Best apartments in Porto

I already written about the best neighbourhoods to stay in the city, so this time I carefully gathered a list…

Sara Riobom
29 de February de 2024

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 4 key 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.

Best apartments in Porto – Cedofeita (the artsy district)

7 bridges estúdios

bedroom seven bridges studios porto

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. At the end of the street there is a Minipreço Express (a small supermarket).

Predicados do Douro Palace

double bedroom predicados douro palace
view to crystal palace gardens porto

Predicados do Douro Palace are right in front of the Crystal Palace gardens which is great for 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 an interesting décor, with elements of tropical influence. 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.

Oporto Serviced Apartments – 1858

living room oporto serviced apartments cedofeita porto

Oporto Serviced Apartments – 1858 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 but if you don’t feel like cooking there are plenty of nice brunch places, coffee shops and restaurants nearby, as well as a supermarket just across the street. The location is great, just 10 minutes walking distance from the main monuments of Porto.

Casa Amarela

apartment casa amarela porto

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.

Bnapartments Carregal

bnapartments carregal flats porto
bnapartments carregal garden

If you are traveling with your little ones, let me suggest you the perfect apartments for families with kids: Bnapartments Carregal. Unlike most accommodations in Porto, Bnapartments Carregal offers an outdoor swimming pool nestled in an immense garden that is perfect for kids to play around. The location is really nice, in a calm street just around the corner of the Clérigos tower and the Lello bookstore.

Capim dourado Apartments Cedofeita

double bedroom capim dourado apartments cedofeita

These apartments in Porto are named after a famous Brazilian restaurant that lies below, which is very convenient if you don’t feel like cooking after a day exploring Porto 🙂
Capim dourado Apartments Cedofeita are large, open space studios that can fit up to four people very comfortably.
The location couldn’t be better, close to several restaurants, brunch cafes, a laundry shop and a craft beer pub. The subway station Lapa is 5 minutes walking distance and the Clérigos tower, Lello bookstore and the Crystal Palace gardens are less than 10 minutes away.

Best apartments in Porto – Ribeira (by the riverside)

B28 Apartments in Porto

b28 apartments porto double bedroom
living room overlooking douro river

B28 Apartments in Porto are a wonder in white (and few colors open up a space as much as clear, clean white). And, given its location, it is worth it to book an apartment with a view towards the douro river.
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.

Porto river

porto river apartments living room
porto river bedroom

Porto river is an amazing option 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. Moreover, word is said that the breakfast is fantastic (albeit a bit expensive).

Casas do Porto – Ribeira apartments

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living room casas porto ribeira apartments

Staying at Casas do Porto – Ribeira apartments is a unique experience. The hosts, Barbara and Olivia, are always ready to assist, keeping continuous contact with you via WhatsApp. They provide all necessary information and suggestions in advance, making you feel well taken care of. The apartments themselves are well-equipped and come with thoughtful touches, like a “welcome home” fruit basket. 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 your stay truly memorable.

YOUROPO – Ribeira Porto

youropo ribeira porto double bedroom
balcony overlooking douro river

Nestled in a renovated historic building overlooking the Douro River, the location of YOUROPO – 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.

Arco Apartments

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arco apartments double bedroom

From a local’s perspective, Arco Apartments is a standout place in Porto. The exceptional service provided by the staff, particularly by Elizabeth, is something that I have to publicly 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

RVA sao joao novo apartments

RVA – São João Novo apartments is a place that I 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 small 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

oca ribeira apartments porto

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 is the remote check-in process, but that is a minor issue for me.

Best apartments in downtown Porto

Santa Catarina Pool & Fitness – Adults only

santa catarina pool fitness garden
living room santa catarina pool fitness

If you are in desperate need of some quality “Me” time then I highly recommend you to stay at Santa Catarina – Pool & Fitness because it is one of the very few (if not the only) apartments in Porto that is catered to Adults only 😉

Indeed, these apartments offer unique amenities such as a swimming pool surrounded by turfy terraces, as well as an well-equipped gym. The apartments themselves are comfortable, well-lit, spacious, and come with air conditioning and an elegant decoration. Therefore, I always recommend them when I have my in-laws in town 🙂

Catarina Serviced Apartments

double bedroom catarina services apartments
kitchen catarina services apartments

Catarina Serviced Apartments offer views of the city and an inner courtyard, providing a unique and tranquil atmosphere that sets it apart from other accommodations. The apartments are well-equipped throughout, with comfortable beds and spacious, powerful showers. Moreover, it has a unique location: right at the hear of Santa Catarina street, one of the most famous streets of Porto, full of bakeries, restaurants and street musicians.

Apartamentos The Arc Carrís

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double bedroom apartamentos arc carris porto

I’ve come to appreciate the unique charm of Apartamentos The Arc Carrís. Each apartment is well furnished and equipped, featuring air conditioning, a seating area, and a kitchenette with a dishwasher and microwave. And they are ENORMOUS, The rooms are also well sound-proofed, providing a quiet and peaceful environment. The location is excellent, with the apartments being a short walk to the waterfront and São Bento station. It’s also on the 500 bus route to the seafront and train station. This makes it a great choice for those looking to enjoy an exclusive space with all the services and greater independence.

Sendme2Portugal Santa Catarina

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kitchen apartment sendme2portugal

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 that I personally find very cute 🙂 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 some amazing pastry shops and to the Bolhão Market.

Porto Náutico & Spa

porto nautico spa apartment
porto nautico terrace pool

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 are full of staple pieces like ancient helms, rudders, hooks and fisherman’s knots.
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. Moreover, they have a jacuzzi – how cool (and unique) is that?!

Aparthotel Oporto Alves da Veiga

aparthotel oporto alves veiga
pool aparthotel oporto alves veiga

Aparthotel Oporto Alves da Veiga is set in a fully refurbished building, allowing guests to experience beautiful old ceilings and hand-painted tiles. Despite being centrally located in the heart of historic Porto, the street is very quiet. This allows you to experience the busy Porto life in the small narrow streets, and return to the quiet of home. The property offers modern self-catering accommodation with all services, like garden, pool, elevator, and parking. These amenities provide a comfortable and convenient stay for guests, making it a standout place in Porto.

Rua de Trás apartments

bedroom rua tras apartaments porto

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 areas are 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.

Best apartments in Bonfim (the hipster neighborhood)

Thomaz Palace

thomaz palace double bedroom
kitchen thomaz palace

Thomaz Palace is housed in a beautifully restored building, offering a unique blend of historical charm and modern amenities. The apartments at Thomaz Palace are truly something else – spacious, with wide windows, and well-equipped, providing a comfortable and convenient stay, whether it’s for a shorter or longer period. The modern minimalist furniture and the well-equipped kitchen, designed to be unobtrusive for those guests not making use of it, add to the overall appeal. In a nutshell, what makes Thomaz Palace truly unique is its blend of historical charm and well-appointed apartments.

The downtown Charming Apartments

double bedroom downtown charming apartments
downtown charming apartments living room

The downtown Charming Apartments are superb: spacious, bright, and decorated in a modern style, providing a very comfortable stay. Despite being centrally located and close to the downtown area, the apartments are in a quiet location. This offers guests the best of both worlds – easy access to the city’s attractions and a peaceful retreat. It’s a place where you can enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city, and then retreat to a quiet and comfortable apartment. 

Lemago Porto apartments – Poveiros

lemago porto apartments poveiros

The location of the Lemago Porto apartments – Poveiros is unbeatable. Situated in the heart of Porto, it’s alsowithin walking distance of many attractions, restaurants, and shops. The check-in process is quick and easy, with all communication taking place through WhatsApp, providing a convenient way for guests to communicate with the staff. The apartments themselves are decorated in a cute and artsy way. All in all, Lemago Porto apartments – Poveiros offers a unique blend of prime location, efficient communication, and distinctive design.

Trait House

trait house porto

Trait House is a gem in the heart of Porto. The hosts, Raquel and Luis, are known for their warm welcome and for providing personalized recommendations to guests. The building itself is a superbly renovated historical building, providing a unique blend of modern comfort and historical charm. The rooms are beautifully decorated and well-maintained, adding to the overall ambiance. But what really sets Trait House apart is the wonderful view of the backyard that had a beautiful orange tree. In summary, the Trait House offers a unique experience with its exceptional hosts, beautiful ambiance, and a magical garden view, making it a memorable place to stay in Porto.

Aparthotel Oporto Anselmo

aparthotel oporto anselmo pool garden
aparthotel oporto anselmo apartments

Aparthotel Oporto Anselmo has a very modern design, with its exposed concrete ceilings and large windows, which sets it apart from other accommodations. The apartments are spacious and well-equipped, featuring comfortable beds, good air conditioning, and quality rainfall showers. But what really makes Aparthotel Oporto Anselmo stand out is its outdoor pool, a feature not commonly found in many city accommodations. All in all, Aparthotel Oporto Anselmo offers a unique blend of modern design, well-equipped accommodations, and a nice pool in the middle of the city.

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