Posh in Porto, Portugal

Café Astoria, InterContinental Porto–Palacio das Cardosas



The new InterContinental Porto-Palacio das Cardosas is open, following a $43 million-dollar renovation of a 200-year-old palace.

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What we love: The hotel is close to Porto’s main square, its cathedrals, markets, museums, bars and restaurants. It’s also close to the Ribeira, where travelers can take a cruise up to the Spanish border and tour the local wine-producing cellars for a scenic tasting.

Nice Touch: One-bedroom suites have swank marble bathrooms and lovely garden views. Even better, the duplex King-bed suite has views over the Liberdade Square, Clérigos Tower and São Bento Station. Business travelers will love that the Executive Suites come with complimentary two-way airport transfers. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout.

The new “InterCon,” which, by the way, is the first in Portugal, is also bringing back the popular Café Astoria, which was located on the ground floor of the palace in the early 20th century. Another good option is the upmarket restaurant, Square, serving Portuguese cuisine. We’re dying to sip a glass of port or two at the Cardosas Bar, which overlooks Liberdade Square.

Want to experience Portugal first hand? The hotel will be offering wine excursions, personalized guided tours, helicopter trips and access to personal shopping services. Reach out to Director of Sales and Marketing Pedro Salazar ([email protected]; 011-351-96-837-8247) to book your VIP.

Getting There: Fly in to Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO). The hotel is fewer than 10 miles away.

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