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Porto Hotels

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6Only
97 Rua Duque de Loulé
Porto
Portugal 4000 325
Tel: 351 22 201 3971
6only@6only.pt
www.6only.pt

This century-old, converted city-center town house has six stylish double rooms and a light-flooded common space that opens onto a small garden patio. The high-ceilinged rooms feature a seamless blend of classic and contemporary design elements: original moldings alongside mostly white decor, with a different colorful accent picked up in the chairs, bedcovers, and cushions in each room. All accommodations come with a bathtub and a small balcony (our favorite is room 1, which has a gorgeous original ceiling with flower-shaped moldings). What takes this place to another level, however, is the hands-on, friendly young couple who own it. Pedro Meneses and Mariana Soares will offer you a welcome glass of port, a map of the city, and a wealth of insider tips, including personalized restaurant recommendations. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property, and a delicious breakfast (homemade cakes and sweets like tomato, pumpkin, and strawberry jams made by Meneses' mother) is included. Note that this hidden gem displays no visible sign outside, so look for the blue door and the street number.—Anja Mutić

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Grande Hotel do Porto
197 Rua Santa Catarina
Porto
Portugal 4000 450
Tel: 351 22 207 6690
reservas@grandehotelporto.com
www.grandehotelporto.com

The five-story Grande Hotel do Porto sits on store-lined Rua Santa Catarina in the city's central shopping district. Operating as a hotel since 1880, this 94-room property isn't short on character, with a fancy Victorian facade, elaborate chandeliers, high ceilings, and marble columns. An ongoing face-lift (to be fully completed by spring 2011) is preserving the hotel's historic features while modernizing its amenities one floor at a time. You can choose from three room types: Classics, on the first-floor, have faux period touches and marble bathrooms; standard rooms, on the other floors, have a more contemporary look, with minimal chocolate-and-white decor. The two suites, on the first floor, showcase original period furniture. A light-filled restaurant serves a combination of Portuguese and international dishes, and an overhauled salon-style bar is a great spot for afternoon tea after a shopping spree.—Anja Mutić

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Guest House Douro
99–101 Rua Fonte Taurina
Porto
Portugal 4050 270
Tel: 351 22 201 5135
guesthousedouro@sapo.pt
www.guesthousedouro.com

Tucked away behind the Ribeira riverfront in one of Porto's oldest streets, this eight-room charmer in a renovated historic town house has a homey vibe, thanks to its owners, the gregarious live-in couple Carmen Rodriguez and João Fonseca. The uniformly cozy rooms are a low-cost alternative to staying at the four-star Pestana further east along the shore. Ask for one of the four guest rooms with direct views of the Douro and the port wine lodges of Vila Nova de Gaia on the opposite bank (room 202 is a favorite—admittedly small, but with a river-facing balcony). If you value space more than a view, the four street-side rooms are a better bet, and are equipped with bathtubs, to boot. Room decor is consistent throughout—plain white walls, dressed up with ornate mirrors and fancy headboards—and all have free Wi-Fi. The tiny breakfast area accommodates three seatings per morning, serving tasty breads and goodies (choose your time slot the night before). This being Porto, you're served a glass of port on arrival, but if it gives you a taste for a night on the town, be sure to be back before 1 am, when the guest house closes its doors for the night.—Anja Mutić

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Hotel Mercure Porto Batalha
116 Porto Praça da Batalha
Baixa
Porto
Portugal 4049-028
Tel: 351 222 043 300
H1975@accor.com
www.mercure.com

This four-star, six-floor tower across from the National Theater and near the shopping district of Rua da Santa Catarina has two winning features. First, although thoroughly modern, the interior is charmingly comfortable, with French windows, rounded wood furnishings, mirrored vanities, and coffee- and burnt orange–colored fabrics that soften and lighten the 149 smallish rooms. Second, prices (under $165 in high season) are phenomenal for four-star service and in-room amenities such as Wi-Fi and dual-voltage outlets.

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Hotel Teatro
84 Rua Sá Bandeira
Porto
Portugal 4000 427
Tel: 351 22 040 9620
geral@hotelteatro.pt
www.hotelteatro.pt

Porto's first design hotel brings some drama to the city-center lodging scene. Standing on the spot of the 1859 Teatro Baquet, a renowned theater destroyed by fire in the late 19th century, the six-story Hotel Teatro, which opened in May 2010, has been given the dramatic treatment by interior designer Nini Andrade Silva. Hefty front doors with an inscription of an Almeida Garrett poem lead to a dark, bohemian hideaway. At the reception, which is done up like a box office, you'll be handed a ticket (okay, it's a card key) to access your room. The theatrical theme extends to the 74 guest rooms in shades of bronze and gold, where you'll find weighty curtains and mirrors big enough to please the most demanding of divas. Amenities include the usual mod trimmings, such as LCD TVs and free Wi-Fi, and suites come with glass partitions and claw-foot tubs. The hotel's Palco Restaurant (meaning "stage") and Plateia Bar ("tribune") are arranged around an inner courtyard, and the sixth-floor gym has views so good you'll hardly notice you're working out. Be warned: Sexy, dark hallways sound good on paper, but in reality, that means bumping into walls until your eyes adjust.—Anja Mutić

$200-$299
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Pestana Porto
1 Praça da Ribeira
Ribeira
Porto
Portugal 4050-513
Tel: 351 223 402 300
reservas.porto@pestana.com
www.pestana.com

Good hotels in the old part of town are scarce, so if you want to stay down by the river, this is the place. In fact, the Pestana may be the nicest hotel in Porto. Most rooms have panoramic water views (request when you book, just in case) and balconies where you can spend hours gazing upon the harbor and the sights of the downtown Ribeira neighborhood. The hotel is a sensitive fusion of 11 separate riverside town houses spanning the 16th to 18th centuries, plus a sizable slab of medieval city wall. The place is well run, comfortable, and stylish without, thankfully, appearing too "designer."

$200-$299
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Pousada do Porto, Palácio do Freixo
108 Estrada Nacional
Campanhã
Porto
Portugal 4300
Tel: 351 225 311 000
pousada.porto@pousadas.pt
www.pousadas.pt/historicalhotels/EN/pousadas/Portugal/Norte/PalaciodoFreixo/home/PalaciodoFreixoHOME.htm

Just on the outskirts of Porto overlooking a broad bend in the Douro river, one of the country's newest pousadas is an 87-room gem improbably created from a magnificent 1742 baroque palace by Italian architect Niccolò Nasoni and an adjoining eighteenth-century brick flour mill. If the public rooms of the palace feature elaborate moldings, high ceilings, lavish parquet floors, and antiques, rooms in the former mill are sleek, spacious, and contemporary, with almond walls, ginger-colored wall-to-wall carpeting, and chrome-framed modern furniture. The only reference to the hotel building's industrial past are granite casement windows and the tall dramatic brick factory chimney adjacent to the outdoor pool, which is built on the edge of the river. Overall, the edgy mix throws a bolt of low-key chic that makes this hotel the new best bet in Porto. The hotel also has an indoor pool and a full spa.

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Residencial Dos Aliados
27 Rua Elísio de Melo
Vila Nova de Gaia
Porto
Portugal 4000-196
Tel: 351 222 004 853
aliados@mail.telepac.pt
www.residencialaliados.com

This residencial—a simply hostelry that's a bit like a boarding house, only without the meals—lies smack in the center of the old city, overlooking busy Avienda dos Aliados. Costing well under $100 for a double any time of year, the 43 rooms are simple but comfortable, with furnishings ranging from 1960s-functional to the odd antique. Some come with fine city views. The staff is friendly and helpful when it comes to planning your time in Porto.

Closed December 24 and 25.

$200-$299
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Sheraton Porto Hotel and Spa
146 Rua Tenente Valadim
Boavista
Porto
Portugal 4100-476
Tel: 888 625 5144 (toll-free)
Tel: 351 220 404 000
sheraton.porto@sheraton.com
www.sheratonporto.com

Opened in November 2003, the Sheraton Porto Hotel and Spa is a gleaming paean to full-frontal modernism. The property even makes its next-door neighbor, the Meridien Park Atlantic, look dated. The design is indeed impressive—witness the startling all-glass elevator, with its silvery innards exposed. The place is packed with amenities, from high-speed Internet to an indoor pool. Following a minor local tradition, the on-site restaurant, Porto Novo, offers a superb buffet lunch on Sundays. The only drawback? The location, which isn't convenient if you intend to hang around the Old Town.

$300-$399
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The Yeatman
Rua do Choupelo
Vila Nova de Gaia
Porto
Portugal 4400 088
Tel: 351 22 013 3100
relax@theyeatman.com
www.the-yeatman-hotel.com

When the Yeatman opened in September 2010 on a hill in Vila Nova de Gaia, the port-producing district on the south side of the Douro River, it was the first luxury property "on the other bank," and the only one with direct vistas of Porto's beautiful skyline from every room. The purpose-built "palace" set on extensive grounds is spread over five floors sloping down the hillside. Each of the 82 spacious rooms and suites has a large private balcony and a path leading to the decanter-shaped infinity pool. The interiors are plush but ever so slightly kitsch—easily forgiven for those knockout views. Guest rooms, each named after a different wine producer, have vibrant color schemes in turquoise or yellow; traditional Portuguese ceramic tiles; and airy bathrooms with Caudalie toiletries, heated floors, and louvered shutters. The Yeatman restaurant focuses on creative pairings of food and wine (such as mussels on the rocks with grilled cucumber rice, crispy green tomato skin, and seafood curry sauce, washed down with a glass of Fiuza); the pool lounge serves snacks and light meals; and Dick's Bar has the air of a private club. A highlight is the Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa, which offers treatments such as barrel baths and crushed cabernet scrubs.—Anja Mutić

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