Best luxury hotels in Porto

Everywhere you look there’s a new luxury hotel in Porto, which can make the booking process a bit challenging. That’s…

Sara Riobom
9 de March de 2024

Everywhere you look there’s a new luxury hotel in Porto, which can make the booking process a bit challenging. That’s why I listed THE best luxury hotels in Porto, taking into consideration the location, noise level, experience, design and amenities.

This is not a list of all the luxury hotels in Porto, but rather the best ones according to my experience: I stayed in some and I got the direct feedback of the clients of our private tours.

You should use this article in parallel with my guide about Where to stay in Porto – the best neighborhoods, as it will give you a clear idea of the best luxury hotel to stay in Porto according to each specific neighborhood.

The best luxury hotels in Porto

Maison Albar – Le Monumental Palace

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For those who want to have a luxurious hotel experience and at the same time, make the most out of their stay in Porto, the Maison Albar – Le Monumental Palace is the best option. The hotel is located in Aliados’ avenue (the main avenue of Porto) where guests are at walking distance from many must-see attractions like São Bento station, Torre dos Clérigos and more.
The 5-star hotel has the original façade of a 1920 neoclassical building that existed there, whereas the interior is inspired by the 1930s decor combines Art Deco with Art Nouveau in an elegant way.

Amenities: indoors pool, sauna, spa and a tiny gym.

InterContinental Porto – Palácio das Cardosas

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InterContinental Porto – Palácio das Cardosas, is perfect for those who love luxury and history: the building used to be a convent during the 18th century. Then it was sold and converted into a palace, after the expulsion of the religious order from Portugal.

Palácio das Cardosas is decorated in neutral colors, providing a relaxing experience. It has an elegant English-style bar, which organizes, among other events, Fado concerts and an afternoon tea.

It is located in Praça da Liberdade, at the heart of Downtown Porto and close to important sites, including theSão Bento train station. However, this area is currently under renovation so there is bond to be some noise and lots of traffic; this might not be the best hotel to stay this year.

Amenities: No spa, no garden.

Torel Avantgarde

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Torel Avantgarde is a luxury 5-star boutique hotel that celebrates art. The building is simple and clean on the outside, but vibrant and artistic on the inside.
Some luxury hotels in Porto can feel formal and old-school, but this is not the case at Torel Avantgarde. Everything, from the lights to the furniture, gives you a happy, young vibe.
At Torel Avantgarde you can enjoy a fabulous view of the Douro river, as well as a terrific breakfast.
This luxury hotel in Porto has a perfect location, just a short walk from everything historic and interesting about Porto’s center. You will be 15 minutes walking distant from the city centre, as well as from the famous Crystal Palace gardens. At night there is barely any traffic on this street, which makes it a very quiet place.
Amenities: outdoor pool, a fitness centre and a (small) garden.

Armazém Luxury Housing

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I fell in love with Armazém Luxury Housing in Porto a loooooong time ago, when I first saw the photos online. But I had to see it with my own eyes, and fortunately, it did not disappoint: in fact, Armazém Luxury Housing is as pretty as it looks!

I particularly like the sobriety of its decor, that combines the neutral tones of granite and light wood furniture, in elegant contrast with some Moroccan inspired carpets. The rooms are quite spacious, something that my American readers will particularly appreciate for sure 🙂

The location is superb, in Largo de São Domingos, half way through Ribeira neighborhood and Downtown Porto.

Eurostars Aliados

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A new star is born in Avenida dos Aliados, the most important avenue in Porto. Located in a stunning (and recently renewed) building, Eurostars Aliados is definitely one of the best luxury hotels in Porto.

I honestly cannot think of anything bad to say about Eurostars Aliados: besides its fantastic location, this hotel has spacious rooms (with extra large beds) with an incredible view. Moreover, it is very well equipped with spa facilities, an indoor pool, sauna, a small gym and a great outdoor terrace.

It does not have an outdoor pool, so if that is crucial to you, consider another hotel in this list.

Amenities: great indoors pool, bar, restaurant, fitness centre.

Pousada do Porto – Rua das Flores

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Yet again the Pestana Group hit the jackpot, by opening Pousada do Porto – Rua das Flores right after the pandemic.

It is an incredible luxury hotel in Porto and, in my opinion, there are two things that really stand out in Pousada do Porto – Rua das Flores.

  • Even though it is located in a very lively street (Rua das Flores), the windows are soundproof which guarantees a good night of sleep.
  • The strategic location, just 5 / 10 minutes walking distant from important monuments like São Bento train station, the Clérigos tower, the Stock Exchange Palace, etc. It is also near Ribeira, so you just need to go down the street to take the 6 bridges cruise, the famous tram or just have a drink by the riverside.

Amenities: (small) indoors pool.

Torel 1884 Suites & Apartments

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It is really hard not to fill this article with all Torel’s luxury hotels in Porto (there are three in total) because they keep opening new ones, and I keep falling in love with all of them!
Torel 1884 Suites & Apartments in particular is absolutely stunning, with a refined decoration. Moreover, all my clients have been raving about its breakfast (and who doesn’t want to be happy in the morning), and it has a strategic location close to São Bento train station.
Despite the name, none of the apartments and suites are equipped with a stove, so you do need to go out for meals.
Amenities: restaurant.

Vila Foz Hotel & SPA

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If you want a hotel that resembles a castle in France, then I highly recommend you to stay at Vila Foz Hotel & Spa, one of the very few luxury hotels in Porto located at Foz neighborhood.

Vila Foz Hotel & Spa has a splendid location, right in front of the Atlantic Ocean. It also has a magnificent garden where you can enjoy a glass of wine.

I am not particularly found of the bedrooms’ decor (I am being completely honest here!), but the location, the amenities and common areas largely compensate for it.

Amenities: Garden, indoors pool.

Casa da Companhia Hotel

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I am aware that most people don’t share my appreciation for bathrooms, but can you honestly look me in the eyes and tell me that these bathrooms scream elegance and sophistication?! They are one of the things I most like about Casa da Companhia Hotel, one of the brand new luxury hotels in Porto.

In fact, Casa da Companhia Hotel‘s bedrooms are brilliant – elegant but simple, with a glassed window overlooking a tiny garden. They are perfect.

Moreover, this hotel has a superb location, and a small outdoor pool with a fantastic view of the cathedral of Porto.

Amenities: outdoor pool.

Pestana Palácio do Freixo

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What is more luxurious than staying at an 18th century palace overlooking the Douro River? You’re right, nothing, which is why Pestana Palácio do Freixo is one of the best luxury hotels in Porto. Sometimes I go there to enjoy a cocktail in one of its luxurious rooms, as the service is divine.
Pestana Palácio do Freixo hotel is located in Campanhã, a bit further than all the other hotels on this list. Therefore, if you are not staying in Porto for long and you would prefer to take advantage of every minute without wasting time commuting, this hotel might not be for you.
Amenities: It has a beautiful outdoor swimming pool as well as an indoors one. It also has Turkish bath and sauna.

Pestana Porto Brasileira

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Pestana Porto Brasileira is a new 5-star hotel located at an historical sight.
The hotel was originally a café called “A Brasileira”, the first place in Porto to ever serve coffee in a traditional coffee cup (chávena). The building has recently been transformed into a hotel with 90 rooms, but it kept the original coffee shop on the group floor.
Another great thing about Pestana Porto Brasileira is its location, near Bolhão market, São Bento train station and Avenida dos Aliados, the most important avenue in Porto.

If you love coffee, shopping and arts, Pestana Porto Brasileira should be on your top lists of luxury hotels in Porto.

Amenities: It has a gym and a lovely patio.

GA Palace Hotel & Spa

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I recently visited GA Palace Hotel & Spa, a XIXth-Century Villa in Porto and was impressed by its historic architecture. The hotel is housed in a 19th-century villa that has been beautifully restored to provide guests with a luxurious and comfortable stay. The rooms are spacious and elegantly decorated, with antique furnishings and modern amenities. The hotel also has a spa and wellness center with an outdoor swimming pool, indoor pool, fitness center, garden and a sauna; all great options for you to relax and unwind! Overall, I would highly recommend GA Palace Hotel & Spa to anyone looking for a luxurious stay in Porto.

PortoBay Flores

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PortoBay Flores is a luxury hotel in Porto housed in a 16th-century palace and a new wing, built from scratch, that blend the classic and the contemporary to create a unique ambiance. The rooms are celebrated for their quietness, space, and modern amenities. The hotel’s restaurant, Bistrô Flores, offers a one-of-a-kind culinary experience in an exquisite venue full of history. The menu is inspired by cuisine from around the world, and the creations of Chef Pedro Spínola and his team can be enjoyed every day, at dinner. Finally, the hotel has a great sauna & steam room, small but well-equipped gym & plunge pool. Overall, I would highly recommend PortoBay Flores.

Pestana Douro Riverside

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Pestana Douro Riverside, as the name suggests, is located on the bank of the Douro River, 10 minutes away (by car) from Porto city center. The hotel is housed in a former soap and candle factory, and the large brick chimney that stands in front of the reception is a visible reminder of its history. The hotel thus combines the most modern technology with the heritage of a historic factory. I personally LOVE the  modern, contemporary design of this hotel and the use it makes of its fantastic location (for instance, it has an infinity pool overlooking the douro river that is to die for). There is an indoor pool – however, it is quite small, and there is no sauna or steam room, which my boyfriend complained about.

Saboaria

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When stepping into Saboaria you are immediately struck by its unique blend of history and modernity. The hotel, set in a noble residence that once housed an Offenbach soap factory in the XIX century, has been beautifully restored. How cool is that, to sleep in a former factory?! 🙂

The room are a delightful surprise – spacious (which is not common at all in downtown Porto), well-designed, and artistically decorated.

Moreover, After a day of exploring Porto, you can simply unwind in the wet sauna, take a dip in the pool, or relax in the jacuzzi.

Hotel das Virtudes

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Hotel das Virtudes is located in the center of Porto, which makes it easy to explore the city’s main attractions. The hotel has a unique style, effortlessly combining a sober, slightly vintage decor with the fantastic granite walls of ancient buildings in Porto. I also love Hotel das Virtudes‘ breakfast, which is partly buffet style but with items cooked to order. Moreover, dinner here is an experience. Portuguese flavors with a contemporary twist. Unfortunately, the hotel does not have the amenities that other luxury hotels in Porto have, like a pool, spa nor a garden.

Torel Palace Porto

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Torel Palace Porto is a luxurious 5-star hotel located in a quiet street of the Bonfim neighborhood, but just 10 minutes away from the main city attractions and with plenty of cool francesinhas restaurants close by. The hotel has 24 rooms and suites, each named after a Portuguese writer or poet. The decor is a blend of modern and classic styles (I find the decor luxurious, elegant, and decadent, all at the same time!), and the rooms are spacious, elegantly furnished, and equipped with all the modern amenities. The staff at Torel Palace Porto is highly professional, friendly, and attentive, and they go above and beyond to make you feel welcome and comfortable. The hotel features an outdoor swimming pool in a secluded courtyard, which is perfect for relaxing (not for swimming though, as it is quite small!).

Hospes Infante de Sagres Porto

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Hospes Infante de Sagres Porto was the first 5-star luxury hotel in Porto. The building is massive and it’s painted in pastel pink so it’s hard to miss. The hotel hosted many public figures including Bob Dylan, Catherine Deneuve, John Malkovich and Dalai Lama.
Its suites are decorated with genuine antiques, and there is a famous vitral, by the central staircase, that is a famous Instagram spot in Porto.
From the hotel’s windows, you can see Luíz I Bridge, the Douro River and the Clérigos tower.
The street is full of restaurants so you’ll have plenty of options to choose from. Also, there are bars that are open until 4 am and some days they’re open 24h. The hotel is steps away from Avenida dos Aliados.
Amenities: Vogue café (great for brunch and to take silly Instagram photos).

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Best luxury hotels in Porto – Gaia (just across the river)

Vincci Ponte de Ferro

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I have to start this article of the best luxury hotels in Porto with the newest sensation in town – Vincci Ponte de Ferro. No wonder everyone is talking about this hotel: it was build right next to and underneath Luiz I bridge, with an incredible rooftop (with a swimming pool) with a fantastic view of Ribeira neighborhood.

Moreover, the location of Vincci Ponte de Ferro is second to none –– the benefit of having an entrance and exit on both the upper deck and the lower one of the bridge is unique in Porto, and quite useful! This way, you get quick access to Ribeira neighborhood and Cais de Gaia (on the lower deck), and to Serra do Pilar’s viewpoint and downtown Porto (on the upper one).

Everything else is exactly what you would expect from a Vincci hotel: fantastic service, elegant common areas and a diverse breakfast. I just can’t get enough of it.

Amenities: restaurant, outdoor pool, fitness centre and a bar.

The Yeatman

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Across the douro river you’ll find the The Yeatman. If you love gastronomy, wine and a spectacular view, this hotel is your best bet. Ricardo Costa, a two Michelin star chef, is the executive chef at the hotel and he helped it reach its international recognition.

Wine is heavily engraved in this hotel’s identity, something that can be seen in its interior design. The suits are assembled with luxurious furniture with a Victorian-like design. The spa has a wide variety of luxury wine based experiences, and the rooftop pool has a fabulous view overlooking the Douro river. Oh, and let’s not forget about its wine bar, where I have spent countless nights drinking Port.

The only problem of The Yeatman is, ironically, its location: you definitely need to call a cab to get to the city centre. But hey, at least you will be close to the best Port wine lodges 🙂

Amenities: It has a beautiful outdoor swimming pool as well as an indoors one. The rooftop is to die for!

Rebello Hotel & Spa – Small Luxury hotels Of The World

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I recently checked out the Rebello Hotel & Spa and I loved it! The rooms are spacious and elegantly decorated with modern amenities, and I noticed the attention to detail in the decor. The hotel is located in Vila Nova de Gaia, right on the banks of Porto’s River Douro, with stunning views of the river and the city that you can enjoy from the terrace. The hotel’s spa is a mini temple to tranquility. I loved the gossamer-like fabrics that float between the pure-white loungers that line the water lounge, with a warm indoor pool for dipping into. My boyfriend enjoyed relaxing in the sauna or the outdoor pool before a massage using Portuguese-made spa products. If you’re looking for a luxurious and comfortable stay in Porto, the Rebello Hotel & Spa is definitely worth considering.

Vinha Boutique Hotel

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Vinha Boutique hotel is the newest addition to this list. This 5 star luxury hotel is splendid really, with a luxurious decor that beautifully contrasts with its fabulous views of the Douro river and the hills in front.

Vinha Boutique hotel also has a beautiful terrace and a great spa – one of my best friends is crazy about massages and she loved this hotel for that!

The only bad thing about this luxury hotel is that it is in Gaia, and it takes 20 minutes by car (or 1h walking) to get to downtown Porto.

Amenities: restaurant, free private parking, outdoor swimming pool, spa and a fitness centre.

The Lodge Hotel

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The Lodge Hotel opened in an old wine cellar – and what a dazzling hotel, where every corner reminds us of a fine, aged wine. From the furniture, in the exact tones of a wine cellar, to the staircase, covered in wooden boards that originally belonged to ageing barrels, everything evokes the name of this new luxury hotel in Porto.

The rooms are also very elegant, in shades of red grape and wood. The outdoor pool is very pleasant (and beautiful too), with very comfortable chaise longues.

And to complete the package, a restaurant with a fabulous view of the Ribeira: another reason to choose The Lodge Hotel for your stay in Porto.

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