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Hotel Infante Sagres – Small Luxury, Great Character

The vintage box letters all hang slightly askew on the front of the marquee, the wooden staircase cracks with every step and the leaded glass has a little hole in it. The Infante Sagres in Porto is not the umpteenth branch of an anonymous hotel chain – it’s small luxury with great character.

You can find a Dutch version of this article in the July 2015 issue of More Than Classic.

Guests of the Infante Sagres in Porto are welcomed with – what else? – a glass of delicious port. And like me, they probably have to control the urge to whip out their camera’s and start snapping pictures of every nook and cranny of the eccentric interior. During my two-day stay at this photogenic hotel, I keep discovering new details: the cracked leather bench in the elevator that would look perfect in a Wes Anderson movie, the hypermodern LED chandelier in the lobby, the quirky combination of traditional azulejos with black walls, floors and ceiling in the meeting space. It takes guts to make design choices like these.

The oldest five-start hotel in Porto is decorated like a living room that has been updated through the decades with extraordinary pieces and rare trouvailles. The finishing touch comes courtesy of Boca do Lobo, the Portuguese furniture brand that recently did a complete restyling of the hotel. The company’s instantly recognizable style does not limit itself to the lobby. In the special Boca do Lobo Design Suite guests can acquaint themselves with the latest additions to its collection.

Infante Sagres – Small Luxury, Great Character

I’ll publish part two of this article some time next week. For now, here are all the pictures I took during my stay at the Infante Sagres.

The unassuming entrance of the Hotel Infante Sagres in Porto /// More on Interiorator.comThe box letters that make up the name of the hotel are all slightly askew – the Infante Sagres is definitely not any old hotel!

A warm welcome at the lobby of the Hotel Infante Sagres in Porto /// More on Interiorator.com This is the hotel lobby – what a way to make a first impression, right?

White leather sofa with Fornasetti throw pillowsThis round sofa in shiny white leather is one of the first things you encounter in the hotel lobby. And let’s face it, you can never go wrong with Fornasetti throw pillows.

The lobby of the Hotel Infante Sagres in Porto with its futuristic LED chandelier at the centerLED Chandelier at the Hotel Infante Sagres in PortoThe lobby of the hotel has a huge futuristic LED chandelier at its center

Phone booth at the Hotel Infante Sagres in Porto /// More on Interiorator.comRemember way back when hotels had phone booths? This one is still pretty much intact!

Hotel Infante Sagres 30 Eat your heart out, Wes Anderson! This vintage elevator is just perfect. 

Hotel Infante Sagres 11This desk under the staircase is perfect if you want to write a letter home. Notice the Jaime Hayon vase by the way! 

The amazing leaded glass staircase at the Infante Sagres in Porto is not to be missed! More pictures on Interiorator.comThe amazing leaded glass staircase at the Infante Sagres in Porto is not to be missed! More pictures on Interiorator.com The amazing leaded glass staircase at the Infante Sagres in Porto is not to be missed! More pictures on Interiorator.com The amazing leaded glass staircase at the Infante Sagres in Porto is not to be missed! More pictures on Interiorator.comThe amazing leaded glass staircase at the Infante Sagres in Porto is not to be missed! More pictures on Interiorator.comThe amazing leaded glass staircase at the Infante Sagres in Porto is not to be missed! More pictures on Interiorator.comThe amazing leaded glass staircase at the Infante Sagres in Porto is not to be missed! More pictures on Interiorator.comI was so taken aback by the leaded glass in the staircase that I took WAY to many pictures of it. And you know what? I’m posting all of them! 

The lobby of the Hotel Infante Sagres seen from the mezzanineThe lobby seen from the mezzanine.

Traditional Portuguese azulejos with black walls and ceilings - what a combination for a meeting room! Traditional Portuguese azulejos with black walls and ceilings - what a combination for a meeting room! Traditional Portuguese azulejos with black walls and ceilings - what a combination for a meeting room!  Traditional Portuguese azulejos with black walls and ceilings – what a combination for a meeting room! 

White leather club chairs at the Hotel Infante Sagres / More on Interiorator.com

A white leather chair in the lobby of the Hotel Infante Sagres in Porto / More on Interiorator.comA white leather chair in the lobby of the Hotel Infante Sagres in Porto / More on Interiorator.com

 

These white wooden chairs with white leather work surprisingly well in the hotel lobby

Chandeliers in the restaurant of the Hotel Infante Sagres in Porto / More on Interiorator.com    Chandeliers in the restaurant of the Hotel Infante Sagres in Porto / More on Interiorator.com Chandeliers in the restaurant of the Hotel Infante Sagres in Porto / More on Interiorator.comA single red chair at each table of the restaurant at the Hotel Infante Sagres in Porto / More on Interiorator.comA single green chair at each table and a black and white ceiling – these are the little design touches that make the restaurant really stand out.

The bar at the Hotel Infante Sagres in Porto features a wall with faceted mirrors, a stunning chandelier and a bar designed by Boca do Lobo The bar at the Hotel Infante Sagres in Porto features a wall with faceted mirrors, a stunning chandelier and a bar designed by Boca do Lobo The bar at the Hotel Infante Sagres in Porto features a wall with faceted mirrors, a stunning chandelier and a bar designed by Boca do Lobo The hotel bar features a wall with faceted mirrors, a stunning chandelier and a bar designed by Boca do Lobo.

So, do you want to stay at the Hotel Infante Sagres? Go to http://www.hotelinfantesagres.pt to make your reservation right now!

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