Porto: Top hotels in City centre

Residencial dos Aliados Av dos Aliados, entrance at Rua Elísio de Melo 27-2º T222 004 853, Wwww .residencialaliados.com. Occupying a monumental late nineteenth-century building, the 38 rooms fill quickly in summer. Front rooms give dizzying views over the avenue, though ones at the back are quieter – you can save yourself around e10 if you don’t want a/c. There’s also a bar and coin-op Internet access, and public parking nearby.

Pensão Aviz Av Rodrigues de Freitas 451 T222 008 937, Eresidencialaviz@sapo.pt. Just around the back of Batalha – decently priced en-suite rooms with cable TV. It’s a friendly place, used to foreign tourists.

Pensão Duas Nações Pr Guilherme Gomes Fernandes 59 T222 081 616, Wwww .duasnacoes.com.pt. A real budget gem, with updated rooms with satellite TV, fan and central heating, and double-glazed against the street noise. It’s popular with backpackers, as some bunk-style rooms sleep four. Best to book ahead if you want a private bathroom. Also friendly Englishspeaking staff and Internet access. Breakfast not included. No credit cards.

Pensão Estoril Rua de Cedofeita 193-1º T222 002 751, Wwww.pensaoestoril.com. You might need to look at a couple of rooms before settling on one – some have retained their original proportions, though others have been squeezed in (as have many of the elderly bathrooms). A few, however, have balconies overlooking a garden at the back, and it’s generally cool and quiet. You can usually shave a few euros off by forgoing breakfast

Hotel Eurostars das Artes Rua do Rosarió 160–164 T222 071 250, Wwww .eurostarshotels.com. Porto’s best boutique hotel (four-star) occupies an impressively restored town house in a residential and shopping district near Soares dos Reis museum. There’s a garden and roof-deck, and plenty of space in the rooms which come with hardwood floors, six-foot-wide beds, flat-screen TVs, specially commissioned Porto photography and classy marble bathrooms. Special offers and advance bookings from e69

Grande Hotel de Paris Rua da Fábrica 27– 29 T222 073 140, Wwww.ghparis.pt. Consistently recommended by readers, the “Grande Hotel” is actually more pension in price and feel. The building retains many of its original fittings, with period furniture and high ceilings, while nice touches proliferate – thick bathroom towels, a small garden, and a good breakfast served in a splendid drawing room. Rear rooms (more expensive) have balconies and old-town views. No parking, but airport shuttle available

Grande Hotel do Porto Rua de Santa Catarina 197 T222 076 690, Wwww.grandehotelporto .com. Porto’s oldest hotel is steeped in nineteenthcentury mercantile style, with tons of polished marble and crystal chandeliers, and an echoing gilt-tinged restaurant where the buffet breakfast is served. It’s also in a very handy location, on the main pedestrianized shopping street. Rooms are on the dowdy side, but have all mod cons, and the fact it’s only three stars means prices are pretty good – down to e55 a night during special summer promotions (check the website). Limited parking available.

Hotel Infante de Sagres Pr Dona Filipa de Lencastre 62 T223 398 500, Wwww .hotelinfantesagres.pt. Old-school five-star hotel on six floors, its public areas, restaurant and bar lavishly furnished with Persian carpets, crystal chandeliers, Chinese porcelain and stained-glass windows. Rooms are elegant rather than luxurious, and have gleaming marble bathrooms. There’s also an open-air patio for light meals, and a classy cocktail bar and restaurant. There’s public parking nearby.

Residencial Pão de Açúcar Rua do Almada 262 T222 002 425, Wwww.residencialpaodeacucar .com. Well-kept, 1930s-era building with fifty reasonably large and quiet en-suite rooms with parquet floors – it’s very popular. The best are indisputably the half-dozen at the top which open out onto a private terrace overlooking the town hall. Parking nearby costs e5 a night

Hotel Peninsular Rua Sá da Bandeira 21 T222 003 012, Ehotel.peninsular@clix.pt. Comfortable family-run place with a range of rooms, all with private bath and TV, though you’ll pay more for a/c, better bathrooms or a front view. The azulejos in the entrance reveal it to have been an outbuilding of the nearby church. 1–2, better rooms

Residencial Porto Novo Rua Alexandre Herculano 185 T222 055 739, Wwww.residencialportonovo .com. Some along this street are grotty, short-time places, but this is a reliable budget choice for clean if old-fashioned en-suite rooms. Insist on the top floor where the rooms have magnificent river views from their terraces

Residencial Vera Cruz Rua Ramalho Ortigão 14 T223 323 396, Wwww.residencialveracruz.com. An elegant charmer disguised as a modern apartment block. There’s almost a feeling of being in someone’s very tidy house, and the pleasant rooms are painted in soothing colours and have decent bathrooms. Service is efficient and friendly