Luxurious new boutique hotel Torel 1884 opens in Porto
Double superior room at Torel 1884 Hotel
A new 23-key boutique property has opened in a former palace in the historic city of Porto
Porto welcomes a fantastic new boutique hotel, the Torel 1884. This is the second property by the same group in Portugal’s second city and coincides with the rebirth of Portugal as a global destination. We find out more.
Porto back on the map
Portugal is undergoing something of a renaissance. Once the centre of the world and a place which exported some of history’s most intrepid explorers, Portugal saw its stock decline for several decades until it started to be on the up again in the past few years.
Lisbon, in particular, has seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years as digital nomads flock to Portugal’s capital to take advantage of the cheap cost of living, good weather and proximity to the beach.
Porto, the country’s second city, makes up for what it lacks in coastline with culture, food, wine and architecture.
That’s why it’s no wonder there are a host of luxurious boutique hotels popping up in this fascinating city, the latest of which is a divine offering called Torel 1884.
A former palace fit for the modern explorer
Torel 1884 dates from 1884, as the name suggests. Formerly a palace, the boutique hotel now boasts 23 luxurious rooms, suites and apartments, all of which have been exquisitely conceived of as standalone spaces.
What connects them, is the delightful array of carefully curated objects, elements, artworks and furniture, all of which hark back to a bygone era of exploration and adventure.
Each floor has a different exotic theme, and guests are transported to Africa, Asia and the Americas via the spices, teas and coffees that are on offer, as well as each storey’s visual identity.
The design of both the private and communal spaces are contemporary, using floral motifs and patterns of exotic plants, but the result is a decidedly timeless feel, especially in the beautiful Bartolomeu Bistro & Wine bar.
This informal yet elegant space is the perfect place to sit back and relax after a day exploring the sights and sounds of Porto, where you can sip a glass of local port and sample some Portuguese delicacies.
The hotel’s design stems from Nano Design, who also worked on the hotel’s sister property, the Torel Avantgarde.
Two local artists, Jorel Curval and Joao Pedro Rodrigues were brought on board to create bespoke installations for the entrance and artworks for the guest rooms, some of which were inspired by Portuguese literature which draws on stories of explorations and discoveries.
Let’s take a look at a few other projects currently underway in Portugal:
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