If you're packing the budget for a blowout – or have saved up for a special occasion – you should treat yourself with a night, or a few, in one of Porto's most extravagant hotels. That way, when you return from exploring the city and experiencing all of the wonderful things to do, you can sink into the loving embrace of luxury. We've selected a few of our faves from what's on offer, including an eighteenth-century palace, Europe’s oldest printing and stationery shop, and some expert sommeliers in the hills. Read on to see our pick of the best luxury hotels in Porto.
Best Luxury Hotels in Porto
If you know you're vino from your Champers, you'll feel right at home at The Yeatman. This five-star establishment is an ambassador for Portuguese wines, has its own wine cellar and is partnered up with nearing 100 wine producers. Situated in the hills of Vila Nova de Gaia, the views from the rooms, the exquisite open-air pool, the restaurant and bar are incredible. It's also less than a ten-minute walk to the closest train station and just over a mile to Porto Cathedral.
If you fancy feeling like a prince or princess on your trip to Porto, book yourself into an eighteenth-century palace. The Palácio do Freixo’s baroque architecture is stunning (not to mention super-Insta-worthy) and it overlooks the Douro with stellar river views. Inside, sky-high frescoed ceilings and gilt detailing steal the show, while the Nasoni Bar and Palatium Restaurant offer regional drink and food. Front-facing rooms have views over the river, as do the hotel’s outdoor terrace, infinity pool and jetty, which is lined with sun loungers. There’s a spa, a heated indoor pool, a steam room, gym and sauna. Unless you’re up for a 45-minute walk along the river to the historical centre you’ll need to catch the hotel’s free shuttle bus, which departs every 30 minutes.
This hotel is located in one of Europe’s oldest printing and stationery shops, Araujo & Sobrinho (hence the A.S.), which opened in 1829 (hence the 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. Unless they’re the same person).
And now for some fine dining
The best Japanese restaurants in Porto are few in number, but they make a fine set, according to our food critics. Whether you want a steaming bowl of ramen noodles or super-fresh sushi, you’ll find them on our list. As usual, each place was visited anonymously by one of our reviewers, posing as ordinary guests, at least once. With this hard fieldwork done, we’ve selected the best choices.
Porto has seafood for all tastes: from grilled, roasted and served in bready açordas (bread soup) or with pasta, steamed, seared or even raw. You can find it all at these restaurants – the top eateries in Porto where you can sample the best of the ocean’s bounty.
Every year, we agree (eventually) on the 50 best places in Porto to eat for our annual guide. Then the Time Out critics face the hardest choice of them all: the year’s top five. It’s not just about the food; we think about the service, the atmosphere, the experience. These are the places that have it all. Do yourself a favour and book a table at one (or all) of them. You won’t regret it