Situated on the Douro River in Northern Portugal, Porto is one of Europe’s most underrated cities. From the medieval Ribeira district, with its narrow cobbled streets, modern buildings and bustling arts scene, and stunning coastline, there’s a lot to do in Porto. It’s, of course, home to world-renowned Port wine and an exciting food scene. When it comes to accommodation, there’s a lot of hotels in Porto to get excited about. The city is adorned with historic properties and cool boutiques from luxurious five-star establishments to more quirky budget-friendly options. You can explore Porto fairly easily on foot, or if need be public transport, so these hotels have been selected for their location. They are also some of the most top-rated in terms of service, amenities, and over-all guest experience.
Stunning Hotels in Porto Close to Sights, Cellars, and Some of Portugal's Best Beaches
What is the best month to visit Porto?
The best time to visit is from May to September when the weather is often sunny and warm. These months are ideal for festivals and beach-going with long warm days and plenty of cloud-free skies. An alternative consideration is late spring or early autumn. During these periods, there are fewer tourists in the city, but the weather is still pleasant.
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If you’re looking to go all out, you really can’t do better than The Yeatman. Perched high on a hillside overlooking the UNESCO World Heritage city, The Yeatman ideal for those visiting for a special occasion or romantic getaway. As a luxury wine hotel and spa, The Yeatman is set amidst the Port wine lodges in the historic district of Vila Nova de Gaia, offering spectacular views over the Douro River.
The Yeatman is renowned for its 70 spacious rooms and 12 suites, each with welcoming light-drenched interiors and a private balcony that provides jaw-dropping views. The hotel’s luxury spa features a large decanter-shaped pool and hot tub with panoramic views of Porto.
Its Michelin-starred restaurant brings in guests and locals. Dishes such as slow-cooked suckling pig are paired with wine flights (expect a tipple from one or all of Portugal’s 11 wine regions.) The 25,000-bottle cellar is also worth exploring and guests can tour in the afternoons.
The Yeatman : Rua do Choupelo (Santa Marinha), Vila Nova de Gaia, 4400-088
Price per night: $336
Maison Albar Hotels Le Monumental Palace
This elegant Art déco hotel sits on the broad Avenida dos Aliados in the centre of town. Its central location provides easy access to cultural sights, with the Aliados metro station right in front and the iconic Livraria Lello and Clerigos Tower nearby. It’s also within walking distance of the vibrant Ribeira Square and Porto Historic Center.
The five star is housed in a building designed by Italian architect Michelangelo Soá in 1923 and has been beautifully restored in part thanks to local designers Artur Miranda and Jacques Bec. Dripping with 1920s and 30s glamour, the interior of turquoise, matt gold and handmade wallpaper, will delight guests who have an interest in Art déco design. Bespoke details flow through 76 rooms and suites, some of which have balconies with views over the skyline.
Maison Albar Hotels Le Monumental Palace : Avenida dos Aliados, 151, Porto, Porto, 4000-067
Price per night: $290
Vinha Boutique Hotel
Vinha Boutique Hotel feels more like a country manor retreat than a city hotel. Set in large private grounds alongside the Douro, the hotel is a 15-minute drive from the city’s major train stations. A short stroll from the front door down a path leads guests to a pretty beach on the river. Nine acres of landscaped gardens compliment this haven, making this, hands down, the best hotel in the city for those wanting to recharge and connect with nature.
The 16th-century manor has been renovated and now offers 38 beautifully designed rooms. The cuisine (and bars) at the hotel is managed by Michelin two-star Portuguese chef Henrique Sá Pessoa. Fine dining at Vinha is one of the reasons people stay at the boutique hotel. The tasting menu, Five Moments, blends Portuguese flavors with those from North Africa and Asia. Couple that with an exquisite wine flight and you will be treated to one of the top culinary experiences in the country.
Vinha Boutique Hotel : Rua Quinta Fonte da Vinha, 383, Vila Nova de Gaia, 4430-487
Price per night: $233
Neighbouring Batalha Square in the heart of town, Torel Palace is housed in one of the most impressive historic 19th-century palaces in Porto. The beautiful building — a fine example of Porto’s romantic architecture — has been thoughtfully transformed into a luxurious hotel, while still retaining its original, ornate character. Ceilings are covered in stucco work, the pink façade remains, and the main staircase has been lovingly restored. Courtesy of designer Isabel Sá Nogueira, the boutique hotel, is one of the most visually intriguing and opulent properties in the city. There are 24 quirky rooms, each with their own character and individually named after a famous Portuguese author.
Torel Palace : Rua Entreparedes, 40, Porto, 4050- 240
Price per night: $226
The Editory Artist Baixa Porto Hotel
Formerly a school of arts, The Editory Artist Baixa is a stone’s throw away from Porto’s bustling shopping street, Rua de Santa Catarina. Pedestrianized, Santa Catarina, is home to an array of designer and high-street stores, cafes, and restaurants. The unique concept hotel is run by hospitality students who are guided by a team of supervisors. During their hands-on course, staff are rotated around the different departments, including an excellent onsite restaurant (Artist Bistrô) and sizeable bar. Service is efficient with an excellent management team on-hand to advice and retain a superb level of hospitality.
The Editory Artist Baixa Porto Hotel : Rua da Firmeza, 49, Porto, 4000-228
Price per night: $137
This award-winning establishment is housed in a beautifully restored 19th-century townhouse. The central location provides easy access to some of Porto’s most famous sites, including the Douro River and Porto Historic Center. It’s also conveniently located close to Sao Bento railway station. This prime central positioning on a busy street means front facing rooms can be somewhat loud. It’s worth asking for a room at the back of the property if that is of concern.
There are 12 deluxe rooms and suites in the former palace, along with 11 unique apartments in an adjacent building. The accommodations are themed around the country’s explorations of Asia and South America (spices, coffee, tea, etc.) At the rear of the hotel, on the ground floor, the rooms have a small private courtyard, and one has a private hot tub. This in particular is worth requesting, especially if you are looking for a city central hotel, but prefer a little peace and quiet.
Torel 1884 : Rua Mouzinho da Silveira, N 228, Porto, 4050-417
Price per night: $144
Located in the trendy neighbourhood of Bonfim, M.Ou.Co feels like you’ve been transported to California. The hotel is like a little piece of Palm Springs in Portugal. The interior utilizes local wood and glass and outside landscaped gardens provide a nice place to relax. This eco-certified hotel is a great choice for those who want to do their bit for sustainable tourism. Staff perfectly match this unpretentious hotel with a service that is friendly and down-to-earth. There are 62 rooms and suites named after popular songs and feature worn leather headboards and vintage furniture. Some have kitchenettes and terraces with chairs — ideal for those traveling with a family or group.
M.Ou.Co : R. de Frei Heitor Pinto 67, Porto, Porto, 4300-252
Price per night: $100
Which part of Porto is best to stay?
If you’re looking for a more laid-back atmosphere, the Matosinhos area is a great choice. This neighborhood is known for its beaches and seafood restaurants, making it popular with locals and tourists alike. It also has easy access to public transportation if you want to explore other areas of the city. The Boavista neighborhood is another excellent choice. This area is full of luxury hotels and restaurants, offering the best of Porto’s culture. It’s also close to many of the city’s attractions, such as Torre dos Clérigos and Estádio do Dragão.
Is Porto a cheap city?
Porto is considered one of the least expensive cities in Europe, providing exceptional value for money. Many of the city’s attractions are surprisingly affordable, and some of the best things to do in Porto are free.