We love a second metropolis: all that underdog vitality with out the ego – or the crowds – and Porto isn’t any exception. It’s simply completely satisfied to see you, to pour a glass from a dusty outdated bottle of port or take you crusing down the River Duoro.

Staying right here is sort of a experience, too. Town material makes one of the best of its dramatic geography, constructed into steep hillsides and hugging the riverfront. Cosy house-hotels far outnumber the grand manufacturers, although you’ll nonetheless discover a swish spa if you happen to want one – with port wine remedies, no much less. Second to none, actually.

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Neighbourhood: Castelo

A Superior Room at The Yeatman (The Yeatman)

A completely fledged resort up the town’s southern financial institution, the Yeatman mingles with the English port wineries hugging the Duoro River. Naturally, it’s amassed a wonderful cellar, open for tastings and seminars if you’re not swimming or having your Caudalie facial. Guide Sunday lunch with a wine flight on the Orangerie’s eighth-floor terrace, or sip in your non-public balcony downstairs, the place views from king rooms embellished in Tiffany blues and yellows are equally stellar. 

Doubles from €215the-yeatman-hotel.com

Neighbourhood: Baixa

Get regal at M Maison Particulière (M Maison Particulière)

Is it an vintage store? A resort? Someplace in between, moderately. The atmospheric visitor rooms on this purple stucco townhouse are like bijou museums you’ll be able to run amok in, with marble fireplaces, Baroque mirrors and authentic wood-coffered ceilings. Get up and say hi there to your ivory bust by the tile mosaic wall. Breakfast on the terrace is a sweaty affair mid-morning – higher to your night aperitif, with the cathedral lit up within the distance. 

Doubles from €160m-porto.com

Neighbourhood: Castelo

Absorb the views at Oh! Porto (Jose Campos c/o Oh! Porto)

The vantage level, trying again on the town from beneath the iron arc of the Luis I bridge, may be very Brooklyn-on-the-Duoro. Six hip little residences match cleverly inside a designer concrete shell, furnished with Scandi modernity and huge window banks dealing with the river. With the port wineries within the hills above and Outdated Porto a fast stroll throughout the bridge, Oh!’s location is an sudden triumph. 

Doubles from €100ohporto.com

Neighbourhood: Baixa

Outdated-school glamour is the order of the day at Pestana A Brasileira (Pestana A Brasileira)

Pestana takes a grand artwork deco landmark and makes it private with mid-century woodiness, low classic lighting, sinuous velvet seating and heat – however not obsequious – service. Bedrooms are barely too cosy for all of the area elsewhere; vibrant space-saving loos fare higher. Hit the buzzy A Brasileira brasserie at breakfast whether or not you’re staying or not – the pastries are pretty much as good because the most interesting padaria. Or share the octopus on a light-weight French dressing salad for lunch.

Doubles from £100pestanacollection.com

Neighbourhood: Ribeira

If you happen to bought any nearer to the river, you’d be on it. Refreshed weathered-stone partitions and chipper whitewashed furnishings give the light-filled rooms a country-house really feel. The breakfast room serving punchy juice and contemporary fruit juts out over the river path. However for dinner, head down there your self and snag a desk outdoors one of many outdated fisherman’s cottages, now a string of conventional tabernas.

Doubles from €1551872riverhouse.com

Neighbourhood: Ribeira

The Penthouse on the well-located The Home Ribeira Lodge (The Home Ribeira Lodge)

Each market, cathedral and monument you’ve marked in your map is shut sufficient to go to in heels. Even when the rooms are only a tiny step up from a Premier Inn, this “river home” gives fringe advantages: espresso and cake within the bar and a sunny rooftop terrace from which to plot your journey – with the assistance of the free-to-use in-house smartphone. For a homely fried-fish dinner, stroll a block to the super Adega São Nicolau.

Doubles from €75shotelscollection.com/thehouse

Neighbourhood: Baixa

Classic and antiques followers will love the historical past at Porto AS 1829 (Porto AS 1829)

The wood-panelled Araújo e Sobrinho stationery store has operated out of this azulejo-tiled mansion block for practically 200 years. In 2015, Lux Motels designed AS 1829 to weave out and in of the showroom, establishing 41 rooms within the outdated places of work. Handcrafted-tiles exchange chipped surfaces; plush velvets, caning and milky glass lighting replace Portuguese classics. However the excessive ceilings, deep French home windows and classic desktop knickknacks are all authentic. 

Doubles from €83as1829.luxhotels.pt

Neighbourhood: Baixa

The Penthouse affords distinctive views throughout the town (Armazem)

Porto’s greatest retrofit of a historic residence sits on a avenue full of boutiques, two doorways down from the enchanting Claus Porto perfume flagship – its personal superb renovation. On this former iron warehouse, 200-year-old stone partitions butt up in opposition to polished concrete, deep iron staircases and a press release armoire round each nook. The sunshine-handed service will please just some. However it does imply you’ll be able to tinker on the honesty bar and tables stuffed with curios with out interruption. 

Doubles from €170armazemluxuryhousing.com

Neighbourhood: Baixa

The luxurious terrace loft at Malmerendas (Malmerendas)

The scent of dewy grass from the sun-dappled breakfast room could maintain you in for the day – to not point out the still-warm egg tart and blood-orange juice. Unbelievably, contemplating the tiled façade, this 19th-century townhouse drips with leafy climbers, from garden to roof. Guide a rear-facing room – or the household studio (€300), stylish as a Notting Hill backyard flat. Come 3pm, the backyard transforms right into a wine bar.

Doubles from €99malmerendas.softconcept.pt

Finest for structure buffs: Vincci Porto

Neighbourhood: Massarelos

Not a metropolis particular person? West of centre, previous the dual steeples of the beautiful Massarelos church, an artwork deco former fish market now features as an homage to classic design, with walnut-panelled rooms furnished for a Mad Males tryst. Lounge in low-slung designer chaises within the marble lobby, with its double-height whalebone roof. Then climb to the rooftop bar for vistas over a helipad to Arrábida Bridge. 

Doubles from €63vincciporto.com