In February this year, the Torel Group opened the doors to its latest hotel venture. A boutique hotel with a history and a design that are worth discovering before paying it a visit. Located right in the centre of Porto, a few metres away from renowned Avenida dos Aliados and the riverside quarter of the Ribeira. Torel 1884 is comprised of two buildings—a magnificent 19th-century palace where the hotel is and a nearby building where the apartments are found. The concept for Torel 1884 dates back to the cultural discoveries made by the Portuguese in their voyages to Africa, America and Asia. This is why each of Torel 1884’s suites and apartments is named after the materials, substances or items that the adventurers brought back to Portugal, which are now part of everyday life.
On the ground floor, you can find the entrance and the lobby with works by artists Joao Pedro Rodrigues and Jorge Curval. It is also on this floor where you’ll find the restaurant Bartolomeu Wine Bistro—a great place to enjoy good food and company. There are two rooms on this floor which look out to the interior garden and which allude to the African continent as they are named “Suleiman” and “Malagueta” (chili pepper). If you go up to the first floor, which is called “America”, you can find the rooms called “Exotic Wood”, “Exotic Bird”, “Coffee”, “Sugarcane” and “Tobacco”—each of which is exquisitely decorated using materials such as wood and cane, where the colours green, turquoise, brown and black predominate.
The second floor, which takes its inspiration from Asia, is where you’ll find “Tea”, “Porcelain”, “Silk”, “Tapestry” and “Spices”. Earth colors, an oriental-themed screen and raffia carpets give a subtly piquant feel to the “Spices” room, while the “Tea” room transports us to leafy green plantations, featuring colorful cotton and linen, banana-leaf wallpaper and a raffia carpet as a final touch. The “Porcelain”, “Silk” and “Tapestry” rooms are richer, reflecting Asian luxury. All rooms are very spacious with large windows and high ceilings that make the most of the architecture of this iconic 19th-century building. The 11 apartments – “Ginger”, “Saffron”, “Paprika”, “Coriander”, “Mustard”, “Basil”, “Clove”, “Turmeric”, “Cardamom”, “Pepper” and “Cinnamon” – are located in the Rua das Flores building and are split into 5 categories that follow the same concept as the 1884 rooms. For more information: www.torel1884.com