The adaptation of the Pousada do Porto, inserted in a palace which has been classified as a National Monument since 1910, was by architect David Sinclair and decorated by architect James Mitchell. The building is located on the banks of the Douro River, named after the famous Wine Region in Portugal, which dates back to Roman times.
Situated just a few kilometres from Guimarães, the European Culture Capital 2012, the Freixo Palace is a beautiful example of Portuguese civil baroque.
Characterised by its sumptuous eighteenth century construction, the work originally was authorised by the celebrated Italian architect Nicolau Nasoni. Nicolau Nasoni was one of the most significant architects of the Oporto city with an important contribution to the Historic Heritage where attention is also given to the Tower of the Clergy, ex-libris of the city. At the time of construction the Tower of the Clergy was considered to be the highest building in Portugal standing at 75 metres high.
This typical palace was ordered built by the Dean of the Cathedral of Oporto, D. Jerónimo de Távora e Noronha – a wealthy lord within Douro and Minho and responsible for bringing the famous Italian architect to Oporto.
Later the building and its gardens were sold to the Harmony Company who then installed a mill which was extended in the 50s and 60s.
The Pousada do Porto consists of 2 separate buildings which are connected: that of the Palace where you can find the restaurant, the bar, the lounges and the meeting rooms, and the old Harmony mill factory which has 87 comfortable rooms some of which come with a magnificent view of the Douro River.
This hotel in Oporto has on offer in its establishment, a modern Spa where you can relax in the Turkish baths, the heated indoor pool and sauna, as well as being able to book massages.
Inside the Palace you will find the restaurants, which surpass in excellence and that salute the Portuguese cuisine with small contemporary shades which alter seasonally. The lounges and the bar are also areas of comfort and wellbeing.
Outside you can find the gardens with its main feature being the pool and the old pontoon, an irresistible lure to pass the end of the day reinvigorating. The direct access to the river and the long path along the marginal allows the guests easy exploration of the area around the riverside. Enjoy the transfer service to the city and book your transfer at the reception with departures from the Pousada do Porto to the City Centre (Avenida dos Aliados) and vice versa.
The Pousada do Porto is around 2 km from the Campanhã railway station and the Oporto airport is 20 minutes by car, also there is free parking at the Pousada.