Guimaraes has historically been one of Portugal’s most influential cities in terms of cultural and political relevance. The supposed birthplace of Portugal as we know it now, with its bustling urban landscape and its picture-perfect, scenic vineyards and luscious plains outside the city walls, Guimaraes is a great tourist destination. We’ve prepared a list of the best hotels in Guimaraes for those who are planning to visit the historical city.
Housed in a 12th-century Augustinian convent, the Pousada Mosteiro de Guimaraes is full to the brim of historic intrigue and character. The complex is situated in the mountains above Guimaraes and provides spectacular views of the city below. The hotel features a stunning cloister and its interiors are classically and richly decorated. With a range of luxury facilities and activities to choose from as well as a buffet breakfast to begin your day, this is a highly recommendable accommodation option.
Located within Guimaraes’ city walls, the Casa do Juncal is a beautiful 18th-century manor house filled with local history. The hotel suites combine some of the building’s original architectural elements with modern comforts to provide a truly elegant experience for its guests. With a luxurious garden landscape and top quality facilities, the hotel is located close to many of the city’s attractions since it is located in the historical center of Guimaraes, which was declared a World Heritage Site in 2001.
Located in Guimaraes’ city center housed in the iconic 19th-century building of an old bank, Banco Nacional Ultramarino, the EMAJ Boutique Hotel is one of the most popular hotels in the city. The hotel combnes its beautiful classical structure with modern and tastefully decorated spaces. They offer superior twin and double rooms, deluxe double rooms and suites. Aside from offering all the desirable modern amenities, the hotel has a cafeteria where quality breakfast is serve and offers a selection of massages and wellness treatments to help guests relax after their busy days of sightseeing.
For guests wishing to stay somewhere intrinsically Portuguese, The Casa de Sezim is a traditional winery that combines rustic and contemporary elements to create the ultimate hotel experience. The hotel provides spacious rooms with ornate furnishings and private terrace areas. Boasting grandeur with its rare French wallpaper designs that reflect scenes from history and its old style billiard tables as well as featuring a formidable outdoor pool and tennis court, this hotel offers elegance, entertainment and comfort.
The perfect option for guests desiring a blend of relaxation and activity, the Open Village Sports Hotel and Spa Club strives to provide the perfect leisure hotel experience. Facilities include a luxury spa, tennis courts and two swimming pools. They treat guests to a substantial American style breakfast as well as offering a range of Portuguese dishes for guests wishing to experience the local cuisine.
Perfectly located in the heart of Guimaraes Old Town in a traditional 19th-century building, the Guimaraes Studios Lounge offers guests a range of slick, minimalistic studio apartments. Full of Portuguese character, each room features exclusive decorative elements such as stucco ceilings or a 13th-century medieval stone wall as well as a quaint kitchenette and private bathroom. This is a great option for those travelers looking to have a higher degree of independence during their stay. Address: Largo da Misericórdia 4, Guimarães, Portugal, +351 253 064 087
Hotel, Apartment, Cottages
The Stone Cottage is located within the city limits and is well positioned for guests to take in the best of the urban landscape. Offering a different holiday experience, Stone Cottage operates more as a holiday home than a hotel, although it features all the desirable amenities as well as an on-site barbecue facility. With quaint and comfortable interiors, this option is perfect for those visitors wishing to have a more homely feel during their stay.
Located in the heart of Guimaraes Old Town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site designated area, and only 150 yards away from the impressive Guimaraes castle, the Hotel da Oliveira enjoys an exceptional reputation as one of the best places to stay in the city. All rooms include private bathrooms and uniquely decorated interiors, each of them themed to depict significant historical figures from Guimaraes’ history. The hotel offers a rich breakfast selection for all its guests. The hotel has its own bar and restaurant which serves traditional and international cuisines and features an outdoor terrace under a quaint archway.
The Trovador City Guest House is unique in that it offers guests the opportunity to shape their own stay. Guests can choose to go for the typical hotel experience, book a room and enjoy the room service which can provide breakfast in the rooms on request. The rooms include a private bathroom, air conditioning and other convenient facilities. Alternatively, guests can take advantage of the on-site market and make use of the on-site kitchen to cook their own meals – an option for those looking to enjoy a more independent stay.
A perfect option for those traveling on a budget, the Hostel Prime Guimaraes is located in Guimaraes’ city center and features a fully equipped kitchen, a shared library area and a lively common area which is perfect for socializing whilst watching TV or playing a variety of table games. Free WiFi is available in all areas, and the hostel has a pet-friendly policy.