Renaissance Hotels, a prominent member of Marriott Bonvoy’s extensive portfolio of 31 exceptional hotel brands, has made its debut in Portugal with the grand opening of the Renaissance Porto Lapa Hotel.
Nestled in the enchanting Lapa neighborhood, renowned for its rich history and lively ambiance in Porto, this new hotel presents an enticing urban retreat for spontaneous explorers. It’s a haven of sleek sophistication, just moments away from iconic landmarks like the Lapa Church, Casa da Música, and the Clérigos Tower.
“Porto is an enchanting destination, known for its flourishing wine and culinary scene, captivating attractions, and a treasure trove of history and culture around every corner. This sets the stage for an exciting debut for Renaissance Hotels,” commented Jennifer Connell, Global Brand Leader of Renaissance Hotels and Vice President of Distinctive Premium Brands at Marriott International. “With the brand’s signature theatrical design, engaging Evening programming, and expert Navigators, Renaissance Porto Lapa Hotel is poised to captivate both guests and locals with unexpected discoveries that will surprise and delight.”
Perched atop the hills of Lapa, the hotel boasts breathtaking panoramic views of the city skyline. Drawing inspiration from this beloved city, the Renaissance Porto Lapa Hotel was brought to life as an ‘Art House in The Park’ through the collaborative efforts of the local architectural firm, Visioarq Arquitectos, and interior designers from Broadway Malyan. Anchored by the brand’s theatrical design concept, the hotel’s decor harmoniously blends pastel pinks and champagne golds, with a surprising touch of petrol blue paying homage to the iconic Douro River that winds its way through Porto and Gaia. The interiors showcase vintage Portuguese tiles, cherished adornments 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 creation composed of corrugated iron and neon lights by Berlin-based artist Clemens Behr.
The champagne color palette extends to the hotel’s 163 stylish guest rooms and suites, featuring neutral walnut wood furnishings, chic design elements, and floor-to-ceiling windows that bathe the space in natural light. All guest rooms are equipped with modern 55″ LCD flat-screen TVs, high-quality sound systems, work desks, and USB outlets. The four suites, most of which are located on higher floors, offer spacious living areas and private balconies, providing guests with a serene retreat and stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean.
The hotel’s culinary offerings include one restaurant and two bars, all dedicated to delivering a gastronomic experience rooted in Portuguese cuisine with a Mediterranean twist. On the ground floor, guests can savor all-day dining at the signature Restaurant and Bar, where the brand’s Ritual, featuring local flavors, marks the transition from day to night. Four nights a week, the bar concocts a locally infused ‘punch bowl’ featuring gins from Porto, fresh seasonal fruits, and handpicked herbs. After the Ritual, the space transforms into an elevated venue where guests and locals can mingle over cocktails and enjoy live music. For panoramic views and a serene atmosphere, the Sky Bar on the fifth floor offers locally inspired cocktails paired with Portuguese-style light bites.