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