Searching for affordable hotel rooms in Porto is easy, as the city is home to many mid-range, 3-star properties. Affordable large chain hotels such as
Holiday Inn, Novotel and Best Western can all be found within the city limits. There is also a broad selection of inexpensive independent hoteliers available.
If your budget is a little less limited, you will find many luxury brand hotels including Hilton, Marriott and Hyatt. There are many independent hoteliers
with accommodations in the luxury category as well.
Hotels by far outnumber any other accommodation type in the city of Porto. That is not to say that different options are not available. Apartments,
villas and even private homes can be found to rent. Prices on these are quite varied and depend largely on the size, location and the time of year you are visiting.
For an exceptional lodging experience, it is recommended to stay in a Pousada. Exclusive to Portugal, a Pousada is a type of private hotel that is often located
in a historic building or place of natural beauty. These types of hotels are so select that there are only a total of 40 in all of Portugal.
One of the best parts of the Pousada experience is the gastronomy. Each Pousada has a full service restaurant that specializes in local and regional cuisine. Highly trained chefs take painstaking measures to source the best local ingredients and prepare them using traditional and modern methods. Wines from the neighbouring areas are perfectly paired with each dish, making the meal unforgettable.
Pousadas can be unofficially categorized as follows:
- Historical Pousadas: these are located in historical buildings, convents, castles, fortresses and palaces.
- Historical Design Pousadas: are Historical Pousadas whose design has been enhanced by distinguished and renowned architects.
- Charm Pousadas: boast an abundance of local charm.
- Nature Pousadas: as the name suggests are in areas of immense local beauty.
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