If you like your accommodation with a side of quirkiness, the Teatro is your digs. The hotel is located inside Porto’s former Baquet Theatre and hence has been fitted out with a theatre theme.
First up, walking into the hotel is like stepping into a box office. Heavy curtains promptly block the outside world and room cards are handed out under dim lighting from a circular reception area decorated with film rolls.
As you stroll the dark corridors you’ll pass racks of costumes illuminated by theatre spotlights, which eventually lead to the stylish Bar Plateia, where black and white films are projected on a loop. Adjoining the bar is the hotel’s restaurant, Palco, which serves high-end cuisine that can be enjoyed as a degustation menu. Expect contemporary flavours and excellent presentation. Then when it comes to breakfast, keep up the decadence by spoiling yourself with a glass of sparkling wine (you’re on holidays after all).
Upstairs, the corridors are equally dim as the foyer area, so you might need a flashlight to spot your room number. The rooms aren’t as heavily themed as the rest of the hotel and have a safe colour palette of copper and brown paired with white bedding. The open plan bathrooms are ridiculously spacious, with giant shower recesses and rain showerheads.
If you’re the type of traveller who needs to move, a small gym is accessible 24/7 for a treadmill pound, otherwise step out and tackle Porto’s hilly city centre, which is practically on the doorstep.