Renaissance Hotels to debut in Portugal

Renaissance Hotels has debuted in Portugal with the opening of Renaissance Porto Lapa Hotel, located in charming Lapa, one of the most historic, vibrant neighbourhoods in Porto…

lobby at Renaissance hotel Porto Lapa in Portugal with central open skylight and olive tree surrounded by seating

Perched on the Lapa’s hills, the hotel offers a sleek, sophisticated urban hideaway moments away from the iconic Lapa Church and other city landmarks, such as Casa da Música and Clérigos Tower, along with panoramic views of the city skyline. Drawing inspiration from the city, local architecture firm Visioarq Arquitectos and interior designers of Broadway Malyan were commissioned to create Renaissance Porto Lapa Hotel as an ‘Art House in The Park’. Anchored by the brand’s theatrical design concept, the hotel is dressed harmoniously in pastel pinks and champagne golds with an unexpected touch of petrol blue, which pays homage to the iconic Douro River running through Porto and Gaia. The hotel’s interiors feature vintage Portuguese tiles, which have been used in local buildings and pavements for centuries. Adorning the walls are original art pieces from Portuguese international artists including a tile mosaic installation by Pedrita Studio, a painting by Isabel Mello, and a unique piece made of corrugated iron and neon lights by Berlin-based artist Clemens Behr.

petrol blue curved couch in the lobby in front of floor to ceiling window opposite reception desks

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“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.”

black and white chevron pattern tiled on bar front with glasses hanging above

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The champagne colour scheme extends to the hotel’s 163 stylish guestrooms and suites, which feature neutral furnishings in walnut wood, chic design pieces as well as floor-to-ceiling windows that allow plenty of natural light to pour through the space. All guestrooms feature modern flat-screen TVs, high-quality sound systems, work desks and USB outlets. The four suites, mostly set on high floors, offer a spacious living area and private balcony where guests can unwind with stunning views looking out to the Atlantic Ocean.

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The hotel has one restaurant and two bars, all of which showcase a gastronomic experience of Portuguese cuisine with a Mediterranean flair. On the ground floor, guests will enjoy all-day dining and the brand’s signature Ritual with local flavours, which takes place to usher the transition of daytime to nightfall. Four nights a week the bar will prepare a locally infused ‘punch bowl’ with gins from Porto, fresh seasonal fruit and picked herbs. Following the Ritual, the space transforms into an elevated venue where guests and locals alike can mix and mingle over cocktails and live music. For panoramic views, the Sky Bar on the fifth floor offers a serene setting for locally inspired cocktails alongside Portuguese-style light bites.

cream bar stool seating around a central bar with views across Porto

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“With culture aplenty, a thriving wine and foodie scene and stunning UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Porto is an enticing destination for global travellers,” said Sandra Schulze-Potgieter, Vice President, Premium & Select Brands, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International, “We are thrilled to debut Renaissance Hotels to this dynamic city. With the brand’s savvy Navigators and signature Evenings programming, Renaissance Porto Lapa Hotel will be the perfect gateway to Porto’s cobblestone streets and grand architectural monuments.”

The hotel’s top floor is home to a 17-metre outdoor heated infinity pool and a state-of-the-art Fitness Centre with top-notch Technogym equipment. In addition there is 544 square metres of flexible event space equipped with the latest technology, including an advanced translator system accommodating events with multi-language speakers. There are a total of six meeting rooms of which the largest can comfortably host close to 600 guests for conferences and corporate events.

cream stone surfaces and swimming pool with cream sun loungers and red umbrellas at Porto Lapa hotel

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The Renaissance Navigator, the brand’s neighbourhood expert, helps guests discover the local culture and destination. For history lovers, the hotel’s neighbouring Lapa Church is a must-visit as it stands today as a reference point of the city’s religion, art and culture with a history of over 260 years. After visiting the church, guests can set off on the Liberal Porto route to immerse themselves in the city’s history of The Siege of Porto in 1832. Guests looking to enjoy a leisurely stroll around the neighbourhood will be recommended to boutique cafes such as Café Guarany or Café Piolho; wineries like Gota a Gota Winery or Universo Carmim; antique shops like Porto de Magia and local favourites including multi-brand store The Feeting Room, Casa Januário and Queijaria Amaral, which are all in the Navigator’s very own black book.

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