If you’re a rockstar, self-made billionaire or hotel snob, you’re well used to the finer things in life, accommodation-wise. So do yourself a favour and stay in one of Porto’s best luxury and five-star hotels.
Best Luxury Hotels in Porto
If you’re a wine aficionado with five-star tastes, The Yeatman has got your name on it. The hotel is set on the hillside of Vila Nova de Gaia, directly across the Douro from Porto, meaning that the views from all 83 rooms, plus the pools, bars and restaurants are spectacular. The Yeatman serves as an ambassador for Portuguese wines and works in partnership with 78 producers.
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).
Make it rain
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