Vacations are meant to help you step back from everyday life, and the accommodations you stay at play a crucial role. On your next trip to Porto, book a room or suite at one of these stylish, boutique hotels to ensure an excellent and relaxing vacation away.
Who doesn’t want a room with a view? Situated in the trendy Ribeira neighborhood on the Douro River, the 1872 River House offers several options and much more. This cozy hotel is also located within walking distance to many iconic landmarks including the Palácio da Bolsa, the Igreja Monumento de São Francisco, and some of the best cafés on the Ribeira. While views and convenience are essential when looking for a hotel, the key to 1872 River House is comfort, and this is a theme which the hotel revolves around. Each of the eight rooms is designed to promote peaceful luxury, although they feature a different décor.
A few characteristics of this charming hotel include its classical yet contemporary décor that offers a luxurious, refined, and traditional environment. In a multifaceted city like Porto, where the modern meets the historic, the Pestana Vintage Porto seems to be an appropriate accommodation for such a setting. It is another boutique hotel located in the Ribeira area and sits close to Café do Cais and within walking distance of the Dom Luís Bridge. Taking up multiple blocks worth of building space, each room is built from traditional houses, adding an exclusive element to the environment.
Those looking to save a little on price but not skimp on their experience should consider Oporto. Located in the historic center a couple blocks away from the river, it’s well situated for visitors wanting to see as many landmarks as possible without straying too far, and is a conveniently short walk from the São Bento train station, Rue Santa Catarina, and Avenida dos Aliados. Previous guests complimented the large bed, convenient location, and value for their budget. For an experience that’s truly Porto, choose a room with a terrace.
How would you like a more private accommodation? Each ‘room’ in this property is actually a townhouse designed for exclusivity and privacy, and there are only six to choose from. In addition to attracting tourists looking to step off the beaten path, it’s also a cool spot for creative personalities. The hotel is located in the artsy neighborhood of Rua de Miguel Bombarda, surrounded by galleries and stores, and its interior décor reflects the artistic environment outside. Rosa et al Townhouse is also two kilometers from Casa da Música and a short, 10-minute stroll from the famous Livraria Lello & Irmão bookshop.
Built in the early 20th century, the Malmerendas Boutique Lodging has since had a facelift and now reflects a more contemporary atmosphere. Each suite (and there are five) still holds retains features from the past within the décor to balance its modern style and fit the essence of today’s Porto. Located down the road from Mercado do Bolhão, a traditional grocery store, it’s a convenient spot for enjoying local snacks as well.
A few words that may come to mind when approaching the Pestana Palácio do Freixo include elegant, striking, and grand. This 18th-century palace is located on the River Douro, further up from the hustle and bustle of the touristic areas which makes it a great escape when the day calls for a little R&R. The grounds include French gardens and beautiful granite accents, while the building showcases traditional Portuguese azulejos and ceiling frescoes. Less touristic and more tranquil, this boutique hotel should be considered if serenity and elegant surroundings are at the top of your agenda.
This is an excellent spot for anyone wanting both elegance and a central location. InterContinental Porto – Palacio das Cardosas is situated at the end of the grand Avenida dos Aliados and close to several must-see landmarks, including the São Bento train station, the Torre dos Clérigos, the Sé do Porto, and a number of cafés and shopping opportunities. As another 18th-century palace, this hotel has been restored but maintains its charming décor and furnishing.
How does staying in a theatre-inspired, gold- and bronze-trimmed hotel sound? At Hotel Teatro, everyone has a role to fill. Expect a box office in place of a reception desk and tickets instead of room keys. The point of a vacation is to vacate everyday life, right? This hotel is larger than may be expected from a boutique style, with 74 rooms and suites available. It is also very centrally located in historic Porto and near many points of interest.
Music notes and scores by famous composers decorate the walls, rooms, and common areas of this music-themed boutique hotel. It’s also situated close to the Casa da Música concert hall, within the Mercado Bom Sucesso Urban Market. The musical theme, room sizes, and the food court in the market make for a charming and comfortable stay.
Technically, The Yeatman Hotel is located in Vila Nova de Gaia, but the location is so close (literally within walking distance) that it’s considered to be in Porto. It has been described in many reviews as one of the best hotels in the city. Antique and elegant, with amazing views across the River Douro to Porto, it has many characteristics that tourists are looking for from a stylish hotel. Those looking to try some Port wine during their stay can do so at this wine hotel which features extensive cellars and is in close proximity to other major wine tasting spots. A spa completes the deal, making The Yeatman Hotel a great luxury spot.