About Torel Palace Porto
Discover the history of Torel Palace Porto!
Based in the heart of the city of Porto, in the Palacete Campos Navarro, a remarkable example of romantic Porto architecture, the concept of this hotel is inspired by literature, with names of Portuguese writers and poets naming each of the 24 rooms and suites of this luxury hotel. 5-star boutique.
The palace, history, and architecture of Torel Palace Porto
Exceptional locations, houses, and mansions of classic beauty, elegance, and charm are attributes of the properties of the Torel Boutiques collection, and this one could not be different. Built-in 1861, the Campos Navarro Palace “is one of the most interesting examples of civil architecture from the third quarter of the 19th century. It is a typical bourgeois romantic palace of Porto, and one of the most famous at the time, still maintaining many of the original characteristics. (Francisco Queiroz, The Palacete Campos Navarro: a house between walls).
This mansion belonged to the Campos Navarro family, who built it from scratch. Exporters of textiles, wine, olive oil, and cereals, among other products, were the business that brought them a fortune and allowed them to build this mansion which is, precisely, a tribute to the richness of the products they sold. The skylight that crowns the top of the four-story building has eight panels, four with floral motifs and the other four that bring together the symbols with which the family identifies: Mercury, the Roman god of Commerce; the Allegory of Industry; Minerva, goddess of Arts and Science, and the Allegory of Navigation.
On the 1st floor, as you open the bedroom doors, you will discover the rich ceilings, worked in stucco, with portraits of illustrious Portuguese writers and poets such as Luís de Camões, and Barbosa do Bocage, Almeida Garrett, and Alexandre Herculano.
From the beautiful facade to the magnificent skylight, passing through the stucco on the ceilings of some rooms, the historical and artistic value of the building is well known. The recovery and restoration work were carried out in full respect for the original features of the mansion, preserving and rehabilitating the architectural and decorative elements, giving it a new lease of life.
After two years of work and in the building that was once the first space of Real Companhia Velha and more recently housed the premises of the Instituto Superior de Contabilidade e Administração do Porto (ISCAP), as many people from Porto will still remember, a hotel of five stars.
The interiors of Torel Palace Porto
The interior project was delivered to Isabel Sá Nogueira, who has already collaborated in other hotels in the group, including the project for our Torel Palace Lisbon, as well as the common areas and some rooms in our Torel Avantgarde.
In our Torel Palace Porto, the basic question was to reconcile the characteristics of the building and its classic style with the comfort and convenience of contemporary decor.
The common spaces were designed to respect the history and antiquity of the mansion, creating a modern space. In this sense, the architectural structure was maintained, the intervention being more at the level of furniture, colors, and lighting, with the intention of enhancing the beauty of the mansion and restoring its splendor, as can be seen in the lobby, in the staircase or in the skylight that is, without a doubt, the ex-libris of the hotel.
In the decoration of the rooms, the portraits painted by Jorge Curval reveal the identity of the authors who give the name to each room. But the most surprising element, which breaks with everything else, is the giant cubes, entirely covered in mirrors, planted in the center of some of the rooms. They look like an art installation, provoking a game of reflected images that can confuse the less attentive, but they have a very precise function: they are the bathrooms.
Its interiors are covered in marble of very different types and colors.
As for the restaurant and terrace, based on the ground floor facing the back, where you can discover a surprising terrace, the idea was to keep the design line but with a more up-to-date and versatile choice of materials to be a space that transforms throughout the day and serves from breakfast to dinner. In the bar and restaurant, the dim light and the darkest materials give sophistication and atmosphere to dinner, during the day they are bathed by the sun that enters through the terrace.