Hands up if you've ever heard of a “narrative-driven” hotel before. No? Well, here’s an example of one we think you'll really like. Meet Torel Boutiques – a collection of four luxury hotels located inside Lisbon and Porto’s most sumptuous palatial addresses. Except there's a twist. Each property comes with its own cleverly manicured design concept that tells the fascinating story of Portugal's history. Intrigued? Our royal round-up of the Torel Boutiques collection has all the juicy details.
The one with the incredible view
If the three century-old mansions Torel Palace Lisbon resides inside don’t steal your heart, then the view from its private garden certainly will. Perched on top of one of the city’s seven hills, the hotel lets Lisbon's breathtaking scenery steal the show, with an outdoor space that hosts a bar, a pool and a view that stretches across the city’s colourful rooftops and all the way out to the Tagus River. The accommodation isn’t bad either, with individually designed rooms, apartments and a private villa on offer.
The one for adventure enthusiasts
Arguably the most refined stay in the collection, Torel 1884 Suites & Apartments offers 12 lavish rooms inside a 136-year-old palace, plus a further 11 guesthouses nearby. Inside, a tribute to Portugal’s famous explorers unfurls across every corner of the property, where rooms are named after exotic treasures, and fabrics, plants and other decorative features help bring the voyagers’ journey to life.
The one for literary fanatics
If you’re eager to get that first novel off the ground, then the Torel Palace Porto might be the one for you. The property is bougie elegance at its best, with a swirling indoor staircase and a giant skylight all kept from the original design. However, it’s Portugal’s legendary writers and poets that take centre stage here, with each of the 24 rooms named after a famous author. On-site restaurant Blind, meanwhile, pays homage to novelist José Saramago’s most famous work, while serving surprise menus intended to stimulate all five senses.
The one that’s not a palace
Torel Avantgarde might be the odd one out in the set, but that hasn’t stopped it from picking up awards left, right and centre for its décor inspired entirely by Portuguese artisanship. Indeed, the cutting-edge 47-room hotel is the first five-star property in Portugal to be made exclusively with products from the country, and there's work by Portuguese artists and creators to be found throughout the hotel.
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