Condé Nast Traveler releases the “Hot List 2020” and three of the best hotels in the world are Portuguese
The list of the best new hotels in the world from international travel and lifestyle publication Condé Nast Traveler includes 76 accommodations, spread across the five continents. In Portugal, some three hotel projects were selected.
It is one of the most respected distinctions in the hospitality world and, among travelers and businesspeople, one of the highlights of the year. The prestigious international publication Condé Nast Traveler - from the United States - and Condé Nast Traveller - based in the United Kingdom - are unwrapping the Hot List with the selection of the best hotels and resorts of 2020. The new list includes a selection of accommodations that most impressed editors over the past 12 months and that deserve a detailed visit among the hundreds of hotels and resorts visited.
In the list of the 76 new best new hotels, distributed over the five continents, Condé Nast Traveller assumes that when the world reopens after the crisis caused by Covid-19 everything will be different, but the idea of romance that a hotel offers will be the same and that this year's winners will make a positive contribution to the times ahead.
Quinta da Comporta in Carvalhal, the Bairro Alto Hotel in Lisbon, and Torel 1884 Suites & Apartments in Porto are the three representatives of the Portuguese hospitality that are part of the prestigious Hot List 2020. Remember that at the beginning of March the Lisbon boutique hotel and the Comporta resort, which covers the 2020 edition, had already been awarded the Silver Key, by the Portuguese Boa Cama Boa Mesa guide.
Quinta da Comporta In the 2020 edition of the guide distributed with Expresso (a Portuguese newspaper) the Quinta da Comporta section read like this: “The outdoor pool heated to around 30ºC only asks for a clear sky to be mandatory at any time of the year. The view at the rice paddies and the flight of the storks are like gifts, that have the sunset as a high point and unique each day. The alternative is to enter the building that houses the Oryza Spa, whose indoor pool offers an identical postcard, in addition to personalized treatments and several therapeutic rituals, many inspired by rice. Quinta da Comporta - Wellness Boutique Resort is the first hotel project by the well-known architect Miguel Câncio Martins. It develops in various infrastructures and facilities, which have stripped luxury as a common denominator, as well as the use of environmentally friendly materials. You will want to extend the visit and absorb the details of the 73 rooms, suites and villas. Watch out in the restaurant and bar, with a tempting terrace. Outdoors there is a lot to discover in the surroundings, starting with the Pêgo and Carvalhal sands, with the beauty of the Carrasqueira stilt pier, ending in the village of Comporta. "
About the Bairro Alto Hotel you can read in the Boa Cama Boa Mesa 2020 guide that “Lisbon was already missing the Bairro Alto Hotel. For that reason, the city welcomes back one of the most iconic hotels in the capital which, as part of its ambitious expansion and renovation project, ended up being closed for almost two years. All in all the wait is justified. More than just growing and renovating, the hotel has rejuvenated its attitude, spaces and customer service, without this pinching the refinement of the rooms - now there are 87 -, highlighting the signature suites on the top floor. Without detriment to the pastry and the air/restaurant on the ground floor, the big bets are at the top. The famous BAH Terrace has become an exclusive rooftop for guests. On the other hand, there is a new terrace, with an enviable view of the city and the Tagus river. On its side it is BAHR, the cocktail bar and restaurant with an open kitchen, whose menu is done by the creative chef Nuno Mendes who has Bruno Rocha (a return) as executive chef. The Wellness & Fitness Center, located on the top floor, is another novelty.”
As to the Torel 1884 Suites & Apartments, the 2020 edition of the Boa Cama Boa Mesa guide that “There was a time when from Porto you would leave in search of a new world. What the Portuguese adventurers found on their exploratory trips during the Age of Exploration serves as the basis for the identity of each of the 12 luxury rooms and suites in this former palace, which has been completely renovated. Spices, silk, porcelain, coffee or tea inspire the accommodations. At the top, there is a bright library. Taste the uncomplicated cuisine of Bartolomeu Bistro & Wine.