Gay Friendly Hotel Porto

Guide to Gay Friendly Hotel in Porto Portugal (2024 Updated)

Porto is a coastal city in northwest Portugal known for its stately bridges and port wine production. In the medieval Ribeira (riverside) district, narrow cobbled streets wind past merchants’ houses and cafes. São Francisco Church is known for its lavish baroque interior with ornate gilded carvings. The palatial 19th-century Palácio de Bolsa, formerly a stock market, was built to impress potential European investors With  new gay friendly hotel Lisbon opening the city is becoming a new friendly gay destination in Europe.

Rainbow PRIDE Porto is a peaceful march of LGBT people and their relatives and friends, which combines social and political protest with entertainment such as live concerts. It takes place every year in the month of March in Porto the main destination of Portugal. Like most countries in Western Europe the  city have many gay bars, clubs and gay friendly hotels.

Consider this your open invitation to pack your bags and find Porto downtown hotels that are members of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association. Staying in this historical area will give you access to its local art scene and shops.

What are the top attractions to visit in Porto?

1. Hotel ibis Porto Centro 2* – Gay Friendly Hotel Porto

Gay Friendly Hotel Porto
Gay Friendly Hotel Porto

A new generation of Ibis hotels, Porto Centro combines great-value accommodation with contemporary design. The hotel features free Wi-Fi in all public areas and is a 5-minute walk from Bolhão Metro Station.

Rooms at Hotel Ibis Porto Centro are decorated with earthy tones and natural materials. They are all soundproofed, air conditioned, equipped with satellite TVs and include en suite bathrooms with hairdryer.

See why so many travelers make Ibis Porto Centro their hotel of choice when visiting Porto. Providing an ideal mix of value, comfort and convenience, it offers a quiet setting with an array of amenities designed for travelers like you.

Free wifi is offered to guests, and rooms at Ibis Porto Centro offer a flat screen TV and air conditioning.

Guests of Ibis Porto Centro are also welcome to enjoy a lounge, located on site. For travelers arriving by car, parking is available.

Close to some of Porto’s most popular landmarks, such as Clerigos Tower (0.6 mi) and Palácio de Cristal (1.0 mi), Ibis Porto Centro is a great destination for tourists.

While visiting Porto, you may want to try some shrimp at one of the nearby restaurants, such as Brasao Cervejaria Aliados, Cantina 32, or Taberna dos Mercadores.

The location is excellent: near lots of cafeterias and restaurants. There’s a supermarket underneath the hotel which is open until 21.30.

Very nice, basic hotel located in the Ribeira district of old Porto. If exploring this historical area is important, this location is an excellent starting point. Rooms as with Ibis, are on the small side but work very well and are well laid out and very efficient. Beds are quite comfortable. We opted for the buffet breakfast option which is very reasonably priced with good selection to start your day. As well, the breakfast is available until noon, which I had never seen before. The front desk staff are excellent and are committed to customer service.

Rooms are clean and a decent size. Towels are basic, shampoo/liquid soap is supplied as is a hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. You can book breakfast on the day and the offering is reasonably good and varied. There is no hot food however.

There is free wifi in all rooms and two public computers in reception. Speeds were acceptable.

This hotel represents good value for money and we would return without hesitation.


How much does a room costs at Hotel ibis Porto Centro?

Prices start 95$/night for Standard Double Room.

This modern, air-conditioned room comes with a flat-screen TV with cable channels and queen size bed. It also has a bathroom with a shower and hairdryer.

Where to book onlineHotel ibis Porto Centro –  Gay Friendly Hotel Porto – you can find the best hotels deals in Porto during Serralves em Festa Porto on or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


2. InterContinental Porto – Palacio das Cardosas 5* – Gay Hotels Porto Portugal

InterContinental Porto
InterContinental Porto

Set in a renovated 18th-century palace, the 5-star InterContinental Porto – Palacio das Cardosas offers spacious rooms with views of Porto’s historical centre. Located 200 m from the iconic Clérigos Tower, this hotel provides free WiFi in all areas.

Featuring high ceilings, Palacio’s stylish rooms offer flat-screen TVs. Marble bathrooms include a separate bathtub and walk-in shower. Some rooms feature a seating area with plush chairs.

Guests can workout at the 24-hour Fitness Centre, which is equipped with the latest equipment and weights. The on-site spa has 3 treatment rooms and a sauna.

Located in the heart of the Historical Centre, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO, the InterContinental Porto – Palacio das Cardosas is the result of a careful renovation of a palace dated from the end of the 18th century. The Hotel is located in Oporto’s main city square, the Praça da Liberdade, within walking distance from all the major cultural highlights, trendy shops, bars and restaurants. The hotel comprises 105 spacious rooms and suites, the Astoria Restaurant, Cardosas Bar.

This hotel is right on the main square and within walking distance of most major sights and shops in Porto.  Just down the street from the Clerigas tower, the famous bookstore, and the train station. A short walk from the old town. We found the room to be excellent as was the service staff and facilities.

The hotel is located just in the heart of this oh-so-beautiful city and I would recommend spending a few more bucks for this incredible location and scenery. Our room was breathtaking, with a view to the City Hall (we didn’t even mind the noisy friday night kids just to enjoy the light of the morning shining on the antique buildings). The staff was so polite, welcoming and helpful. Special thanks to the Concierge and Bellman staff, always willing to give us a help around the city.

They managed to get us into the best restaurants with only a few hours notice. As for the restaurant inside the hotel, “Astoria”, we had a delightful experience. We found the food was amazing, having an great view from our table to the main square as well as to the beautiful train station located just around the corner.

Housekeeping was also fantastic at this particular location. Their attention to detail was exemplified in the fact that sheets on the hotel crib were made up every day, the same way a bed would be made.

The hotel itself is beautiful and the rooms are spacious and exude old world charm and luxury.

Housekeeping was also fantastic at this particular location. Their attention to detail was exemplified in the fact that sheets on the hotel crib were made up every day, the same way a bed would be made.

The hotel itself is beautiful and the rooms are spacious and exude old world charm and luxury.

The breakfast buffet is very opulent with many choices. Please be aware that the breakfast room can get very crowded and you might have to wait to be seated. Note, they charge €25 for the breakfast buffet, so may be better to get that included in the price.


How much does a room costs at InterContinental Porto – Palacio das Cardosas?

Prices start 280$/night for Deluxe Double Room. The Executive Double Room is 315$/night with breakfast included.

This room includes a flat-screen TV, minibar and tea/coffee making facilities.

The marble bathroom includes a walk-in shower and bath.

Where to book onlineInterContinental Porto – Palacio das Cardosas –  Gay Friendly Hotel Porto – you can find the best hotels deals in Porto during Festa de São João do Porto  on or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


3. InSitu Formosa 178 3* – Gay Friendly Hotel Porto


Gay Friendly Hotel Porto
Gay Friendly Hotel Porto

Situated in Porto, 300 m from Oporto Coliseum and less than 1 km from City Market Bolhao, InSitu Formosa 178 features accommodation with free WiFi, air conditioning and access to a garden with a terrace.

The units come with parquet floors and feature a fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher, a dining area, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, and a private bathroom with shower and a hairdryer. A microwave, a fridge and stovetop are also offered, as well as a kettle and a coffee machine.

Both a bicycle rental service and a car rental service are available at InSitu Formosa 178.


Located 1 block off Rua Caterina these units offer the advantage of being central (10-20 min walk to most of central Porto) but offering a quiet setting.

There are 2 sister properties, 168 & 178, operated out of the same office at 168.

The units are large, modern and clean. They offer a small kitchen, eating area, sitting area and a comfortable queen (not double) bed. They are very secure. In Toronto or New York they would be upscale.

Very welcoming staff. Newly converted apartments, comfortable, clean and well appointed. Quite central in the town but quiet. About 15 minutes walk from the river. Close to cafes and restaurants. Car park nearby.

How much does a room costs at InSitu Formosa 178?

Prices start 60$/night for Standard Apartment . The Apartment with Terrace is 85$/night with breakfast included.

This room includes a flat-screen TV, minibar and tea/coffee making facilities.

Where to book online – InSitu Formosa 178 –  Gay Hotels Porto Portugal – you can find the best hotels deals in Porto during Maratona do Porto  on or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


4. Ribeira do Porto Hotel 3* – Gay Friendly Hotel Porto

Gay Hotels Porto
Gay Hotels Porto

Offering a prime location in the Ribeira District and overlooking Douro River, the 3-star Ribeira do Porto Hotel features a traditional bar and a 24-hour reception. It is 300 m from D. Luís Bridge.

Each room at Ribeira do Porto is elegant and air conditioned and includes a flat- screen satellite TV and a laptop safe. All rooms have a private bathroom with free toiletries and a hairdryer. Free WiFi access is available.

On the 2nd floor, guests will find the A Tasca bar, where a breakfast buffet is served each morning. The surrounding area is filled with summer terraces, restaurants and bars. Across the bridge, guests will find the Porto Wine cellars.

Family project, owned by Tomaz Douro – Emoreendimentos Turisticos Lda, the new hotel joins two oldest buildings in the Praca da Ribeira / corner with Rua Fonte Taurina and has 18 comfortable rooms with bathrooms with window, Dishwasher design and glass doors, digital TV, air conditioning, telephone, safe, hairdryer, amenities and brand Saboaria Portugueza.

Project by Architect Ricardo Azevedo, the hotel preserves the beautiful facades that make it up and is distinguished by its sober decoration and design, and its prime location, providing beautiful views of all rooms over the Ribeira, the river and the bridges.

The hotel is situated in a UNESCO world heritage site, with wonderful views of the Dom Luis bridge. There are street entertainers by the river, and these can be loud during the afternoon. However, our room had good double-glazed windows which cut out most of the sound. The air conditioning is also very good..
The television Channels may be a bit limited, but the Wi-Fi is excellent and copes well live streaming.
Breakfast is excellent, with both a continental, and a warm selection.

Fantastic location and all rooms have a view of the Duoro and the bridge. Everything is in walking distance, including Sao Bento train station which connects the city centre to the airport.

Rooms are small but adequate and very clean. The hotel looks old from the outside but is fully renovated.

Breakfast is amazing, food is very fresh and the restaurant is clean. The room is of a standard size for a 3* Hotel and spotlessly clean daily. We really liked the soap and shower gel with the scent of citrus, beautiful touch. Bottle of water was given complimentary daily so were coffee and tea sachets. The view from our room on the 3rd floor was amazing.

How much does a room costs at Ribeira do Porto Hotel?

Prices start 90/night for Standard Double Room. The Superior Double Room is 110$/night with breakfast included.

This elegant room is larger and features air conditioning, a flat-screen satellite TV and a laptop safe.

The private bathroom comes with free Saboaria Portugueza toiletries and a hairdryer. Please note that it is not possible to accommodate children in this room.

Where to book online Ribeira do Porto Hotel –  Gay Friendly Hotels Porto Portugal – you can find the best hotels deals in Porto during MEO Marés Vivas  on or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


5. Torel Avantgarde Porto 5* – Gay Friendly Hotel Porto


Torel Avantgarde
Torel Avantgarde

Torel Avantgarde is set in Porto’s centre, a 10-minute walk from the Douro riverside and 750 m from the iconic Clérigos Church. The 3-time award-winning 5-star hotel features an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre and a garden, as well as panoramic views over the city.

The rooms has air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a coffee machine, a shower, free toiletries and a desk. With a private bathroom, some rooms at the hotel also have a terrace. Guest rooms feature a wardrobe. Free WiFi is provided throughout.

Torel Avantgarde is a five-star boutique hotel in Porto that opened in September 2017, and already won 3 prestigious awards: a World Luxury Hotel Award in 2018, a Prix Villégiature | Awards and a Seven Star Award. Like Avantgarde artists, we wanted to create something completely new. Our vision was to establish a place where art takes centre stage in every way.

The result is Torel Avantgarde, a space to live art, to touch art, and to feel the heart and passion of the artist in the various spaces : in the 47 individually designed rooms, at the reception, in the flower room, at the Digby restaurant, at the Skinlife Wellness Spa and, of course, in all our rooms. Torel Avantgarde is located in the heart of Porto, in the area of Restauraçao – just beside the Instituto de Vinho Verde and close to important parts of the city: 200m from the Palacio de Cristal, 500m from the Clerigos Tower, 750m to the Rua das Flores, 800m to the Avenida Aliados.

This is a 5* hotel with awards and in particular a 7* award so the customer therefore should not need to ask!

The hotel is modern and exceptionally clean, comfy chaise in the bar area with unique meadow style hanging ceiling and rose walls – very romantic setting yet I don’t recall any low level music whilst sitting there on my birthday which would have added to the ambience. Touch of piano or jazz would be pleasant.

We were allocated the Andy Warhol suite with side views to the river. Very spacious room which if you like very bright poster paint colours is very uplifting – I preferred the bedroom space, more classical with padded leather look wall, mustard chaise, soft lighting and smoky glass wall. The lounge area reminded me of a teenagers bedroom in the 80’s which perhaps is the look aimed for!

I understand all rooms/suites are themed upon various artists and designers and having seen the website on return would recommend choosing your room in advance. Coco Chanel looks very nice and the few rooms with a balcony overlooking the river would add that special touch.

The location is perfect, near enough to the centre, but just out of the busyness and noise of the main tourist areas. We were in a Superior Suite which was very comfortable, and with plenty of room. Brilliant views of the city from our balconies, and especially breakfast time on the restaurant veranda overlooking the Douro. There was much to like in the hotel and the main thing that we both commented on, and appreciated most, was the service that everyone working in the hotel gave us, and this was always in such a friendly happy way. I would most like to thank all of them for making an enjoyable stay, even better.

The buffet breakfast was great and offered a variety of options. Such a great stay and would absolutely stay here again.

How much does a room costs at Torel Avantgarde?

Prices start 170/night for Classic Double Room. The Executive Double Room is 210$/night with breakfast included.

This room has air conditioning, a private bathroom and a minibar.

This room can feature either a double bed or 2 single beds.

Where to book onlineTorel Avantgarde –  Gay Friendly Hotels Porto Portugal – you can find the best hotels deals in Porto during NOS Primavera Sound  on or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.



by Sorin

Sorin is a freelance travel writer. He is an experienced travel writer and traveller. Since 2012 he explored more than 60 countries on 4 continents: Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Currently is based in Romania after spending the last 7 years in Myanmar.