“This recent addition to Porto’s hotel scene has received much acclaim, returning – in hotel form – one of the city’s most treasured buildings to its inhabitants. Beautifully restored public areas include a Hall of Mirrors, striking parquetry floors and sumptuously painted wall and ceiling panels. The 87 bedrooms and suites with all modern comforts are housed in a separate building and accessed through an underground passage. Beneath them is the spa, an indoor pool and a well equipped gym. Outside, a narrow, infinity edged swimming pool runs along beside the river Douro and is separated from the palace by formal gardens. Local dishes, such as Caldo Verde soup form the core of the restaurant’s menu which has lovely views on to the river and the city beyond.”
Written by Mary Lussiana
“Designed by the architect Nasoni and built in the mid 18th century, the Palácio do Freixo (Freixo Palace) is one of the most remarkable examples of Portuguese civil architecture from the baroque period.
The Pousada has preserved the entire façade of the palace buildings, which became a National Monument in 1910. The property consists of two separate but interconnected buildings: the Palácio (or palace), which houses the restaurant, bar, lounges and meeting rooms; and the former Harmonia Flour Factory, where the rooms are to be found, some of them boasting a magnificent view over the river.
The charming setting, the cuisine and the considerable on-site capacity make this the ideal choice not only for those seeking leisure pursuits but also as a venue for major events, encounters and meetings.”