Famed for its delicious wine, its culinary scene, and its jaw-dropping Beaux-Arts and Baroque churches, Porto is the perfect city to get lost in. Add to this an exceptional year-round climate and extremely welcoming locals, it is with good reason that the city has become a trendy hot spot for modern jet setters.
Stretching along the threadlike curves of the Douro River, Porto’s hilly cobblestone lanes, maze-like neighborhoods, and staggering viewpoints charm visitors from near and far. Its picturesque Old Town, containing six majestic bridges, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Porto also plays host to an eclectic hotel scene, with accommodations ranging from graceful boutiques to historic masterpieces. Here are the best cool and unusual hotels in Porto, Portugal (in no particular order).
Our Top 3 Best Cool and Unusual Hotels
Situated high on a hill with views over the rooftops to the river, this eclectic 47-room hotel has a focus on the arts, with an emphasis on bold colours.
Its radiant design embraces a deep connection between style and warmth, resulting in a surprisingly calming effect. Each room is named after a painter, writer, designer, or musician, and decorated to reflect the artist’s personality.
From the handwoven rugs to the hand-laid wooden floors, every detail was designed and made in Portugal. The sophisticated and subdued on-site restaurant, with its enthralling river views, beautifully contrasts the exuberant bar which is covered with artificial flowers.
Upscale boutique interior
An outdoor swimming pool
Panoramic city views
Dim lighting in rooms
Slow bar service
No tea-making facility in rooms
Torel Palace Porto
Standing in the heart of the city since 1861, as one of Porto’s finest examples of romantic architecture, Torel Palace is crowned by an impressively ornate skylight.
Throughout the palace, the interiors are covered in rich stucco work and period elements and the book-filled library in the lobby offers a theme which revolves around literature.
The guestrooms blend a sense of quirky, luxurious, and fun, and invite in the natural light through oversized windows. The ground floor restaurant Blind is an eclectic, character-fused space in which a menu is provided to guests only after each course has been served.
Quirky boutique hotel
An outdoor swimming pool
Variety of breakfast
No on-site parking
Se Catedral Hotel Porto, Tapestry Collection By Hilton
Overlooking Porto City Centre from close to the Douro River, Se Cathedral Hotel is a stylish, cool, and incredibly Instagrammable hotel offering 77 eloquently designed guestrooms.
The trendy interiors embellish a canvas of monochrome hues with vivid patterns and a bright design, setting a tone of eccentricity in the charming communal spaces.
The hotel boasts an eclectic restaurant and bar serving expertly curated dishes and crafted beverages, however a step outside the property puts you within a wide selection of epic urban eateries.
The guestrooms slightly deviate from the quirky feel downstairs, inviting you into a refined luxury, graced by astonishing city views.
Hip vibrant interior
Eclectic restaurant and bar
Daily on-site breakfast
24-hour front desk
A bit noisy at times
Dim room lighting
Pur Oporto Boutique Hotel by actahotels
Pur Oporto idyllically conveys the history and charm of the city and embraces its exclusive surroundings. The hotel is ornamented with beautiful Portuguese tiles and unique décor created by local manufacturers and artists, offering a brand-new experience in the heart of the city.
Sleek, wooden interiors radiate a boutique ambiance, beautified in many areas by lush foliage hanging from ceilings.
The restaurant is a graceful space festooned in bright lanterns and glass walls, and offers a youthful vibe. The guestrooms are clad in polished materials which embody charm and comfort, enhanced with trendsetting amenities and ambient, subdued lighting.
Chic welcoming interior
Daily breakfast service
Well-appointed guest rooms
Bit away from the center
No in-room kettles
Infiltrating the Porto hospitality circuit with a fresh new concept, BessaHotel Baixa is home to one of the city’s leading wellness offerings.
Every detail in the spa was designed to exude total luxury, from the layout of the heated pool to the materials used to construct the walls, to the ambient lighting systems in place.
A lush, manicured lawn is dotted by sun loungers and graced by sumptuous plants, with wooden decking areas offering an optimum space for tanning.
Each room is decorated in a modern style, offering an ergonomic workstation, and a satellite TV with Chromecast connectivity and video on demand.
Wellness center and spa
Rooms lack storage space
No vegan food options
Hotel Cristal Porto
Located less than a kilometre from Avenida dos Aliados, The Hotel Cristal offers a strikingly modern hospitality concept in its 94 rooms, spread over 4 floors.
Reflecting the needs of both the business visionary and the modern jetsetter, the hotel offers a handful of vibrant communal nooks, both indoor and outdoor, enriched by an eclectic ambiance. Guests can enjoy a personalized bar and restaurant service at any time, where a unique gastronomic experience awaits.
After an afternoon of exploring the historic city, you can relish a golden sunset in the Cristal Garden, where the hustle and bustle of the metropolis seems to wither away into pure peace and serenity.
Vibrant blue and white theme
On-site restaurant and bar
Indoor and outdoor communal areas
Limited vegan breakfast options
Breakfast is extra
Porto Royal Bridges Hotel
Transformed from an emblematic building of the 70s into one of central Porto’s most opulent hotels, Royal Bridges is the creation of prestigious, award-winning interior designer Nini Andrade a Silva.
Mere steps from Praça dos Aliados and the city’s most iconic theatres, the hotel provides a trendy, cosmopolitan atmosphere. Its vibrant eclecticism radiates through the Bar Eiffel, which impresses with a bold design and signature cocktails at any time of the day.
Spread across 6 floors and 3 different typologies, the 70 guestrooms offer everything you need for a relaxing break, including ultra-comfy beds, high-velocity Wi-Fi, and first-class amenities.
Daily American breakfast
Lack of storage space
YOTEL Porto is the ideal spot for both a city break and a business trip, owing to its premium facilities and its design-led environment.
Created to spark a real connection between modern travellers, the hotel is adorned with many graceful communal hangouts, prettified by vibrant décor and cosy seating areas.
Driven by a clever use of technology, guests have full control of their stay through kiosks, as well as the YOTEL App.
Not only is a digital key provided on the app, but guests can also control the cabin lights, replace the TV control remote, and request for room service. Responsible for room requests are the friendly robots, incorporated to maximize efficiency.
Private parking area
On-site fitness center
No coffee in rooms
Windows are not soundproofed
A striking façade welcomes you through large glass doors into the prestigious BessaHotel, centrally located in Porto’s upmarket Boavista district.
Inside, a sharp and slick aesthetic enhances a feeling of elegance, inviting luxury travelers and business visionaries to kick back in style.
The on-site BRestaurant captivates the natural light by day and transforms into an intimate hub by night, as a strong mixture of exquisite Iberian flavors is served.
The charming terrace invites you to delight yourself with a champagne flute or a glass of Douro wine whilst savoring jaw-dropping city panoramas. All guestrooms flourish with modern elements, and some even offer balconies with sweeping views of the cityscape
Modern welcoming design
On-site fitness center and rooftop hot tub
Slow breakfast service
Distance from the center
Canto De Luz
At Canto De Luz, a nondescript door on a traditional street opens up to a sleek world of originality with a homely touch.
The design-led property is set on a street lined with a charming mix of antique and vintage shops, as well as a handful of restaurants.
A glass-topped atrium floods a large central staircase with natural light, while plants drape from railings to diffuse an essence of nature. The interior design is a bespoke blend of old and new, expressed through timber floors, modern lamps, antique furniture, and crisp white linens.
A soundtrack of soft music sets a classy atmosphere on the garden terrace, where guests are invited to savour a delicious breakfast.
romantic and bright interior
Continental and vegan breakfast
1 km from Metro Station
No front desk
Rooms are not soundproofed
Breakfast is extra
Myo Design House
This stunning building retains the original tiling and aesthetic of its 17th-century façade, and is teeming on the inside with vintage décor and soothing palettes.
Brimming with elegance and sophistication, Myo was designed with comfort in mind, and its Master Suites offer a unique art gallery concept taking inspiration from the Faculty of Fine Arts at The University of Porto.
Each room takes on the name of an emblematic space in the city, and portrays its individual appellation through exquisite paintings. The property is located on one of the most symbolic streets in the historic centre of Porto – Rua das Flores.
Retro-chic decor pieces
2 minutes from the metro station
Restaurants and bars around
Historic location and some rooms with great views
No laundry facility
Pricey public parking
viterbo'8 - The Artists House
Here we have an extravagant accommodation offering located a stone’s throw away from the Sao Bento metro station. In a perfect symbiosis between comfort and elegance, Viterbo’8 is a tribute to Portuguese arts.
The hotel continues the spirit and authenticity lived in the streets of Porto, through heritage antiques, marble elements, and opulent décor. Each apartment reflects a unique artistic theme.
For example, the first floor Music Apartment is inspired by the creativity of Fado and Amália Rodrigues, while the Ceramic Apartment is inspired by the decorative arts of Bordallo Pinheiro. Each unit offers a fully equipped kitchen with a dining space, a cable TV, and a lavish bathroom.
Near the Metro Station
No towel hangers in bathroom
No laundry facilities
Noisy at times
Maison Nos B&B
Nestled within the 14th -century Fernandina walls in the Vitória district, Maison Nos is a refined crossover between tradition and modernity.
The parquet-floored rooms are brightly furnished, and some are equipped with petite balconies overlooking the vibrant city streets.
Complimentary designer toiletries are provided, as well as ultra-high-velocity Wi-Fi and freestanding bathtubs. Each day, guests are invited to kickstart their day with fresh juice and homemade coffee in a hip space embellished with whimsical artwork.
The property’s supreme location only 350 yards from Clerigos Tower and the Borges Market means you can optimize your time spent exploring, whilst still benefitting from a secluded sanctuary to return to.
Hip vibrant decor
Balconies in a few rooms
Luggage storage space
Too many stairs
A little bit noisy
No TVs in the rooms
Rosário Luxury Suites, by Oporto Collection
Here we have a typical 19th-century bourgeois house located right within Porto’s artistic area, close to a variety of trendy restaurants, alternative shops, and galleries.
Walls of vibrant blue or green add a touch of class to the wood-clad suites, which boast colorful hand-woven rugs and quirky décor.
The fitted wardrobes add a charming aesthetic, and are nicely decorated with books and precious ornaments. Some of the suites feature a long and thin and exquisitely manicured garden, inviting guests to revel in the gorgeous Iberian sunshine.
Others boast balconies with a coffee table and chairs, offering a pleasant spot to savor the morning coffee.
Spacious contemporary rooms
Rooms are not soundproofed
No in-room refrigerators
Jardim da Batalha Boutique Hotel by Shiadu
Located an arm’s reach from some of Porto’s most iconic landmarks, this eclectic boutique is your ideal basecamp for exploring the city.
The quintessence of nature is invited in both through smooth and delicate wall art and through the beautiful flora which surrounds the hotel’s exterior.
A majestic sun terrace welcomes guests to an open-air ambiance, graced by coffee tables and chairs, offering an idyllic space to kick-start your morning. The 20 double rooms offer the comfort and amenities typical of a high-end resort, including ambient lighting, bespoke décor, and plush linens.
Further in-room offerings include a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a safety deposit box, and complimentary designer toiletries.
Charming boutique hotel
Daily continental breakfast
A sun terrace
Car rental service
A bit noisy
Some rooms are a little small
M Maison Particulière Porto
A clever redesign of a 16th-century house has balanced a historical charm with practical comfort at this stunning boutique hotel, set gracefully on one of Porto’s most beautiful streets.
A warm and romantic atmosphere is expressed by a quirky pairing of a bold color scheme with heavily striped wallpaper, immediately dissipating the bustle of the surrounding streets.
Sculptures, tapestries, and other internationally sourced artifacts add a sense of homeliness to the property, and each room carries a unique layout and design.
All units offer sound-proof windows and block-out curtains, promoting a blissful night’s sleep atop plush mattresses and luxury box-spring beds.
Stunning boutique hotel
Library and individually decorated rooms
Daily breakfast service
Located in a 16th-century building
Glass bathroom doors
Parking is a little far away
No in-room coffee machines
Decorated in a bohemian style, Mo House brings an air of luxurious comfort to the historic center of Porto. Within a 4-minute walk from the hotel, you can reach the narrow, cobbled streets of Ribeira, as well as the Torre dos Clérigos and the São Bento Station.
The soothing white-washed interiors in some of the communal spaces are offset by vivid furniture and patterned hues, exuding a sense of modern opulence. Quaint balconies in the accommodations invite you to relax with a glass of wine as you gaze over the hustle and bustle of the city below.
You can take advantage of first-class in-room amenities which include a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a kitchenette, and a dining area, providing the comforts of home.
Chic bright rooms some with river views
Close to several well-known attractions
700m from train station
Units with kitchens
Parking is extra
Noisy front rooms
Malmerendas Boutique Lodging
Here we have a traditional Portuguese house redesigned with modern features, in a stylish fusion of old and new. This restored townhouse still carries many features of its original roots, such as a skylight, a central wooden staircase, and glass-painted doors.
The guestrooms contrast this beautifully, adding a touch of modernity through luxury furnishings which combined with high ceilings and white-washed walls, presents a fresh look. A stand-out unit is the attic room, which boasts an A-frame ceiling that hangs low over the open-plan space and exudes a semi-cabin feel.
In each room you will find a kitchen with state-of-the-art amenities like Nespresso coffee machines, while the deluxe and junior suites are equipped with balconies offering garden views.
Restored townhouse building
Luggage storage service
Airport is a 40min drive away
Restored townhouse building
Luggage storage service
Airport is a 40min drive away
Charming Antas House
From one of the most upmarket and quiet areas of the city, this colourful boutique impresses as a vibrant standalone property, where traditional interiors are offset by plush décor.
Rich in history, the arched windows and wooden beamed ceilings evoke the splendor of a bygone era, while antique lamps brighten up the graceful corridors.
Each morning, guests can savour a delicious and fresh breakfast, providing the fuel for an adventure-filled day of sightseeing. The house is surrounded by a large outdoor space with charming patios and a peaceful flower garden, bringing an essence of nature to your city break.
Antique decor pieces
Free private parking area
Daily fresh breakfast
On-site gift shop
Style might not suit everyone
Intimate vibe might not be for everyone
Utopian a Charming Boutique Hotel
Fronted by a colourful façade which sets the tone for a vibrant urban welcome, Utopian has become a favored bolthole for both business travelers and leisure seekers.
This cosy home-away-from-home is situated in an excellent downtown location home to upscale dining, nightlife, and famous landmarks. The seven contemporary suites offer features typical of a luxury resort, designed with a creative flair that’s perfectly in tune with the surrounding artistic neighborhood.
Modern interiors, state-of-the-art furniture, and luxury beds exude intimacy in the private sanctuaries, complemented by a well-stocked mini-bar, Portus Cale shower products, and TVs with Netflix. The bathrooms are clad in luxury marble, and feature large walk-in rainfall showers.
Vibrant interior and very reasonable room rates
Terrace in certain rooms
Front rooms can get noisy
Top-Rated Cool Hotels in Porto Compared
The following table accesses the top 20 cool and unusual hotels in Porto, on account of different attributes, like location, food, price rangers, and nearby tourist attractions, you can also adjust the table according to your preferences:
|Hotel Name||Location||Price Range (per night)||Fitness Facilities||Distance to Attractions (km)||Nearby Restaurants|
|Torel Avantgarde||336 Rua da Restauração||$513-$1,813||Yes||0.7||2|
|Torel Palace Porto||Rua de Entreparedes 40,||$385-$1,242||No||0.9||2|
|Se Catedral Hotel Porto, Tapestry Collection By Hilton||Rua Cha 38 e 44||$189-$400||No||0.5||1|
|Pur Oporto Boutique Hotel by actahotels||946 Rua de Santa Catarina||$211-$389||No||1.4||1|
|BessaHotel Baixa||Rua Doutor Alves da Veiga Nº155||$281-$565||Yes||1.2||1|
|Hotel Cristal Porto||Travessa Antero De Quenta||$159-$286||No||1.7||2|
|Porto Royal Bridges Hotel||Rua de Sá da Bandeira 53||$200-$260||No||0.75||3|
|YOTEL Porto||Rua Gonçalo Cristóvão||$180-$301||Yes||1.2||2|
|BessaHotel Boavista||Rua Dr. Marques de Carvalho||$151-$260||No||1.4||2|
|Canto De Luz||539 Rua do Almada||$275-$421||No||1.2||1|
|Myo Design House||Rua das Flores 179||$794-$1,102||No||0.55||1|
|viterbo'8 - The Artists House||rua dr. sousa viterbo nº42||$525-$584||No||0.35||3|
|Maison Nos B&B||Rua do doutor Barbosa de Castro 36||$370-$411||No||0.5||3|
|Rosário Luxury Suites, by Oporto Collection||227 Rua do Rosario||$329-$410||No||1.0||1|
|Jardim da Batalha Boutique Hotel by Shiadu||Rua de Entreparedes 68||$383-$518||No||0.95||3|
|M Maison Particulière Porto||Largo de São Domingos||$357||No||0.35||2|
|Mo House||Rua de Belomonte 81||$207-$305||No||0.4||2|
|Malmerendas Boutique Lodging||Rua Dr Alves da Veiga 186||$250||No||1.2||1|
|Charming Antas House||Rua de Naulila||$222-$254||No||2.8||1|
|Utopian a Charming Boutique Hotel||146 Rua de Dom Manuel I||$118-$131||No||0.75||1|
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