Porto hostels

3 Best Hostels In Porto, Portugal

Updated: March 26, 2024

Porto is one of the most affordable cities in Europe, so if you choose to stay in a hostel, you’ll have plenty of spare change to spend on museums, attractions, cuisine, and nightlife. Because hostels offer no-frills, laid-back accommodations, these shared dorm rooms are one of the best ways to save money while traveling.

Staying in one of Porto’s hostels is also a great way to make friends in a new city. Many of these hostels have shared lounge spaces, like bars, cafeterias, and movie rooms, allowing you to meet new people without leaving the building. Many hostels also provide guided tours, nightlife excursions, group dinners, and game nights, so there is no shortage of opportunities to create new friendships with like-minded travelers.

Whether you’re traveling on a budget, trying to stretch your dollar further, or just want to create a community while exploring Porto, staying in a hostel is guaranteed to be a memorable experience (and a good option for your wallet!). Keep reading to discover some of the best hostels in Porto.


Porto Spot Hostel

Porto Spot Hostel

Porto Spot Hostel offers modern rooms and a great location in a charming 1930s Art Deco-style building. This hostel is only a few minutes from Coliseu do Porto, Clerigos Tower, nightlife, and the Old Town. The Trinidad metro station is only 7 minutes away, so the rest of the city is easily accessible.

Room options accommodate up to three, four, or eight guests amongst bunk beds. Guest rooms feel bright and airy with wooden floors, earth-toned furniture, and white walls. Private rooms with ensuite bathrooms are also available. Each room is equipped with WiFi, lockers, linens, and hot showers.

Breakfast at Porto Spot Hostel is included with your stay. A shared kitchen is also available so guests can prepare their own meals. The communal lounge and bar area is great for hanging out and meeting other travelers. The outdoor courtyard is even lovelier, featuring plenty of greenery, picnic tables, and cobblestone.

The social events hosted by this hostel make it stand out from the rest. With nightly dinner, pub crawls, and walking tours hosted by the hostel staff, Porto Spot is a great place to meet new friends while traveling.

Hostel details

Rua Gonçalo Cristóvão 12, Porto, Portugal.

Guest rating:
4.8 out of 5.

Price per night:
from $18

More info


Rivoli Cinema Hostel Porto

Rivoli Cinema Hostel

Rivoli Cinema Hostel is a movie lover’s paradise. With cinema-themed artwork and film-inspired rooms, this hostel will make you feel like you’ve gone to the movies. If that’s not enough, the Rivoli Theater is right across the street, so you can easily catch a show during your stay!

This 1930s Art Deco building is located in one of the safest downtown areas, between the metro and train station, and within walking distance of many major sights, making this one of the best locations in Porto.

Both shared spaces and private rooms feature bold pops of color, movie posters, and playful wall art. The 14 shared rooms have single, double, twin, triple, or quadruple options, which come with towels, linens, WiFi, reading lights, and lockers. Bathrooms are shared, encompassing six shared toilets and eight shared showers.

The shared kitchen is available for guests to prepare their own meals, and breakfast is served in the kitchen daily. Meet new friends in the lounge area, enjoy a movie, read a book, play games, or use the shared computers with free internet. The leafy rooftop patio is also a great place to relax, and even features fantastic views of the surrounding area.

Hostel details

Rua Dr. Magalhães Lemos 83, 1st Floor, Porto, Portugal.

Guest rating:
4.8 out of 5.

Price per night:
from $14

More info


House of Sandeman Porto

The House of Sandeman – Hostel & Suites

If you’ve come to Porto to sample the incredible Port wine, there’s no better place to stay than The House of Sandeman. This Port wine-inspired hostel, featuring plenty of stone accents and archways, is located on top of the Sandeman wine cellars. In addition, this hostel overlooks the Douro River and the downtown area, creating fantastic views and easy access to attractions like Ribeira Square, Casa de Musica, and the promenade.

This hostel has 12 private suites, equipped with full bathrooms, double beds, air conditioning, TVs, and towels. Each dorm room includes a private ensuite bathroom, toiletries, towels, and king-sized mattresses. The bed frames were designed to look like wine barrels, creating a fun and festive addition to each space. Some rooms include a view of the river.

All guests will receive complimentary breakfast, but you can also enjoy many of the area’s great restaurants, just a few minutes away on foot. The hostel’s guest lounge is a great spot to meet other guests and is also the setting of several games and group activities. After a long day of sightseeing and socializing, you grab a drink at the onsite bar and take it onto the rooftop terrace, featuring incredible views of the water and city.

Hostel details

Largo Miguel Bombarda Nº3, Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto, Portugal.

Guest rating:
4.7 out of 5.

Price per night:
from $18

More info


About our Porto hostel recommendations

Whether you’re a solo traveler looking for a private room, or a backpacker traveling around in a group wanting to stay in a cheap and cozy dorm, above you will find the best hostels in Porto for all your needs.

Please note that we only list hostels on our website with an aggregated guest review rating of at least 4.0 out of 5. We aggregated all reviews from different booking sites and other unbiased review websites. Hence, you can be certain all hostels listed above offer an excellent value-for-money stay in Seville.


Best price guarantee

For our hostel recommendations, we work together with Hostelworld and Booking. These partnerships don’t have any influence on the recommendations we make or on the order in which our recommended hostels are listed. The reasons why we have chosen to partner with these companies is that they’re trustworthy, offer excellent service and they both apply the best price guarantee.

This means you can claim a refund for the difference if you find your reservation cheaper on another website. It has to be for the same property, accommodation type, dates, cancellation policy and conditions; otherwise, you can’t claim a refund for the difference. If you book through Booking.com then all you need to do is contact them at least 24 hours before your check-in date. If you book through Hostelworld you must claim the refund within 24 hours after you made the booking.


Top 3 hostels in Porto

To summarize again, based on thousands of guest reviews, these are the best hostels in Porto:


Why you should be careful when booking the cheapest hostel available

Booking the cheapest hostel available is not recommended for a few reasons:

  1. The cheapest hostels available are typically not in a great location. If you want to go sightseeing or go for a night out in central Porto, you probably end up having to pay for public transport or a taxi to get there. So your stay could end up being more expensive compared to a stay in a central location. For first-time travelers, we recommend staying central anyway, but also for frequent visitors, it’s probably worth it to pay a bit more to stay in a central location.
  2. Another reason why you shouldn’t stay at the cheapest hostel is that the people staying at the cheapest hostels are often not the people that can afford to travel like you. Because a very cheap hostel is often cheaper than renting a flat, these places tend to attract migrant workers or local misfits. That’s probably not the crowd you want to hang out with, especially if you’re a solo traveler looking for friends.
  3. The third reason why you should avoid the cheapest hostels is safety. Some of the cheapest hostels don’t check IDs, don’t ask for signatures, or only accept cash at check-in. The hostel won’t know who is actually staying there.
  4. Lastly, the service at these hostels isn’t great. For instance, if you choose to store your luggage, your bags will be unattended in a public space. It won’t be recorded anywhere or tagged and stored in a locked room.

So, it’s probably worth it to spend a bit more on your hostel stay in Porto.

And finally, a tip: always read the latest reviews of the hostel! All places have good and bad reviews, but the most recent reviews matter the most.


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