There’s no bigger luxury than waking up overlooking a river. And the Douro is no ordinary one – it’s one of the major rivers in the Iberian Peninsula. So a hotel with a privileged view to the river is always a good bet – especially because that Instagram isn’t going to fill itself with swoon worthy photos of your stay. There aren’t many options, but we promise they all have quality. Be sure to invite someone special to enjoy the view with you.
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Best hotels with a river view in Porto
The Douro River is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the city. Now, if a hotel allows you to wake up almost on top of the water, it is likely to be considered as one of the best. This is the case of the Pestana Vintage Porto & World Heritage Site, which is located in the historical square of Ribeira and, therefore, with the river right at its edge.
First you must realize that this guesthouse did not open in 1872, and that there was not even any accommodation here at that time. The name of this River House comes from the iron walkway and colourful stained glass windows that allow access to the 19th century mansion. The 1872 River House is right on top of the Bacalhoeiros Wall and, therefore, right on top of the river, hence the "River" in the name.
It is said that to have the best view on the city you have to go to all the way to Vila Nova de Gaia. And if going to Gaia means staying at The Yeatman, then no one will mind. Surrounded by old Port wine cellars, this is one of the best hotels in the area, much thanks to the view. And they take full advantage of it: the 82 rooms and suites have terraces with panoramic views of the river and the city, as well as the indoor pool and Dick's Bar (no joke, that is the bar’s actual name).
Sonae Capital took only a year to transform the former headquarters of Balleteatro (the first theatre and dance school in Porto) to a hotel with 56 rooms and two penthouses, the third of the group in the city. As the name implies, the space is in the heart of the Ribeira, with a postcard view over the house and over the river. Wonderful.
To enjoy the Douro
Every day, Porto locals keep in shape with a seaside jog along the Avenida Brasil in Foz (bus 500) or along the Matosinhos Coastal Road (‘Marginal’, subway Matosinhos Sul). It’s a no-brainer – the road goes in a straight line – and the landscape will take your mind off your burning thighs and calves.
There is a world to discover on the other side of the river – the views, the wine cellars, the food and much more. Cross the D. Luíz I Bridge, people!
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