The public rooms are especially opulent, with glittering chandeliers and spectacular tapestries, but bedrooms are just as splendid, albeit rather more restrained. There are still antiques aplenty, but offset with crisp white linen and contemporary Portuguese art. The Suite Royal features a four-poster and romantic views of old Porto.
The impressive and historic Avenida dos Aliados is steps away and the hotel is perfectly placed to make the most of this World Heritage city. The bar is a favorite with locals as well as guests, steeped as it is in old-fashioned surroundings and a timeless feel-good-factor.
Meanwhile, the restaurant serves up seriously good food in the slightly surreal surroundings of a former bookshop. It retains the mood of a place made for hours of happiness, serving up Portuguese versions of comfort food. There’s also a sun-dappled terrace and a charming courtyard to make the most of the almost always sanguine weather. The hotel is currently undergoing a refurbishment and reopens in early April 2018 – expect all the above, but better still.