Experience the elegance of Porto's majestic past at the Intercontinental Porto, Palacio das Cardosas. Set in a 15th-century monastery that was converted to a private palace in the early 19th century, this exceptional luxury hotel opened its doors in mid-2011. Alex Kravtetz, the architect and interior designer, oversaw the building's restoration to its former royal splendor. Behind the neoclassical facade that fronts Praca da Liberdade, Porto's main square, the hotel's grand foyer welcomes you with marble floors, crystal chandeliers, and intricate wedding-cake ceilings. Rooms are equally impressive with rich fabrics, Italian marble bathrooms, 42-inch flat-screen TVs, and, in some, private terraces. Opt for a rate plan that includes breakfast, and you'll be treated to a lavish buffet each morning that is truly fit for a king.
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