Renaissance Hotels has debuted in Portugal with the opening of Renaissance Porto Lapa Hotel.
Located in Lapa, one of the most historic, vibrant neighborhoods in Porto, the new hotel is moments away from the iconic Lapa Church and other city landmarks, such as Casa da Música and Clérigos Tower.
Drawing inspiration from the city, local architecture firm Visioarq Arquitectos and interior designers of Broadway Malyan were commissioned to create Renaissance Porto Lapa Hotel as an “Art House in The Park.”
Anchored by the brand’s theatrical design concept, the hotel is dressed in pastel pinks and champagne golds with an unexpected touch of petrol blue, which pays homage to the iconic Douro River running through Porto and Gaia. The hotel’s interiors feature vintage Portuguese tiles, which have been 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 piece made of corrugated iron and neon lights by Berlin-based artist Clemens Behr.
The champagne color scheme extends to the property’s 163 guestrooms and suites, which feature neutral furnishings in walnut wood as well as floor-to-ceiling windows. All guest rooms have 55″ LCD flat-screen TVs, high-quality sound systems, work desks, and USB outlets. The four suites, mostly set on high floors, offer a spacious living area and private balcony with a view of the Atlantic Ocean.
Renaissance Porto Lapa has one restaurant and two bars.
The ground-floor restaurant offers all-day dining while the bar is home to the brand’s signature Ritual transition of daytime to nightfall. Four nights a week, the bartenders will prepare an infused punch bowl with gins from Porto, fresh seasonal fruit and picked herbs for guests. Following the Ritual, the space transforms into an elevated venue with live music. For panoramic views, the Sky Bar on the fifth floor offers inspired cocktails alongside Portuguese-style light bites.
The hotel’s top floor is also home to a 55-feet outdoor heated infinity pool and a state-of-the-art Fitness Centre with top-notch Technogym® equipment.
Renaissance Porto Lapa Hotel has more than 5,850 square feet of flexible event space equipped with the latest technology, including an advanced translator system accommodating events with multi-language speakers. There are a total of six meeting rooms of which the largest can comfortably host close to 600 guests.
“Porto is an alluring destination with a thriving wine and culinary scene, intriguing sightseeing, with history and culture around every corner – making for an exciting debut for Renaissance Hotels,” said Jennifer Connell, Global Brand Leader, Renaissance Hotels, and Vice President, Distinctive Premium Brands, Marriott International. “Through the brand’s signature theatrical design, Evenings programming, and savvy Navigators, Renaissance Porto Lapa Hotel will entice guests and locals alike with unexpected discoveries that surprise and delight.”