Boutique hotels galore in Portugal

Cascais: a beach on the Lisbon coastline
Cascais: Lisbon coastline

Sitting on the Atlantic coast of the Iberian Peninsula, Portugal is a varied mix of alluring (and hilly) cities, sandy beaches, and bucolic scenery. Picturesque cobblestone villages mingle with foodie hotspots, making the country an enticing place to visit. It’s also filled with wonderful places to stay: hotels in Portugal range from characterful properties in city centres to rural getaways set among vines. Which of our hotels in Portugal will you be drawn to the most?

São Lourenço do Barrocal

Hotels in Portugal: a characterful room at São Lourenço do Barrocal
Rustic charm at São Lourenço do Barrocal

This countryside estate has been in the same family for over 200 years and can be found nestled in the foothills of medieval Monsaraz, a small Portuguese farming village whose community has been restored and brought back to life by 8th generation owner José António Uva. Located near Alqueva Lake in Alentejo, the understated hotel is surrounded by ancient oaks, olive groves and vineyards, and covers a whopping 7.8 million square metres. The backdrop may be rural, yet inside, the décor is modern and evokes a soothing, relaxed atmosphere. A unique boutique find, and an experience not to be missed.

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Hermitage Castelo-Casa Chafariz

A chic apartment at Hermitage Castelo-Casa Chafariz
Chic apartments at Hermitage Castelo-Casa Chafariz

Proudly standing within the design neighbourhood of Santos, this hotel has been stylishly renovated to accommodate guests with the utmost comfort, luxury and charm. The 5 serviced apartments all showcase different elements of décor: whether it’s the stone-coloured tones of Suite Estrela or the sunset orange hue of Suite Miradouro, each has its own narrative. Refurbed in 2018, the original architecture has been preserved, as has the building’s striking, cherry-red façade. Not only will you be able to enjoy a city escape at this boutique bolthole within the heart of Lisbon, you’ll also be able to soak up the historical surroundings.

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Vila Monte Farm House

Hotels in Portugal: a calming bedroom at Vila Monte Farm House
Soothing tones at Vila Monte Farm House

This classic Portuguese farmhouse in the Algarve has been transformed into a peaceful boutique hotel; just 20 minutes from Faro, the romantic hideaway has a relaxed boho-chic vibe, and the light and spacious rooms (including 24 suites) are spread across several buildings. Timeless interiors of white walls and fabrics mix with accents of pale colour; wood, wicker and rope are used to great effect throughout. Relax by one of the pools, or get out and about: experiences such as food tours at oysters farms or pestico (tapas) outings can be organised, and Fuseta Island (Ilha da Armona) is close by.

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Quinta da Bouça d’Arques

A characterful room at Quinta da Bouça d'Arques
Characterful Quinta da Bouça d’Arques

Picture this: a beautifully restored manor house surrounded by trellised vineyards in the Minho region. Part of the Abreu Teixeira family for 300 years, owners Ana and João wanted put their own mark on the property when they took it on as a project. Using non-traditional materials including concrete, glass and iron, the end result is a mix of contemporary and rustic chic. Located just 14 kilometres inland from the coastal city of Viana do Castelo, this countryside retreat in the north of the country is the place to go for a relaxing break.

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Convento do Seixo Boutique Hotel & Spa

Hotels in Portugal: a unique room at Convento do Seixo Boutique Hotel & Spa
Unique Convento do Seixo Boutique Hotel & Spa

This converted and restored 17th-century property that was once home to monks is situated on the outskirts of Fundão, and proudly displays many fine examples of its former glory days. Period architecture, exposed brickwork, contemporary interiors, and glorious views out to countryside help to create a peaceful retreat. Simply decorated monk’s quarters have been revamped into modern, colourful spaces. Some rooms have a balcony with vistas to the garden and the Gardunha mountain range, others a standalone bath, jazzy floor tiles or a wood burner. On-site services include a restaurant and bar, Bodhi spa, and indoor and outdoor swimming pools.

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Quinta da Palmeira – Country House Retreat & Spa

Hotels in Portugal: a stylish bedroom at Quinta da Palmeira – Country House Retreat & Spa
Stylish Quinta da Palmeira – Country House Retreat & Spa

Set in Beira’s rolling green hills, this is an absolute gem: an elegantly renovated 19th-century country manor that perfectly balances traditional and contemporary. The white façade gives way to a surprising interior that would look more at home in a London penthouse than this quiet corner of Coimbra. You’re in the heart of the countryside, nestled between two national parks, so there are plenty of lovely walking options. But realistically, you could quite easily spend all day in the shade of an orange tree, or beside the pool with a book.

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Hotel Feelviana

Eco-conscious Hotel Feelviana
Eco-conscious Hotel Feelviana

Just an hour north of Porto, this contemporary hotel sits right on Cabedelo Beach, and is surrounded by a vast pine forest. Ideal for an active holiday for all the family, this spot offers things to do for all ages including cycling, surfing, paddle boarding, windsurfing, and yoga. The modern design takes the existing nature and habitat into consideration, with natural materials used wherever possible. The result is an environmentally-friendly property that blends well into the environment. All of the en-suite rooms have a balcony and an eco-feel to them, with plenty of natural light and wooden walls.

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1908 Lisboa Hotel

Hidden away in the Intendente neighbourhood, this property delivers on every level: hotel, restaurant, bar, and hip hideaway. Some of the contemporary rooms face Avenida Almirante Reis, others the square. The team at this city bolthole are on hand to help you experience the real Lisbon as the locals do, and the property also doubles as an art gallery featuring some of Portugal’s finest contemporary creatives. At on-site restaurant Infame, feast on Asian-influenced plates such as pork with clam and coriander rice, or fish in oriental broth.

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