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Portugal’s second city, Porto, is home to the Unesco-protected medieval Ribeira, art nouveau cafes and, of course, the sweet fortified wine, port. It’s the perfect destination for a European weekend city break.
One of the perks of visiting Porto is that you don’t need to spend much money to enjoy it. Not only are most restaurants and attractions fairly priced, but the city is an open-air museum in itself. We’ve compiled this list of accommodations that are both budget-friendly and comfortable.
Relax just outside the city centre at Moov Hotel Porto Norte. This contemporary hotel was designed with two primary objectives in mind: comfort and green living. Expect ecological showers and LED lightbulbs, in addition to free WiFi and daily cleaning services, but not an all-inclusive experience (this is a bargain hotel, after all). Daily breakfast comes at an extra cost. This is a fairly large hotel, with 7 floors and 129 rooms, and it’s conveniently close to the metro.
Moov Hotel Porto Norte isn’t the only “smart moov” in Porto; there is another branch in the centre with a unique historical flair. Built near the location where the Cinema Águia D’Ouro once resided – one of the city’s most notable cinema-theatres – the building is a century-old landmark in addition to a budget-friendly accommodation. Decorated with black and white photography and art deco influences, the Moov Hotel Porto Centro is certainly a stylish spot. It’s also well situated, just a couple of blocks from key landmarks including the Sé Cathedral, the Majestic Café, and the Ribeira district.
The Ibis name is known for good-quality budget hotels, and its Porto outpost is no different. It’s located in Porto’s old town – you can walk to the beautiful Sé Cathedral in under 10 minutes or one of the city’s main wine cellars in 15 minutes. 77 modern, clean rooms include free WiFi and a 24-hour snack bar, plus you can tuck into the daily breakfast buffet for an extra fee. Another perk of the Ibis Hotel Centro is that pets are allowed too.
It’s hard to believe that this beautiful hotel, set in a 19th-century mansion, offers such reasonable room rates – but it does. Rooms are decked out in neutral tones with modern furnishings – with semi-basement rooms being the cheapest and brighter Superior rooms as the next price-bracket up. A delicious breakfast buffet is served daily and it’s also pet-friendly. They also offer private covered parking for an extra fee.
Nina Santos contributed additional reporting to this article.