Concierge.com's insider take:
Porto's first design hotel brings some drama to the city-center lodging scene. Standing on the spot of the 1859 Teatro Baquet, a renowned theater destroyed by fire in the late 19th century, the six-story Hotel Teatro, which opened in May 2010, has been given the dramatic treatment by interior designer Nini Andrade Silva. Hefty front doors with an inscription of an Almeida Garrett poem lead to a dark, bohemian hideaway. At the reception, which is done up like a box office, you'll be handed a ticket (okay, it's a card key) to access your room. The theatrical theme extends to the 74 guest rooms in shades of bronze and gold, where you'll find weighty curtains and mirrors big enough to please the most demanding of divas. Amenities include the usual mod trimmings, such as LCD TVs and free Wi-Fi, and suites come with glass partitions and claw-foot tubs. The hotel's Palco Restaurant (meaning "stage") and Plateia Bar ("tribune") are arranged around an inner courtyard, and the sixth-floor gym has views so good you'll hardly notice you're working out. Be warned: Sexy, dark hallways sound good on paper, but in reality, that means bumping into walls until your eyes adjust.—Anja Mutić
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