Innovative design with a flair for the dramatic.
Built where the 1859 Teatro Baquet once stood, the 74 room boutique property exudes a dark theatrical atmosphere with a design edge that speaks to modern tastes. Nini Andrade Silva was tasked with reinvigorating the hotel which sits on a quiet street just off of a bustling thoroughfare.
Upon entering, double copper doors emblazoned with large gold lettering spells out verses from Portuguese poet Almeida Garrett. It is the first of such art, literature and theatre touches that merge and intersect throughout like the box office style check- in, various period costumes hanging in glass cases and voluptuous velvet curtains that frame spaces.
A bronze and gold palette is carried throughout the hotel’s public spaces and in rooms, where copper fixtures and rich textiles abound. Of course, it wouldn’t be Porto without a welcome tipple and chocolates and a bottle of port by the bedside. Open the blinds and a private courtyard and cityscape come into view, suddenly the reason for the set decoration of this member of Design Hotels becomes clear – a match for this enchanting city.
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This original article first appeared in the Spring 2018 issue of City Style and Living Magazine