Le Hilton Porto Gaia, conçu par la designer Nini de Andrade Silva. The Hilton Porto Gaia, designed by Nini de Andrade Silva.

Hilton has found a prime location to set up shop in Porto, surrounded by the wine cellars that have made the city world famous. Located in Vila Nova de Gaia, on the banks of the Douro, the new hotel is in fact part of a converted former port warehouse. A transformation costing 40 million euros which, whilst preserving the character of the building, has given it a very contemporary look. The renovation of its interior was entrusted to the Portuguese designer Nini de Andrade Silva, giving a sophisticated setting to the 32,000 square metres of the place.

The hotel’s 194 rooms have also been designed with the history of the building in mind, many with views of the Douro. Guests can also enjoy the view from the hotel’s two bars. As for the restaurant, it is run by Portuguese chef Hugo Portela, who reinterprets local cuisine in a modern way using local ingredients.

Whether visiting Porto for leisure or business, the Hilton Porto Gaia will provide the perfect base for travelers,”

says Mónica Gonçalves, general manager of the hotel. While the hotel lends itself to relaxation, with a wellness center of over 1,000 square meters, an indoor heated pool and a gym, the Hilton Porto Gaia is also expected to become a mecca for business seminars, as well as an ideal base camp for incentive trips in northern Portugal. The hotel has over 2,200 square meters of conference and event space, including a 350-seat auditorium and a ballroom for up to 600 people.

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This opening consolidates our commitment to Portugal, with the Hilton Porto Gaia being the first in a series of new openings that will see Hilton’s portfolio more than double in the coming years,” said David Kelly, Hilton’s senior vice president of Continental Europe. Currently, the American group has five hotels, including a Hilton in Villamoura, a DoubleTree in Lisbon and a Conrad in the Algarve. Among the planned developments, the Curio Collection will soon make its debut in Lisbon in mid-November with The Emerald House hotel. By the end of the year, the Tapestry Collection will strengthen Hilton’s presence in Porto, with a hotel near the cathedral.