The Best Hotels in Porto for Every Traveller

A boat passes alongside Porto riverfront
A boat passes alongside Porto riverfront | © Visions from Earth / Alamy Stock Photo
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6 February 2021

Porto is the second-largest city in Portugal, where you can eat cod in the Gomes de Sá style and wash your desert down with a glass of world-famous Port wine, while taking in views of the River Douro or the historic city centre and Luiz I Bridge. The city has a wide range of attractive accommodation that will suit the needs and budgets of most travellers.

Torel Palace Porto

Independent Hotel
5/5 (4 Reviews)
Torel Palace Porto
Torel Palace Porto | Courtesy of Torel Palace Porto / Expedia
Torel Palace has an elegant 19th-century facade topped by an impressive domed skylight. The rooms, all named after great Portuguese writers, are the epitome of palatial, enriched with high ceilings ornate with stucco work. In the Royal Suites, bathtubs come in illuminated onyx, hidden in mirrored cabins. Downstairs, Blind Restaurant (a nod to Saramago’s novel Blindness) draws on local produce. Tables spill out under the pink facade and overlook an emerald green lap pool.
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Flores Boutique Hotel & Spa

Independent Hotel, Boutique Hotel, Resort, Spa Hotel
4.5/5 (306 Reviews)
Flores Boutique Hotel & Spa
Flores Boutique Hotel & Spa | Courtesy of Flores Boutique Hotel & Spa / Expedia
Flores Boutique Hotel & Spa, housed in an attractive 18th-century building, lies on one of the nicest streets in Porto, brimming with concept stores and stylish boutiques, minutes from most of the main city sights. It provides a mix of rooms and apartments, the latter come with kitchenettes, plus an excellent spa with sauna and indoor pool.
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Gallery Hostel

Hostel, Luxury
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Gallery Hostel Porto
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This hostel offers not only affordable accommodation but an immersion into the art world with a permanent gallery. Dormitories and rooms are named after artists who played a role in the cultural evolution of the city and include twin and triple rooms, four- and six-bed dorms, and a six-bed all-female dorm. It all sits within a beautifully restored early 20th-century building in the trendy Miguel Bombarda district.

Le Monumental Palace

Hotel, Luxury
4.8/5 (208 Reviews)
Maison Albar Hotels Le Monumental Palace
Maison Albar Hotels Le Monumental Palace | Courtesy of Maison Albar Hotels Le Monumental Palace / Expedia
Le Monumental Palace is an essay in art deco elegance. Housing 63 luxurious rooms and 13 suites, many with glorious views over the city, there’s also a spa with a dazzling indoor swimming pool. Food is worth lingering over, from the sushi and sashimi at Yakuza by Olivier to the elegant Le Monument where French chef Julien Montbabut brings his considerable skills to the Portuguese table.
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Vincci Porto

Budget Hotel, Independent Hotel
4.5/5 (813 Reviews)
Vincci Porto
Vincci Porto | Courtesy of Vincci Porto / Expedia
Housed in what was previously the Bolsa do Pescado (fish market), long an emblematic landmark in Porto, Vincci has 95 sleek rooms with bold decor and a restaurant, 33 Almeda. There, between the marble columns, try the octopus carpaccio and the traditional bacalhau (dried cod) with chickpeas and corn bread. Walk it off along the bordering River Douro.
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Torel 1884

Independent Hotel, Apartment
4.8/5 (156 Reviews)
Torel 1884
Torel 1884 | Courtesy of Torel 1884 / Expedia
Beautifully restored to its original 19th-century glory, this 12-room former palace pays homage to the navigators who brought prosperity to Portugal and started its Golden Age. Interiors are impressive with rooms radiating off a grand central staircase. Expect open bath tubs, exquisite silks and high ceilings. On the ground floor, Bartolomeu Bistro is the perfect place to explore the local wine.
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Vila Foz Hotel & SPA

Boutique Hotel
Vila Foz Hotel & SPA
Vila Foz Hotel & SPA | Courtesy of Vila Foz Hotel & SPA / Expedia
In the desirable district of Foz, where the Douro meets the Atlantic Ocean, stands the stately 19th-century Vila Foz. Just seven rooms and a restaurant exist in the original villa, with many period elements still in place from tiles to parquetry to high, stucco ceilings now painted in pistachio greens and macaroon pink. Linked by a corridor is the modern wing with 61 further rooms, a spa and an indoor pool, all designed by Nini Andrade Silva.
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Pestana Porto

Chain Hotel
4.8/5 (323 Reviews)
Pestana Porto
Pestana Porto | Courtesy of Pestana Porto / Expedia
Housed in the iconic Cafe A Brasileira, which opened in 1903 and was the first place to serve coffee in a cup, this new hotel has 89 rooms and suites across several floors. Each floor takes inspiration from one of the spices or products brought back during Portugal’s maritime expansion from coffee to pink pepper. The ground-floor restaurant is well worth a visit with delicious food and a lively, fun atmosphere.
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Canto de Luz

Boutique Hotel
5/5 (2 Reviews)
Canto de Luz
Canto de Luz | Courtesy of Canto de Luz / Expedia
This charming B&B offers a variety of rooms from light-filled garden-view suites to the Urban Retreat Suites, which come with a patio and kitchen. There’s also the two-bedroom Villa Almada, set in the gardens of the main house, which has a private pool and a chef on request. All rooms come with Nespresso machines and Amazon smart speakers. Breakfasts here are legendary, with an ever-changing rota of delicious products sourced from the local markets.
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Armazém Luxury Housing

Independent Hotel
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Armazém Luxury Housing
Armazém Luxury Housing | Courtesy of Armazém Luxury Housing/Hotels.com

Porto is filled with unique architecture and Armazém, based inside a 19th-century iron warehouse, is one of its most extraordinary hotels. Run by a mother-and-daughter team, it’s filled with special touches and experiences, such as yoga classes and city tours, so guests can enjoy a memorable stay. This lovely 12-guest room hotel is also family friendly and offers babysitting services for an additional charge.

The Artist Porto Hotel & Bistro

Boutique Hotel
4.6/5 (249 Reviews)
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The Artist Porto Hotel | © Hotels.com

The 17 guest rooms, bistro and bar of The Artist are decorated and maintained by students at The School of Hospitality and Tourism of Porto. This is a vibrant hotel where rooms are filled with classic furniture and an array of artwork and photography. In the restaurant, you can sample local flavours with a degustation menu. And when it’s time to explore, it’s an eight-minute walk to the traditional Bolhão market and just a few minutes to the trendy shops on Rua de Santa Catarina.

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  • Hotel Teatro

    Hotel
    4.4/5 (798 Reviews)
    Teatro Boutique Bed & Breakfast
    Teatro Boutique Bed & Breakfast | Courtesy of Teatro Boutique Bed & Breakfast / Hotels.com
    The centennial gold- and bronze-trimmed Hotel Teatro is located in the heart of the city and near the beautiful azulejo-covered São Bento train station. Special features include a box office instead of a reception desk, a luxurious restaurant, and tickets for room keys. The 74 guest rooms are divided into four styles, each spacious and decorated with a modern style.
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    Hotel Torel Avantgarde

    Boutique Hotel, Spa Hotel
    4.7/5 (298 Reviews)
    Hotel Torel Avantgarde
    Hotel Torel Avantgarde | Courtesy of Hotel Torel Avantgarde/Hotels.com

    Hotel Torel Avantgarde has 47 guest rooms with decor inspired by a mix of international and Portuguese artists, such as Nina Simone, Oscar Wilde, Leonardo da Vinci and Fernando Pessoa. You can enjoy a range of spa services, book a babysitter, and sample fine dining at the hotel restaurant.

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    InterContinental Porto – Palacio Das Cardosas

    Hotel
    4.8/5 (805 Reviews)
    InterContinental Porto – Palacio Das Cardosas
    InterContinental Porto – Palacio Das Cardosas | Courtesy of InterContinental Porto – Palacio Das Cardosas/Hotels.com
    Elegant with a mix of old-world beauty and contemporary style, InterContinental Porto is a grand hotel within a historic 18th-century palace. Conveniently located in the centre of Porto, it’s close to several landmarks, including the São Bento train station, the Torre dos Clérigos and the Sé do Porto. Although it has been completely restored, the hotel maintains charming decor and antique furnishings inside the 105 guest rooms. Special features include a library bar, a gourmet restaurant and classically-designed rooms.
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    The Yeatman Hotel

    Hotel
    4.8/5 (418 Reviews)
    The Yeatman Hotel
    The Yeatman Hotel | Courtesy of The Yeatman Hotel/Hotels.com
    Plan a romantic experience in Porto ending each day in The Yeatman Hotel, a luxurious spa resort. Antique and elegant, with amazing views over the rooftops and across the River Douro, it has been labeled one of the best contemporary hotels in the city. In addition to the 83 guest rooms and spa services, it has a rooftop infinity pool, gourmet restaurant and regal bar.
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    Moov Hotel Porto Centro

    Budget Hotel, Eco Hotel
    4.3/5 (44 Reviews)
    Moov Hotel Porto Centro
    Moov Hotel Porto Centro | Courtesy of Moov Hotel Porto Centro / Expedia

    Moov Hotel is a unique, historic and budget-friendly spot located in one of the oldest squares in the city between the 18th-century Saint Ildefonso Church and the classical São João National Theatre. An elegant façade opens into the century-old, art deco-inspired building that was once a movie theatre but was eventually converted into this trendy film-themed hotel. It’s located within easy walking distance of the Sé Cathedral, Majestic Café and the Ribeira district.

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    This is an updated version of an article originally written by Nina Santos.

    These recommendations were updated on February 6, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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