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Rua da Restauracao 336, Porto 4050-501 Portugal
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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#9 of 152 hotels in Porto
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Torel Avantgarde is a five-star boutique hotel in Porto that opened in September 2017, and already won 3 prestigious awards: a World Luxury Hotel Award in 2018, a Prix Villégiature | Awards and a Seven Star Award. Like Avantgarde artists, we wanted to create something completely new. Our vision was to establish a place where art takes centre stage in every way. The result is Torel Avantgarde, a space to live art, to touch art, and to feel the heart and passion of the artist in the various spaces : in the 49 individually designed rooms, at the reception, in the flower room, at the Digby restaurant, at the Calla Wellness & Spa and, of course, in all our rooms. Torel Avantgarde is located in the heart of Porto, in the area of Restauraçao – just beside the Instituto de Vinho Verde and close to important parts of the city: 200m from the Palacio de Cristal, 500m from the Clerigos Tower, 750m to the Rua das Flores, 800m to the Avenida Aliados - and in the heart of the art district of Porto, only 5 minutes from Rua Miguel Bombarda.
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Parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Babysitting
Airport transportation
Spa
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Foot massage
Full body massage
Baggage storage
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
Doorperson
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Air conditioning
Private balcony
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Safe
Minibar
Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
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Family rooms
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Boutique
River View
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, Portuguese
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Woody1973 wrote a review Sep 25
Barnet, United Kingdom30 contributions6 helpful votes
Just home from a fabulous 3 nigh stay with our best friends and just had to leave a review about this hotel. Without a shadow of a doubt the biggest asset for this hotel is its wonderful staff. Every single one, whoever it was and whenever they worked, nothing was too much trouble and they always gave the warmest welcome. When we arrived we were too early to check in but we were able to leave our bags safely and asked for our first recommendation at reception which was where to go for lunch. A fantastic recommendation of Bhalia Nova was given and they even booked us a table. When we returned we had been given an upgrade for both me and my husband and also our best friends - the rooms 4 and 15 were both amazing and had glorious views over the River Douro. What a great start. Dinner recommendations for each night we stayed were always spot on, 5 Oceanos if you love seafood and fish, and KOB by Olivier if meat (steak in particular) is your thing. Each time reception booked us a table and a taxi if not in walking distance, taking all the stress away. The pool area is lovely, it is on the small side if you like or are used to a big pool area, but for an elegant boutique hotel like Torrel Avantgarde it was the perfect size. Lovely and quiet to relax in. The food at the hotel was scrumptious - we ate and drank in there quite a few times and it was yummy. Not too expensive for a hotel menu either. Their selection of wines is superb, and between the 4 of us we tried many! Staff were always knowledgable and helpful to ensure you were happy with your selection of drinks and food. Breakfast each morning consisted of both hot selections and continental. A 5 star experience. Location wise this hotel is perfect. 10 minutes from the main plazas and squares where there is lively nightlife should you want it and likewise in the other direction to the area by the River and region for world famous drinking Ports. Thoroughly recommend the Taylor’s visitor centre and tour/tasting experience if you love Port (which we do!) Such an amazing stay - we will be back to Porto and this is the only hotel we would consider now. If you are thinking of booking I ask you not to hesitate and book Torrel Avantgarde, you won’t be disappointed.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Helen R wrote a review Sep 19
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We chose the Torel Avantgarde for our honeymoon won over by its beautiful decor and impressive location overlooking the Douro in Porto. Even before arrival they had assured us of a beautiful room with a balcony which when we arrived more than lived up to the promise. From the welcome by the staff at checkin to a complementary crisp glass of Portuguese white wine on the restaurant terrace we felt we were being treated to something very special. What came next though really sets the hotel and its staff apart. One evening our neighbours in the next room were incredibly noisy and disruptive which led to a very poor nights sleep and experience (This was not the fault of the hotel and one of the difficulties of any shared space). I spoke to the night manager who was attentive and understanding and promised that he would escalate my complaint to the day staff. There is obviously excellent communication as when we came down for breakfast the staff at the front desk were aware of what happened and assured me that they would address the problem and find a solution. And did they! When we returned from dinner we were invited to view an alternative room. This was an upgrade to a suite with an even better balcony with a view as good as from the restaurant. This was more than we could have expected and really ended up making an already special honeymoon even more special. It was also one of the best night's sleep I've ever had. The hotel is top class and this high standard is maintained by excellent staff.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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briansit wrote a review Sep 12
London, United Kingdom85 contributions26 helpful votes
Service in a 5 star hotel is everything and when you set foot in a property (in our case, we drove up) , you needn’t worry about being ‘looked after’. This could’ve been a five, but instead I gave it a 3.5. Pros: This hotel is clean and new; they even celebrated a 4 year anniversary (so really it has only been operating 2.5 years in COVID time). The staff were friendly, the quality of the furnishings and decor were at a high level as we like our hotels to be smartly designed and furnished. And the views couldn’t be better anywhere else. We stayed in the Charlie Chaplin room which shares the same views as the restaurant overlooking the Douro river and it was magical. This was an Executive Royal room which was reserved for us after we booked the Torel 1884 and they had to shut down after a guest contracted COVID — a very responsible and hard decision. So you know they are taking protocols seriously to prevent the spread. The location is slightly off the centre (which isn’t bad because it has spectacular view points and it’s quieter than being in the centre of town), but is about 7-15 minute walk to all the key attractions. Cons: The negatives got started the moment we drove into the hotel (or in our case, attempted to squeeze a parallel park in the gap of the entrance from the street, but ended up doubled parked and disrupted a busy traffic road). As friendly as the doorman was, he weren’t sure about the parking options around and sent us to a car park located in Palácio Cristal not knowing the rates. They did have a car park on site which was currently under construction, so they should know how to properly divert guests with cars, no? He called one of the managers on duty who entered the car park address into our Google maps and we were sent on our way. Unbeknown to us later, the parking rate became €79 CASH when we checked out and retrieved the car — so we had to go to the nearest bank ATM and withdraw the cash. This would have been very useful information to know having been sent to that car park by the manager. Instead, they had not prepared us with this information. So before we even stepped foot into the hotel, the experience was a bit stressful. Once we finally checked in the front desk was friendly, but didn’t really seem overly-apologetic about our story of the stressful parking experience. We were successfully checked into our room and found the amenities good, but lacking in details. For instance, the bathrobes and slippers were sized small (usually the robes are sized much larger to accommodate all body types). Also the bathroom had no door and the toilet was only separated by a half glass partition, so there is zero privacy — I was dashing down to the common area bathroom to get some privacy. The closet has adequate numbers of hangers, but they were the one without hooks (locker room style pin-to-notch as they cannot be removed from the closet and annoying when you want to hang out an outfit). The room had a terrace with stunning views and included a candle-it lantern, but no matches/lighter. When I had called reception to light this lantern and they said that it is not to be lit (even though clearly previous guests have lit it) and that is was merely a ‘prop’. They continued to tell me that they will “not allow lighting candles, but cannot prevent guests from doing so...” So then why tempt guests with a real prop candle in the first place??? Overall, it wasn’t a disappointing stay, but it certainly couldn’t claim it’s 5-star status and it really just came down to details and customer service. If you go to any Four Seasons hotel (where the room rates are not that far off from the Torel properties), every single detail is managed by every staff member and the guest isn’t left with the feeling of conflict during their stay. The management team at Torel properties could benefit from reading Isadore Sharp’s book on his hotel empire.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: NO parking at the hotel. Palácio Cristal car park is near and secure. But beware of rates — paid...
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Orlagh B wrote a review Sep 6
Dublin, Ireland45 contributions24 helpful votes
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The hotel wasn’t clean, I emailed management and received initial apology but the next day it was the same. Bins not emptied in the toilets, the pool area littered with trash and food and towels left from the day before. It meant you couldn’t relax anywhere around the hotel. Also found the service poor. I don’t think they enough staff working. The room was beautiful.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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beachbum_efh wrote a review Aug 2021
Boston59 contributions97 helpful votes
We are a family of six and booked three “Executive Deluxe Suites” for our stay, each room located on the same corner of the hotel but on different floors. We would classify the hotel as boutique as it wasn’t large. Each room had a balcony (one room had two), with views to the Douro. The queen beds were comfortable, with an honor bar and coffee maker. The hotel itself was very hip and trendy, with interesting design and decoration. The breakfasts were very good, with a wide selection and a nice offering of coffees and fresh juices. We also had dinner at Digby (the same restaurant where breakfast is served) - the service and meal was very good. There were both indoor and outdoor seating options, and the views were great.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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$139 - $322 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
49
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Frequently Asked Questions about Torel Avantgarde
Which popular attractions are close to Torel Avantgarde?
Nearby attractions include Look at Porto (0.2 miles), World of Discoveries - Museu Interativo & Parque Temático (0.2 miles), and Jardins do Palacio de Cristal (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Torel Avantgarde?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Torel Avantgarde?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Torel Avantgarde?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Torel Avantgarde?
Yes, parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Torel Avantgarde?
Conveniently located restaurants include Farinha, Simplex Virtus, and Taberna Real do Fado.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Torel Avantgarde?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and locker rooms available in the fitness center during their stay.
Does Torel Avantgarde have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Torel Avantgarde offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Torel Avantgarde located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.7 miles away from the center of Porto.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Torel Avantgarde?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Are there any historical sites close to Torel Avantgarde?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Palacio da Bolsa (0.5 miles), Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) (0.6 miles), and Igreja de São Francisco (0.5 miles).