A Theatrical Stay at Hotel Teatro Porto

When I decided to treat Pumpkin (and of course myself!) to a long weekend in Porto as a wedding anniversary celebration and I started putting some feelers out as to which hotel the travel community would recommend, the one name that kept recurring time and again was the Hotel Teatro. Repetitive soundbites included “quirky” and “funky” and it seems the elusive Mr and Mrs Smith also agreed.

Hotel Teatro Porto rooms

The city breaks that Pumpkin and I go on are typically jam-packed affairs, racking up some impressive mileage (I’m talking on foot not mid-air) and rarely leaving time to lounge around in hotels so truth be told, for most of my short-haul city breaks, I tend not to get too preoccupied with hotels. But on this occasion with so many comments coming my way about Hotel Teatro, curiosity took over and I couldn’t help but investigate.

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Those who are regular readers will know that I am increasingly metamorphosing into a last-minute traveller. You may recall the impromptu weekend in Oslo and a similar one in Budapest just a month earlier. If one insists on booking everything with such impulsive, haphazard aplomb, one can’t expect to click their fingers and get what they want.

Hotel Teatro Porto Lobby

Unsurprisingly, when I looked up Hotel Teatro with only two weeks to go, my mouse clicking away for weekend dates, it was fully booked no matter which sites I scoured. Moving onto Plan B, I searched furiously for alternative properties but after reading about the novelty of this well-located and unique boutique, nowhere else caught my eye quite the same way, especially once I heard that Porto is cosy enough a city to be able enjoy the hotel without compromising on exploring.

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Fast forward another week and I had made no progress. In a bizarre turn of events, whilst I was in the midst of sifting through reviews, I noticed that availability for Hotel Teatro had appeared online. Assuming it was a mistake, I checked both on the hotel website and other booking sites and sure enough, it was true.

Hotel Teatro Porto Suite

Of course, when the only room left happens to be a suite, well what’s a girl to do?! 😀

Hotel Teatro, Porto

This was how Pumpkin and I found ourselves in Porto’s theatre district, navigating towards Hotel Teatro, a property built on the same ground where one of Porto’s old and most renowned theatres once stood. We stepped curiously through the weighty opaque doors, adorned with metallic scribbles and found oureslves in a seductive, dimly lit and gold-tinted lobby, that drew clear parallels to my own previous theatre visits.

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Having arrived in Porto at the peachy time of 9am, we only intended to offload our baggage (literal not emotional!) We had no expectations of being able to check in so early so we were delighted to find out that the room was ready and waiting for us.

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Prior to that though, I couldn’t resist a snoop around the lobby level, where the theatre paraphernalia was incorporated tastefully within the furnishings and decor.

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Old theatre costumes were suspended from hangers, from hessian rustic tones to regal velvety textures.

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And even the stool for using the computer in the lobby would have you feeling like you were a crew member in a stage production.

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Suites at Hotel Teatro

A member of staff accompanied us to our suite with a walk down a long corridor, illuminated by theatrical stage lights.

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The suite was indulgently spacious for a centrally located European city hotel and divided into a living area and bathroom on one side and the bedroom area on the other, partitioned by the large television unit.

Hotel Teatro Suite Mr Mrs Smith

In a first for me, I observed that the TV could actually be rotated, enabling guests to watch it either whilst reclining in bed or from the sofa, which one gets the distinct impression was designed for two snugglers.

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Later though, for some reason, it was proving more long-winded than it should have been to use simple functions on the remote control, such as changing the channel (although we were having too much fun reliving our youth by singing along to VH1 classics to worry about channel flickng!)

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This romantic hotel is one of the Design Hotel Collection and a wanderlust inspiring design hotels hardback book was laid out on the coffee table to draw in my eyes magnetically, just in case I wasn’t already obsessed enough with travelling.

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I tuned the pages zealously and did so with a  fresh cup of Nespresso. The room allows guests one free pod each for the stay but the remainder are chargeable . Ordinary teas and instant coffee are free of charge but I think if I was a coffee drinker, I’d feel a little shortchanged by only being given one free Nespresso cartridge.

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The bed was one of those ones that seriously interferes with sightseeing plans by being so darn comfortable but we exercised some self discipline by having a quick shower and leaving the premises.

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Hotel Teatro is clearly targeted at romancing couples and if you’re a little shy, you may need to make use of the shutter by the bathtub and shower…otherwise, the only thing that separates the living area from the bathroom area is a transparent screen.

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And where you would usually expect to find doors, don’t be alarmed if you find ceiling to floor curtains instead – this is the theatre after all! There’s a curtain call even for using the bathroom. Everything about this place is theatrical.

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Those of you who are gym nuts will be reassured to know they do have a fitness centre on site but no spa. If however, a spot of room service and a massage call out to you, the hotel do have an in-room spa menu.

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An Anniversary Surprise at Hotel Teatro

We hadn’t realised that Hotel Teatro provide a turndown service for guests, which is why we weren’t expecting our room to look any different after we came back from our brief stint at the bar.

Hotel Teatro Bar

We, like most guests who stay at Hotel Teatro, had been given a voucher at check in for a complimentary glass of Port each at the bar (otherwise known as double Port for Pumpkin!)

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Cashing it in and throwing in a smoked salmon salad, a gin cocktail and a luxury tea blend for good measure, we found a dusky corner of the bar adjacent to a large TV screen that displays old black and white films.

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Had we known that a surprise bottle of bubbly and celebratory gift-boxed chocolate brownie were awaiting us as an anniversary treat back in the room, we might not have bothered ordering any bar food, though I did feel virtuous for about 4 minutes before tucking into the brownie.

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Touched by the effort the staff at Hotel Teatro had made to help us celebrate, we were even more surprised to come back the following night to find a surprise bottle of Port with some tasty chocolate accompanying it. The timing couldn’t have been any funnier since we had spent the entire day in the wine region of Douro valley Port tasting.

Port wine and chocolates in hotel

As Pumpkin did the honourable (ahem) thing on our Douro trip by drinking my Port all day, I think even he wasn’t sure if he would manage one final serving pre-bed.

But, of course he found a way somehow 😀

Port tasting in Porto

When we first arrived at the hotel, a little part of me wondered if I had made the right choice, as in my opinion, it isn’t the prettiest building externally but this Porto boutique hotel  is a great lesson in not judging a book by its cover.

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For our celebratory occasion, staying in a suite at Hotel Teatro proved to be such a worthwhile investment, both from the practical perspective of its central location, room size, helpful service and amenities but also because of its  innovative concept and sensual vibe.

Have you ever stayed at a funky boutique hotel?


32 thoughts on “A Theatrical Stay at Hotel Teatro Porto

  1. That is super cute! I think I’d very much like to visit there. We stayed in some amazing places in South Africa, sadly before the times of me photographing everything and blogging about it. The one place Thulamela featured a log cabin with a jacuzzi on the balcony overlooking a misty forest and valley. There were only six cabins in the grounds and none of us could see each other. They were also entirely self-catering so you had the idea of being marooned in the middle of nowhere for a week. It was incredible.

    1. Shikha (whywasteannualleave) June 22, 2016 — 9:38 pm

      Oh my word Mandy, that log cabin with jacuzzi sounds absolutely blissful and remote – that’s exactly the kind of place I would love to stay at! I haven’t been to S Africa yet and am desperate to make a trip out there sometime soon!

  2. What an interesting hotel, I’ve never seen such a quirky theme before. I stayed at this really cool boutique hotel in Sydney called the QT, all the staff dressed as pin up girls and it was all fifties themed, but didn’t feel cheesy!

    1. Shikha (whywasteannualleave) June 22, 2016 — 9:47 pm

      That fifties hotel sounds like so much fun Angie!! That’s exactly the kind of quirky hotel I’d love to visit myself one day! I’d never seen or heard of the theatre theme before either – the low lighting and and glamour gave it a lovely romantic feel for an anniversary weekend 🙂

  3. I adore your travel style – it’s so similar to mine. I just wished that I had a good reasons for a beautiful suite when I visited Lisbon…

    1. Shikha (whywasteannualleave) June 22, 2016 — 9:49 pm

      Aww thanks so much Emma! (I’m curious as to whether it’s my miles of walking or my ridiculously last minute approach that draws parallels to your style?!) I got very jammy with the fact that the only room left here was a suite so the availability scenario twisted my rubber arm 😉

  4. Oh wow, I really wish we had stayed there now! Absolutely love the quirky vibe and also that you went all out with the suite – what choice did you have really?!

    1. Shikha (whywasteannualleave) June 22, 2016 — 10:52 pm

      Hahaha, I got lucky, Connie, that the suite was the only room left so it made the decision easier and I figured, at least on this occasion, I’ve got the anniversary excuse! 😀

  5. How nice that you finally managed to book in there! Porto is on my to visit list

    1. Shikha (whywasteannualleave) June 22, 2016 — 10:56 pm

      We were lucky to nab one of the last remaining rooms even at such short notice Suze! You must visit Porto one day – it’s a beautiful, quaint city 🙂

  6. What a quirky hotel! I love places that are unique and this one is definitely that! Was it good value for money or quite expensive (I’m keeping in mind you had the suite lol!). My most quirky hotel stay was probably the Hotel Pelirocco in Brighton. Each room has it’s own theme, my fave was the one with astro turf on the floor and walls – a garden room! 😉

    1. Shikha (whywasteannualleave) June 22, 2016 — 10:59 pm

      Oooh that sounds fabulously bonkers Keri – I’m googling that Brighton hotel now as I’ve only ever done day trips there and would love to go for an overnight stay! Hehe, the suite wasn’t cheap as such but I have to admit, for a centrally located European city hotel and a suite of that size booked at such short notice, it was actually not too badly priced!!

  7. Such an interesting hotel! Love all the attention to details, not to mention attention to the guests! I’m with you on the impulsive travelling too although I have toned down a bit after these years..it tends to get a bit wearing on the pockets I’ve realised…hahaha 🙂

    1. Shikha (whywasteannualleave) June 22, 2016 — 11:01 pm

      Yeh I couldn’t agree more Sha – as fun and exciting these last minute trips are, they’re not always the cheapest way to do it so probably good to have a balance! This hotel was very quirky indeed and I loved how they managed to incorporate the theatre theme in all sorts of subtle and classy ways to keep the chic boutique feel to the place 🙂

  8. wow, this hotel leaves me astounded. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Shikha (whywasteannualleave) July 2, 2016 — 4:36 pm

      So pleased you like the look of it too! It was such a quirky unique hotel 🙂

  9. This looks like so much fun! Have never stayed in a hotel like this, but would totally love to!

    1. Shikha (whywasteannualleave) July 2, 2016 — 4:40 pm

      It was such an eccentric but inviting hotel experience Nano – kind of felt like a cross between staying in a hotel and being part of a stage production! Definitely got me interested in looking more at the Design Hotel Collection to see what other innovative properties they have dotted around the world!

  10. This place looks so fun! I would totally be trying on those costumes and that bath just looks divine 🙂

    1. Shikha (whywasteannualleave) July 2, 2016 — 4:44 pm

      I’m cross with myself for spending too much time on social media Ayla which ultimately cost me precious time in the bath!! At least Pumpkin had a relaxing soak in it though so we didn’t lose out on the novelty of it completely! Luckily, they keep those costumes in the lobby and bar area otherwise if they were in the room, I’d have found it seriously hard to resist a try on and photo shoot session! 😀

  11. Some things are just meant to be, right? Hotel Teatro Porto was obviously meant to be as your anniversary hotel – snagging a spot last minute, as you did, and then getting a suite. And how nice the hotel treated you with bubbly and chocolate brownie one evening then Port and chocolate the next. We hear that if you want to experience the real Portugal, you have to go north from Lisbon – to Porto, say. (On our honeymoon years ago, we went south to the Algarve, and we weren’t all that impressed.) Anyway, now we want to hear about your day of Port tasting by the Douro!

    1. Shikha (whywasteannualleave) July 2, 2016 — 4:47 pm

      Oh that’s interesting to hear that you both went to Portugal during your honeymoon too. I know what you mean Janice & George as I went to Algarve several years ago and I too wasn’t nearly as taken by it as I was by Porto this time. I’m yet to make it to Lisbon though so would be interested to see how it compares and contrasts. I’ll definitely try and get a Douro Valley Day up as soon as possible. Porto was so gorgeous as a city but the green landscapes and tranquility of Douro Valley completely took our breath away 🙂

  12. I do love a hotel with quirk and this seems to have it in bucketfuls. Love the extra touches they provided to make it feel even more special. Will check this one out next time I’m headed for Porto.

    1. Shikha (whywasteannualleave) July 2, 2016 — 4:48 pm

      They did a lovely job of making it so special for our anniversary Suzanne and is full of quirk and character for when you next visit Porto, although I must say, from spying on your Instagram, it certainly looks like you’ve stayed in some stunners there as well! The recent hotel snaps you’ve been sharing are gorgeous 🙂

  13. We’ve just booked to stay here for our wedding anniversary in November…so excited, especially after reading your review! Did you let the hotel know it was your anniversary?

    1. Shikha (whywasteannualleave) July 25, 2016 — 11:10 am

      That’s so exciting! You’re going to love the hotel & Porto itself – it’s absolutely charming! I really wanted to make the trip & stay special for my husband as he puts so much effort into our travel planning usually so I emailed hotel concierge without telling him to see if they could arrange some kind of surprise & they were really helpful so I’d recommend getting in touch to let them know! Happy anniversary in advance ☺

      1. Fab, thanks for the advice 🙂

  14. Interesante Blog – “Why Waste Annual Leave”.

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