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.
- 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.
- Yeatman Luxe five-star pad in Gaia, with dreamy views, Michelin-starred restaurant and spa.
- Pestana Porto – A Brasileira Turn-of-the-century style in landmark 19th-century building.
- Hotel Teatro Flamboyant design hotel in a converted mid-19th century theatre.
- Armazém Luxury Housing Uber-stylish Ribeira design hotel in born-again iron warehouse.
- Pestana Vintage History, comfort and front-row river views.
- Torel Avantgarde Classy avant-garde five-star hotel high on a hill in Miragaia.
B&Bs & Hostels
- Gallery Hostel Artsy, homey hostel on a gallery-lined street in Miragaia.
- Tattva Design Hostel Cool design hostel with a rooftop lounge.
- Rivoli Cinema Hostel Art deco flair meets an easy-going vibe and first-rate facilities.
- The Passenger Stylish hostel making tracks in Estação de São Bento.
- Bluesock Hostel Ribeira digs with a sociable vibe and historic backdrop.
- Gaia Porto Hostel Sweeping river views and a warm welcome.
Boutique & Design
- 6 Only Just six rooms melding historic charm with contemporary design.
- Vintage Guest House Nouveau vintage contender right in the thick of things.
- Casa do Conto A 19th-century townhouse with many stories to tell.
- Flattered to be in Porto Sleek sea-view apartments in Foz.
- Charm Guesthouse Charming guesthouse in Gaia by name and nature, with alluring river views.
- Maison Nos B&B Sweet, chic B&B in the historic Vitória quarter of town.
- Gallery Hostel Funky hostel with an arty vibe, free walking tours, and events such as port tastings.
- Tattva Design Hostel Super-central, on-trend backpacker digs wih a rooftop lounge.
- Rivoli Cinema Hostel Squeaky-clean dorms with movie-themed decor.
- 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.
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
€€€ more than €120
Where to Stay
Aliados & Bolhão
Near sights, nightlife, shops, restaurants…everything. Great transport links. Sleeping options for all budgets.
Can be crowded and pricey. Accommodation fills fast in high season.
Good for off-the-beaten track exploring. Well connected by public transport. Close to Casa da Música.
More residential/corporate, so lacks character in places. Further from main sights.
Foz do Douro
Located on the Atlantic, with beaches and a waterfront promenade, plus numerous shops, cafes and restaurants.
A short hop from the centre (tram 1 or bus 500). Less appealing in the cooler months.
Low-key and authentic/untouristy neighbourhood with a handful of sights and restaurants, plus the lovely Jardins do Palácio de Cristal.
Further from the main sights. Few accommodation options.
Charismatic hilltop neighbourhood, spilling down to the river, with pretty gardens and viewpoints, plus inexpensive, artsy guesthouses and restaurants.
Steep streets to climb. Not everywhere is connected by public transport.
Historic Porto at its best, packed with sights, restaurants and bars. Good transport links.
Can be touristy and comparatively expensive, especially in peak season. Often fully booked.
Vila Nova de Gaia
Close to the port-wine lodges for tours and tastings. Fine views of Ribeira.
A bit further out and not as well connected by public transport.
- 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.