Porto might not be the most romantic city in the world but we guarantee you will spend an amazing time here. Check-in to one of these amazing hotels and let love do its thing.
Best romantic 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.
You might not think luxury and livestock go together, but Palácio Fenizia, a crumbling building that once housed a butcher’s association, has been converted into one of Porto’s most opulent guesthouses. The renovation project is the work of Italian designer Gianfranco Fenizia, who shifted his attention from Milan to Porto to open this boutique accommodation a five-minute walk from Porto’s main shopping street, Rua de Santa Catarina. Fenizia’s creative flair is evident in the interior design, which tastefully combines art deco and contemporary features. A domed skylight, which is typical of Porto’s traditional housing design, bathes the central staircase in natural light, and Portuguese azulejo tiles and exposed wooden floorboards have been retained from the original building. Chandeliers and stuccoed ceilings add a touch of glamour in each of the five suites, while heavy curtains and double-glazed windows ensure a good night’s sleep. Layouts vary from room to room, but for the ultimate luxury, opt for the blue room, where a freestanding bathtub takes centre stage in the enormous bathroom. You can also relax on the small, enclosed patio with a bottle of wine purchased from reception. (All rooms include a small table setting on the balcony or patio).
You can’t get a better location than Porto River, because, true to its name, it’s located on … Porto’s river (that would be the Douro). This is the place to stay if you want to be smack bang in Porto’s tourist-centric Ribeira district and is where you’ll find alfresco dining aplenty, street stalls, buskers, and basically, everyone having a good time. The rooms are big, bright and airy and you can choose from a studio, one or two-bedroom apartment, or suite. Naturally, the river-facing rooms let you see all the riverside action, but light sleepers might prefer a quieter room at the back.
If you want swank and style on your trip to Porto, you can’t go wrong with the InterContinental. The 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. Take a relaxing bath in the marble bathroom before choosing from eight types of pillows at bedtime, and be sure to book a massage or facial in the hotel spa.
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. A listed building, the house has been preserved and has many features typical of Portuguese architecture, including a central staircase, skylight and Juliet balconies overlooking the pedestrianised shopping street, Rua de Cedofeita (yep, it’s handy for shopaholics).
Flores Village has the facilities of a hotel, the convenience of an apartment and the personalised service of a guesthouse, and therefore offers a good all-round accommodation option in Porto. The hotel also happens to be located on one of the city’s liveliest streets, Rua das Flores, which is lined with shops, cafés and restaurants. Furthermore, the hotel’s own wine and tapas bar, Pateo das Flores, serves quality food in a trendy enclosed courtyard. Other onsite facilities include a spa, sauna, steam room, gym and an underground Roman bath.