Places to stay in Coimbra
Most of Coimbra's attractions are in the relatively small old town that climbs steeply from the river to the university above. The train station is on the river, close to the center, but those arriving by car might prefer a hotel a bit farther north along the river, still an easy walk to the historic center but with easier access from the highway.
By the river, less than a kilometer from the center, all rooms at Vila Gale Coimbra have balconies; there's also free breakfast, an outdoor pool, and a spa. The nearby Tivoli Coimbra Hotel has large rooms, city views, and inexpensive parking. In the same area, Hotel Dona Ines has an outdoor pool and free parking, a 10-minute walk from the historic center.
On a main street right in the center, close to historic sights and restaurants, Hotel Vitória offers free breakfast. On the river bank next to the old town, the nicely decorated Hotel Oslo Coimbra has panoramic views over the old town from its terrace and breakfast room. The charming Belle Epoch Hotel Astoria is right in the center, with an elegant interior and rooms with balconies overlooking the river.
The basic Ibis Coimbra overlooks a riverside park below the university, five minutes from the old town. A short stroll to the heart of the old town and a five-minute walk from the train station, Almedina Coimbra Hotel includes a complimentary breakfast. High in the steep, narrow streets of the upper old town (so not a good choice for those with heavy luggage), the hospitable Casa Pombal offers free breakfast on a cozy roof terrace, near the Old Cathedral and university.