Baixa is the ‘downtown’ neighbourhood of Porto, filled with stunning landmarks, some of the city's best restaurants and a buzzing nightlife.
Armazém Luxury Housing
A 19th-century iron warehouse lovingly converted into a cool boutique hotel in the heart of Porto, a stone’s throw away from some of our favourite restaurants. There are nine-suites and three-apartments, all uniquely decorated. Definitely one of the best small hotels in Porto, we will be bringing you the full review very soon.
B28 are among some of the best serviced apartments in Porto, tucked away on the lovely street Rua de Belomonte in the heart of the historical centre. The apartments are light and airy with minimalist decor, ornate ceilings and hardwood custom doors – not to mention the killer views some of the apartments offer.
Exmo. Hotel is a 16-room boutique hotel set in a gorgeous 14th-century building in the Ribeira neighbourhood, a stone’s throw away from the bustling riverfront. The rooms all offer lovely views, either of Porto’s impressive buildings or of the riverside, including. This is a great base for those keen to explore all the tourist sights. And here’s more, brunch is served until 1 pm.
Mouco Hotel - Stay, Listen & Play! is one of the latest additions to Porto’s boutique hotel scene. There are 62 rooms designed for music lovers or those seeking a different hotel experience. Borrow one of the vinyl players and musical instruments for free, or catch one of the live gigs at the hotel’s own venue. Oh, and there’s a swimming pool too! Bear in mind that the location is a bit out of the historic centre.
These lovely serviced apartments are set in a unique renovated 13th-century palace in downtown Porto. There are 19 generously sized apartments and studios, with fully equipped kitchens and access to a shared garden. As a bonus, they offer a 24-hour front-desk service and breakfast is delivered straight to your door.
S.Bento Residences offers 16 stylish fully-equipped apartments, each uniquely decorated. Renowned Porto architecture studio Pedra Líquida designed the building. Its origin was an old ruin located in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it rises as an extension of the cliff itself. The inside houses comfortable self-catered apartments and a 24-hour reception desk, with concierge service.
Village is a carefully designed aparthotel spread over five buildings with a beautiful inner garden overlooking the historic centre of Porto. Each of their homes incorporates Portuguese custom-made furniture, art and lighting influenced by Wabi-sabi aesthetics and Nordic design. Accommodation options range from studios to different types of one or two bedrooms, with all the amenities required for a comfortable stay.
Opened in 2021, Na Travessa Suites offers eight suites with fantastic views of the historic centre of Porto. During the renovation, only the old facade of the building and a stone arch at the rear managed to survive. Everything else has been built from the ground up, with sleek modern design, through the use of concrete, wood and stone.
This nine-bedroom guesthouse, set in an incredible 19th century building, offers a prime example of Portuguese arts. Aside from its nine uniquely decorated rooms, highlights include beautiful ceiling stuccos, perfectly renovated ornaments, a marble painted staircase and an old garden with a centenary camellia.
Designer apartments set in a gorgeous four-storey building in the centre of Porto. Guests can also enjoy a beautiful garden with an iconic pine tree, perfect for relaxing after a day exploring the city.
A boutique guesthouse set in a renovated 19th-century building featuring a private garden and a swimming pool. Located in the historical centre of Porto, just a six-minute walk to the iconic Dom Luis I Bridge.
Malmerendas Boutique Lodging is set in a 19th-century townhouse in downtown Porto. Each of the four suites and two studios available respects the original design of the house, now in great balance with a comfortable and contemporary decor. Each room offers unique details from one another, featuring exclusive objects and decor mixing past and present.
Designer suites and studios set in a renovated building that was formerly one of the main hospitals in the heart of Porto. Built in 1605, it is a stone’s throw away from the charming Rua das Flores street.
If classic five-star luxury is what you’re looking for then The Yeatman in Vila Nova de Gaia is the hotel for you. There’s an outdoor and indoor pool (both with incredible views), and a fantastic Spa da Caudalie. All of the 82 rooms offer river views, and a terrace or private balcony.
Porto’s artiest neighbourhood with various art galleries, trendy shops, restaurants, bookshops, record shops, and cafes.
Casa do Conto
Casa do Conto (The House of Tales) is a boutique hotel in Porto, located in the emerging Cedofeita area in central Porto. Its original concept was born in 2008 but unfortunately a fire destroyed the building in March 2009, but not the will to complete the project. The House now stands fully proud, nestled between Casa da Música (Oporto’s Concert Hall) and Rua Miguel Bombarda, known to the locals as “the art galleries street”.
This stylish typography-themed boutique hotel is the sister venture of Casa do Conto, which is located just a few meters down the road. The skinny 15-metre saltwater pool is a rare find in Porto and will go down a treat on those warmer summer days.
Also located in Porto’s “street of the art galleries” (Miguel Bombarda), this seven-bedroom traditional townhouse converted into a boutique hotel, offers original architecture alongside sleek mid-century furniture and a lovely garden.
Porto's sea-scented residential neighbourhood where the mouth of the douro river meets the Atlantic Ocean.
Duas Portas is a family run eight-bedroom boutique guesthouse in Porto. It’s set in a beautifully restored 19th-century house with immaculate architecture and a tranquil garden. The interiors are minimalist – mixing bespoke builds, vintage Portuguese style and sleek designer furniture. It’s situated in the residential Foz neighbourhood, directly in front of the mouth of the Douro River: turn left for river views, right for the sea and beaches, or stroll inland to explore the charming and tiny cobbled streets.
This five-star hotel is located in the seafront, in the neighbourhood of Foz. It’s set in a renovated palacete (small palace) from the 19th century, alongside a newly-built contemporary looking building, an indoor pool, a spa and a pleasant garden.
Serviced apartments situated in the residential neighbourhood Foz do Douro, offering sea views and near restaurants and bars. It’s a 15-minute drive to Porto’s centre on the bus or tram (Uber, Taxify etc. widely available). Perfect for those who want to stay off the beaten track – away from the tourist crowds yet close to everything.
Overlooking the Atlantic Cabedelo Beach, in Viana do Castelo, this recently opened four-star resort is perfect for those seeking active holidays in Portugal, offering a wealth of fitness activities. The sleek bungalows are ideal for families, and watersports lovers will be in for a treat, as the beach is right on your doorstep. A 40-minute drive from Porto.
Terra Rosa Country House & Vineyards – Ponte de Lima
Terra Rosa Country House & Vineyards is a farm hotel in Ponte de Lima, one of the most characterful and charming towns in northern Portugal. Surrounded by vineyards, this project was born out of the family’s desire to share the beauty of their farm. There are seven rooms, three of which are suites with a living room. Highlights include an outdoor heated swimming pool, an outdoor cinema, various farm activities and a well-curated shop selling furniture, decorative objects and handicrafts.
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