Where to stay in Porto
Possibly one of the most charming cities off the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. Porto has something to offer for everyone – amazing food, great views and plenty of interesting places to visit. Not sure where to stay? I got you covered! Read my hotel review for a lovely hotel in Porto.
As you might know, I love staying in hotels that offer that personal touch. Somehow, I naturally gravitate towards boutique hotels because they are smaller in size and the people running the place genuinely want to provide you with the best experience. With this in mind, I chose Cocorico guesthouse and restaurant and boy did it live up to its expectations.
Cocorico Guesthouse is a small boutique hotel, with 10 beautifully decorated rooms. It combines the best of two countries – France and Portugal. This translates into fantastic food, warm services and a wonderful stylish decoration (a true paradise for tile lovers!).
What are the key features of the hotel
Location: It is located in the historic center of town a short 10-minute walk from the major tourist attractions -Sao Bento train station, Sé do Porto (the cathedral) and my favorite neighborhood Riberia.
The amenities: The hotel has 10 exquisite suits all beautifully decorated. It comes with the usual amenities: plush robes, fluffy towels, sweet scented bath products and a soft mattress to sink into. The rooms are tastefully decorated, and extremely light & airy thanks to high ceilings and large windows.
Added bonus is the fact that there is no noise at night and shutters to close the windows off completely ensuring a quiet and peaceful environment that will be sure to give you a good night’s sleep. My personal favorite items of the room are the rain shower head AND the tasty welcome cakes.
The restaurant: Breakfast, lunch or dinner, you can have your pick! Breakfast has fresh fruit, juice, cereals to choose from, homemade cakes, eggs any which way and delicious bread with a variety of spreads.
For lunch you can choose a set menu or à la carte and the dishes served are a delectable mix of both French and Portuguese cuisines. We tried à la carte Portuguese tapas and were served some delicious local dishes for the price of 25€ (for two people).
Dinner has a variety of great French dishes, which can be paired with any carefully selected Portuguese wines on the menu.
In keeping with the overall style of the hotel, the restaurant too is tastefully decorated. It’s warm and cozy, perfect for an intimate tête à tête with a loved one.
Safety: The hotel is located on one of the main boulevards, which is well lit at night. An added layer of security is provided by the fact you need to ring the doorbell to get in. The reception runs 24 hours so there will always be someone around to let you in after a late night on the town.
The team: What made our stay in the hotel something to write about, was the genuine kindness and helpfulness of the team. No matter how odd the request (daily pasteis de nata) or how difficult (helping me find a random street I saw on an Instagram picture), the team always gave a 110% to accommodate. I honestly felt sad leaving them behind, almost like I was saying goodbye to a couple of good friends.