Torel Avantgarde is the result of the story of three people - João, Barbara and Ingrid - who decided to change their lives and whose paths intersected in Lisbon.


In 2013, the Portuguese-born Joao Pedro Tavares, who had left a career of over 20 years in banking, decided to start a new project. He rented a beautiful, but abandoned villa on top of the Sant´ana hill in the heart of Lisbon and transformed it into a bed and breakfast. On 23 December 2013, Torel Palace opened its doors, offering a delightful and welcoming place with eleven unique rooms.


In early 2014, Barbara Ott from Austria visited Torel Palace as a guest, and was smitten by the charming palace – and by Lisbon. After a few months of reflection, she decided to leave Austria, settle in Portugal – and become a partner in Torel Palace. Together, Joao and Barbara renovated the second building next door, which in the spring of 2015 became part of Torel Palace, expanding the boutique hotel to 28 rooms.


In the autumn of the same year another Austrian, Ingrid Koeck, who was looking to establish a Bed & Breakfast in Portugal, walked into the bar of Torel Palace, where she met Barbara. It was only a matter of time before she became the third partner in what has become a slowly but steadily growing hospitality business marked by a passion for people, dedication to personal service, and a joy of living.

In 2016, the three partners decided to expand Torel Palace: with Torel Avantgarde, the first small five-star boutique hotel in Porto.

All four establishments - the Torel Boutiques - encompass the spirit of offering comfortable and refined homes, providing outstanding service, and hosting our guests in a very personal way.