Former 19th Century Soap & Candle Factory
Nestled just along from the Pestana Freixo Palace on the banks of the Douro River you will find the Pestana Douro Riverside Hotel. Occupying a former 19th century soap and candle factory, the hotel has been completely refurbished with colourful, contemporary décor that features playful homages to the building’s history.
The hotel has made the most of the large industrial structure to create bright, open spaces and comfortably sized bedrooms. Inspired by its manufacturing roots, each floor is dedicated to a different scent (lavender, jasmine, orange blossom, rose, cherry blossom, chamomile, geranium and lily) and the charming red brick chimney that dominates the central reception area serves as a further reminder of the building’s former purpose.
Bedrooms are stylishly decorated, often with floral flourishes, with comfortable furnishings and all featuring ensuite bathrooms, LCD TVs, free WiFi and air conditioning. Most rooms enjoy views of the Douro River and many also have private balconies so you can relax and take in the fabulous vista.
In summer months you can cool off in the hotel’s outdoor infinity pool that looks out over the river. There is a pool bar and plenty of space on the terrace to enjoy a drink in the sunshine. In addition to the seasonal outdoor pool, guests can use the indoor heated plunge pool, relax with a massage, or keep fit in the hotel’s private gym.
Enjoy a dinner in the hotels Grill Restaurant which specialises in variety of meat and seafood dishes and enjoys superb panoramic views of the river. Pestana Douro Riverside also offers all-day dining in its gastro bar which offers a variety of light snacks, cocktails and, of course, a wonderful port wine selection.
For businesses or group travellers, the hotel has several conference rooms, and a large, attractive hall should you choose to host a meeting or event.
Just 4km from Porto’s city centre, you can make the 10-minute journey into the city and explore the wonderful historic centre and all its sights or soak up the hotel’s peaceful riverside setting and take a leisurely stroll along the embankment.