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I recently traveled to Porto and it was jaw-dropping gorgeous! I had the most incredible time there, which is why I’m so excited to be sharing this guide to the best boutique hotels in Porto.

Porto is known as a coastal city in the Northwest of Portugal. You’ll find lots of wine (especially the famous Port wine) and delicious restaurants to try.

You can also find lots of art, culture, stunning architecture, and a fun social scene. There’s so much to do and see in Porto which is why you need to book your next trip here at one of these boutique hotels.

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10 Best Boutique Hotels in Porto

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1. Hotel Torel Avantgarde

Stay at Hotel Torel Avantgarde to be right in the center of Porto—you’ll be 10 minutes walking distance from the Douro riverside and 2,450 feet from the iconic Clérigos Church.

The design of this boutique hotel is stunning because they kept the Avantgarde style inspired by the 1930s and 1940s. All the rooms are decorated like a piece of art.

Each room is dedicated to an avant-garde artist and designed individually. You’ll find a lot of contemporary Portuguese art, design, and craftsmanship.

Throughout the hotel, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the river Douro. They have a super cute and quirky “Avant-Garden,” where you can sip on cocktails and socialize with your friends.

For dinner, be sure to make reservations at their on-site restaurant Digby for contemporary Portuguese cuisine and a large selection of wines.

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2. Torel 1884 Suites & Apartments

The Torel 1884 Suites & Apartments are set right in the heart of Porto—you’ll be within walking distance of Ferreira Borges Market.

If you decide to stay here, you’ll get to stay in 1 of 2 buildings. The first building is an ancient and former palace dating back to 1884 in the Rua Mouzinho da Silveira—it’s so cool to stay in a place with so much history.

This building has 12 exclusive suites and rooms with each floor themed according to one of the continents reached by the explorers. You’ll find themes of Africa, America, and Asia.

The second building is located on the nearby street Rua das Flores and has 11 Apartments. Each room here compliments the rooms in the first building by being named after materials explorers brought back like coffee, sugarcane, tea, and many more.

I promise you won’t regret staying here at these gorgeous suites and apartments.

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3. Torel Palace Porto

Torel Palace Porto is a stunning mansion that was transformed into a 5-star hotel. This house dates back to 1861 and was renovated to keep as many of its original features as possible.

You’ll find that a lot of the architecture and design incorporate romantic elements. Outside, you can find an outdoor swimming pool situated next to some relaxing chairs.

Everything here feels very charming and cozy. The rooms are beautifully decorated with lots of space luxurious bathrooms.

For dining, enjoy their Blind Restaurant and Bar, which brings a super unique experience of trying their food without knowing what it is. The chef wants you to take in the flavors for what they are and enjoy them without any expectations.

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4. Armazém Luxury Housing

The Armazém Luxury Housing is so unique because it was designed in an old iron warehouse from the 19th century. It’s actually located in the historic center of Porto, which was declared a UNESCO world heritage site, and features a terrace overlooking the city.

The rooms are gorgeously designed with a contemporary industrial aesthetic. You’ll find lots of concrete and grays mixed with wooden details. It literally looks like a museum in here because it’s so modern.

During your stay here, definitely take advantage of the massage options they offer, a picnic in the city, yoga, golf, and special dates.

You will definitely get a one-of-a-kind experience here while also being a minute walk away from the heart of the city.

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5. Maison Albar Hotels Le Monumental Palace

So the Maison Albar Hotels Le Monumental Palace isn’t a boutique hotel but I had to include it because it’s absolutely gorgeous—it’s actually one of many luxury hotels in Porto.

Staying here means you will be within walking distance to almost everything like Paris Galleries Street, the Porto City Market, and so much more.

The hotel is decorated with such a chic style, especially their famous restaurant Le Monument. At Le Monument, you can enjoy traditional Portuguese dishes mixed with some French flare made by Chef Julien Montbabut—the food is so good they were awarded a Michelin Plate.

For the days you want to unwind, they have an incredible Le Monumental Nuxe Spa that includes incredible facial and body treatments. After your treatment, take a dip in their indoor pool, relax in the sauna, and enjoy the hammam.

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6. Vila Foz Hotel & Spa

The Vila Foz Hotel & Spa is located in Porto across the Atlantic Ocean—imagine waking up to the sound of waves crashing every morning.

The rooms here are decorated with a modern and sophisticated design. Every room is so aesthetic and Instagrammable you’ll wish your room at home looked like this.

If you happen to be traveling with your significant other, definitely book the Onice Sea View room for a very romantic stay and gorgeous sunsets.

For dinner and drinks, explore the Vila Foz Restaurant and the Vila Foz Bar. At the restaurant, you can enjoy a gastronomic experience and a taste of authentic Portuguese seafood dishes.

I love that they offer experiences here, my personal favorite is the foodie urban picnic experience where you can picnic in the local Parque de Cidade. Definitely check out all their other experiences here.

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7. Porto A.S. 1829 Hotel

Porto A.S. 1829 Hotel is located in a fully-renovated historical building in the city historical center. You’ll be near some of Porto’s landmarks like the Clérigos Tower and São Bento Train Station.

This is a super cute and charming smaller boutique hotel with 41 rooms. The rooms have that Europen look to them with the terrace that overlooks the city.

If you’re lucky, you might book a room with a huge tub in your private bathroom to soak after a long day of exploring. Seriously nothing beats a nice bubble bath and a glass of wine to unwind.

Enjoy dining at their Galeria do Largo Restaurant that serves traditional Portuguese dishes with a slight contemporary twist. They like to update their menu accordingly based on which produce is in season.

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8. Malmerendas Boutique Lodging

Stay at the Malmerendas Boutique Lodging set in a renovated historic building. You’ll be located only a short walk away from the iconic Bolhao Market and Bolhão Metro Station.

This boutique hotel is separated into 4 suites and 2 studios that have a contemporary touch of the original decor. It’s the perfect balance between vintage and modern.

I’m obsessed with all of the rooms, each one is decorated so beautifully it feels like staying in a luxurious home.

For breakfast, they serve a traditional Porto breakfast with only Portuguese products. For drinks, enjoy their on-site wine bar that offers an extensive range of Port wines.

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They also offer spa services in their tranquility garden if you’re looking for some relaxation and self-care.

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9. PortoBay Flores

PortoBay Flores is a 5-star boutique hotel located in the historic center of Porto. Since you’ll be in the heart of the city, you can easily walk to all the famous tourist destinations.

Since this hotel was renovated from two historic buildings, you’ll see a lot of historic design elements throughout. I’m obsessed with the very regal and elegant aesthetics.

The rooms are huge and decorated with so much luxe. Staying here means you’ll get access to all their amenities like a spa, a gym, an indoor pool, and access to Rua das Flores.

For dining, reserve a table at the Bistrô Flores restaurant where you can have traditional Portuguese cuisine. You can expect lots of seafood and delicious flavors.

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10. Pestana Palácio do Freixo (Pousada do Porto)

The Pestana Palácio do Freixo is a 5-star hotel that overlooks the Douro River in Porto. The building itself is gorgeous because it’s in a restored 18th-century Baroque building.

It really feels like an urban resort staying here. The rooms are decorated beautifully with large windows overlooking the city.

This is the perfect hotel to stay at for a romantic getaway. Image walking through their gardens and exploring their romantic hideouts.

Enjoy eating at their famous Nasoni bar where they serve contemporary dishes inspired by Portuguese and Italian cuisine. Each meal is paired with their wine menu, cocktails, and views of the Douro River.

I hope this convinced you to plan your next trip to Porto! All of these boutique hotels in Porto are gorgeous—I can’t to visit again someday.

Definitely check out what prices all of these hotels offer per night since pricing is always changing.

If you decide to stay in any of these or vacation in Porto be sure to tag me on Insta @wtfab! I love seeing all of your pics and if you need some Porto recs, I’d be happy to share them!

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FAQs

What is the best area to stay in Porto?

The best areas to stay in Porto are:
– Miragaia
– Ribeira
– Centro-Baixa

What is the difference between a hotel and a boutique hotel?

The difference between a hotel and a boutique hotel is that a boutique hotel will offer a more luxurious experience. Boutique hotels tend to look more stylish and offer more experiences.

Is Porto a walkable city?

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Yes, Porto is definitely a walkable city. You can easily walk to all the famous tourist attractions by staying in the heart of Porto.

FAQs

What area should we stay in Porto? ›

Ribeira: The Overall Best Place to Stay in Porto. Ribeira is one of the most vibrant and historic areas of Porto. And the most well-known postcard image of the city.

How many days do you need in Porto? ›

Three days will allow you to explore the city at a more leisurely pace, as well as providing time to visit the museums and lesser-known sights. If you are new to Porto, it is suggested to plan two days in which to fully see the city.

Where is the main Centre of Porto? ›

Baixa – The grand centre of Porto, much of which was rebuilt during the early 20th century. Many of Porto's classic hotels can be found in Baixa, and the southern side of the district is a highly recommended area to be based in.

Is bolhao a good area to stay in Porto? ›

Aliados and Bolhao – The Best Area to Live Like a Local. This is probably the most beautiful neighbourhood in Porto, with its bold colours and facades. It also happens to be the travel hub of the city, perfect to use as a starting point for your trip or as base for many amazing Porto day trips.

What is the best month to visit Porto? ›

The best season to visit Porto is late spring (May/June) or early autumn (September). This is when there are fewer tourists about the city, but the weather is still glorious.

Is 4 days in Porto too much? ›

But much of that was spent lounging around tapas restaurants and re-visiting places a second time. A full two days in Porto is enough time to hit plenty of highlights without feeling too rushed. However, having a third (or fourth) day will make for a more relaxing visit.

Can you get around Porto without a car? ›

The best way to get around Porto is by metro, by bus or on foot. Porto boasts an extensive public transportation system operated by the Sociedade de Transportes Colectivos do Porto (which includes the metro, buses and trams) that helps visitors reach the top attractions in and around the city.

Which is nicer Lisbon or Porto? ›

Lisbon has more tourist attractions, sights, and museums

While Porto has some worthwhile cathedrals and sights (like the Harry Potteresque bookstore), Porto is more about enjoying the city, strolling the streets, taking in views, and tasting Port wine at the Port lodges. Lisbon wins the Lisbon vs.

Is Porto a walkable city? ›

Getting to and around Porto

Once there, Porto is an easily walkable city, so long as you don't mind all the hills. If the hills are an issue, there's also a good public transport system that includes old wooden trams, a metro and buses.

Is 2 days enough to see Porto? ›

Porto is a historic and vibrant city, which boasts an extensive selection of cultural sights, enjoyable activities and buzzing nightlife. The city can be fully explored within two days, and this makes Porto ideal for a weekend city break or as part of a longer tour of Portugal.

How far is the beach from Porto city Centre? ›

Praia de Moledo is about an hour's drive from Porto, though you can also get there on a direct IR train, which takes a little over 90 minutes.

Where can I walk around Porto? ›

  • 1) Rua Santa Catarina (St. ...
  • 2) Capela das Almas (Chapel of Souls) (must see) ...
  • 3) Café Majestic. ...
  • 4) Praça da Liberdade (Liberty Square) (must see) ...
  • 5) Church and Tower of the Clergymen (must see) ...
  • 6) Sé Catedral do Porto (Porto Cathedral) (must see) ...
  • 7) Ponte de Dom Luís I (Luís I Bridge) (must see)

Is 3 days in Porto too much? ›

Is 3 days in Porto enough? Yes! We think three days is the perfect amount of time to visit Porto. A three day itinerary leaves just enough time for a walking tour to see the main sites, explore the best Port houses in Nova de Gaia, see a Fado show, and still reserve a full day for wine tasting in the Douro Valley.

Where do the rich in Porto live? ›

Where do the rich live in Porto? The most expensive square meter prices in and around Porto are located in the following areas: Aldoar, Foz do Douro, and Nevogilde: €3,683 per square meter. Cedofeita, Santo Ildefonso, Sé, Miragaia, São Nicolau, Vitória (central Porto): €3,521 per square meter.

Can you walk from Porto to the beach? ›

Leaving Porto there are two options: take the traditional Coastal way that follows cobbled roads through farmland and small villages until reaching the sea in Vila do Conde, or follow esplanades and boardwalks along the River Douro and Atlantic Ocean, a slightly longer option to Vila do Conde but with numerous ...

What is the rainiest month in Porto Portugal? ›

The month with the most wet days in Porto is November, with an average of 10.7 days with at least 0.04 inches of precipitation. The drier season lasts 3.9 months, from May 29 to September 24. The month with the fewest wet days in Porto is July, with an average of 1.7 days with at least 0.04 inches of precipitation.

Does it get cold in Porto at night? ›

Not as cold as most locations in Europe

Porto sports a warm temperate, Mediterranean climate, with daytime temperatures in winter ranging from 50-60F/10-18ºC and nighttime from 40-50F/5-10ºC.

What is the cheapest month to visit Portugal? ›

The cheapest time to visit Portugal is in January and February. Avoiding the major Portuguese holidays like Christmas and Easter and the major European vacation times of July and August will help you score serious deals.

Can you use Uber in Porto? ›

Complete your plans today by reserving a ride with Uber in Porto. Request a ride up to 30 days in advance, at any time and on any day of the year.

Can you swim in Porto beaches? ›

Care must be taken when swimming as there can be powerful waves, hidden rocks or strong currents; only swim where it is shown to be safe. Safe waters include the Piscina das Mares pools at the Praia de Leça da Palmeira, the sheltered bay at the Praia da Aguda and northern side of the Praia de Matosinhos.

What is Porto famous for? ›

World-famous for its port wine, Porto is Portugal's second largest city and is the commercial and industrial centre for the zone north of the Mondego River. The historic centre of Porto was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1996.

What is considered the best way to see the city of Porto? ›

By far the best way to explore Porto is to walk. It is a quite hilly city, but small in size so almost all the major sights are within reach. Regardless, much of the magic and charm of Porto stems from walking around.

Is the metro free in Porto? ›

Price. A single ticket costs € 1.20 ( US$ 1.20). If you purchase the Porto Card or the Andante Tour Card, you'll have unlimited access to the city's metro system.

How much is taxi from Porto Airport to city Centre? ›

Rates. If you want to take a taxi in the city centre, an average ride around Porto is between € 6 ( US$ 6.20) and 8EU. The average fare from the Porto Airport usually costs around € 25 ( US$ 25.80). On Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays (all day) and every day between 9 pm and 6 am, the rates increase 20%.

What is the prettiest city in Portugal? ›

What are the most beautiful cities in Portugal?
  • Lisbon. Lisbon is a city full of charm, culture and history, located on the banks of the Tagus River. ...
  • Porto. Portugal's second-largest city, Porto is a top destination for lovers of wine, good food and beautiful architecture. ...
  • Sintra. ...
  • Cascais. ...
  • Braga. ...
  • Faro. ...
  • Coimbra. ...
  • Obidos.
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Is it better to drive or take the train from Lisbon to Porto? ›

For travelers wanting to enjoy the best of Portugal, we will always recommend traveling from Lisbon to Porto by train unless they are planning to make a full, multi-stop road trip experience out of the journey!

What is the nicest town in Portugal? ›

The 10 prettiest towns in Portugal
  • Carvalhal. This little village sits among the pine forests, rice fields and dunes near Comporta with a wonderful white-sand beach that is the perfect setting for a gallop as the sun sets. ...
  • Lindoso. ...
  • Marvão. ...
  • Cacela Velha. ...
  • Belmonte. ...
  • Amarante. ...
  • Monsanto. ...
  • Sortelha.
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What time do people eat in Porto? ›

In Portugal, restaurants open for lunch starting at 12:00 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. but don't usually fill up until around 1:00 p.m. Dinner is most commonly taken at 9:00 p.m. or 9:30 p.m., but restaurants do open as early as 7:00 p.m.

Is it difficult to walk in Porto? ›

So yes, Porto is walkable but…

Even though walking is a great way to discover Porto, it's not for everyone. Even with the acceptable width of the historic center, the streets here are hilly and tiring.

Is 3 nights in Porto enough? ›

3 days in Porto is enough time to experience the best the city has to offer, from exploring the historic city center to wine tasting in the beautiful Douro Valley.

Is 5 nights in Porto too long? ›

If you have the extra time, it's worth spending a relaxing 5 – 7 days in the city, leisurely taking in the historic city's wonders. Or use the extra time for day trips from Porto.

Is 5 days in Porto too long? ›

Day 4: Douro Day Trip or More Porto Tours

With 5 days in Porto, you have plenty of time to take a full-day trip to the Douro Valley or spend more time wandering around discovering more hidden corners of the city.

How much is Uber from Porto Airport to city Centre? ›

Transfer comparison
TransportTravel timeCost
Express Bus30 Min.2.80 €
Taxi20 Min. ⏱️25 €
Welcome Pickup20 Min.25 €
Uber20 Min.20‑30 €
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How much is the metro from Porto Airport to city Centre? ›

The metro journey from the airport to the city centre passes through four fare zones, and a Z4 ticket is required, which costs €2.00. This fare is charged to the reusable Andante card, which costs €0.60 for the initial purchase.

Is Porto good for shopping? ›

Porto is not just a city with monuments and landscapes to enjoy. There are plenty of trendy stores scattered throughout the city that can provide an amazing shopping experience.

Is one day enough to see Porto? ›

One day in Porto is undoubtedly not enough to see all that the city has to offer. To really get a better feel of this marvelous city and go beyond the touristy things, I recommend spending at least 2-3 days in Porto to savor it slowly.

Are shops closed in Porto on Sunday? ›

Many shops are open Saturday mornings but close in the afternoon. On holidays and Sundays, most offices and shops are closed (except those still hungry for tourist revenue). Museums usually close on Mondays. If you need to do some shopping on a Sunday, your safest bet is at one of the areas shopping centres.

Is there a lot of crime in Porto? ›

Porto has over average levels of crime and beats the capital city Lisbon when it comes to danger. The most common crimes in Portugal according to Numbeo are drug dealing and corruption. According to TravelSafe, tourists have a medium risk of being scammed or pickpocketed in Porto.

Is Porto safe for tourists? ›

Porto is generally a safe city, and the crime rate is low. Pickpocketing and bag-snatching are the main concerns to keep in mind, especially when traveling on the trams and metro. Avoid moving around during the crowded peak times, and don't zone out on your phone wherever you are.

Is Porto worth a day trip from Lisbon? ›

A day trip to Porto from Lisbon is absolutely doable and worth your time. It provides a nice contrast with Lisbon. Porto is smaller and 100% walkable. Unlike Lisbon, Porto was not destroyed by the 1755 earthquake and therefore maintains many of its historic buildings and original layout.

Where do celebrities live in Portugal? ›

Many celebrities in Portugal favor the Algarve, and it's fairly easy to see why – indeed, the Algarve is considered one of the most desirable places to live in Portugal. Portimão and Albufeira are very cosmopolitan and full of life both day and night.

Is English widely spoken in Porto? ›

The language spoken in Porto is Portuguese but English is widely spoken by all individual who work within the tourist industry. There will be no language barrier for travellers who are visiting Porto or the north of Portugal.

Which city do billionaires live? ›

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RankCityBillionaires
1New York, New York78
2Moscow, Russia68
3Hong Kong64
4London, United Kingdom46
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Is Uber cheaper than taxi in Porto? ›

Yes. Sometimes by a lot, sometimes not by much. In general, an Uber will be cheaper than your average taxi, and much cheaper than your typical airport taxi. For example, at Faro Airport it costs around €10 to get from the airport to the city, using Uber it costs around €6.

Why is Porto so abandoned? ›

Financial crisis: The final nail in the coffin

Financial crisis then added fuel to the fire. Many companies to become bankrupt in the financial crisis and many Portuguese left Portugal to find jobs in other countries. In 2011, around 18.8% of the houses in Porto were abandoned. That means 1 in 5 houses were empty!

How do you get from Porto Centre to the beach? ›

Travel to Matosinhos beach from Porto. The town of Matosinhos is connected to the 'A' metro line, and the beach is served by the Matosinhos Sul stop. Matosinhos is in zone three of the metro network and a single ticket costs €1.60. This ticket is charged to the Andante card, which costs €0.60 for the initial purchase.

What is the main square in Porto? ›

The Praça da Liberdade (Liberty Square) is Porto's main square and it connects the old town with the modern part of the city. The plaza is in the heart of Porto, very close to the Torre dos Clérigos (Clérigos Tower) and São Bento Railway Station.

What is the main street in Porto? ›

Rua Santa Catarina (Santa Catarina Street) is the most important shopping thoroughfare in Porto. This pedestrian street is located in the high part of town and starts from Praça da Batalha in the city centre, itself housing the pretty Igreja dos Congregados dedicated to Saint Anthony, with a beautiful tiled façade.

What's Porto famous for? ›

World-famous for its port wine, Porto is Portugal's second largest city and is the commercial and industrial centre for the zone north of the Mondego River. The historic centre of Porto was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1996.

How much is a taxi from Porto airport to Centre? ›

If you want to take a taxi in the city centre, an average ride around Porto is between € 6 ( US$ 6.20) and 8EU. The average fare from the Porto Airport usually costs around € 25 ( US$ 25.80). On Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays (all day) and every day between 9 pm and 6 am, the rates increase 20%.

Is the Metro free in Porto? ›

Price. A single ticket costs € 1.20 ( US$ 1.20). If you purchase the Porto Card or the Andante Tour Card, you'll have unlimited access to the city's metro system.

What time do shops shut in Porto? ›

Porto Service Hours

Shops open between 09:00 and 10:00 and stay open until 19:00, but many close for long lunch breaks around 13:00, as do some governmental offices. Shopping centres remain open longer than stores on the street. Many shops are open Saturday mornings but close in the afternoon.

Is 1 day enough in Porto? ›

Is one day in Porto enough? While the locals will always say that one day is never enough to see a city, I found that one day in Porto is enough to see all the main attractions and get a vibe for this beautiful Portuguese city.

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