Luxury hotel Infante Sagres is restored to its former glory

In the heart of Porto, Portugal, the luxurious Infante Sagres hotel has re-opened its doors after a major renovation.

Following an 8.5 million Euro renovation, Infante Sagres – Porto’s first five-star hotel – has reopened its doors, revealing its new stunning interiors. A team of leading designers and master craftsmen were charged with transforming the hotel’s magnificent interiors, restoring the heritage and detail of the building whilst maintaining a sense of modern glamour.

Named after Prince Henry the Navigator and situated in the heart of downtown Porto, the Infante Sagres first opened in 1951. Celebrated for its distinctive blend of timeless elegance and contemporary sophistication, the hotel has long been the meeting place for the city’s elite, and a home to high-end travellers and international celebrities. In fact, the main objective of the recent renovation was to restore the hotel back to its original design.

The listed building was first created by architect Rogério de Azevedo, who was responsible for one of the pioneering examples of modernism in the city of Porto. For this latest renovation, a large team of restoration specialists worked on several areas of the hotel, tracing the original design to reinstate its ornate ceilings, intricate stained glass windows, opulent chandeliers and historical pieces of furniture.

One of the most challenging parts of this extensive renovation was returning the hotel’s stained glass windows to their former glory. Illuminating the grand staircase in a range of colours, the exquisite windows are one of the masterpieces of the hotel. Around 500 panels – designed by Ricardo Leone’s workshop – were removed, cleaned and recovered over the eight months of the renovation.

Meanwhile, the ornate chandeliers in the hotel’s breakfast room and lobby were dismantled piece by piece to be cleaned and restored. Infante Sagres also chose to acquire new pieces of furniture from art auctions and antique dealers, that will sit alongside the hotel’s other furniture and help maintain the elegant style that the hotel had in its golden age, and that it continues to be known for.

Infante Sagres has been owned by The Fladgate Partnership since 2016, and boasts 85 rooms and 10 prime suites. Throughout the space, visitors will come across a wealth of historic, decorative features, including intricate ironwork and carved wooden details. Following the 2018 renovation, there is an exciting new addition to the hotel - the cosmopolitan Vogue Café, which has been created in partnership with Conde Nast International and was designed by Paulo Lobo.

The team behind the renovation has carefully decorated each of the guest rooms with original artwork and exquisite detailing – whilst also ensuring that the hotel’s high standards of modernity, comfort and luxury were upheld. The hotel’s renowned Royal Suite, where artists and royalty alike have stayed over the years, perfectly expresses the refinement and character of the ‘new old’ Infante Sagres. With its recent renovation, and carrying a legacy of more than six decades, it’s easy to see why Infante Sagres is on par with the finest hotels in Europe.

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