A visit to the ancient northern city of Guimarães, which is known as Portugal’s birthplace, will really give you a sense of the proud history of this country. Because there are so many things to see and do here, it’s well worth spending a day or two to soak in the history.
Here are my suggestions for lovely places to stay, from the best Guimarães hotels to cosy guesthouses, all of them chosen to help make your stay special.
Hotels in Guimarães
5 star Guimarães hotel
Pousada Mosteiro de Guimaraes is located in a 12th century Augustin Convent where all of the beautifully decorated rooms are located in what used to be the cloisters. You can relax in landscaped gardens or take a dip in the outdoor pool. A truly gorgeous historical building that’s on a hill above the city, yet still within walking distance, and offers free parking. Choose the room for you.
4 star hotels in Guimarães
In the lovely Praça da Oliveira you’ll find Hotel da Oliveira. Choose a room with a balcony overlooking the medieval square and soak up the atmosphere of Guimarães. There’s also an onsite à la carte restaurant serving delicious Portuguese and international cuisine. Take a look at these lovely photos.
You can enjoy the seasonal outdoor pool, sun terrace and a spa at the Santa Luzia ArtHotel. Some rooms boast full length windows that lead on to the indoor pool and sauna. Staff are friendly and polite and they offer free parking. View the rooms.
In the heart of Guimarães’ historical center is Hotel Toural. Rooms are spacious and the staff are very welcoming. Breakfast is served at the table; a nice change from buffet style. Free parking is available near by. Read the reviews.
Beautiful boutique accommodation in Guimarães
Within the old city walls is Casa do Juncal. It’s a carefully restored 18th century manor house with a collection of suites, some with garden views or balcony. You can relax in the king-sized beds and know that the very friendly and helpful staff will make sure of a pleasant stay. Look at these photos and choose your suite.
2-star budget hotel
The Hotel Mestre de Avis is a Guimarães hotel with a nice family atmosphere. Rooms come with large windows and parquet floors and comfortable beds. There is a pleasant collection of art displayed around the hotel. Public parking is close by. There is no elevator so keep this in mind when selecting your room. Try a room with a balcony.
Guimarães holiday apartments
Polery Apartments Center offer clean and modern apartments that are spacious and bright and you also have the use of a garden and terrace. The staff are very helpful and it’s very well-located for visiting the main sights. View the apartments.
Cute guest houses in Guimarães
Right in the center of the old town is Alojamento Local F&B. This traditional but modern guesthouse is in a pedestrian-only area and rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable. The host, Fatima, is very friendly and helpful. Choose a room.
Lodging options a little further afield
The first time I visited Guimarães, I stayed at the wonderful Casa de Sezim. This historic winery is a beautiful place to stay. Wander through the landscaped gardens, go for a dip in the outdoor pool or maybe take in a game of tennis. You can even get a look at some rare French wall-papers from the 19th century, depicting scenes from history. Read reviews and check availability.
A 20-minute drive from Guimarães is 1720 Quinta da Cancela. This rustic-style guesthouse offers 4 suites and a cottage. The Quinta offers several wine experiences with the chance to taste their own special red wines. Read the reviews.
Just 5 minutes from Guimarães city center is Villa Margaridi. You can stay in a variety of lodges (some with their own spa) on the Margaridi Estate and enjoy landscaped gardens and pool. José, the host, is very welcoming and the calmness of the place is a treat. See the photos.