5-star Hotel / Parador
HOPO8, Porto, Portugal
Luxurious 5-star Palace on the banks of the Douro
This opulent baroque palace set right on the riverbank in Porto, just two miles east of the city centre and the famous Ponte Luis I, is the perfect place for a city-break with a spot of luxury and tranquillity.
Housed in the 18th Century palace and neighbouring flour mill the hotel has a truly unique style and is certainly one of Porto's most prestigious hotels. Its gardens offer the perfect vantage point to watch the boats come and go along the Douro and from the infinity pool you could almost feel you're swimming in the river itself.
Although located outside the city centre there's a free shuttle bus service so you can enjoy the peaceful setting (and ease of access if coming by car) whilst making the most of all that Portugal's second city has to offer.
The opulent facade with typical Portuguese Baroque white with stone detailing gives on to an equally extravagant interior housing the main salon and the common areas such as bar and restaurant. The rooms are housed in the flourmill next door, as are the spa and indoor pool, which is more modern in its d?cor and accessed by a covered walkway.
87 rooms all en-suite (shower over bath) with sitting area and king-size or twin beds.
Superior rooms give full / partial views of the river. Most standard rooms have a garden view.
Executive rooms and a range of suites are also available.
Some rooms are specially adapted for guests with mobility issues
Magnificent palace right on the banks of the Douro
Indoor pool and outdoor infinity pool by the river
Electric Vehicle Chargers
Shuttle bus service
Sauna Spa, fitness centre and steam room/hammam
The hotel has a classic restaurant offering typical regional dishes for the north of Portugal as well as a modern bar offering meals all day and a poolside bar.
Breakfast is an extensive hot and cold buffet served in the restaurant.
Hotel Facilities24 Hour Reception
WiFi all areas
Shared Lounge / TV Area
Sports and WellbeingSwimming Pool (outdoor, seasonal)
Swimming pool (indoor)
Room facilities (all rooms)En-suite bathroom
Fridge / Minibar
Tea/Coffee making facilities
Safe deposit box
DiningRestaurant, open to the public
Bar, open to the public, serving drinks and light snacks
AccessibilityFacilities adapted for guests with reduced mobility
Room(s) adapted for guests with reduced mobility
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.