Front de mer de Porto, Hôtel Villa Foz

 Hotel Vila foz, the charm of a 5-star design in Porto.

Hotel Vila Foz, as its name suggests, is located in Foz, at the mouth of the Douro, in Porto. The hotel is located in an old 19th century villa, very much in the spirit of “sea baths of the Belle Epoque”.

The villa has been completely restored, preserving the original setting: monumental staircase, engraved windows, mosaics on the ground….. It is in the manor that the hotel reception and the bars/restaurants are located.

The old villa also houses 7 suites and rooms. Decorated with care – custom-made furniture – they retain the charm typical of old manor houses. The colours and decoration are in the same spirit as the modern part of the hotel. The ocean view is magnificent and helps to maintain this holiday spirit. With this “old-fashioned holiday” feel in mind, combined with modern comfort

In the garden is the modern hotel, with 40 rooms.

A classic building with no particular features, except for the existence of a generous balcony on the ocean side. The rooms at Vila Foz are spacious, and decorator Nina Andrade has relied on the undulating movement to recall the sea so close. The coverings are not made of marble as one might think at first glance, but of a modern material that imitates stone. Green tones, chestnuts, purple and gold dominate.

The bathrooms do not have a bathtub, but the layout is very functional. The king size beds and the terrace make the room very cosy.

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On the restoration side, Hotel Vila Foz has two restaurants in the old mansion.

Le Flor de Lis, in the cellar, a traditional restaurant. And the Vila Flor, which relies on a gourmet cuisine, and offers the possibility of a “two chair” dinner. These are tasting menus with a selection of wines. The two chairs facing the kitchen allow you to watch the dishes being prepared. A tailor-made dinner – and on reservation – to enjoy yourself.

Le Vila Foz has a spa and a relaxing sports hall. The products used are exclusive, from the French brand Codage. (line of These are also the products made available in the rooms.

Please note that bed and bathroom linen and dishes are Portuguese. And even exclusive with pretty cups made by Vista Alegre.

Hotel Vila Foz is a 5-star hotel design

We like

The underground access that connects the manor house to the modern building: a small walk in the shelter. Breakfast is fine. Please note that eggs are prepared on demand on the spot. The professional and friendly welcome, without being obsequious. The proximity of the ocean and the promenade that runs alongside it for healthy and wellbeing walks.

We like less

The decoration, although coherent, is part of an opulent and sometimes somewhat charged search. But tastes and colours……….

Hotel Vila Foz is an elegant suggestion in Porto, with its charming holiday spirit. The service is fully in line with the 5-star level, and the Design hotel category.

Price: 250/300 euros per night for two people.

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