Enjoy the city’s classic hotels or rent a classy flat.
/// Classic Hotels ///
Intercontinental Palácio das Cardosas
Praça da Liberdade, 25 /// +351 22 003 5600 /// ihg.com /// From €270
It was built in the 18th century and in 1834 it was sold to a rich family that gave the palace the name of the heiress daughters. It has been listed by UNESCO as World Heritage since 1996 and, two years ago, was converted into this luxurious hotel overlooking the Avenida dos Aliados. It boasts a total of 105 rooms, 16 of which are duplex suites, with two presidential suites. The décor is classic and replete with wood and marble that recall the luxury of the era. The food also matches the hotel style and visitors should try the Astoria restaurant’s speciality, the oysters.
Grande Hotel do Porto
Rua de Santa Catarina, 197 /// +351 22 207 6690 /// grandehotelporto.com /// From €45
This place exudes history. Constructed in 1880, it was the city’s first hotel and undoubtedly worthy of the name Grande Hotel do Porto. The Victorian style that can be seen in the façade is also perceptible in its revivalist decor and its 94 suites. The restaurant was named after one of its most illustrious guests, the Emperor D. Pedro II of Brazil, recalling old glory and a lifestyle long since lost.
Pousada do Porto – Palácio do Freixo
Estrada Nacional, 108 /// +351 22 531 1000 /// pousadas.pt /// From €130
The palace dates back to 1742 and was designed by the same Italian architect that crafted the Torre dos Clérigos, Nasoni. The Palace gardens and the building were bought in the 1950s by a milling factory, however, it was only in 2009 that it was turned into Porto’s first pousada. It is divided into two connected buildings: that of the Palácio, which contains the restaurant, bar and common areas and that of the old milling factory with the pousada’s 87 rooms. In the garden, the swimming pool overlooking the River Douro offers a perfect late-afternoon Porto experience.
Hotel Boa Vista
Esplanada do Castelo, 58 /// +351 22 532 0020 /// hotelboavista.com /// From €82
Constructed over 150 years ago, when it became fashionable to swim in Foz. Nowadays, this hotel continues to live up to its name: it is the only hotel in the city centre to have a panoramic view of where the River Douro meets the Atlantic Ocean. Some of its 71 rooms enjoy a sea view. On the rooftop of the fourth floor, you can continue to enjoy the great view from the restaurant-bar, the terrace or the pool.
Hotel Infante Sagres
Praça D. Filipa de Lencastre, 62 /// +351 22 339 8500 /// hotelinfantesagres.pt /// From €140
Infante Sagres has been part of the historical centre’s furniture since 1917, having served illustrious guests such as fado legend Amália Rodrigues, singers Bob Dylan and Bryan Ferry, actor John Malkovich and even the spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. It offers a spa and 70 rooms decorated in classic style that recall the era of the Portuguese Discoveries. The more modern touch is provided by items of contemporary design dotted around the hotel, and which can be purchased in the hotel itself.
/// Classy Flats ///
Rua Trindade Coelho, 42 \\\ + 351 93 840 8069 \\\ airbnb.com \\\ From €150
Small details, like the Marshall speaker (music lovers will know what we’re talking about) to connect to your phone, thoughtful décor and lighting that highlights the lovely wooden floor, as well as all the creature comforts you may need during your stay, make this a kind of second home in Porto. The flat has two bedrooms, sleeping up to four people, a kitchen, living room and two balconies, one with a dining table where guests can enjoy warm days. The location is also unbeatable, near São Bento train station, between Avenida dos Aliados and Ribeira, which is the perfect place to discover the city.
3º Quatro Estações
Rua das Carmelitas, 100 \\\ +351 91 633 9914 \\\ sobreoporto.com \\\ From €100
The simplicity of the flat, predominantly white with a mix of retro furniture with modern touches, contrasts with the monumentality of the building designed in the early 20th-century by Marques da Silva, one of Porto’s most prominent architects. Boasting a bedroom, a living room and two bathrooms, the place is ideal for a couple, but the 100 m2 offers the possibility of another four more beds, which means it can accommodate up to six people. Located in one of Porto’s most dynamic areas, a stone’s throw from the Livraria Lello bookshop, the balcony overlooks Oliveiras and Cordoaria gardens, Praça dos Leões and the emblematic Torre dos Clérigos.
Rua de Coelho Neto, 22 \\\ +351 962 877 096 \\\ facebook.com/oportonear \\\ From €45
Located in the Baixa district, in a part of the city where day-to-day life still belongs to those who live there, this seven-flat building has been restored with a focus on the old, purposely exposed stone walls, creating a practical and sophisticated environment. The flats have fully-equipped kitchens and sleep up to four people. The décor is simple and bright, with interesting details. A family project by a physical education teacher who trains Paralympic athletes, special attention was paid to facilitate mobility in the ground-floor flat.
Santa Teresa Pateo
Rua de Santa Teresa, 40 \\\ +351 91 273 5259 \\\ fuga.com.pt \\\ From €90
The minimalist décor in a tranquil space of white and lots of natural light was created by several young Portuguese designers and artists. The flat has a bedroom, living room and kitchen in a duplex with mezzanine, not to mention a terrace. The space, which is ideal for two people, but which can sleep four, is situated in one of the city’s most central areas, close to the Torre dos Clérigos, the busy Rua da Galeria de Paris and directly opposite the éclairs of the Leitaria da Quinta do Paço, a good way of starting the day.
A Bela Aurora
Rua do Rosário, 227 \\\ +351 96 022 6569 \\\ abelaaurora.com \\\ From €115
A Bela Aurora is housed in this late-19th century classic house, which has been renovated respecting the original structure, granite walls, high ceilings and wooden floor. The four-story building offer guests every comfort, using organic and sustainable materials. There are five suites, all with king size beds, living and dining room. The garden is a veritable oasis from the hustle and bustle of the city.
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