When in Porto: enjoy a stay at the dramatic Hotel Teatro
Hotel Teatro, located in the heart of the vibrant city of Porto, is one of the most original luxury hotels in the world. Upon pushing the iron doors engraved with words by the Portuguese poet Almeida Garret, one immediately feels the special atmosphere of the place. Close to everything, from tube station, airport or Porto’s famous bridge, Pont Dom-Luís, Hotel Teatro is the best of Porto, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. The Belle Epoque Café Majestic, where J.K Rowling wrote parts of Harry Potter is very close.
Located on the beautiful Rua Sa da Bandeira, Hotel Teatro pays homage to the city’s old theatre, Teatro Baquet, sadly destroyed by fire in 1888. Today, Teatro da Bandeira is the most active theatre in the neighbourhood and is located next door to the hotel, should visitors want to attend a show.
References to the former theatre Baquet, where local, international artists and cultural figures used to get together, are everywhere: from the dim lights, the film strip of the beautiful sofa banquette in the waiting area, the costumes displayed in the lobby to the flashy cinematic spotlights of the restaurant and staff suits. Marlene Dietrich could show up any minute from this mysterious yet fascinating setting. These decorative elements, associated to the gold and maroon of the walls and carpet, make for a warm environment. The visitor is “the performer” in a luxurious hotel that celebrates dramaturgy.
Artist, architect and designer Nini Andrade Silva is responsible for the original idea of Hotel Teatro and its practical implementation: contemporary bedrooms, rich furnishing, velvet sofas, transparent bathrooms, amazing beds, vintage bathtubs, city guides and fashion magazines, dramatic curtains and nice toiletry products. The attention to details is perfect in the 74 comfortable guestrooms and suites that have all the modern amenities for either a romantic or business stay. Hotel Teatro is for all public, from couples to families with kids. Children love the cabinet of costumes and hats showcased at the entrance of the hotel. “What makes the place is not what you see, but what you feel” said Nini Andrade Silva, between two projects around the world.
Suite 601 features an enormous terrace, a roll-top bath in the bedroom, and two sinks. The Audience Room, displays a bedroom-based bath tub, separate shower, stately chaise longue and views over the courtyard.
Breakfast is excellent too with a large selection of savoury food and pastries, all fresh, presented every morning on a large central table. The upper windows let the amazing Portuguese sunshine in, creating a cool atmosphere in the early morning. The pasteis de nata, the Portuguese speciality, are absolutely stunning.
Service is also impeccable, from the box-office like reception, to waiters and assistants in the impressive dining and breakfast lobby.
A special mention should also be made to the bar. Guests can indulge the lovely cocktails in a James Bond-like area which boasts very comfortable modernist furniture and sofas. Jazz or Fado are the perfect musics for this mirror-surfaced, cosy bar. Once again, the theatrical is reflected through the impressive design pieces. The restaurant Palco, Portuguese for”Stage”, serves sophisticated food and a large selection of wines. Chef Arnaldo Azevedo is a gastronomic star.
Hotel Teatro is the perfect hotel in Porto, boasting fantastic design, comfortable rooms, an original and unique atmosphere and a very professional staff attentive to every request.