Words and photographs by Isabelle Hopewell and illustration by Harry Sussams.
A dark and dramatic boutique hideaway, PortoBay Hotel Teatro proves that it really is all about location. Found in the heart of Porto’s tile-adorned old town, a leisurely amble will lead you past Deco, Nouveau and Brutalist brilliance to the divine Lello & Irmão Bookstore, a site adored by Harry Potter fans, and A Vida Portuguesa - a design store doing wonders for the country’s artistic community.
Built on the site of the Baquet Theatre - lost to fire in 1888 and once the haunt of Porto's intelligentsia and creative scene - the bohemian hotel honours its theatrical past with stage craft and splendour. Marx Brothers films play on a giant screen in the bar, the ideal setting for an evening snack and welcome glass of ruby port. Earthy tones are accentuated by flashes of gold, while Modernist sculptures add drama. Inventive lighting ensures displayed costumes - a dazzling array of rich fabrics and sequins - are only visible as you walk away for the glass cabinets they’re housed within.
The warm hues continue into the spacious bedrooms - modern and open spaces that make playful use of reflective surfaces. It is an event to stay here. The space a welcoming nod to the past, capturing the whimsy and wonder of a singular city. To book a room, or learn more, click here.