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“Palatial splendour on the banks of the Douro. A sumptuous 18th-century construction with parquet floors, frescoes and ceiling panels, and a Hall of Mirrors. Contemporary rooms are minimalist in design and most offer fab views. A luxury choice with a spa, infinity pool, and several dining options.”

“Palatial splendour on the banks of the Douro. A sumptuous 18th-century construction with parquet floors, frescoes and ceiling panels, and a Hall of Mirrors. Contemporary rooms are minimalist in design and most offer fab views. A luxury choice with a spa, infinity pool, and several dining options.”

Hotel Review

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. Enjoy the lovely views on to the river and the city beyond.

 

Written by Mary Lussiana

Recommended For

  • City Style
  • A stunning 18th-century Baroque palace boasting frescoed ceilings, gold-trimmed mirrors and infinty pool right on the river
  • Total relaxation
  • Spend some time rejuvinating in the Turkish bath, followed by a pampering spa session and a cocktail on the waterfront
  • Designer Shopping
  • Shopaholics won't be dissapointed, this hotel is within walking distance of the Dolce Vita Shopping Area
  • Sights nearby
  • Daily shuttles to the area of Ribeira where you can see Fundação Serralves and Casa da Música
  • Other Activities
  • Spend long lazy days lounging by the infinty pool or on the elevated jetty
  • Hotel Entertainment
  • Jazz concerts held on Saturday nights in the Hall of Mirrors
  • Restaurant
  • Three restaurants offer casual international fare, Portuguese dining, and Italian
  • Spa
  • The Magic Spa by Pestana offers a unique menu of face and body treatments
  • Romantic
  • Views
  • Sit-out Terrace
  • Townhouse
  • On the beach
  • Seaviews
  • Riverside
  • Gym
  • Child friendly
  • Disabled access
  • Wellbeing
  • Traditional
  • Contemporary
  • Charming
  • Luxury

Facilities

  • Restaurant
  • Three restaurants offer casual international fare, Portuguese dining, and Italian
  • Spa
  • The Magic Spa by Pestana offers a unique menu of face and body treatments
  • Swimming Pool
  • Outdoor and indoor pools
  • Walking distance restaurants
  • Cots available
  • Airport transfer
  • Bar
  • Parking
  • Safe
  • Views
  • Internet
  • Sauna/Steam
  • Meeting Room
  • Satellite / Cable TV
  • Massage
  • No pets
  • Sit-out Terrace
  • Room service
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Child friendly
  • Wifi
  • Disabled access
  • Suites
  • Air conditioning

Activities

  • Designer Shopping
  • Shopaholics won't be dissapointed, this hotel is within walking distance of the Dolce Vita Shopping Area
  • Sights nearby
  • Daily shuttles to the area of Ribeira where you can see Fundação Serralves and Casa da Música
  • Other Activities
  • Spend long lazy days lounging by the infinty pool or on the elevated jetty
  • Hotel Entertainment
  • Jazz concerts held on Saturday nights in the Hall of Mirrors

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"The unlikely pairing of an 18th-century palace and neighbouring flour mill creates one of Porto’s most luxurious accommodation options, and offers quiet reprieve for guests seeking comfort and relaxation."

Originally published by The Telegraph (view article)

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