Where to stay in Porto Portugal 2022

Over the past few decades, Porto has transformed from relative obscurity into one of Europe’s top tourist destinations. This Northern Portuguese hotspot is full of culture, beautiful sights, and delicious food.

Porto is a small and walkable city, staying here for at least two or three days will allow you to relax and properly experience the best of Porto.

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Porto streetscape in Winter

There are many beautiful areas and neighborhoods to choose from when you stay in Porto. Here are seven to consider when deciding where to stay in Porto.

Map of Porto Accommodation Options

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Ribeira

Ribeira is often described as the best neighborhood to stay and is it definitely one of the most popular when visiting Porto.

Located in Central Porto, an easy walking distance from the historic center, Ribeira is a vibrant and bustling neighborhood. Officially classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ribeira is one of the oldest and most authentic districts of the city.

Bar on the remains of the Pensil Bridge, Riberia

Here, you can find an abundance of famous sights, excellent restaurants, and some of the best hotels in Porto.

On the banks of the Douro River, there are many places to explore in and around Ribeira. For a start, you are just a short walk away from the Dom Luis Bridge and its fantastic Riviera views.

Also, simply strolling around the neighborhood and admiring the old and picturesque houses is a fantastic experience. If you want to be in a bustling and exciting district, basing yourself here is a logical option.

This is one of the best Porto neighborhoods for nightlife!

The streets of Ribeira come alive in the evening and at night. With many locals and tourists dining by the riverside, there really is a magical charm about the traditional houses in Ribeira.

Accommodation options range from luxury hotels to boutique guesthouse choices and backpacker’s hostels. There really is something for everyone in this neighborhood.

Who should stay Ribeira: If you want a Porto hotel close to the River Douro and with cafes and restaurants on your doorstep, this is the best neighborhood for you!

Our Top Places to stay in Porto: Ribeira

  • If you are wondering where to stay in Porto to be in the heart of the action, the five-star hotel – Pestana Vintage Porto Hotel & World Heritage Site, is right on Ribeira Square. Cruises along the Douro River leave outside your front door and the view from the riverside balconies is unparalleled.
  • Oporto Home- River Front – River Front apartments are located in a restored 18th-century building with views from your balcony towards Vila Nove de Gaia riverfront area or directly onto the Douro river. Charming, spacious rooms, and perfectly located for a multi-day stay in Porto
  • Torel 1884 Suites & Apartmentsjust 300m from Ribeira Square and 200 from Sao Bento metro station Torel 188 is affordable and quality accommodation, boasting a lovely onsite bar and serving a fabulous breakfast too!

Baixa

If you want to be right in the heart of downtown Porto, stay in the Baixa district! Centered around the majestic Avenida Dos Aliados, Baixa really is the heart of Porto, with many of the major attractions found along its authentic, medieval streets.

Baixa is right in the city center of Porto, and for sightseeing, it is a great location to stay. Landmarks such as the magnificent Praça da Liberdade, Porto Cathedral, and the Lello Bookstore can be found in this district.

Avenida dos Aliados, Baixa

It is also ideally situated a stone’s throw away from the beautifully decorated São Bento Train Station. This is Porto’s main station, so if you are arriving from a different Portuguese city, you can head straight to your accommodation upon arrival.

As well as the main sights, Baixa is also home to some of Porto’s best luxury hotels. Due to the ideal location, they are a little more expensive than other districts, but definitely worth it for the proximity to Porto’s main attractions.

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São Bento Train Station

However, Baixa is not just for luxury travelers, there are many budget hostels and hotels to be found here. This creates a lovely blend, and Baixa’s vibrant nightlife, youthful vibe, and excellent, traditional Portuguese cuisine make it a tourist hotspot.

Our Top Places to Stay in Porto: City Center

  • InterContinental Porto – Palacio das Cardosas – This luxury hotel is a renovated 18th-century palace. It is one of the most stylish Porto hotels and the classic king rooms have a lovely view of the square. The hotel is only 100m from São Bento Train Station.
  • BessaHotel Baixa – A new and modern 4-star hotel with excellent facilities including an indoor pool, spa, and fitness center.
  • S.Bento Residences – An Apartment Hotel in the center of Porto, right next to Sao Bento station. These clean and spacious apartments were built into a historic ruined building by world-renowned architects. The apartments blend into this historic district with great city views from the balconies.

Vila Nova De Gaia

Although quite a bit outside of Porto City Centre on the southern side of the Douro River, Vila Nova de Gaia is one of the top recommendations of where to stay in Porto if you want to spend time exploring the port wine lodges.

Technically, Vila Nova de Gaia is its own city and municipality in the Porto district. But it is just a ten-minute bus or metro ride from Porto’s historical center. Many consider it a part of Porto anyway, given its proximity.

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Vila Nova de Gaia

Vila Nova de Gaia is world-famous for its port wine cellars. It attracts day-trippers who are staying in downtown Porto and want to take one of the popular wine tasting tours on offer. Port Wine is stored in one of the many cellars here, and there are excellent tours of the cellars, followed by the wine tasting.

Chapel of Senhor da Pedra, Praia de Miramar, Vila Nova de Gaia

However, Vila Nova de Gaia isn’t all about the wine. It is also home to a beautiful coastline, with the popular Praia da Miramar. In terms of accommodation, Vila Nova de Gaia has many a stylish hotel, with spacious rooms, excellent facilities, and lovely riverside views.

If you are on a budget, you can choose from several great hostels and guesthouses at a lesser price.

Our Top Places to Stay in Porto: Vila Nova de Gaia

Cedofeita

Although slightly less famous, Cedofeita makes for a great area to stay in Porto. And it boasts the title of being Porto’s main Art District!

Rua de Pinheiro, Cedofeita

Indeed, any art enthusiast should stay here, as you are a short walking distance away from some of the city’s finest art galleries ad unique concept stores. Along the main street (Rua Miguel Bombarda) you can find numerous art galleries home to authentic and modern Portuguese and international art.

There are also other top sights in and around Cedofeita. These include São Martinho de Cedofeita- officially Porto’s oldest church. Also, you can have a nice stroll in the Crystal Palace Gardens and visit several interesting museums in the neighborhood.

Ingreja de São Martinho de Cedofeita

After some sightseeing, there is nothing better than having a coffee and a Pastel de Nata at one of the trendy cafés in Cedofeita. Or you could eat at a local restaurant and sample some delicious local delicacies.

When you are trying to decide where to stay in Porto, you should consider Cedofeita- you have the best of both worlds. You are close to Porto’s downtown and the nightlife district yet in a relatively quiet neighborhood perfect for a good night’s sleep.

It is also perfect for a romantic getaway, with many boutique hotels and couple-friendly hotels options to be found.

This area is also a good base for longer stays, with apartments being more affordable here and Porto’s attractions being easily reached.

Our Top Places to Stay in Porto: Cedofeita

  • Casa Carolina has a garden, terrace, private parking, and an airport shuttle service. The rooms are white with neutral decor and give a sense of height and space. This beautiful guest house is only two kilometers from Ribeira Square and very close to the amazing Lello bookshop.
  • Hotel Cristal Porto is a new 4-star hotel with contemporary rooms and furnishings and suites that feature two bathtubs! There is a lovely terrace on the fourth floor for afternoon drinks and you can try local port wines at the bar.
  • Serviced Apartments Boavista Palace has a concierge always available to help with taxis, bookings, and any questions you might have. Secure underground parking and lifts straight to the apartments are just some of the reasons Boavista Palace is so popular with return travelers.

Foz Do Douro

The Foz Do Douro neighborhood in Western Porto is rich, historic, and trendy and makes for one of the best neighborhoods to stay in Porto.

With its pristine beaches and lovely seafront walks, Foz is particularly ideal for couples. However, any type of traveler can enjoy staying in this neighborhood, and there is a wide range of accommodation options for all.

Foz Do Douro and Felgueiras Lighthouse

Foz Do Douro is also conveniently located on Porto’s public transport route and it’s important when you’re looking for where to stay in Porto that you can either walk or conveniently catch public transport to the major sights. From Foz Do Douro, you can ride tram line 1 all the way into the historic center.

Despite not having many major tourist attractions (aside from the famous Felgueiras Lighthouse), Foz Do Douro is a great place to relax on the beach, take pleasant strolls along the seafront and spend an afternoon in a public garden. If you are staying in Porto for several days and want a break from sightseeing, it is the perfect place.

Hiring bikes is also a very popular activity in Foz. Rather than walking around the miles of coastline, riding around is the ideal way to see most of this beautiful region. And after a day’s cycling, there is nothing better than dining in one of the top-quality seafront Michelin restaurants!

Our Top Places to Stay in Porto: Foz Do Douro

  • Vila Foz Hotel & Spa – A five-star beachfront residence with a wellness spa, hammam, and indoor pool. It is near Molhe, Castelo do Queijo, and Ingleses Beaches. This elegant hotel has newly renovated guestrooms with floor-to-ceiling windows with full sea views.
  • Vila na Praia Foz Luxury Apartments -These 1 and 2 bedroom luxury apartments are 700 meters from Carneiro Beach but some terraces and balconies have unobstructed sea views. The area is lively with many restaurants and cafes only a short walk away.
  • Hotel Boa Vista – This hotel is a superb inexpensive find with a terrace overlooking the mouth of the Douro River and the Atlantic Ocean.

Bonfim

On the Eastern side of Porto lies the popular, hipster neighborhood of Bonfim. Stretching to the banks of the Douro River, Bonfim is a considerably quieter neighborhood than some of the more central hubs. However, there is still plenty to enjoy here, and Bonfim is a useful base from which to explore the rest of Porto.

Bonfim by Joao Pires

Located just a 15-minute walk from central Porto and well-connected to public transport, Bonfim enjoys a strategic location. It is slightly cheaper than the more central neighborhoods, yet still very close to the heart of Porto.

Within Bonfim itself, there are several city attractions worth visiting. These include some striking churches: Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Bonfim and Igreja de Santo Ildefonso. You can also enjoy a pleasant garden stroll in Jardim das Virtudes and along the cute shopping strip of Rua de Santa Catarina. And after this, having a coffee and cake at one of Bonfim’s excellent cafés is a great choice.

In terms of accommodation, Bonfim is predominantly known for its mid-range hotels: not too expensive but with all the necessities for a very pleasant stay in Porto. That being said, you can certainly find more upmarket hotels towards the Douro River, and there are budget options available too.

Our Top Places to Stay in Porto: Bonfim

  • Eurostars Herosimo – On the Douro River and with a lovely garden, this modern (2015) 4-star hotel has an outdoor gym and is across from the Herosimo Metro.
  • Oca Oriental Porto Hotel – this quality mid-range hotel has very large, clean and modern rooms with facilities of a 4-star hotel including a fitness center, bar, and private parking.
  • Aparthotel Oporto Palace – This large aparthotel chain has a lovely building in Bonfim with floor to ceiling glass walls opening onto terraces.
  • Hotel Miradouro – The views from the upper bar and restaurant make this a very popular budget hotel. The hotel has wonderful views of Porto city center from its higher floors. Several floors are decorated with authentic 60’s decor and if you loved the 1960s, this is definitely the best hotel for you! Hotel Miradouro is 1.5 kilometers from Sao Bento station and 800 meters from Rua de Santa Catarina.

Boavista

A final area that makes for a fantastic place to stay in Porto is Boavista. Long touted as Porto’s business district, Boavista has boomed in tourism popularity in recent years. This is thanks to its thriving culture, world-class architecture, and excellent places to stay.

In the city’s north, well-connected to downtown Porto by public transport, Boavista is a fairly affluent area. If you love five-star hotels or other luxury places to stay, you will find no shortage here. However, there are still several budget guesthouses and mid-range places to stay, so you don’t have to be rich!

Serralves Foundation, Boavista

As well as beautiful architecture and top-quality hotels, Boavista is also home to some of Porto’s finest attractions. These include the excellent Casa da Música, where you can enjoy performances and concerts all-year-round. There are also several museums worth visiting, including the quirky Serralves Museum of Modern Art.

Boavista is also famous for its shopping, with a range of designer stores, shopping malls, and even souvenir stores. After an afternoon of shopping, you can eat out or enjoy Boavista’s nightlife. There are many bars and clubs perfect for young travelers.

Our Top Places to Stay in Porto: Boavista

  • Sheraton Porto Hotel & Spa – Only 1 minute from Boavista Avenue, the Sheraton has sophisticated decor, 8 spa treatment rooms, a swimming pool, and a restaurant that serves traditional Portuguese cuisine.
  • HF Ipanema Porto – A quality chain hotel with modern refurbished rooms, a new gym, a bar and room service make this hotel good value for money.
  • Hotel Vice-Rei – a well reviewed budget hotel with large rooms that are soundproofed, with wifi and a balcony.

Check out our three day Porto Itinerary and start planning your visit!