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 lobby of the hotel has a huge futuristic LED chandelier at its center
Remember way back when hotels had phone booths? This one is still pretty much intact!
These white wooden chairs with white leather work surprisingly well in the hotel lobby
So, do you want to stay at the Hotel Infante Sagres? Go to http://www.hotelinfantesagres.pt to make your reservation right now!