. It is less touristy than other neighbourhoods.
Cosme Guesthouse ∗∗∗∗
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.
Cocorico Guesthouse ∗∗∗
The intimate 6Only guesthouse offers spacious rooms with big windows and high ceilings in a great location. If you are travelling with the family an extra bed or cot can be added for a small additional charge.
Best Place to Stay in Boavista
This is a more modern part of town, good for shopping and with plenty of options for eating out. Key landmarks are;
- Casa da Musica,
- Serravles Museum of contemporary art.
Casa do Conto ∗∗∗∗
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.
Apartment Accommodation in Porto
An apartment is a great option especially if you are travelling for a longer stay or with the family as you have more space and facilities like kitchen and washing machine.
Trait House Apartments
The newly renovated Trait House apartments in Bonfim neighbourhood are located nearby the Municipal Library about 15 minutes walk to the Majestic Café. 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.
Oporto Serviced Apartments Cedofeita
Located on Rua Cedofeita in a building dating from 1858. Eight modern apartments in a very central location near shops, restaurants and cafés. A few minutes walk from Porto’s art district, Rua Miguel Bombarda. About 5 minutes walk to the Clérigos Tower and Lello Bookshop. More here
Oporto Serviced Apartments Alves Cabral
This newly renovated building on Rua Alves Cabral offers six one and two bedroom apartments. Within walking distance of all major landmarks. More here
Your Oporto Ribeira Apartments Porto
Located in a tastefully renovated building overlooking the Douro River, Your Opo Apartments offer luxury accomodation with panoramic views. Each apartment has a spacious lounge and fully equipped kitchenette. More here