One of our biggest concerns when we are planning our trips is about accommodation. Choosing a hotel is always very difficult, right? We have to take the cost-benefit into consideration, thinking mainly about location and comfort. After all, there is no point in saving on accommodation and then end up spending more on transportation.
Boutique hotels are our preferred style. In addition to being smaller and with a more intimate atmosphere, the spaces usually have the decoration with more personality. As Brazilians have been going more and more to Portugal and the country will be one of our next destinations, I researched some accommodations there. I have already told you some of the best in Lisbon and now I will talk about the best recommended in Porto!
Casa do Conto Arts & Residence
With a very minimalist style and some more rustic details, such as concrete walls, Casa do Conto is one of the most original hotels in the city. The external side of the building has a more classic feel, which makes the interior of the hotel even more surprising and different.
His location is also great – very close to three metro stations and some tourist spots, such as Casa da Música. For those who intend to do all tours using public transport, this is a great option. The place is beautiful and, as a bonus, you will have access to much of the city over there 😉
1872 River House
The 8 rooms at the 1872 River House, despite being all classics, are still contemporary, you know? The decor uses more traditional elements in a very modern and elegant way, making the rooms unique and special. Most of the accommodation’s furniture has been restored, so each one tells a different story.
As there are only 8 rooms and an incredible location, book your room as soon as possible if you want to stay in it. Next to it are the Miradouro da Vitória, perfect place to watch the sunset, and also the Porto Cathedral. Two amazing places close to you!
Despite being super new, opened in September 2017, Torel Avantgarde has already won many customers around the world. His differential is in the choice of the concept for the decoration of all environments, from the rooms to the common spaces. They sought inspiration from avant-garde artists and managed to transform the hotel into a real space in honor of art.
Torel’s two main decorators were interior designer Isabel Sá Nogueira and the collective Nano Design. The two combined the best of comfort with super modern decor. Overall, the design of the hotel has a more vintage feel, always exploring the more creative and innovative side of decor!
Discover Boutique Hotel Porto
The Descobertas Boutique Hotel is very modest, having only 18 rooms. All the decoration of the accommodation was inspired by Portuguese maritime adventures, so each one has a detail or a different one. Another positive point in relation to it is the location, which is in an area considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
If you’re the type who loves architecture and are also interested in tasting local wines through shops and restaurants, don’t think twice about booking a room at this hotel. The Port Wine Cellars are half a kilometer away from the hotel – it’s an incredible tour for wine lovers vinhos
Malmerendas Boutique Hotel
I confess that the entrance to Malmerendas Boutique Lodging is not very inviting and a little hidden, but the interior is surprising. The facade of the hotel is very old and without much announcement of what will be inside it, you know? However, his rooms are all super modern and spacious.
Being in an old house, they only have five rooms available. Anyone looking for a quiet place without a lot of excitement will fall in love there. In addition, it is close to Bolhão, a super tourist region of Porto. The Majestic Café is also very close by.
The Artist Porto Hotel & Bistro
The rooms at The Artist Porto Hotel & Bistro are more classic and not as modern as the others, but very welcoming. It is in a very old space of the city, close to many historical places like Café Majestic and Coliseu do Porto. Their restaurant is also highly praised by its regulars, as they usually have a very interesting tasting menu. It is perfect for those who like comfort and simplicity!
Porto Palacio Congress Hotel & Spa
One of the things that most attracts tourists to Porto Palácio Congress Hotel & Spa, in addition to the comfortable room, is the lounge with panoramic views of Porto and the Douro River. As it is considered a five star hotel, their service is great and the rooms are usually the ones that make you feel at home.
For those who enjoy beautiful landscapes, like Paulo and me, the Vip Lounge is an incredible space. It is a wonderful place to enjoy the sunset and have a cocktail. Although it is not close to many sights, there is a metro station right next to the hotel.
Infante Sagres – Luxury Historic Hotel
If you want to feel like royalty for a few days, you can now book at Infante Sagres. It is in a historic building and its decoration is all designed in a classic and traditional style. Still this year, in 2018, the hotel gave a makeover in his style. They added more modern touches in every room, giving it a very contemporary feel.
All the rooms are extremely elegant and with a luxurious decoration in the right measure. If you are looking for a special hotel that will provide you with a very different experience, this is a great opportunity.
Pestana Vintage Porto and World Heritage
Very close to the Douro River and Praça da Ribeira is one of the most popular five star hotels in Porto. The Pestana Vintage Porto has just over 100 rooms, 15 of which are at the top of the hotel and have a beautiful view of the city, some of them with a privileged view of the river.
For those who want to explore the city center a lot, this is one of the best places to stay. The hotel itself is already a historic building, so you can feel like part of the city being in it. The rooms are super comfortable, not to mention the on-site bar and restaurant, which are also great.
There is a hotel for all tastes there, right? These are just some of the options, since I selected only the boutique hotels. If you choose somewhere a little further away and want to get around the city more comfortably, it’s a good idea to rent a car! To get an idea of price and to book any option, just click here 🙂