Location: Porto, Portugal
Designers: Architect Miguel Nogueira and Nano Design
On Offer: Along the riverfront area of Ribeira, a restored 19th-century palace and adjacent apartment annex are the vessels for this conceptual debut from Torel Boutiques, one of Portugal’s most creative hotel collectives. The interior design celebrates the distant cultures, spices, and materials seafaring Portuguese merchants encountered during sourcing trips to Africa, Asia, and the Americas centuries ago, from banana-leaf wallpaper to raffia carpets to bamboo wardrobes.
Standout features: The 12 idiosyncratic rooms and 11 apartments are awash in details evoking themes such as coffee, silk, and paprika; custom artwork by Jorge Curval and João Pedro Rodrigues line the walls; and the Bartolomeu bistro stocks wine vintages from the country’s small producers and serves them with Portuguese sausages and house-made Pâté de Campagne.