First announced back on Wednesday, March 22, 2023 and equipped with a luxurious spa on site while offering personalized massages, Turkish baths and saunas, the first Vignette Collection hotel in Europe opens in Porto as a five-star boutique hotel property — and the brand is part of the portfolio of hotel and resort properties of InterContinental Hotels Group.
First Vignette Collection Hotel in Europe Opens in Porto
Located in the prestigious and picturesque Clérigos district in the heart of Porto in Portugal, Casa da Companhia is near the Se do Porto and the Palacio da Bolsa — as well as many other attractions and notable sites of interest. The Porto Metro public transportation system is only five minutes away by walking.
“Casa da Companhia embraces the cultural vibe of one of Portugal’s most majestic cities, enticing guests to soak up the atmosphere of the city”, according to this official press release from IHG Hotels & Resorts. “With its high-end boutique feel, the hotel has 40 rooms including three suites, a luxurious spa featuring treatments from Holiclinica, a fitness suite, heated indoor and outdoor pools and an outdoor terrace. This truly unique property offers timeless design in one of the city’s most emblematic houses. It is located just five minutes walking distance from São Bento Station, and on the doorstep of the main city attractions — such as the medieval architecture of the city’s buildings, the plentiful gardens boasting a myriad of colourful flowers or the cosmopolitan port area filled with cafes, bars and eateries.”
The hotel property “embraces the cultural vibe of one of Portugal’s most majestic cities, enticing guests to soak up the atmosphere of the city” and “offers a unique travel experience”.
Because Porto is known for its gastronomic experiences. Casa da Companhia carries on the trend with its restaurant and bar located on vibrant Rua das Flores, which translates in English as Flower Street. “The Executive Chef has created an authentic Mediterranean gastronomic experience, with dishes inspired by his childhood memories, his roots and experience acquired over the years. In an atmosphere of refinement and sophistication, the restaurant presents a menu with nuances of spices from the routes of India, through a range of dishes based on international trends, with a focus on local produce from the Porto coast, plains and Trás-os-Montes mountains.”
Vignette Collection hotel properties infuse unexpected moments into the stay experience — known as ‘Memorable Rituals’ — which add a special something to remember every stay. As the former headquarters of the famous Port company which was known as Real Companhia Velha, “guests can experience the tradition of ‘fire opening’ a bottle of Port — while enjoying a glass paired with a chocolate truffle — every Wednesday and Saturday from 6:00 in the evening to 7:00 in the evening.”
At the core of Vignette Collection is the belief that travel should champion everyone, and the ‘Means for Good’ at each hotel property “is thoughtfully chosen to seamlessly integrate into its local community. Casa da Companhia is proud to partner with Escola de Hotelaria e Turismo do Porto to support the next generation who wish to pursue careers in hospitality, through mentoring and internships at the hotel property.”
Room rates start from €220.00 per double room per night — and like all other hotel properties in the Vignette Collection, Casa da Companhia participates in the IHG One Rewards membership program for members to earn and redeem points.
About Vignette Collection
Vignette Collection is the newest brand in the fast-growing luxury and lifestyle portfolio of of distinct luxury hotel properties of InterContinental Hotels Group. Hotel X in Brisbane became the first property to open under this still nascent brand — followed by Sindhorn Midtown Hotel Bangkok in Bangkok, Yours Truly DC in the District of Columbia, and now Casa da Companhia in Porto.
This collection of luxury hotel properties “are unique in their own right, with their own distinct outlook and story to tell. And yet they’re all connected by a shared vision.”
No fewer than twelve hotel properties are currently under development; and greater than 100 hotel properties globally are anticipated to join over the next ten years.
Final Boarding Call
I have yet to stay at a Vignette Collection hotel property. I also have yet to visit Porto — even though I have already been to Portugal.
Casa da Companhia, Vignette Collection
Rua das Flores n. 69
Source: Intercontinental Hotels Group.