You might not think luxury and livestock go together, but in the case of Palácio Fenizia, a crumbling building that once housed a butcher’s association has been converted into one of Porto’s most opulent guesthouses.
The renovation project is the work of Italian designer Gianfranco Fenizia, who shifted his attention from Milan to Porto to open boutique accommodation five-minute’s walk from Porto’s main shopping street, Rua de Santa Catarina.
Fenizia’s creative flair is evident in the interior design, which tastefully combines art deco and contemporary features. (It’s unsurprising the internationally-acclaimed designer has nailed the look, given he has worked as a design consultant for brands such as Valentino, Fendi and Chanel).
A domed skylight, which is typical to Porto’s traditional housing design, bathes the central staircase in natural light, and Portuguese azulejo tiles and exposed wooden floorboards have been retained from the original building.
Chandeliers and stuccoed ceilings add a touch of glamour in each of the five suites, while heavy curtains and double windows ensure a good night’s sleep. Layouts vary from room to room, but for the ultimate luxury, opt for the blue room where a freestanding bathtub takes centre stage in the enormous bathroom. You can also chill on the small, enclosed patio with a bottle of wine purchased from reception. (All rooms include a small table setting on the balcony or patio).
Out the back of the house you’ll find a peaceful garden including a glass-panelled lounge area, which is the perfect spot to shelter from the heat or cold with a glass of vinho or coffee from the 24-hour kitchen.
A number of shopping and dining options can be found nearby, and while you’re in the area, be sure to pop into one of our favourite coffee shops, Mesa 325.
|Venue name:||Palácio Fenizia|
Rua Fernandes Tomás, 215
|Transport:||Campo 24 de Agosto metro|