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Hotel Infante Sagres, Porto. Luxury and Romance

When we visited Porto, at the beginning of March, we stayed in one of the most luxurious 5 star boutique hotels the city has to offer - Hotel Infante Sagres, part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World.


Location


Located in the very heart of Porto, in walking distance from the best dining and historical places, Infante Sagres is a oasis of peace and quiet, the ideal place to rest after exploring the hills of the magical Portuguese city.

The room


I've always found the combination of red, black and white as super classy. Therefore I was instantly trilled when I saw that our room was decorated in precisely these colors. One other feature of the room was its symmetry. Though this might not be the most clever idea to go after when you decorate a room, as it is very easy to mess up with the lines and stuff, I must admit that the staff at Infante Sagres is pretty good at keeping everything in order.

Our room, with the most comfy bed in the world

Though the hotel was renovated only a few years ago, some things are better left unchanged

Hotel Infante Sagres has the most comfortable bed we've ever slept in. Period. 

I love a good bed, and who doesn't? But if you ask my husband, he can tell you just how important my sleep is for me, and how if I don't get a good night's sleep I can be grumpy all day long. When I travel, I usually am so tired that I fall asleep instantaneously no matter what, but that doesn't mean I love hotel beds. Well, I loved this hotel bed so much, my only regret was it didn't fit in my luggage :)

The breakfast 


Each morning we had a superb buffet breakfast in the hotel's lavishly decorated 'Boca do Lobo' restaurant. I was repeatedly overjoyed to find smoked salmon between the goodies and some unique original paintings on the walls.

'Boca do Lobo' restaurant where we had breakfast each morning

Though during the hot summer months you can have breakfast on the nearby terrace

Hotel Infante Sagres opened back in the 50s. It went under a major renovation about 3 years ago, but it kept part of the beautiful decorations.

The chandelier in the lobby was out of this world & the stained glass windows of the staircase too

The lobby


Besides the comfy bed, my other favorite area of the hotel was the lobby.

Every times I passed through I gasped in amazement. The old Neo-Barroque style, the out of this world chandelier and the modern pieces of furniture are in the utmost harmony here. The fresh cut flowers, the old style elevators, and the piano where even the guests can play, are details that, no, they didn't make us feel like home, because that would be an understatement, but in a palace.

There was a fire in the fireplace every night

And then, one night, as we were coming back from our fancy dinner at DOP Restaurant, the unexpected happened.

There was a fire in the fireplace!

I immediately cuddled in one of the chairs next to the chimney and we just sat there holding hands and talking for hours. That night, and the night after... It was simply too marvelous. We've been married for almost 7 years now, but we always enjoy a romantic atmosphere. And the soft music, the fire, and the dim light were all a perfect match.

One night one of the guests was playing the piano. The portraits on the wall are those of the hotel's founder and his wife

The bar

Detail from the conference room

One of the the suites. Dalai Lama himself slept here when he visited Porto. 

Detail from one of the suites

Ceiling detail

The gift shop

For more info, you can check out Hotel Infante Sagres website.

We were guests of Hotel Infante Sagres, however, all opinions expressed here are entirely our own and based on our personal experience.


29 comments:

  1. That chandelier is absolutely amazing!
    I have never seen a bedroom decorated in black and red, but I agree that it is über-classy.

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    1. I know, right? Everything was so classy with just the right pinch of modern.

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  2. Reading this article made me laugh as when I was in Porto I stayed in a small and quite busy hostel to reach that I had to climb up a hill. Well I enjoyied my stay but nothing in compare to the Hotel Infante! If only I could afford a night there... :)

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    1. Yeah, Porto has this feature, one either needs to climb up or climb down to get from point A to point B. I couldn't make up my mind which one was more difficult, the going up part or the going down. I hope you enjoyed Porto as much as we did :)

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    1. Oh, it was one of the most romantic hotels we've ever stayed in!

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  4. Very nice! We love boutique hotels.

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    1. We love them too (and who doesn't?) ;)

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  5. How gorgeous! I love all the contrasts in the decor...that chandelier reminds me of a sparkling jellyfish...

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    1. That's creative! I never thought about the chandelier in these terms. Cool!

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  6. i have seen porto on the radar a lot lately which has been building my desire to get there! this place looks so charming and elegant!!! must give it a try once i can get down that way!

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    1. Both Infante Sagres and Porto are charming and friendly places. Definitely a must visit if you are around. I'm smitten with both and can't recommend them enough.

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  7. I'm so jealous! I love how every aspect of the hotel is so intricate. I especially think that its great that they didn't change the hard keys to key cards - it add to already its brilliant character. I'll probably make it to Porto in a few months and I'll keep this hotel in mind.

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    1. The key tag is so cool, right? Infante Sagres has many other little details that add to the charming atmosphere ;)

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  8. Wow the lobby looks like a king's hangout place. This hotel is stunning! The pictures you've taken are amazing as well!

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    1. Thank you, Alexa! The lobby really is like emerged from a fairytale, and we greatly enjoyed hanging out there :)

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  9. Woah, this hotel looks fit for a queen!

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    1. Infante Sagres is indeed amazing! We really felt like royalty!

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  10. What a beautiful and romantic hotel!

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    1. It is one of the most romantic places we've been to!!!

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  11. It is intoxicating how much you like this place. Thanks for telling us about this place we’ll definitely check it out!

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    1. You we'll definitely love Hotel Infante Sagres, Danny. It's a very well fit for a great city.

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  12. I love Porto. Next time I am going there I think I'm going to stay at Infante Sagres Hotel.

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    1. We love Porto too. It's a magical city and staying at such a beautiful hotel as Infante Sagres definitely helped to enjoy it even more.

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  13. Very classy looking. Your enthusiasm comes through in the txt and images :)

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    1. Probably the most classy hotel we've ever stayed in ;)

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  14. Beautiful description & pictures, that looks like the most romantic stylish hotel ever.

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    1. I know, right? I could easily LIVE in a place like this :P

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  15. Loved the interior of this Hotel. Very elegant and yet powerful in its style. Would love to visit this place next time when I'm in Porto.

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