The award-winning hotel Torel Avantgarde is Porto´s sexiest five-star hotel. It’s a place for the traveler who seeks the extravagant and the extraordinary art of Portugal.
The building’s origins date back to the 1940s when “creativity” in its broadest sense was the watchword. Art at the time was no longer seen merely as a complement but as the focus. The break with what came before and the championing of anti-traditional art forms and new frontiers of experimentalism inspired the artists of this generation and marked an era of artistic excellence.
Inspired by this era, the Torel Avantgarde welcomes you with its museum-like experience in complete harmony with the comfort and detail characteristic of the Torel Boutiques. The aim behind the approach was not just to emphasize the country’s virtues, but also to challenge guests’ senses – they are invited to live, sense and experience art.
Also the design of the hotel’s interiors was inspired by the Avantgarde years. It was planned by Isabel Sá Nogueira, who was responsible for designing the common areas, and by Paula Vasconcellos and Francisca Navio, from Nano Design, who styled all of the hotel’s bedrooms.
All of the 49 rooms and suites of the hotel are designed individually. In addition, all of the rooms got a specific name after famous Avantgarde artists, from the field of design, literature or architecture. The design of each room reflects the personality and vision of the artists the room is named.
At Torel Avantgarde guests can find the Calla Wellness & Spa with two treatment rooms for facial and body beauty and relaxation treatments, one gym fully equipped and one Turkish bath.
Tenro by Digby is the hotel’s restaurant where meat is the main protagonist at the menu. It features product from seven native Portuguese breeds and what sets Tenro apart from a steakhouse is the cuts of meat and the pieces used as well Tenro by Digby offers fresh Portuguese fish.
One of the best rooms of Torel Avantgarde was named after the famous artist “Leonardo da Vinci“. The Royal Suite has around 50 m² and a spacious terrace with amazing views over the Douro where you can literally feel the spirit of Da Vinci. If one prefers fashion and music over art, the two Deluxe Suites „Coco Chanel“ and „Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart“ with their own private bathtubs would be the perfect room for a stay in Porto.
THE INTERIOR DESIGN REFLECTS THE VISION OF THE FAMOUS ARTIST
Porto offers a different variety of activities. To get to know Porto’s culture, guests can take a look at the Art galleries of Miguel Bombarda Street, explore the wine cellars of „Cais de Gaia“ or experience porto’s literature at the “Lello Library”. Not far from the hotel, the “Flores Street” and the “Santa Catarina Street” offers the best shopping opportunities. Not to be forgotten are the historical sights such as Ribeira, Jardim das Virtudes, Sé do Porto and Palácio de Cristal. The best place to take a break from the sightseeing trip is the “Serralves Garden”, the “Palácio de Cristal Gardens” or the City Park “Parque da Cidade”.