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Best boutique hotels in Porto

In need of accommodation but not in the mood for huge groups of tourists? Discover Porto’s best boutique hotels

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They say size doesn’t matter – and these boutique hotels prove it. Whether you’re in search of a chilled atmosphere, historic location or just a generally welcoming vibe, book one of these small Porto hotels for a stay with character.

Best boutique hotels in Porto

Malmerendas Boutique Lodging

This five-room guesthouse is located in a typical Portuguese townhouse, but has been renovated with a modern spin. The traditional pattern of Portuguese chequered floors, for instance, found its way onto the ceilings, and freestanding bathtubs in two of the rooms create a retro cool look. Designer light fittings and contemporary mirrors add nice finishing touches. The quirkiest space on offer is the cute-as-a-cubby-house attic room. Here a low bed sits beneath a cool A-frame ceiling fashioned with white wooden beams and there’s a sneaky reading nook with a recliner that catches the morning sun. 

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Casa do Conto Arts & Residence

Casa do Conto is one of the trendiest-looking guesthouses in Porto. Its sleek industrial design, however, was born under unfortunate circumstances after the original, more traditional-looking hotel burned down barely a week before it was due to open. Not one to be deterred, the architect owner wasted no time reconstructing the house with a contemporary edge and wrote off the incineration as one of the hotel’s many stories, which is fitting given that Casa do Conto means ‘House of Tales’ in Portuguese. 

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Casa Carolina

Carolina Michaelis was a prominent figure in Portugal during the early 1900s as the first female professor at Portugal’s respected University of Coimbra. Her former home has now been converted into a guesthouse, and hence takes the name ‘House of Carolina’. As a heritage listed building, the house has been maintained with features typical to Portuguese architecture, including a central staircase, skylight and Juliet balconies overlooking the pedestrianised shopping street, Rua de Cedofeita (yep, handy location for shopaholics). The guesthouse has been decorated with vintage furniture and has a roomy living area leading to a cute garden. 

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