Sleep in Porto’s most charming neighbourhoods and wake up minutes from jaw-dropping landmarks without spending hotel prices. Not only are these hostels budget-friendly, they offer ways for travellers to socialise and see more of Portugal’s second largest city.
Choose this hostel if you like socialising in cozy common areas and free breakfasts. Porto Spot Hotel offers a fully equipped kitchen, a lounge bar and a terrace. In addition to dormitories, there are private rooms with private bathrooms. The staff even lead guided tours – it’s best to chat with them in advance if you’re interested.
Vibrant colours in a mix of designs are the defining feature at Pilot Design Hostel & Bar. Expect surfboards and bicycles (that can be rented) propped against the walls and red accents in the dormitories. There’s a sunny terrace where guests can enjoy the breakfast buffet – coffee and tea are free – and a 24-hour bar, perfect for meeting fellow travellers. It also organises tours during the day and pub crawls at night.
Who wouldn’t love a hostel themed around Porto’s famous sweet wine? Dormitories are inspired by styles and ages of port wine, so guests can choose which floor and room they want based on their drink preference – the question is, are you more of a vintage ruby or a 40-year-old tawny? Porto Wine Hostel is also excellently located, minutes from the Clérigos Tower and overlooking the tree-lined paths of Cardoaria Garden.
Speaking of wine, most of Porto’s cellars are across the Douro River in neighbouring Vila Nova de Gaia, and Hostel GaiaPorto is located in the middle of them. It’s a comfortable enough hostel, offering many of the same basic amenities as its counterparts, but the real highlight is the proximity of the local cellars. Be sure to ask the staff about its partnerships with the wineries, as well as guided tours.
Occupying a renovated 19th-century manor house, Garden House Hostel sits amid the shops and restaurants of Porto’s Rua Catarina, minutes from A Pérola do Bolhão, a traditional market whose beautiful azulejo façade you won’t miss. The Belle Epoque-style Majestic Café is just a five-minute stroll down the road, too. The hostel’s biggest perk, however, is the outdoor terrace and lush garden, where guests can hang out and relax when not exploring the city.
Located across the street from the Rivoli municipal theatre and performing arts centre, Rivoli Cinema Hostel found inspiration for the design of its dormitories in films such as Amélie (2001), Pulp Fiction (1994) and Corpse Bride (2005). The hostel offers a cool rooftop terrace where guests can take in views of Porto, and a common area that’s set up for watching movies and playing video games. It’s hard to beat the location, too, which is minutes from Avenida dos Aliados and many of Porto’s landmarks and cafés.
In case you haven’t heard, Portugal is an excellent destination for book lovers. The Poets Inn is the city’s top literary hostel; famous quotes liven up the walls and the hostel offers a book-borrowing system for guests. Free bonuses include breakfast, Wi-Fi and kitchen access.