Discover the history of Torel Avantgarde and how it all started!

It was in September 2017 that Porto gained a new five-star boutique hotel . An innovative hotel project that brings art to the forefront. The theme for the construction of the hotel was not random or occasional, but full of meaning .

Its history connects with the origin of this space , which dates back to the Estado Novo period, in the 1940s, when “creation” in its broadest sense was the order of the day. Art would no longer be a complement and would become the focus of all attention. The rupture of pre-established models, defending anti-traditional forms of art and new frontiers of experimentalism, would inspire the artists of this generation, marking an era of artistic excellence.

Inspired by this era, Torel Avantgarde welcomes us as a museum experience in full harmony with the comfort and detail characteristic of Torel Boutiques .

It was through the combination of the talent of prestigious artists, artisans and interior designers , all of them Portuguese , that this beautiful work of art came to life.

Jorge Curval, Isabel Sá Nogueira, Frederico Draw, Daniel Eime and Paulo Neves brought their artistic souls together to shape this vibrant place , which quickly became known as the best luxury boutique hotel in Porto .

With art as a central theme, the traveler, who arrives at our hotel, embarks on a cultural and artistic experience, which is felt and marked in every corner of the hotel.

Decoration project, materials, artisans and the best of Portugal

The hotel's interior design was shared by two teams: Isabel Sá Nogueira was the interior designer responsible for the common areas; and designers Paula Navio and Francisca Vasconcellos, from the Nano Design studio, were in charge of all the hotel's rooms.

In the common areas, Isabel Sá Nogueira brought together the best that is done in Portugal, combining art and modern design with some provocative touches.

The interior designer called and involved only Portuguese artisans, designers and companies. In total, there are thirteen brands and names that highlight the sobriety and quality of national production.

Paulo Neves, sculptor, was responsible for the entrance doors, reception and restaurant. He made the reception table and some of the pieces on display here and in the restaurant. Frederico Draw, graffiti artist , was the author of the painting at the restaurant's entrance. Daniel Eime, also a graffiti artist , made the painting that is at the reception.

Jorge Curval, a visual artist, is the author of the paintings for the rooms and main staircase, as well as the iron pieces on the facade and exterior of the Hotel.

From the Branca Lisboa brand, designer Marco Sousa Santos was responsible for the furniture in the flower room, as well as the black chairs at the reception.

From Mood, designer Raul Santos took care of all the lighting, made the lamps - bottles and black floor lamps in the reception - and designed the wall and bar lighting in the restaurant.

From the Around The Tree brand, designer Alexandre Caldas was responsible for the chairs and tables in the restaurant and terraces, as well as the desk chair at reception.

The carpet with the national flag, which was in the reception for a long time, was created by the company Ferreira da Sé. The company Munna Mobiliario (Urban Mint) supplied the sofas and armchairs for the reception and the SPA chair.

Latoaria Ponte Rol was the company that supplied the low tables in the flower room and restaurant, as well as the outdoor lighting, on the balcony and the seating area in the bar.

The mattresses are from Persono; the carpets in the Bar, corridors and stairs are from Santos Monteiro, Lda., and the flowers in the flower room are from the Espaço Casa store.

The common areas, namely the reception and the flower room, are the most fearless and provocative areas. A completely intentional bet, making the Portugueseness of this Hotel vibrate in a bold way.

Heading to the room area, and choosing to climb the stairs, we come across some works by artist Jorge Curval, who keep us company throughout the 4 floors of the hotel. The dark tones of the wood on the floor are harmoniously combined with the walls, which are also covered in wood, with a play of lights that guides us along the corridors.

The doors to the rooms are named and their handles take us back to a door from the past. After entering we realize that we are on a trip to the past.

Without any doubt, here the guest is invited to live, feel and experience art, in all its forms.

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