Navigate through the history of Portugal: Discoveries inspire renovation of Porto’s oldest luxury hotel

Opened in 1951 by the visionary Delfim Ferreirawho as a businessman felt a gap in luxury accommodation in the city at the time, and designed by Porto architect Rogério de AzevedoInfante Sagres has been Invicta’s living room for more than seven decades.

Acquired by Fladgate in 2016, a time when it underwent extensive renovations to restore the classic charm to the historic hotel, it was acquired in 2021 by the IHG group, and is currently – it is the first in Portugal – under the seal of the Hospes emblem.

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Over the last 12 months, leaving all the structure and marks that make it iconic intact, from the striking stained glass window to Ricardo Leoneto carved wood, including worked iron pieces and stucco with signature by masters António and Domingos Baganha – which continue to impress today as on the first day – all 85 rooms and common areas have been renovated under the theme of discoveries. A way of “revive the soul of the hotel, enhancing the beauty of the existing architecture of what was the first 5-star hotel in Portoâ€refers Francisca Navio, from Porto Nano Design who was responsible for the restyling. The interiors pay homage to Infante D. Henrique, also known as Infante Sagres, and “Os LusÃadas”, the historic Portuguese epic poem by Luís Vaz de Camões.

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The upgrade of all 85 rooms and suites (from €250), coversu all types, dthe Superior, Deluxe, Deluxe Premium, Junior Suite, Premium Suite and the majestic Royal Suite, each of them inspired by an episode of Os Lusíadas, such as “O Velho do Restelo, “Ilha dos Amores”, “ConcÃlio dos Gods” or –Adamastor”. The luxuriously decorated rooms and suites feature an aesthetic that combines soft, vibrant colors, textiles, custom wallpapers and original artwork, complemented by modern touches. with top quality amenities, including luxurious minibars. One of the features in each room is a kit so you can prepare your own cocktail.

Not just the rooms but also the lobby, public areas, facade and reception area were subject to significant improvementsespecially in terms of decoration.

Soon, the improvements will also extend to the restaurant Scarlettdedicated to international cuisine, which supports the hotel.

This visa renewal “recover prestige, improving offerings and preserving historical importance†, details the statement that explains the new theme, adding that “the The hotel’s ambition is to once again be recognized as the pinnacle of luxury in Porto”. Jean Hélière, General Director of Hospes Infante Sagres, reports, in the same statement, of “privilege†that é “Witness the rebirth of Porto’s first five-star hotel and be part of the Hospes family. Located in the historic center, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the completely renovated hotel magnificently combines luxury and tradition, reflecting the values ​​of the Hospes brand and paying homage to Portuguese cultural heritage.â€

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Member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, sobre o Hospes Infante Sagres (Praça D. Filipa de Lencastre, 62, Porto Tel. 223398500) You can read in the Boa Cama Boa Mesa 2024 Guide: “From the first five-star hotel in Porto, opened in 1951, the stained glass windows of Ricardo Leone’s studio, the cozy courtyard and the swimming pool on the terrace remain. To improve comfort and refinement, while maintaining charm and elegance, the common areas and 85 rooms and suites were remodeled. They are inspired by the Discoveries and “Os LusÃadas†, with different typologies decorated based on the corners of the work, such as “O Velho do Restelo†and “Ilha dos Amores†, maintaining the influence of vai rias times”.

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Francesco Giganti

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