Fanciest Hotels in Porto

Written By Mario Rodrigues

The city of Porto is beautiful and there are places that remind us of other times. Many hotels manage to preserve this antiquity and history, thanks to the classic and Renaissance decoration and furnishings, or even the building in which they are located. At the same time, there are hotels that seek to show the sophisticated side of the city, with modern architecture that matches the context and region where it is located. See below some examples of luxury hotels, both modern and more classic.

Sheraton Porto Hotel & Spa

Hotel Sheraton is one of the most beautiful and luxurious hotels in Porto. This hotel is located near Av. da Boavista, in a very central area and close to most of the city’s points of interest, such as Casa da Música. Among the hotel’s amenities are the spa, the indoor and outdoor pool, the yoga studio, the restaurant and the glass wine cellar. The spa has eight rooms available. The restaurant is called Porto Novo and features Portuguese cuisine.

The rooms are very spacious and elegant, decorated in wood, glass and steel. They feature a private bathroom where you will find a bidet, bath or shower, toiletries, bathrobe and hairdryer. The television has both satellite and pay-per-view channels. For fun at the hotel, there is also a room with snooker.

InterContinental Porto

The InterContinental Hotel is located in Palácio das Cardosas, a palace that dates back to the 18th century and has been completely renovated. In addition to large spaces and beautiful, classic decoration, the rooms have views of the historic city center. Torre dos Clérigos is just 200 meters from the hotel.

The hotel has a 24-hour gym and a spa with three rooms and a sauna. The Astoria restaurant serves typical Portuguese cuisine, but with a more contemporary twist. And the bar has a relaxing atmosphere and a full menu of wines and cocktails. The rooms have high ceilings, flat screen televisions, marble bathrooms with bathtub and shower stall. Many of the rooms also feature a small lounge area, with plush chairs (like the one pictured below). The access to Wi-Fi is free and throughout the hotel. The bathrooms in each room have a hairdryer, bathrobe, slippers and bath/shower. Pets are allowed, upon request and may have fees added to the room rate.

Hotel Pestana Freixo Palace

The Pestana Hotel is located in the Palácio do Freixo, in the Campanhã neighbourhood. This has the advantage of being is close to the beach, just 10-minute walk away. The palace is of 18th century baroque style. Its aristocratic public areas have remained, with beautiful and imposing architecture. The pool is large, with infinity edge and facing the river, and has several sun loungers around where guests can relax. There is also a poolside bar, where you can enjoy a few drinks throughout the day. At the spa there is a Turkish bath, massage at an additional cost, sauna and other aesthetic services. There is also a fitness center, for those who want to exercise during their trip. The hotel’s restaurant, Pousada do Porto, serves a buffet breakfast.

The rooms are modern, spacious and feature a separate seating area, flat-screen TV, air conditioning and bathrooms with luxury amenities and a hairdryer. All the rooms have beautiful views, but some have the privilege of overlooking the Douro River. The private bathrooms have a hairdryer, bathrobe and other items that only a luxury hotel could offer. The Wi-Fi is free and is available in all areas of the hotel, including the rooms. Parking is public and free of charge. Please keep in mind that pets are not allowed.

Hotel Infante de Sagres

The Hotel Infante de Sagres is another of the luxury hotels in Porto. It is located in the city centre and is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Located just 4 minutes walk from the Aliados metro station, it is a great option for those who want to have everything close by and don’t want to miss a good hotel full of comfort and top services.
Take advantage of the proximity and visit Casa da Música, which is less than 10 minutes by car from the hotel. The hotel restaurant is inside a bookshop, called Restaurant Book for this reason, which guarantees an intimate and almost unique atmosphere. The restaurant has refined dishes and several Douro wines. You will also find several famous restaurants and gastronomic options just a short walk from the hotel. The Galeries de Paris, a trendy area filled with famous bars, shops and restaurants, is 200 meters away.

The rooms are beautifully decorated and refined, with neo-baroque style furnishings, antique chandeliers, flat screen TV with satellite channels, air-conditioning and super-complete bathrooms that are very organized and clean, offering toiletries, a hairdryer and other details. The rooms also have air conditioning. The Wi-Fi is free and works throughout the hotel.

Hotel Cristal Porto

The Hotel Cristal is one of the most recent luxury hotels in Porto. It has a 4 star rating, the lowest of the others mentioned, but has an incredible and very modern decoration. It is located in the city center, next to the Lapa Church and Avenida dos Aliados. This hotel has no swimming pool, but a beautiful garden where guests can relax, with several tables and chairs. The restaurant is buffet style and there is also a bar, with beautiful port wine titles.

The rooms have a clean and modern decoration in blue and white tones. They have comfortable beds, linen and towels, wardrobes, flat-screen TV, safe, air conditioning, minibar and private bathroom. Some of the rooms have a beautiful bathtub, where you can relax and take a very nice bath. The wifi is free and is available throughout the hotel. There is a bicycle rental service (payable separately) and parking, which is also paid separately, costing €10 per day. Pets are not allowed. Its calm setting away from the hustle and bustle of the city also houses a buffet-style restaurant, as well as a bar where Port wine can be sampled and the breakfast is served from 07:30 to 10:30. Guests can leave their car at the 24-hour parking (at an extra cost). Cristal Porto Hotel is also a 5-minute walk from Faria Guimarães Metro Station and 2 km from São Bento Train Station. Porto International Airport is 14 km away.

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