Guided by the expertise of a fourth-generation hotelier family, Maison Albar Hotels is a small group of five-star boutique hotels that got its start in Paris in 2014. The properties are set in strategic locations, like the flagship Maison Albar Hotel Paris Céline housed inside the former headquarters of fashion house Céline on Rue du Pont-Neuf. (Just a cobblestone’s throw from the Louvre, this hotel has a Cinq Mondes Spa and the popular Odette restaurant run by the famous Rostang culinary family.)
Now, the group has set its sights beyond the Hexagon, with the opening of a hotel in Portugal’s beguiling city of Porto on the river Douro. Located on the Avenida dos Aliados, not far from Clérigos, Bolhao market, and Dom Luís I Bridge, Le Monumental Palace occupies a historic-listed building with a neo-Gothic façade dating from 1923. It was here where the Porto elite used to gather to hobnob at the Café Monumental and the Art Deco atmosphere remains.
Now you’ll find 63 rooms and 13 suites, a library, lounge and three different F&B venues overseen by Michelin-starred chef Julien Montbabut. The luxurious interiors were a team effort by designers Jacques Bec (French) and Arthur Miranda (Portuguese) of the Oitemponto agency. Did we mention the Nuxe spa and pool? Le Monumental Palace is a member of Leading Hotels of the World. Upcoming hotels by Maison Albar include L’Imperator in Nîmes, Le Victoria in Nice, Le Vendôme in Paris and Le Luxehills in Chengdu.