A trip to Portugal isn’t complete without visiting Porto, the country’s most picturesque city. From the famous Igreja do Carmo to the colorful houses along the Riberia, the azuléjo covered buildings will have you in awe. I knew from the moment that I decided to visit Porto that my trip had to be perfect! There was so much to see, taste, and experience, and I only had three days. So, when I came across the Gallery Hostel, I knew it was a match made in heaven.
I was immediately impressed by the fact that the Gallery Hostel is so much more than just a hostel. It actually doubles as an art gallery! With exhibitions that change bi-monthly, this is way more than just a place to sleep. The Gallery Hostel also prides itself on being a luxury hostel. So, what exactly does this mean? Well, first of all, it offers both shared rooms as well as private rooms. Furthermore, its other facilities include a movie room, a nightly dinner that you can sign up to attend, as well as a bar (including traditional Portuguese drinks!). The hostel also has a winter garden and a terrace for you to relax and enjoy nature.
After arriving at Porto from Lisbon, it was only a short walk from the São Bento train station to the hostel. Nonetheless, if you have a lot of luggage, you may want to catch a taxi (hint: Porto has hills just like Lisbon!). Located in the artistic Miguel de Bombarda neighborhood, the Gallery Hostel quickly became my perfect base for exploring everything the city had to offer. If you’re not sure of where to start in Porto, I recommend signing up for the walking tour, which you can do at the front desk.
After two nights at the Gallery Hostel, I wasn’t ready to leave! With its comfy sheets, big bathrooms, and delicious breakfasts, it began to feel like my home away from home in Porto. If you’re looking for a place to stay in the city (that’s also super affordable!), definitely check out their rooms.
When staying at the Gallery Hostel, there’s so much to explore! Here are some of my favorite things that we did during our time in Porto. The best part? All of these attractions were less than 20 minutes from our room!
- Grab a gourmet burger at BUGO Art Burgers (4 mins).
- Relax with a cup of tea at Rota do Chá (3 mins).
- Visit the famous Jardins do Palácio de Cristal, overlooking the Douro River (8 mins).
- Snap some photos of the azuléjo-filled walls at Igreja do Carmo (7 mins).
- Take a Downtown Vintage Food Tour with Taste Porto.
Gallery Hostel sponsored this post in exchange for a two-night complimentary stay. Nonetheless, all opinions are my own.