Best hotel in Porto for: creative types

A boutique hotel, spa, restaurant, deli… for a small property, Rosa et al has a lot of substance. Everything is aesthetic, from the claw-foot bathtubs in the rooms to hand-crocheted throws on the beds, while the courtyard garden is a peaceful place to take five.

Known locally as a cultural hub, residents come for the much-loved brunch and stay for the spa. There are just six rooms available, each designed differently but with a focus on aesthetics. Top tip: the Garden Pavillion is particularly beautiful.

Address: Rosa et al Townhouse, Rua do Rosário, 233, Porto, 4050-524
Price: Doubles from about £100 per night

4. Pestana Palicio do Freixo

Best hotel in Porto for: tranquillity

Those who have been to Porto before might not be quite so concerned about seeing the main tourist attractions; in which case the Pestana Palicio, located further down the river, is ideal. Classified in 1910 as a national monument, the restored Baroque-style palace and surrounding gardens are welcoming, with soaring indoor dining areas and spectacular open views of the river.

The hotel has 87 rooms in total, with superior rooms offering a river view. If you stay in summer, it’s a great time to make use of the outdoor pool or to grab a sundowner from the poolside bar.

Address: Pestana Palicio do Freixo, Estrada Nacional 108, 4300-316 Campanhã , Porto
Price: Doubles from about £189 per night

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