Esquire Magazine has curated a list of 21 exceptional global hotels, ranging from luxurious resorts to charming hideaways that you absolutely must consider for your next travel adventure. Among these prestigious recommendations, Casa da Companhia, Vignette Collection in Porto, Portugal, stands out as a top choice.
Porto, with its picturesque and slightly hilly streets, vibrant bars like Aduela where you can immerse yourself in the local scene, and rich cultural experiences such as the Serralves Foundation, which houses an impressive collection of Calder and Miró artworks, is an irresistible destination. Not to mention the stunning beaches and inviting azure swimming pools that add to its allure.
When it comes to savoring all that Porto has to offer, Casa da Companhia, Vignette Collection, a luxurious 40-room hotel under the IHG Hotels & Resorts umbrella, provides the ultimate sanctuary. Situated on the charming and pedestrian-friendly Rua das Flores, one of Porto’s most beautiful streets, this hotel has a storied history as it once served as the headquarters of a prominent port company.
Continuing its legacy, Casa da Companhia boasts a restaurant and bar that hosts bi-weekly port tastings and offers a carefully curated menu that pays homage to the region’s culinary traditions. Aside from the well-appointed rooms, it’s highly recommended to secure one with a balcony for an enhanced experience. However, the true gem of this establishment is the perfectly-sized, heated pool that offers sweeping views of the city’s Sé Cathedral. It’s undoubtedly the ideal spot for a leisurely siesta or an evening glass of wine, perhaps both.
Should you find your legs weary from exploring the enchanting streets of Porto, you can rejuvenate at the hotel’s well-equipped spa and indulge in the opulent indoor pool. Another advantage of Porto’s location is its proximity to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Douro Valley, famous for its wine production, and Lisbon, just a three-hour train journey away.
Exciting news for travelers: The hotel group has recently unveiled a new destination in Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, set within a beautifully converted convent. The possibilities for unforgettable experiences in Portugal are endless.