Situated on Rua das Flores in Porto’s historical center, the PortoBay Hotels & Resorts’ new 5-star hotel is open. The 66-room PortoBay Flores is the group’s second hotel in the Portugal city.
Architect Samuel Torres de Carvalho was tasked with fusing classic and contemporary, combining a 16th century mansion and a hotel built from scratch. The challenge was to preserve and integrate the original elements of the 500-year-old small palace’s layout to retain its identity, uniting the historic wing with the new building. The façade retains the large wooden doors, the large windows surmounted by triangular pediments, wrought iron balconies and stonework emblazoned with a 16th century coat of arms.
Inside, the old stables have made way for the hotel entrance. The floor and staircase have been restored, and the original granite slabs remain. Other elements of the period include the tiles, windows, original stone decorative motifs and an old kitchen oven that provides a link from the mansion building to the hotel’s new wing.
Between the new wing and the small palace there is a large courtyard paved with granite slabs, containing a small baroque chapel dating back to the period when the property was renovated in the mid-18th century. It was designed by Italian artist Nicolau Nasoni, responsible for several of the iconic buildings in the city of Porto, including the Clérigos Tower and the Misericórdia Church, right next to the PortoBay Flores hotel.
The hotel has 55 rooms in the new building and 11 in the old mansion. There are seven room types available. The property also includes a spa and indoor pool, gym, restaurant, bar with street terrace and a garden courtyard.
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