Porto is such a beautiful city that should definitely be on your Portugal Itinerary. We loved admiring the historic buildings and wandering the vibrant streets overlooking the River Duoro. The historic centre of Porto is actually a UNESCO World Heritage Site. When it comes to accommodation options, you are spoilt for choice. There are plenty of beautifully designed hotels and apartments in ideal locations. Almost too many, we really struggled to narrow down this list! So how to decide where to stay in Porto? Here are our favourite picks of the best hotels in Porto and the best areas to stay.
Our Overall Favourite Places To Stay In Porto
If you’re short on time, here are our absolute favourite hotels:
- 5-star hotel: Hotel GA Palace | Casa da Companhia
- 4-star hotel: Pousada do Porto – Rua das Flores | Vincci Ponte de Ferro
- Boutique hotel: Jardins do Porto Boutique Guest House | Hotel Tipografia
- Apartments: S.Bento Residences
- Value for money: PortoBay Teatro | One Shot Palácio Cedofeita
- For families (hotel): Mercure Porto Centro Aliados
- For families (apartment): Condes de Azevedo Palace Apartments | Village by BOA
- Luxury hotel with river views: The Rebello Hotel & Spa | The Yeatman
- Boutique hotel with river views: Torel Avantgarde | Gran Cruz House
- Apartment with river views: Oh! Porto Apartments | Porto River
- There’s something special about it: Hotel das Virtudes
But we’re going to be honest with you. Porto is bubbling over with incredible places to stay. There are so many beautifully designed and unique hotels and apartments. You can see all of our favourite places to stay in our accommodation guide below.
You will also find our neighbourhood guide for all of the best areas to stay in Porto. So if you can’t decide, keep reading…
Where To Stay In Porto? Neighbourhood Guide
Where is the best area to stay in Porto? The best option for a first-time visitor is definitely Porto city centre. Within the city centre, the best neighbourhoods to stay in are the Ribeira and Baixa. It can be difficult to choose between Riberia and Baixa. We would say Riberia is the best neighbourhood to stay in for its picturesque streets and riverside location. Whilst Baixa is the best neighborhood to stay in for its central location, home to tourist attractions, and restaurants.
There are also some surrounding neighbourhoods that are great options, such as Vila Nova de Gaia, Marquês (where we stayed), Cedofeita and Bonfim. These are all still central enough, with fewer crowds and a more local feel.
The Ribeira is a riverside neighbourhood with picturesque buildings and a lively atmosphere. There are lots of restaurants and shops, but it’s pretty touristy. Something else to consider is the steep walk and stairs you may need to climb to get to the other areas and attractions in Porto.
Stay in Ribeira for the charm, skip it if you don’t want a steep walk to other areas and want something less touristy.
See our favourite places to stay in Ribeira in our accommodation guide below.
Baixa & Se
Baixa and Se are neighbourhoods just above the Ribeira that are home to lots of restaurants, shops and some of the best things to do. This is what we would consider the most central location of Porto. It’s a great place to stay for easy access to major attractions, restaurants, shops and more. It’s home to Avenida dos Aliados, the beautiful São Bento train station and the stunning bookstore, Livraria Lello.
Of course, it will still be crowded and touristy, but it is also in the heart of Porto. Keep in mind this area is also quite hilly, but you will spend a lot of time here whether you stay in this area or not.
Stay in Baixa for its ideal location, skip it if you want something less touristy.
See our favourite places to stay in Baixa & Sé in our accommodation guide below.
Vila Nova de Gaia
You may look at a map of Porto and wonder which side of Porto to stay. Well, Vila Nova de Gaia is on the opposite side of the river to Baixa and Ribeira, but it’s also a great option. If you choose this area, make sure to stay in the area near the river. This area is more central.
Here you will be close to the port wine cellars, there’s a beautiful park with stunning views and a lively riverside area. If you stay near the river, it’s only a short walk across the bridge to Porto centre or you can take the metro. And if you choose accommodation with river views, you will also be rewarded with views of the Ribeira district, in our opinion, the best views in Porto.
Stay in Vila Nova de Gaia if you’re interested in port tasting, you want to stay near the river and you don’t mind having to walk across the bridge for most attractions. Skip it if you would rather be in the heart of the city.
See our favourite places to stay in Vila Nova de Gaia in our accommodation guide below.
The above neighbourhoods are where we would recommend you start your search for accommodation, as they are the most central and picturesque. However, there are some areas neighbouring these, that are also worth a look. These are Marquês (where we stayed), Cedofeita (known as the art district) and Bonfim.
If you stay in these areas, we would still recommend staying as close to the Baixa area as possible. These areas all feel a little more local, with fewer tourists about, whilst still being somewhat central.
If you’re visiting Porto for a second time, then it’s also worth considering Foz, a beautiful beachside neighbourhood. Our favourite places to stay in Foz are Vila Foz Hotel & Spa and Vila Na Praia Foz Luxury Apartments. But for a first-time visit, we think it’s a little far away from the main attractions and it’s mostly a residential area.
How Many Days In Porto?
Porto is a beautiful city with so many incredible things to do and experience.
We spent 5 days here and could have easily spent more time there. But as a minimum, I would suggest 3 to 4 days in Porto to get a feel for the city and explore.
If you want to do some day trips to Braga, Guimaraes, or the Douro River Valley, then keep this in mind and add on time for these too.
When booking accommodation, we love to use Booking.com. They have a great range of accommodation options available, so you will be sure to find all of the best places to stay in Porto. We love using it for our travels.
Porto Accommodation Guide
We have put together a guide of the best places to stay in Porto from our experience of our time there, knowledge of the best hotels and their specific locations, research, reading reviews and hearing from you. When choosing the best hotels in Porto, we think location, design and service are the most important things.
So here are our favourite picks, including the best 5-star hotels, boutique hotels and apartments.
Please note: Prices are per night during low season and were accurate at the time of this post.
We actually love the hotels here so much, we had too many favourites to include here. So take a look at our best boutique hotels in Porto article here for more.
Best Boutique Hotels In Porto: Curated By Location & Design (coming soon)
Where To Stay In Porto With Family (coming soon)
Splurge: The Best Luxury Hotels In Porto
The Best Luxury Hotels In Baixa
The Best Luxury Hotels In Vila Nova de Gaia
Luxury Hotels For Less
The Best Places To Stay In Ribeira & Miragaia
The Best Places To Stay In Baixa
The Best Places To Stay In Marquês, Cedofeita & Bonfim
The Best Places To Stay In Vila Nova de Gaia
Hotels under $200/night
The Best Mid-Range Hotels In Ribeira & Miragaia
The Best Mid-Range Hotels In Baixa
The Best Mid-Range Hotels In Cedofeita
Best Mid-Range Hotels In Vila Nova de Gaia
Hotels under $150/night
The Best Hotels In The City Centre under $150/night
Apartments In Porto
The Best Apartments In Baixa
The Best Apartments In Ribeira
The Best Apartments In Marquês
The Best Apartments In Vila Nova de Gaia
We will continually update this post with any new places we love, to make sure we recommend the best Porto Accommodation.
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This post was originally published on August 3rd, 2017 and last updated on September 3rd, 2023.