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The 9 best hotels in Porto

Whatever your budget or tastes, there’s a hotel in Porto for you. Here’s our choice of the city’s best places to stay

Georgia Evans
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Time Out editors
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Georgia Evans
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Porto is one gorgeous place for a holiday. Whether you’re staying for a weekend or a long, leisurely vacation, there’s no reason why you shouldn't stay in style. The city is brimming with boutique, historic and luxury hotels – meaning there’s something for every budget. Craving some pampering? There's a spa hotel out there that'll hit the spot. Want to be waited on, hand and foot? No problem. Prefer some personality in the decor as opposed to stark minimalism? You got it. We’ve scoured the city for what we’d call the ultimate guide to hotels in Porto. Now all you need to do is choose one.

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Best hotels in Porto

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  • Vila Nova de Gaia

If you’re somewhat of a vino and Champers connoisseur, you’ll feel right at home when staying at The Yeatman. This five-star hotel is an actual ambassador for Portuguese wines, with its own wine cellar and partnering with almost 100 wine producers. It’s perched on the hills of Vila Nova de Gaia, which means there are fantastic views from the rooms, an exquisite open-air pool and the restaurant is incredible which is a two-time Michelin-awarded establishment specialising in Portuguese cuisine. It’s also got a stellar location, just a ten-minute walk to the closest train station and just over a mile to Porto Cathedral.

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  • Bonfim

Students from Porto’s hospitality school take charge of this hotel and restaurant, which has a cool creative edge in keeping with its former function as an arts college. Check out the grades of former students on the report cards lining the walls, and there are 150+ paintings and sculptures scattered throughout the building. The dining room in particular doubles as an art exhibition, with a vibrant selection of paintings on the bright blue walls. Arty!

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  • São Bento

This former monastery and palace is conveniently positioned at the end of Porto’s main square, Praça da Liberdade. Step out the door and you’ll see Porto’s iconic Clérigos Tower on your left, then nip around the corner to your right and run straight into the equally iconic São Bento Train Station. As well as having a top location, the hotel has five-star class with an opulent foyer adorned with marble and Swarovski chandeliers. There’s also a swish shopping arcade inside should you care to casually pick up a new Rolex. The elegance continues in the rooms upstairs, where you’ll find heavy curtains, studded ottomans and silky bedspreads.

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  • Porto

The five-star Porto Palácio boasts elegant rooms, marble bathrooms and a splendid spa. It’s geared towards business types, but if you’re a fan of getting your zen on in a mood-lit underground pool with steam, spray and bubble jets galore, you might just fancy it too. It’s located in Porto’s corporate district of Boavista, meaning it’s a little removed from the city centre for sightseeing (around three kilometres from the main square), but the Casa da Música concert hall and metro are just a ten-minute walk away. You’ll also find the indoor food market Mercado Bom Sucesso nearby if you plan a sneaky picnic in your room, you rebel.

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  • Campanhã

If you want to feel like a real king on your trip to Porto, head to the Pestana Palácio do Freixo’s eighteenth-century palace. The building’s Baroque architecture is well worth plastering all over your Instagram, and it overlooks the Douro with impressive river views. Inside, the sky-high frescoed ceilings and gilt detailing steal the show, while the Nasoni Bar and Palatium Restaurant offer delicious regional food and drink. When it comes to unwinding, you’ve got the hotel’s outdoor terrace, infinity pool and jetty, which is lined with sun loungers. There’s also a spa, heated indoor pool, steam room, gym and sauna.

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  • Baixa

Hotel Teatro has many quirks. The hotel is located inside Porto’s former Baquet Theatre and has been fitted out with a thespian theme. Meanwhile, the entrance is like stepping into a box office, as heavy curtains block the outside world and room cards are handed out under dim lighting from a circular reception area decorated with film rolls. As you stroll the dark corridors you’ll pass racks of costumes illuminated by theatre spotlights, which eventually lead to the stylish Bar Plateia, where black-and-white films are projected on a loop. Très cool.

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  • Flores

Oca Flores Hotel Boutique provides all the luxury of a four-star hotel that you could possibly need. In fact, it combines hotel facilities, apartment convenience and the personalised service of a guesthouse to make you feel right at home. Found on one of the city’s liveliest streets, Rua das Flores, the hotel is within walking distance of shops, cafés and restaurants. If you’re having a lazy day? Then you can just hang at the on-site wine and tapas bar which serves quality food in a chic enclosed courtyard.

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  • Cedofeita

This heritage-listed building has been converted from professor Carolina Michaelis's home into a guesthouse with heaps of Portuguese character. Casa Carolina’s eight rooms vary in size, with some offering bathtubs and/or a balcony, and the top floor suite is fitted out with a fully equipped kitchen. One of the highlights of this place is the breakfast, which goes beyond your usual continental spread with thoughtful extras like balls of avocado, plus fresh ginger and mint to make tea. When dinnertime rolls around you have plenty of food options on the doorstep, which happens to be the pedestrianised shopping street, Rua de Cedofeita.

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  • Flores

This hotel is located in one of Europe’s oldest printing and stationery shops, Araujo & Sobrinho (hence the A.S.), which opened in 1829 and the store still operates in the hotel foyer as a fifth-generation business. In honour of this, a print theme runs throughout the hotel, with old typewriters, historic photos and wooden printer cabinets. There are red carpets running down the elegant staircases, and some of the romantic rooms have freestanding bathtubs, we recommend bringing your lover not your business partner.

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  • Things to do

Doing any city in a weekend is a challenge, so allow us to give you a hand. Here’s where to eat and drink in Porto, what to do and see, and the places you shouldn’t miss. Hey, you can always come back!

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  • Things to do

Porto’s year-round mild climate means that a trip to the beach is a must-do. There are several in easy reach of the city. Catch some rays and ozone-rich breezes, pack a picnic or, if you want a bit more action, take surfing lessons. 

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