Porto's sleeping scene has experienced an incredible renaissance in the last couple of years, due to the influx of weekend visitors arriving with low-cost flights. Time-worn residenciales are slowly being replaced, and hipsterish hostels, retro-cool guesthouses, swanky five-star hotels, and slickly modern apartments (some let out on Airbnb) are now plentiful. In peak season and during major festivals, be sure to book well in advance.

Best Lists

Sleeping

  • ROSA ET AL Townhouse Gorgeous townhouse in an artsy neighbourhood with cookery workshops and one of Porto's best brunches.
  • Porto River Soul-stirring river views and Scandi style at this warehouse turned luxe hotel.
  • Gallery Hostel Superb backpacker digs on the hip, gallery-lined Rua Miguel Bombarda.
  • 6 Only A class act in the centre, with boutique flair in its six stylish rooms.
  • Yeatman Plush five-star hotel with sublime views, a Michelin-starred restaurant, a spa, port-cellar tastings and tours.
  • Maison Nos B&B Utterly charming B&B in the historic Vitória district, with great breakfasts and a warm welcome.

Luxury Sleeps

B&Bs & Hostels

Boutique & Design

By Budget

€€

  • Canto de Luz Chic little French-run guesthouse with looks, personality and magnifique breakfasts.
  • 6 Only Historic meets contemporary in six super-stylish rooms.
  • Maison Nos B&B Sweet and unique rooms with uberwelcoming hosts.

€€€

  • Yeatman Hilltop stunner in Gaia, with a spa, Michelin-starred restaurant and port-wine tastings.
  • ROSA ET AL Townhouse Classy, individually designed suites, a lovely garden and famous brunches.
  • Armazém Luxury Housing A former iron warehouse given a new design-minded lease of life in Ribeira's heart.

Price Ranges

The following price ranges refer to a double room with bathroom in high season. Unless otherwise stated breakfast is included in the price.

less than €60

€€ €60–120

€€€ more than €120

Where to Stay

Aliados & Bolhão

For

Near sights, nightlife, shops, restaurants…everything. Great transport links. Sleeping options for all budgets.

Against

Can be crowded and pricey. Accommodation fills fast in high season.

Boavista

For

Good for off-the-beaten track exploring. Well connected by public transport. Close to Casa da Música.

Against

More residential/corporate, so lacks character in places. Further from main sights.

Foz do Douro

For

Located on the Atlantic, with beaches and a waterfront promenade, plus numerous shops, cafes and restaurants.

Against

A short hop from the centre (tram 1 or bus 500). Less appealing in the cooler months.

Massarelos

For

Low-key and authentic/untouristy neighbourhood with a handful of sights and restaurants, plus the lovely Jardins do Palácio de Cristal.

Against

Further from the main sights. Few accommodation options.

Miragaia

For

Charismatic hilltop neighbourhood, spilling down to the river, with pretty gardens and viewpoints, plus inexpensive, artsy guesthouses and restaurants.

Against

Steep streets to climb. Not everywhere is connected by public transport.

Ribeira

For

Historic Porto at its best, packed with sights, restaurants and bars. Good transport links.

Against

Can be touristy and comparatively expensive, especially in peak season. Often fully booked.

Vila Nova de Gaia

For

Close to the port-wine lodges for tours and tastings. Fine views of Ribeira.

Against

A bit further out and not as well connected by public transport.

Booking Services

  • Lonely Planet (lonelyplanet.com/portugal/the-north/porto/hotels) Recommendations and bookings.
  • Oporto Apartments (www.oportoapartments.com) Apartment rentals in central Porto.
  • Go Oporto (www.gooporto.com) Lists a decent selection of hotels, hostels and centrally located apartments.