Porto, founded in the 12th century, is the second largest city in Portugal and one of the most sought after by travellers. Its historic centre has been recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO making it the favourite city for those who enjoy learning about history while appreciating culture, food and of course the wine. This inspiring city, bathed by the Atlantic and river Douro, is home to Porto wine and it’s the best place to be if you want to learn about the process that goes into making it and even try different kinds of this special fortified wine.
Start planning your trip with the selection of luxury hotels I’ve carefully chosen for you. Bear in mind that at these hotels you will be so pampered and taken care of, it will be difficult to leave and actually go out and explore Porto. Read it at your own risk.
The award-winning hotel Yeatman is in Vila Nova de Gaia, a city that rests in the margins of the Douro River, connected to Porto by the São Luís bridge and only 15 minutes away by taxi (there are also trams, trains, buses and the hotel also has a shuttle). It’s in Gaia, this is how most people call it, that you will find all the famous Porto wine cellars. Usually described as a luxury wine hotel, the decoration is classical and elegant, you can have your own terrace with breathtaking views of the city of Porto and the Douro River.
All rooms have a fabulous river view. This hotel is part of the Relais & Châteaux collection of hotels and its restaurant The Restaurant has been distinguished with two Michelin Star. There’s a wine spa inside and an infinity pool.
Average rate for a standard room: $298 | £238 | €279
Staying here is experiencing living like royalty if only for a few days. This 18th-century palace where the hotel now lays offers the tranquillity and comfort to guests who want to visit Porto in style. The hotel offers free shuttles to the area of Ribeira, three times a day. If you prefer to stay in the hotel, there’s a gym, a spa, Turkish baths and sauna. There’s also an infinity pool overlooking the river, for those hot summer days, and an indoor pool. If you would like to go golf, hire a boat for a trip along the Douro river, among many other activities the hotel can help you book them.
Price per night in the following dates: £156 | $195 | €184
Located in the heart of the city, close to all the main Porto sights and next to the train station. And, as if it couldn’t get any better, this luxury 5-star hotel has been renewed, it used to be an 18th-century palace, but the comfort and the luxury is still all there.
The staff is impeccable, the food marvellous and the rooms so cozy you won’t want to leave.
Average price per night: €209 | $222 | 177
Great location, right in the historic centre of Porto, a few minute’s walk to the Douro river bank, outstanding service, comfortable beds. This hotel has family-friendly rooms and even provides a rent-a-car service, you just have to choose the car and the key will be delivered to your door.
Average price per night: €179 | £150 | $192
The NH Colection Porto Batalha hotel, in the heart of Porto, is another beautifully renovated palace, also from the 18th century. It used to be the home of a prominent wine makers family and later it even became the main post office quarters in Porto until it was finally reconverted into this beautiful hotel, overlooking the Batalha Square and in front of the National Theatre.
The staff at the hotel is absolutely incredible and the breakfast one of the best you will have in Porto. You’ll love it here.
Average price per night: €132 | £111 | $142