Renaissance Hotels debuts urban hideaway in Porto

Renaissance Porto Lapa Hotel gives guests the opportunity to discover Porto like a local in the city’s historic Lapa neighbourhood.

This new hotel under the Renaissance Hotels brand of Marriott Bonvoy’s global portfolio provides a sophisticated urban hideaway that’s just moments from many historic landmarks.

Inspired design

Set on the hillside of Porto’s Lapa neighbourhood, the new Renaissance Porto Lapa Hotel commands panoramic views over the city and easy access to sites like the iconic Lapa Church.

The local architecture firm Visioarq Arquitectos and interior designers of Broadway Malyan were behind the hotel design, which draws inspiration from the city it’s a part of. Designed as an ‘Art House in the Park’, the property combines the brand’s theatrical aesthetic with a colour palette of pastel pinks, champagne golds and touches of petrol blue paying homage to the Douro River.

The interiors of this hotel feature local design elements like vintage Portuguese tiles and original art pieces from Portuguese international artists, including a tile mosaic installation by Pedrita Studio.

“Porto is an alluring destination with a thriving wine and culinary scene, intriguing sightseeing, with history and culture around every corner – making for an exciting debut for Renaissance Hotels,” said Jennifer Connell, Global Brand Leader, Renaissance Hotels, and Vice President, Distinctive Premium Brands, Marriott International.

“Through the brand’s signature theatrical design, Evenings programming, and savvy Navigators, Renaissance Porto Lapa Hotel will entice guests and locals alike with unexpected discoveries that surprise and delight.”

The local influence

The hotel houses 163 stylish guest rooms and suites with a champagne colour scheme, floor-to-ceiling windows and furnishings in walnut wood. Each guest room features an LCD flat-screen TV, high-quality sound system, work desk and USB outlets. The four suites each have a spacious living area and private balcony.

This accommodation is joined by a restaurant and two bars, which all celebrate Portuguese cuisine. Guests can dine in the all-day dining a.typical Restaurant and Bar featuring the brand’s signature Ritual using local flavours to usher the transition of daytime to nightfall, with the bar also embracing this tradition before offering evening cocktails with live music. The fifth-floor Sky Bar offers locally inspired cocktails and Portuguese light bites with a view.

The hotel’s top floor is also home to a 55ft outdoor heated infinity pool and the property’s state-of-the-art Fitness Centre. Meetings are hosted in more than 5,850 sq ft of event space made up of six meeting rooms equipped with technology including an advanced translator system.

Guests benefit from the brand’s Renaissance Navigator neighbourhood expert offering advice on what to discover in the area.