View along railings in square, Guimarães, Portugal

Spending a night or two in 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. To help you do that, take a look at my suggestions for lovely places to stay, from the best Guimarães hotels to cosy guesthouses.

I’ve been drawn back to Guimarães on many occasions and am totally besotted with its medieval squares and buildings. Staying in the historical centre is ideal if you want to maximise your time in the atmospheric streets.

Another special place to stay is in the former monastery at the top of the wooded hill that overlooks the city.

Wherever possible, I choose accommodations that follow sustainable practices, as indicated by the number of leaves (3 is the top score). No leaf simply means that I can’t verify their current efforts regarding sustainable travel but I love the property.

Hotels in Guimarães

View looking down landscaped gardens at Pousada Mosteiro
Enjoy the landscaped gardens at Pousada Mosteiro, Guimarães

5-star Guimarães hotel

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This majestic Pousada is 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

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In the lovely Praça da Oliveira you’ll find this lovely 4-star hotel. 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.

Hotel Toural

In the heart of Guimarães’ historical center, on Largo do Toural, is the 4-star Hotel Toural. Rooms are spacious and the staff are very welcoming. Breakfast is served at the table; a nice change from buffet style. Free private parking is available. Read the reviews.

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You can enjoy the seasonal outdoor pool, sun terrace and a spa at this sleek, modern hotel, which is just outside the historical centre. 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.

Santa Luzia ArtHotel pool and view, Guimaraes
Santa Luzia pool with views, Guimarães

Beautiful boutique accommodation in Guimarães

Casa do Juncal

Within the old city walls is this 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

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This Guimarães hotel has a nice family atmosphere and friendly hosts. 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

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With fantastic views of the city and close to Salado Memorial, these superb apartments are a treat. Decor throughout is modern and classy, with lots of space and light. There’s an elevator and an added bonus is the free parking. Choose your spacious apartment now.

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These modern and clean apartments – some with mountain or garden views – come with well-equipped kitchens and are ideally placed to explore the city. There’s a nice terrace and communication with the host is first class. Check your dates.

Floor lights lighting the night at Praca de Sao Tiago, Guimaraes
Night view of Praca de Sao Tiago, Guimarães

Cute guest houses in Guimarães

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Trovador City Guest House

Choose a comfortable suite or modern studio at this smart guesthouse. It’s a nice relaxed place and well located for the historical center. Check availability.

Alojamento Local F&B

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.

Rent a car for more flexibility

As well as having plenty of things to see and do, Guimarães is a great place to use as a base to explore the surrounding area. If you’re looking to rent a car both Discovercars and car rental will give you access to great deals.

Lodging options a little further afield

Series of living rooms, Casa de Sezim, Guimaraes Portugal
Series of living rooms, Casa de Sezim, Guimarães

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.

1720 Quinta da Cancela

A 20-minute drive from Guimarães is this great B&B. 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.

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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.

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Longer stay options in Guimarães

If you’re looking for longer-stay options in and around Guimarães, then try Flatio. They’re a rental housing platform, mostly deposit-free, that offers lawyer-verified, legally binding lease agreements that can be used as proof of address and for visa purposes.

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