Caléway Hotel by architect Jorge Ventura
Caléway Charm Hotel is a beautiful converted historic building, with an annex, situated in a secluded garden. It is ideally situated in the heart of the Port Wine Caves in the Historic area of Vila Nova de Gaia. It’s a two-minute walk from the Douro River Front, and the postcard view of the city of Porto. Surrounded by traditional restaurants, bars and shopping. A walk across to the city of Porto is made easy by the proximity of the iconic Luis I Bridge. The Gaia Cable car is 1.1 km from the property and for a bigger shopping experience Arrabida Shopping Mall is 4.2 km away, with El Corte Ingles 1.9 km away.
Caléway Charm Hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, with our friendly staff available to assist you in organizing your tours around Porto. The hotel has a Bar that leads into the garden, where you can enjoy a complimentary Port wine.
Caléway Hotel boasts a rooftop terrace overlooking the Douro River and the city of Porto and front row view of sunsets and the S. Joao celebration fireworks.
All rooms of the 4-star Hotel offer free Wi-Fi, flat screen smart-TV, a coffee and tea machine and a mini-bar fridge for your convenience.
The nearest Airport is Francisco Sá Carneiro, 19 km from the hotel. The nearest Metro stops are General Torres, 700m away and Jardim Do Morro, 750m away.
Constructed above the maximum flood line point of the river Douro, the original property dates from the 1870s and once belonged to a merchant who had no direct heirs. Upon his death, the property was subsequently utilised as a police station for a period of over one hundred years whereafter it was vacated in 2010. The property consists of two granitic buildings constructed in traditional manner of Victorian Portuguese architecture with a large garden area at the rear.
The challenging conversion from police station to hotel commenced in autumn 2016 and was completed to open in 2019. Great lengths were made to maintain the traditional elements and aesthetics of the original building and many original features, such as the Iberian pine staircase, retained. Architect Jorge Ventura was responsible for project design integrating a modern structure to complement the existing whilst at the same time maintaining a respectful balance between “old” and “new”.
The heart of the hotel is the double volume atrium which marries the granitic facade of the two original buildings to formulate a dramatic transition through to the modern annex.
The new building which is set facing the historic garden is clad by a modern facade as a juxtaposition to the traditional 13 meter high surrounding granite walls of the adjacent Port wine lodges. The signature facade is constructed utilising a modern mineralised resin material and, according to Architect Jorge Ventura, is inspired by one the floral designs by the celebrated Portuguese artist and ceramicist Bordallo Pinheiro.
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