And the best boutique hotels in Porto are:
Rua do Infante D. Henrique, 133
The devil is in the details, and that is precisely why 1872 River House is one of the most beautiful boutique hotels in Porto.
At 1872 River House the breakfast is available the entire morning (sometimes it’s so annoying to get up before 10am just to get breakfast!). Also, on the beautiful living room facing the Douro river, you can have a glass of Port wine or a beer without paying extra.
The bedrooms have a vintage style combined with the ancient granite walls of Porto that every woman finds irresistible, so this hotel is definitely the perfect spot for a romantic getaway in Porto.
1872 River House is located in Ribeira, by the Douro river, next to Mercado Ferreira Borges and the Stock Exchange Palace. It’s almost 20min walking distance from the nearest subway station, Aliados. On the other hand, it’s the perfect place to rent a bike or to go on a tram ride.
How to get there: São Bento subway/train station is a 10min walking distance.
Rua da Fonte Taurina, 14
Descobertas Boutique Hotel has a lot of character, which is one of the reasons why I consider it one of the best boutique hotels in Porto. Its discrete entrance hides a modern hotel where each floor is dedicated to a place that Portugal found during the Age of Exploration.
The bedrooms are not huge but the bathrooms are amazing, covered in marble, with a lot of space and light.
The common areas are also very cozy, as you can see on the pictures above, and breakfast is definitely one of the highlights of Descobertas Boutique Hotel.
This hotel is also located at Ribeira.
How to get there: São Bento subway/train station is a 9min walking distance.
Rua do Almada
Exmo. Porto is on this list of the best boutique hotels in Porto due to its amazing common areas (I don’t know about you, but I don’t fancy to spend much time inside a bedroom when I travel!). This hotel beautiful merges the old granite walls of Porto with English leather sofas and vintage desks.
Another positive aspect of Exmo. Porto is the variety of its continental breakfast and how accommodating they are to food allergies.
This hotel is located in Rua do Almada, one of the most popular streets in Porto and close to the nightlife district. Therefore, it can be a bit noisy, especially during the weekends.
How to get there: the subway station Aliados is 5min walking distant.
Largo São Domingos, 45-55
Welcome to Porto A.S. 1829 Hotel, one of the best boutique hotels in Porto and also what once was a stationery store in 1829.
The hotel has more than 41 rooms that are moderate in size, adding to the element of coziness. What makes this hotel so charming is not only its historical significance but the simplicity of its units.
Porto A.S. 1829 Hotel has a Portuguese-cuisine restaurant located on the first floor which used to be an art gallery.
When you’re staying here, you’re nearby everything historically important in Porto.
How to get there: São Bento subway/train station is a 7min walking distance.
Rua do Rosário, 233
My love affair with Rosa Et Al has quite some years, as this lovely boutique hotel in Porto has one of the most amazing brunches in the city.
Rosa Et Al combines contemporary design with a vintage twist (for instance, the freestanding bathtub!), which makes it one of the most beautiful boutique hotels in Porto.
It has a lovely dining room facing the backyard garden, as well a concept store with great Portuguese souvenirs.
Another thing that made me fall in love with Rosa Et Al is that it provides massages and therapies in your bedroom. From aromatic soaking baths to hot stones, couples massages… it’s hard to pick from the list! So if you are on a romantic getaway in Porto, Rosa et Al is definitely a must go.
The location is superb, in a quiet neighborhood called Cedofeita, just 10min walking distance from the city center.
How to get there: Lapa subway station is a 13min walking distance.
Rua da Firmeza, 49
I used to dismiss The Artist Porto Hotel & Bistro because, judging by the photos, it seemed a little bit too corporate for my taste. However, after having so many clients of our private tours in Porto raving about it, I had to pay a visit to check it it was one of the best boutique hotels in Porto.
I was rather impressed I must say! The bedrooms are rather large and bright, decorated in warm Autumn colours.
As this hotel functions as a school – hotel for the students of the School of Tourism in Porto, the staff is very attentive and eager to help you. It also has a nice restaurant where you can try dishes prepared by the students. Breakfast is served at the table, which I find very gracious.
The location of this boutique hotel in Porto is also great, just a couple of minutes away from Bolhão’s subway station, close to the famous Bolhão’s market.
How to get there: the subway station 24 Agosto is 5min walking distant.
Rua de Fernandes Tomás, 215
We found one of the best boutique hotels in Porto where you get to stay walking distance from the most famous monuments, but you’ll still be far away from all the crowds.
You can’t help but fall in love with this romantic blue-tiled bourgeois residence from the early 1900s. The building has 5 suites, all with stunning wooden floors, high ceilings and beautiful plasterwork that is original to the building.
There is also a large living room where you can relax by the fireplace while enjoying a glass of wine – but the cherry on top in the minimalist garden in the backyard, with lovely Italian Cypresses.
Charm Palace has a nice little garden where you can sit down and relax.
How to get there: 24 de Agosto subway station/bus terminal is a 4min walking distance and Bolhão subway station is 6 minutes walking distance.
Rua da Restauração, 336
Hotel Torel Avantgarde opened its doors a few years ago and it went all the way to the top of the best boutique hotels in Porto. After all, it has already several international awards, such as the Best Luxury Art Hotel in Europe by the World Luxury Hotel Awards.
It is, indeed, an exceptional hotel that stands out not only from its exquisite decoration (each bedroom is inspired by a famous Avantgarde artists) but also for its amazing outdoors swimming pool and panoramic garden with a beautiful view over the Douro river.
Torel Avantgarde has one of my favorite locations in Porto, located close enough to the city attractions that you can get there walking but away enough so that you can enjoy a noise – free neighbourhood and a stunning view of Ribeira’s neighbourhood.
They have a bar, a restaurant and a spa (one of the best spas in Porto!).
How to get there: São Bento subway/train station is a 16min walking distance. But you can use the hotel’s transportation service at an additional cost.
Largo São Domingos, 66
The hotel has amazing suites. For example, one unit has woodcarving on the ceiling from the 17th century and another has the original stucco. Truly, every room is like a masterpiece with original art, material and furniture collected from all around the world.
How to get there: São Bento subway/train station is a 7min walking distance.
Rua de Miguel Bombarda, 382
Another beautiful hotel for you to stay in Porto is Mercador Guesthouse.
Mercador Guesthouse is one of the best boutique hotels in Porto, with its beautiful bedrooms decorated according to different cities conquered during the Age of Explorations.
Mercador Guesthouse is very close to Rosa et Al, and hence to the city center.
How to get there: Lapa subway station is a 15min walking distance.
Rua de Sá da Bandeira, 84
Hotel Teatro is not only one of the best boutique hotels in Porto, but also a rather unique one. The theme of Hotel Teatro is precisely “theater”, therefore every room is decorated in dramatic yet elegant tones, with dark curtains and glass doors. The cherry on top is the freestanding tub on the bedroom, I loved it!
Before staying at Hotel Teatro I was a bit afraid that it would be too dark for me, but once I there, I didn’t have that feeling; it felt as if I were at a jazz bar 🙂
How to get there: Aliados subway station is a 5min walking distance.
Rua da Boavista, 703
We consider Casa do Conto & Tipografia one of the best hotel boutique in Porto thanks to its monochromatic and minimalist style. No one could guess that behind a very traditional façade lies something innovative.
The rooms are all equipped with a huge white bed and behind that is the shower. The ceiling is decorated with quotes carved into the cement. There are wooden pieces and golden details that break the monochromatic vibe beautifully. Yes, this is not for everybody, but it’s a very unique place to stay in Porto.
How to get there: Carolina Michaelis subway station is a 4min walking distance and Lapa subway station is a 7min walking distance.
Rua das Flores, 139
We can’t list the best boutique hotels in Porto without mentioning Flores Village Hotel & Spa. This hotel is an oasis hidden in the middle of the picturesque Rua das Flores, a perfect spot for a romantic getaway in Porto. From there, you can easily explore the city center, the nightlife of Porto as well as Ribeira, by the Douro river.
Flores Village Hotel & Spa has both rooms and small apartments, which I find useful for couples who might want to cook while staying in Porto. It also has a large terrace with sunbeds on the back as well as a small yet well-equipped spa.
This hotel also provides car and bicycle rental as well as a shuttle service from the airport.
How to get there: São Bento subway/train station is a 3min walking distance.
Rua das Flores, 245
A great breakfast, cozy units with a lot of natural sunlight and a very central location are some of the reasons why Casa dos Lóios by Shiadu is one of the best boutique hotels in Porto.
The characteristics of this 16th century building are reserved and could be seen on the stunning ceilings which some of the units have. The view off the balconies to the Clérigos tower is incredible here. The hotel also has a lovely deck area outside.
How to get there: São Bento subway/train station is a 2min walking distance.
Rua Dr. Alves da Veiga, 186
On our hunt for the best boutique hotels in Porto, we stumbled upon Malmerendas Boutique Lodging, a boutique lodging that will make you feel right at home.
This house which we had to include in our list, is a 19th century building that showcases the traditional construction of the bourgeoisie class of Porto.
The units here are huge and they all come with a stunning bathtub, except for the lofts, they have stand up showers. Outside, there is a lovely garden which you can sit down, have a glass of wine and relax.
Malmerendas serves a continental breakfast from 9 am to 11am. And there is a wine bar service open from 3pm to 10pm.
How to get there: Bolhão subway station is a 4min walking distance.
Praça da República, 38
República Hostel & Suites is in between a hostel and a guesthouse and, for me, one of the best boutique hotels in Porto.
It is located at a renovated building facing a large public garden. It’s sunny and quiet, and you can see the attention to details of the owners on each piece of furniture and decor.
Something that I love about República Hostel & Suites is the immense backyard, where you can have a drink after a day walking in Porto. Moreover, it has a shared kitchen where you can have breakfast if you’d like to.
This hotel in Porto is just 10min walking distance from the subway station Lapa. If you have a car, this hotel has a deal with a nearby garage – ask for it at the entrance.
How to get there: Trindade subway station is a 6min walking distance.
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