Get in touch with Coimbra's history and famous university by staying at a hotel within its UNESCO World Heritage city center. Whether it's a cozy residence, literature-inspired guesthouse, or 18th-century palace, these options will have you sleeping in style.

Hotel Oslo Coimbra

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Smack in the UNESCO World Heritage historical center of Coimbra, near the old wall, sits the Hotel Oslo Coimbra. The family-owned hotel is close to both Coimbra University and the train station, making it convenient for your travel plans.

Rooms are simple and modern, offering panoramic views of the university and the city's historic area. Choose from the pillow menu to obtain a perfect night's sleep before waking up to the buffet breakfast with freshly baked pastries. Then let the friendly staff direct you out the door to the best attractions and restaurants with the help of a free rental bicycle, or head upstairs and just take in the views from the rooftop bar.

Solar Antigo Luxury Coimbra

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Head to the Solar Antigo Luxury Coimbra if you're looking for a small, stylish guesthouse. Boasting a central location, just a seven-minute walk from the university, the hotel was designed to give travelers the experience of being a resident of the city.

The eight rooms maintain the original architecture of its historic building and are decked out with stone walls, velvet and leather finishes, and gold accents. You can choose to start your day with an in-room continental breakfast before venturing into the city center just steps away. If you need a break from sightseeing, step into the neighboring spa to relax in the sauna.

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Sapientia Boutique Hotel

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The Sapientia Boutique Hotel was started by two couples who shared a dream of taking three connected, architecturally interesting buildings and turning them into a "personalized hotel." It offers walking proximity to Coimbra's main sites, with a location close to the university and other standout attractions.

Each of the 22 rooms has its own unique story and features, but they share a clean, minimalist style with white, black, and natural wood decor. They're all named after Portuguese literary figures linked to Coimbra or the university in some way, ranging from poets to postmodernists. Enjoy a fresh daily breakfast or stop in the Tasca das Tias Camellas or its adjoining patio for lunch or dinner, and peek through the floor at a 16th-century cistern discovered during the hotel's construction. Head up to the rooftop for 360-degree views of the river and city with a sunset cocktail.

Quinta das Lágrimas

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Five-star Quinta das Lágrimas sits within an 18th-century palace amid 12 full acres of gardens ranging from scent and chef's gardens to Japanese and medieval foliage. The property once welcomed royalty to its rooms, including King Miguel and the forbidden fourteenth-century lovers, Prince Pedro and Inês de Castro. Stay in one of three zones: the romantic Palace, serene Garden, or modern Spa.

Visit the wood-paneled library to peruse the ancient books on Portuguese history and the family that once owned the estate. There are also multiple options available when hunger strikes. Go for award-winning creative market cuisine at Arcadas, enjoy a romantic meal at Pedro & Inês Restaurant, or grab a snack at Gastrobar Arcadas. Step up your game at the golf academy with PGA professionals, find serenity at the Bamboo Garden Spa, or lounge in a curtained sunbed alongside the freshwater pool.