Portugal’s second-largest city has it all, from mouthwatering gastronomy and world-renowned wine to breathtaking architecture and privileged, jaw-dropping views. It also boasts a wide range of attractive accommodation that will suit most travelers’ needs and budgets. Here are The Culture Trip’s choices of the seven best hotels in Porto, Portugal.
Armazém Luxury Housing
Armazém Luxury Housing | Courtesy of Armazém Luxury Housing/Hotels.com
Porto is a city filled with unique architecture and Armazém Luxury Housing is one of its most structurally-extraordinary hotels inside a 19th-century iron warehouse. Run by a mother-and-daughter team, it is filled with special touches and experiences, like 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’s 17 guest rooms, bistro, and bar are decorated and maintained by students at Porto’s Hospitality and Tourism School, providing a unique accommodation experience. This is a vibrantly colorful hotel where the rooms are filled with classic furniture and an array of artwork and photography. From the restaurant, guests can sample different local flavors with a specially-designed degustation menu, and when it comes time to explore, The Artist Porto Hotel & Bistro is within an eight-minute walking distance from the traditional Bolhão Market and just a few minutes from the trendy shops at Rua de Santa Catarina.
Another theater-inspired hotel is the centennial gold- and bronze-trimmed Hotel Teatro, located in the heart of the city and near the beautiful azulejo-covered São Bento train station. A few special features include a box office instead of a reception desk, a luxurious restaurant, and tickets for room keys. Boasting 74 guest rooms, they are divided into four styles including two suites, each spacious and decorated with its own modern style.
Not quite a year old, Hotel Torel Avantgarde is one of Porto’s newest luxury boutique hotels. Boasting 47 guest rooms, including suites, the décor of each space was inspired by a mix of international and Portuguese artists, such as Nina Simone, Oscar Wilde, Leonardo DaVinci, and Fernando Pessoa. Guests can also enjoy a range of spa services, book a babysitter, and sample fine dining at the hotel restaurant.
Elegant with a mix of old-world beauty and contemporary style, InterContinental Porto – Palacio das Cardosas is a grand hotel within an historic 18th-century palace. Conveniently located in the center of Porto, it is close to several must-see landmarks, including the São Bento train station, the Torre dos Clérigos, the Sé do Porto, the Art Nouveau Livraria Lello & Irmão, cafés and shopping opportunities. Although it has been completely restored, the hotel maintains charming décor and antique furnishings inside the 105 guest rooms. Special features include a library bar, a gourmet restaurant, and classically-designed rooms.
Why not plan a romantic experience in Porto highlighted with Port tastings in the local historic wine cellars of Vila Nova de Gaia and ending each day in The Yeatman Hotel, a luxurious, five-star spa resort? Antique and elegant, with amazing views over the rooftops and across the Douro River, it has been labeled as one of the best contemporary hotels in the city. In addition to the 83 guest rooms and spa services, The Yeatman Hotel has a rooftop infinity pool, a gourmet restaurant, and a regal bar inspired by England’s Duke of Windsor.
Moov Hotel Porto Norte is a unique, historic, and budget-friendly spot located in one of the city’s oldest squares 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 theater but was eventually converted into this trendy film-themed hotel. It is also located within easy walking distance of other key landmarks including the Sé Cathedral, the Majestic Café, and the Ribeira district.