A five-star poets palace, a writers shelter, a travelers favorite story housed in a stunning historic mansion: The new five star hotel Torel Palace Porto. The hotel was opened in 2020 and is the exclusive address for travelers seeking an elegant, exclusive and unique experience in the heart of Porto with a historic touch and a modern interpretation.
The hotel is a completely renovated townhouse from Porto. The original Palacete Campos Navarro was built in 1861 and is one of the most impressive and distinguished examples of the romantic architecture in Porto. During the renovation, the hotel tried to keep the details, features and the history of the stunning old house. The greatest highlight of the architecture is the amazing skylight called Claraboia.
The portraits on the ornate ceilings in the rooms on the first floor set the tone for the hotel’s concept: literature. This is how the hotel and its 24 individually designed rooms and suites, pay homage to famous Portuguese men and women of literature.
The Calla Wellness Suite offers guests a Menu with body and facial beauty and relaxation treatments. At the BLIND’s restaurant the culinary proposition is deeply rooted in the chef’s memories and Portuguese ingredients with a strong international connection, an expertise that values technical excellence, seasonality and the origin of the produce.
All over the hotel, literature and books from famous authors can be found. From the common areas, at the rooms, to the reception and the restaurant. Especially old ones, can be found on side tables, in niches and most visibly on the library ceiling - an installation where the books appear like stars. In addition, every Room at the Torel Palace which was designed by Isabel Sá Nogueira was named after a Portugese writer or poet.
The two Royal Suites „Fernando Pessoa“ and „Eça de Queiroz“ with their rich ornamental stucco ceilings and handcrafted doors give with almost 60 m2 enough space for the traveler who likes to enjoy the privacy and beauty of his room. The modern bathrooms placed in the middle of the room with mirrors reflecting the environment add a spectacular and unusual design touch to the experience.
HONORING FAMOUS PORTUGUESE MEN AND WOMEN OF LITERATURE
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”.