I already written about the best neighbourhoods to stay in the city, so this time I carefully gathered a list of the best apartments in Porto to hopefully help you on your accommodation hunt. I chose different designs, styles and central locations for people traveling with family, friends or as a couple.
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Best apartments in Porto per neighborhood
For the purpose of this article, I divided Porto into 6 neighborhoods:
- Ribeira, the Unesco World Heritage site by the riverside. Very touristy, but oh so charming 🙂
- Downtown Porto, where most monuments are located.
- Cedofeita, the romantic neighborhood of Porto, full of art galleries and concept stores.
- Bonfim, the hipster neighborhood of Porto, where you’ll find great bars.
- Foz, in between the douro river and the Atlantic ocean, further away from the crowds.
- Boavista, the corporate district of Porto.
Best apartments in Porto – Cedofeita
7 Bridges Estúdios, as the name suggests, has different types of studios available, all equipped with air conditioning, TV, kitchenette, microwave, coffee machine and hairdryer. Some studios have a terrace and others have a view of the city, but they are all quite comfortable (especially the beds) and, what’s more, soundproof, which is very useful because 7 Bridges Estúdios is surrounded by restaurants and at the end of the street there is a Mini Price Express (a small supermarket).
This apartment is right in front of the Crystal Palace gardens which is great for some morning walks and perfect sunsets. Who knows, maybe you will catch an event happening at the park. Because of this and so much more, this is truly one of the best apartments in Porto.
Predicados do Douro Palace has a really simple and interesting décor with elements of tropical influence. The rooms are cozy with great color combinations. The units are soundproof (which is quite rare in Portugal), bright, cozy and with a view to inspire envy!
Close by you will find tons of museums like Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis, one of the best museums in Porto. If you are fond of walking, Clérigos tower is the perfect destination for a stroll and Casa da Música, which is about 20 minutes away, is not to be missed.
Oporto Serviced Apartments bbgourmet are large and modern and can easily accommodate families with children, or two couples as well. They are equipped with a kitchenette, a dishwasher and an oven.
Below the apartments there is a nice restaurant with a terrace facing the street, called BB Gourmet 1858, where you can enjoy a drink after a day walking in Porto, as well as a delicious brunch on the weekends.
For those who want to cook seriously, there’s nothing like the Casa Amarela apartments. In addition to being clean and spacious AND with a beautiful decor, they have very well-equipped kitchens – with an oven, a microwave, a toaster, a coffee machine, a dishwasher, a kettle and a fridge; It’s like being at home, and I say this rarely!
Furthermore, it has a great location, with lots of restaurants and a supermarket (Pingo Doce) right next to it. It also has a private garden at the rear of the building.
These apartments in Porto are named after a famous Brazilian restaurant that lies below (it belongs to the same owner).
Capim Dourado Apartments Cedofeita are large, open space studios that can fit four people very comfortably.
The location couldn’t be better, close to several restaurants, two brunch cafes, a laundry shop and a craft beer pub. The subway station Lapa is 5 minutes walking distant and the Clérigos tower, Lello bookstore and the Crystal Palace gardens are 10 minutes away.
Best apartments in Porto – Ribeira
B28 Apartments in Porto are a wonder in white. Few colors open up a space as much as clear, clean white.
This is a beautiful place that accommodates large groups of people comfortably and is really stylish to boot. Besides that, it is situated in a really nice spot in Ribeira. It is near the Stock Exchange Palace – an architectural wonder, Vitória Viewpoint – the place to take some perfect pictures of Porto’s skyline, and the Douro river and Luiz I bridge are just a few streets away.
Come on, let’s get exploring!
A great thing about all the entries on this list of the best hotels in Ribeira is their location.
Due to its status as one of Unesco’s World Heritage Sites, Ribeira is not only a great place to find preserved historical buildings, but also a great place to stay in Porto.
Porto River is one of those amazing options because it converges old and new so well. A perfect place for couples and smaller families and groups of friends, this Aparthotel is just plain cool.
It is decorated simply but very modernly, and it’s very cozy. The wood pieces give it a natural but subdued touch and you will find a typical Portuguese decoration in every room.
Staying atCasas do Porto – Ribeira apartments is a unique experience. The hosts, Barbara and Olivia, are always ready to assist, maintaining continuous contact with guests via WhatsApp. They provide all necessary information and suggestions in advance, making guests feel well taken care of. The apartments themselves are well-equipped and come with thoughtful touches like a fruit basket in each apartment and wine and sardines prepared for guests. For breakfast, you’ll find a variety of items including fruit juices, eggs, yogurt, Nespresso coffee, etc. But the highlight is the delivery of fresh bread rolls and croissants at 7 am. This service, along with the homely atmosphere, makes a stay at truly memorable.
Nestled in a renovated historic building overlooking the Douro River, the location ofYOUROPO – Ribeira Porto, one of the best apartments in Porto, simply unbeatable. The apartments are spacious and come with panoramic river views (some even have balconies). Each apartment features a spacious lounge with a flat-screen cable TV and a double sofa bed. The kitchenette is well-equipped with an oven, fridge, and microwave, and the private bathrooms come with free toiletries. The beds are very comfortable, ensuring a good night’s sleep. With a supermarket just a 5-minute walk away and local buses passing 50 metres from the apartments, it’s easy to explore central Porto.
From a local’s perspective, Arco Apartments is a standout place in Porto. The exceptional personalized service provided by the staff, particularly Elizabeth, is something that I have to publically praise! She’s always ready to assist, from helping with luggage to providing local recommendations. The apartments themselves are pretty cool, with more than enough room to spread out and a minimalist decor. The bedroom’s windows can be closed to create a cozy, cave-like atmosphere, which I personally liked.
RVA São João Novo Apartments is a place that I, as a local, find truly special.The building is fully renovated (it even has an elevator) but the spirit of old Porto has been kept in the granite stones on the wall and woods on the ceiling.
Its prime location in the heart of Porto makes it an ideal base for exploring the city. The apartments are a bit on the small size but they are clean and have all great amenities such as a fridge, microwave, and a kitchenette. Some rooms even have a balcony facing the river, which adds a unique charm to the place.
OCA Ribeira do Porto AT is a gem in the heart of Porto’s Ribeira. Nestled right next to the iconic Luis Bridge, it offers a view that’s hard to beat. The apartments themselves are a blend of comfort and style, with each one boasting a unique decor. They’re spacious, spotlessly clean, and come with all the modern amenities you could need. The only thing that people usually don’t like about OCA Ribeira do Porto AT apart is the remote check-in process, but that is a minor issue for me.
Best apartments in downtown Porto
I have one word for you: BLUE.
The doors are blue. Walls, ceilings and and floors are blue. Sofas, stairs, sinks – lampshades and vases. Dark blue, light, pale, pastel, shiny and matte. Fluffy blue and blue marble. I think I’m in love and I am almost certain whoever design Apartamentos The Arc Carrís has exhausted the possibilities of the color. It’s truly fascinating what they have done with the interior design in The Art Carrís Apartments.
You would think so much blue would be boring and just too over the top – but that’s the wonder of this place: it just works.
Being a fisherman’s and trade city, we couldn’t miss one of the best apartments to stay in Porto with a nautical theme. Porto Náutico & Spa is decorated to match the sea and river that lick the margins of Porto. The rooms ar full of staple pieces like ancient helms, rudders, hooks and fisherman’s knots.
And they have their own little body of water in the terrace! A huge exterior pool graces the shared terrace of the apartments and the experience is complemented by the privileged view over Porto with Clérigos tower taking center stage close by.
I think these apartments are the jewel of our list of the best apartments in Porto. Bnapartments Carregal are in a renovated palace from the 17th century with a garden that makes me want to grab a book and turn off the real world for a couple of hours.
It is a truly gorgeous place with a quiet charm and beautiful design. And that book? Let’s close it and take a dip in the palace’s huge pool. I mean it, come on! 😉
I genuinely love places that play special attention to design and have something that makes them stand out from the rest. In the case of Aparthotel Oporto Alves da Veiga, it’s the ceilings.
Everything about them is interesting, stylish and just plain beautiful.
The décor of the rooms is simple but assertive and I think they made the right choice there. The exposed beams and plaster art are the staple of this Aparthotel and should, rightly, take center stage. If this is your choice among our suggestions for the best apartments in Porto, I suggest when you go there to just take a minute, look up and appreciate the beauty that resides upwards.
While on the hunt for the best apartments in Porto, I had to include Rua de Trás Apartments, because they have one of the best views of the Clérigos tower. The apartments are compact and the area is well utilized, a characteristic that I enjoyed. The ceiling is a bit lower which adds to the coziness of the place and you feel like you are in an old cottage where Porto’s history is incrusted in the rock walls.
If you are looking for a cozy, simple and unassuming place to stay, MSC Flats – Comércio do Porto are one of the best in Ribeira neighborhood. And the view is just astounding. After all, this is Ribeira we are talking about and the Douro river is a sight on every window. Let me just say that waking up to sunshine and the river flowing outside your window is the best way to start the day.
There are some wonderful places to see near this apartment as well. The Stock Exchange Palace is close by, as are Ferreira Borges Market and the famous Clérigos tower. Make sure not to miss them!
If you want a charismatic apartment in Porto,Sendme2Portugal – Santa Catarina is the perfect choice. It is a wonder of clear pastel colors and soft wood accents. The airiness of the rooms is truly delightful and a wonderful environment to wind down after exploring the city.
Besides the soft and cozy greatness of this apartment, its location is also a huge plus. Located in Santa Catarina street, it is close to everything like Bolhão Market and Coliseu do Porto, which are landmarks of Porto.
Best apartments in Porto – Bonfim
Best apartments in Porto – Foz
Best apartments in Porto – Boavista
One of the best places to stay in Porto is definitely the Porto Deluxe Apartments – as the name suggests, these are luxury apartments, but for a very affordable price 🙂
All apartments are distinctively decorated (my favorite one is the Penthouse – isn’t it gorgeous?!), and can accommodate from 2 to 8 people. They have wonderful decor details, like the wooden logs at the foot of the bed or the hanging chair in the terrace.
Porto Deluxe apartments are a 25 minute walk from the city center – yet the subway station Casa da Música is a 5 minutes walking distance. In addition, there is free parking for the guests.
Another thing I really like about these apartments in Porto is that access is via number codes and all communication is handled by WhatsApp – so, no unnecessary contact during this pandemic!