When searching for lodging in Guimaraes Portugal, you won't be at a loss when it comes to variety. For those who are interested in the more upscale Guimaraes hotels, the two main pousadas in town should be ideal, while those on a budget might consider the Fundador Hotel. In between are a handful of good mid-price hotels that promise a comfortable room at a fair price. The rates are fair across the board when it comes to the Guimaraes accommodations, and if you really want to save on lodging costs, you can always consider camping at the nearby Parque Campismo da Penha. Regardless of whether you book a room at one of the hotels in Guimaraes or you opt instead to go camping, booking your stay in advance is recommended. It is especially important to book ahead in the busier summer months and when local festivals, such as the November Jazz Festival, are in full swing.
Since Guimaraes is only 30 miles from Porto, many travelers only drop by for a day visit before returning to their Porto hotels. There are plenty of good Guimaraes hotels to choose from, and since the town is full of great attractions, an overnight stay is recommended. For those who have upscale Guimaraes accommodations in mind for their time in town, the Pousada de Santa Marinha da Costa is one of the city's most luxurious options. Housed within a beautifully restored structure that originally dates back to the twelfth century, this impressive pousada is arguably one of the best in the entire country. For those who may not know, a pousada is essentially a luxury hotel that is housed within a historic building. The building in which the Pousada de Santa Marinha da Costa is housed was once a convent, and the Manueline church is attached. You can find this beautiful hotel on a hill that overlooks the city, and the historical center is not far off. There are 51 guest units, two of which are larger suites, and all are luxurious and boast attractive stone and plasterwork. Amenities include air conditioning, cable TV, guest robes, a mini bar, a telephone, a safe for your valuables, and a hair dryer for your convenience. A quality restaurant, a bar, and an attractive outdoor swimming pool figure among the facilities.
In addition to considering the Pousada de Santa Marinha da Costa, those who are looking to stay at one of the more upscale hotels in Guimaraes will also want to consider the Pousada de Nossa Senhora de Oliveira, which is smaller and found in town. The Hotel de Guimaraes, which can be found in the heart of the city's historic center, is also a good place to stay if you fancy upscale Guimaraes accommodations. While the pousadas have more character, this relatively contemporary hotel does well to keep up when it comes to amenities and facilities. There are 116 guest rooms and suites at the Hotel de Guimaraes, and all of them are relatively spacious. A tasteful, contemporary décor characterizes the guest units, and standard amenities that you can expect to enjoy include a telephone, internet access, cable TV, a mini bar, a safe, and a hair dryer. Outside of the rooms, a gym, an indoor swimming pool, a hot tub, a solarium, a bar, and a restaurant are available for guests, and parking is free if you are planning on renting a car in Portugal.
The Hotel de Guimaraes is one of the best hotels in Guimaraes for those who want to stay in the heart of town. Should the rates at the Hotel de Guimaraes be a little higher than what you originally had in mind, you might opt instead to stay at the Hotel Toural. Found right on the edge of old town, you could hardly ask for a better location, and the rates are more than fair. The 30 guest units here, five of which are suites, are contemporary in décor and offer some very inviting amenities, such as satellite TV, a mini bar, a safe, a hair dryer, and air conditioning. Internet access is available throughout the hotel, and most guests rave about the friendly staff. Between the internet access and the friendly staff, planning area tours and getting recommendations for things like good restaurants won't be a problem. One of the best mid-price Guimaraes hotels, the Hotel Toural should more than suffice for a few nights or more. The onsite bar is an excellent place to enjoy a few drinks after a day spent exploring the city.
If you are trying to save some money when it comes to the hotels in Guimaraes, the Ibis Guimaraes (pictured) is a good bet. A contemporary hotel with relatively simple, yet comfortable rooms, the Ibis can meet your needs when a lot of extra frills aren't part of the plan. You can also consider staying at the Residencial das Trinas, which is right in the heart of the old town core. There are only eleven rooms at the Residencial das Trinas, and they are housed within a renovated house. Each room is clean and features satellite TV, double-glazed windows to block out the street noise, a safe, and ceramic tile floors that help to keep things on the cooler side. Common facilities include a bar, a television room, and a laundry area. When it comes to location and price, the Residencial das Trinas tops the list of Guimaraes accommodations.