To help you prepare your trip to the beautiful Northern Portugal, I’ve made a list of the three best hotels of each category and I took into consideration the several points of interest in this area. Discover what are the best hotels in Northern Portugal so that your trip to this region becomes memorable!
What were the selection criteria when choosing the best hotels in Northern Portugal?
I’ve chosen hotels with more than 150 reviews and a score higher than 8/10, with free Wi-Fi. Then, I’ve chosen the hotel according to price, services and location.
Top 3 of the hotels in Northern Portugal * (Hostels)
1. GuimaraesLiving – Hostel & Adventure 9.3/10 (Guimarães)
Considered by many as one of the best hostels in Guimarães, GuimaraesLiving is close to the historic centre and a few metres away from some of the most important monuments of the city – the magnificent Bragança Ducal Palace and the beautiful Guimarães castle.
If you stay at this hostel, know that you can choose from mixed dorms or, if you prefer more privacy, studios or family rooms. You can use the kitchen or kitchenette (if you book a studio) to prepare your own meals; you can also take the opportunity to explore the historic centre on foot – you won’t regret it!
2. Bracara Hostel 8.4/10 (Braga)
Located in one of the most beautiful and ancient cities in Portugal, Bracara Hostel is a place where you can book an apartment with two bedrooms or book a double room with a private bathroom – here you can definitely combine privacy and comfort with low prices.
Explore the city on foot and discover places like the Cathedral and Biscaínhos Museum. Further away from the centre, you’ll find the magnificent Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte and the beautiful Sanctuary of Sameiro – both located less than 12 km from Bracara Hostel.
3. Home Gerês Hostel 8.3/10 (Terras do Bouro)
If you want to spend some days in the marvellous Peneda-Gerês National Park then you should book a room at Home Gerês Hostel. Surrounded by the natural beauty of this place, this hostel is close to Gerês Thermal Baths and to one of the most important sites for Christian devotion in Portugal, the Sanctuary of São Bento da Porta Aberta.
Aside from these and other points of interest in Peneda-Gerês National Park, know that you’ll find all the peacefulness at this hostel – among other amenities, you’ll have at your disposal a pool and bedrooms with private bathrooms.
Top 3 of the hotels in Northern Portugal with **
1. Hotel Laranjeira 9.1/10 (Viana do Castelo)
Hotel Laranjeira is one of the preferred hotels for those who want to spend their holidays in Viana do Castelo. You can take advantage of its location to explore the city centre and its beautiful streets – you can even rent a bike at this hotel.
Among other amenities, Hotel Laranjeira offers to its guests rooms with air conditioning and views to the city and to the wonderful Sanctuary of Santa Luzia; you’ll also have a cable television at your disposal.
2. Hotel Costa Verde 9.1/10 (Póvoa de Varzim)
Located a few metres from the beach and from other points of interest in the city, Hotel Costa Verde is a great place to stay if you want to know the Portuguese coastline. Apart from the beaches, you can also go to the Fort of Nossa Senhora da Conceição or, why not, take the metro or drive to Vila do Conde and to Porto.
At this modern hotel with an appealing decoration know that you’ll find a 24-hour open reception; its rooms are very comfortable and some even have views to the Atlantic Ocean and to the bullfighting arena, located right in front of the hotel.
3. Hotel Tulipa 8.4/10 (Bragança)
Located in the centre of the city of Bragança and a few kilometres south of the Montesinho Natural Park, Hotel Tulipa benefits from a privileged location in comparison to most of the hotels in this region. If you stay at this hotel, you must visit the beautiful castle and citadel of Bragança, located 1 km away.
Among other amenities, you’ll find at Hotel Tulipa a 24-hour open reception, a rent-a-bike service and a restaurant where you can try some of the most typical and amazing Portuguese dishes.
Top 3 of the hotels in Northern Portugal with ***
1. Hotel Suave Mar 8.4/10 (Esposende)
Even though it’s not located at a particularly tourist destination, Hotel Suave Mar stands out from many other hotels located at the Portuguese coastline. Whoever stays at this hotel will find a modern and appealing decoration, restaurants with amazing dishes and much more!
Facing the Atlantic Ocean, this hotel offers to its guests the possibility to enjoy the magnificent outside pool or go for a swim and sunbathe in one of the beaches, located a few metres away. Take this opportunity to admire the lighthouse and the Fort of São João Baptista.
2. Peneda Hotel 8.1/10 (Arcos de Valdevez)
Located in a privileged place, right in the heart of Peneda-Gerês National Park, Peneda Hotel is one of the favourite hotels for those who want to visit this amazing park. A few metres away from the hotel, know that you’ll find the Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora da Peneda, one of the places you can’t miss in this park.
Among other amenities that stand out at this hotel, I must point out the restaurant where you can try some of the most typical dishes of Northern Portugal; the rooms are very comfortable and spacious – definitely a place to visit!
3. Axis Ponte de Lima Golf Resort Hotel 8/10 (Ponte de Lima)
If you enjoy peacefulness and playing golf, then this is the perfect place for you to spend your holidays or a different weekend. Despite being a three-star hotel, Axis Ponte de Lima offers some exceptional amenities like an interior pool, a wellness centre and a golf course.
If you stay at this hotel, know that you can visit the centre of the town of Ponte de Lima, located only 4 km away, and admire the magnificent medieval bridge over Lima river; you should also take the opportunity to explore the beautiful streets of this town, considered “the oldest Portuguese town”.
Top 3 of the hotels in Northern Portugal with ****
1. Celorico Palace Hotel & Spa 9.2/10 (Celorico de Basto)
This magnificent four-star hotel is the perfect getaway for those who want to escape from the hustle and bustle of the cities. Here you’ll find everything you need so that your stay is worth your while: sunbathe next to the outside pool (on colder days you can go for a swim in the interior heated pool) and enjoy the Turkish bath, sauna and more!
If you want, you can rent a bike and explore the wonderful Tâmega’s Ecotrack or drive to points of interest like the Alvão Natural Park, the Sanctuary of Senhora da Graça or Amarante – all these places are less than 25 km away from the hotel.
2. Hotel do Parque 9.1/10 (Braga)
Hotel do Parque is one of the favourite hotels for those visiting Braga, not only because of its quality but also because of its location. If you stay here, know that you’ll find the magnificent Sanctuary of Bom Jesus a few metres away; you should also take the opportunity to admire the beautiful gardens nearby.
This hotel is located at a completely refurbished 19th-century building and offers to its guests all the comfort they could ask. Apart from that, you can enjoy the comfort of the modern-decorated rooms or play billiards at the hotel’s game room.
3. Hotel Casino Chaves 9/10 (Chaves)
Located in Chaves, one of the most beautiful cities in Portugal, and 12 km south of Spain, Hotel Casino Chaves is the perfect place for those who enjoy to play in casinos. There, you’ll find 300 slot machines and several games where you can try your luck; you can also enjoy a drink at one of the three bars located there.
After playing at the casino, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the centre of the city and get to know all the monuments like Trajano Bridge, the donjon, the Fort of São Neutel and the Fort of São Francisco; you should also go to the Nadir Afonso Contemporary Arts Museum.
Top 3 of the hotels in Northern Portugal with *****
1. Vidago Palace 9.5/10 (Vidago)
Among other characteristics that make of Vidago Palace an exceptional hotel, I must point out the interior and outside pools, four restaurants, the beauty treatments in the spa, the amazing golf course, the comfortable and spacious rooms and the wonderful Belle Époque decoration.
Located in the Thermal and Water Route Verín-Chaves-Vidago, this hotel is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the mineral richness of the waters that flow through this place – enjoy the charm and natural beauty of this location!
Vidago Palace is not only one of the best hotels in Northern Portugal, it is also one of the best in the country.
2. The Vintage House Hotel 9.1/10 (Pinhão)
Located in Alto Douro Wine Region, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, The Vintage House Hotel offers to its guests some of the most breathtaking views in this region – take the opportunity to admire the beautiful terraces where the vineyards that originate the famous Port wine grow.
At this five-star hotel you can relax in one of the magnificent and spacious rooms, with their unique decoration, and you can also go for a swim in the hotel’s swimming pool that offers amazing views over Douro river and surrounding landscape – definitely, an idyllic scenery!
3. Pousada Mosteiro de Guimarães 9/10 (Guimarães)
Pousada Mosteiro de Guimarães is located at an old 12th-century convent, with views over Guimarães city and its wonderful historic centre, World Heritage since 2001, located only 2 km west of the hotel. You can also take some time to discover the Sanctuary of Penha, 4 km southwest of the hotel.
Of the characteristics that stand out at this hotel, you’re going to be pleased by its beautiful decoration, the refreshing swimming pool and the terrace where you can relax and sunbathe; discover and admire the cloisters of this old convent and travel through history – definitely one of the best hotels in Northern Portugal.
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