3-star Hotel / Parador
HOPO2, Porto, Portugal
Elegant, baroque castle hotel in Porto
This gorgeously romantic, Baroque castle, full of character, set in its own beautiful gardens, is the perfect base to visit historic Porto.
Built in 1887 as a private house, this listed building with its imposing tower is wonderfully atmospheric and, being set on a vantage point, commands lovely views of the city.
The location is excellent – fairly near the centre (a twenty minute walk) with on site parking and the metro just a short walk away – and the manicured gardens with their stunning "azulejos" provide respite from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Guests can choose to stay in traditional rooms, furnished with antiques, in the castle itself or in the modern garden annex where the rooms are decorated in a minimalist style, yet with no compromise to the comfort.
The friendly and knowledgeable staff at the 24 hour reception are on hand to help with anything you need.
The hotel has 25 en-suite rooms – superior doubles, suites and family suites.
5 rooms and suites are in the main castle building, most with a breath-taking view of the city of Porto. These are traditional, furnished with antiques and some even have decorative, hand painted ceilings. Some feature a private balcony.
20 rooms in the modern garden annex. These are comfortably furnished and decorated in the minimalist style.
All rooms, whether traditional or modern, are equipped with LCD flat screen TV with satellite TV, facilities for making coffee or tea, hair dryer, bathroom amenities and WIFI connection. Some rooms have air conditioning.
Due to the historic nature of the main building, it is poorly suited to people with walking disabilities as there is no lift. Please consult us if doubt.
Unique modernist castle in central, yet accessible, location
Parking in the grounds (12€ per day – payable locally – no need to book)
Exterior lift from parking area to the grounds and hotel.
Beautiful garden and grounds on different levels. Deck chairs provided for sunbathing.
An aperitif or cold drink can be enjoyed in the garden.
Dining room where breakfast is served.
Staff can assist with car rentals and taxi service as well as arrange for pick-up and delivery of guest's laundry.
Marques Metro Station is 100m away.
Lovely,traditional dining room where a typical Portuguese style, buffet breakfast is served.
The 24-hour front desk can also organise in-room breakfast if required.
No other meals are available, but the staff can give you advice on restaurants in Porto.
There are bars and restaurants very near the hotel.
Hotel Facilities24 Hour Reception
Tour Booking Service
WiFi all areas
Shared Lounge / TV Area
Room facilities (all rooms)En-suite bathroom
Tea/Coffee making facilities
Shower over bathtub
Safe deposit box
Bars / restaurants within walking distance of the hotel
Bar for clients only serving drinks and light snacks
AccessibilityFacilities adapted for guests with reduced mobility
Room(s) adapted for guests with reduced mobility
Parking space adapted for guests with reduced mobility
ParkingOn-site parking (extra charge)
Posed majestically on the rocky cliffs overlooking the grand River Douro, Porto, the birthplace of the world renowned port, is Portugal's second largest city.
Steeped in history and tradition, highly atmospheric, still nicely unspoilt and laid back, over the last twenty years it has seen a remarkable renaissance, with startling modern architecture blending in happily with the many ancient monuments and landmarks.
A fascinating journey back in time, over different centuries, from its medieval historic centre by the river, the Ribeira district, a Unesco World Heritage site, the 18th century port wine lodges across the waters and the monumental bridge, Ponte Dom Luis I, to the C12th century Sé (cathedral) and the fine Baroque churches São Francisco, São Lourenzo, Santa Clara, the neoclassical Palacio da Bolsa (stock exchange)…the list goes on!
Along with interesting museums including Casa do Infante, where Henry the Navigator was born, art galleries, romantic gardens, impressive plazas, amazing azulejos (hand painted tiles) at São Bento train station and Igreja do Carmo, there is excellent shopping too, especially on Rua Santa Catarina.
Great music from traditional Portuguese fado to classical concerts can be heard at Rem Koolhaas' Casa da Musica and with Porto's fastly developing gastronomic scene, there is great food too from traditional northern Portuguese fare to sushi. and for those who like a bit of nightlife, there is plenty of that too, be it out on the street or at an arty cafe.
Walk it, tram it, boat it or tuk tuk it – Porto's got something for everyone!The fascinating, medieval Ribeira district by the river Douro– Porto’s historic centre, a Unesco world heritage site. Stroll along the promenade, explore its tiny cobblestone alleys, dine at one of the tempting riverside restaurants ..
Cross the impressive iron arched Dom Luis I bridge, built in 1886 from the Ribeira district to the 18th century port wine lodges in Vila Nova de Gaia. Sample the tipple and soak in the grandstand view of Porto from the riverside promenade with beautiful “ barcos rabelos” –flat bottomed boats which transported the wine in the good old days!
- Take the Funicular from here up to the upper part of Porto town and the Romanesque cathedral.
- Take in the sights of Porto on foot – there are guided walks, but doing it independently is fun – from baroqueTorre de Clerigos, to the majestic Palacio de la Bolsa, the gothic church of San Francisco,to the famous bookshop “Livrana Lello” – an inspiration for J.K. Rowling to write Harry Potter, to the São Bento railway station with its immense and beautiful tile panels, to the Casa do Infante, birthplace of Henry the Navigator and so, so much more.
- Enjoy art at the Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis and Museu de Arte Contemporanea and on a smaller scale the little art galleries in Rua Miguel Bombarda and all types of music from classical to jazz at Porto’s music mecca, Casa da Musica – concerts every night! Or listen to traditional Fado at Casa de Mariquinhas.
- Take a leisurely river cruise on a barco rabelo, going under Porto’s six bridges to get a panoramic view of the entire city.
- Visit 19th century Mercado Bolhao– fantastic covered market with all sorts of gastronomic delights and local atmosphere.
- Catch a small ferry across the Douro to the picturesque, traditional fishing village of Afurada with its tile decked houses and hire a bike, walk or bus to lovely Praia de Estrela with soft, golden sand. Feast on hearty fish stew “calderaida” or freshly grilled fish and seafood back in Afurada on your way home.
- Take a scenic tram trip along the river towards Foz do Douro, west of Porto, with its very interesting transport museum and “romantic “ museum and park.
- Do something different and explore the city in a Tuk Tuk! Ask your hotel for details.