An 18th-century palace that’s only added to its charm
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The Palacio das Cardosas – a historic palace as the name suggests – is part of the very fabric of Porto’s history. Overlooking the monuments and 18th-century architecture of the Liberdade Square, it’s found on the bustling Avenida dos Aliados – the city’s historic main street. As such, much of Porto’s main attractions are within easy reach, whether you’re looking to climb the iconic Clerigos Tower for some spectacular panoramas, or browse the famous collections of the Livraria Lello bookshop. And, in terms of activities, you’ll have the city’s storied port cellars on your doorstep, along with Duoro River for a gentle cruise.
Housed in an 18th-century palace, the Palacio das Cardosas is suitably extravagant. Rich fabrics, dark wood furnishings and designer chandeliers recall the building’s privileged history. This being an InterContinental property, you’ll also be treated to the finest of amenities from movies shown on the LCD TV to complimentary WiFi. You’ll also enjoy some delightful views, whether it’s of the hotel’s enclosed gardens or the Liberdade Square. Upgrades add in marble bathrooms along with chic suites that feature Nespresso coffee machines and balconies that just over the Avenida dos Aliados.
The hotel’s considered style continues into the Astoria Restaurant where yet more glass chandeliers hang from arching moulded ceilings. It’s a combination of classic and contemporary, matched by the inventive menus. Indeed, traditional Portuguese and Mediterranean cuisine is combined with inventive touches and plenty of international choice. In the Cardosas Bar – designed after a British library – afternoon tea with an excellent selection of pastries is served to magnificent views of the city centre.
There’s also service to match, best experienced in the hotel’s spa. Here, Cardosas’ superb staff deliver an exceptional range of treatments and massages. Whether you’re after a body scrub or reflexology session, it’s ideal after a day’s sightseeing. The concierge is equally accommodating, able to recommend between local activities or provide a 24-hour gourmet room service. Come the evening, you might want to end your day with a cocktail or glass of port on the wing-backed chairs of the bar. Here, wrought iron detailing and a grand piano transport you back to a golden age of travel.
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