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Hotel launches on café’s anniversary

The iconic A Brasileira café opened its doors on 4 May 1903, and to mark its 115th anniversary, the opening ceremony of the Pestana Porto – A Brasileira City Center & Heritage Building was held, bringing together not only the centennial café, but a 5-star hotel and a restaurant serving signature cuisine.

The event was attended by Rui Moreira, Mayor of Porto; António Oliveira, project promoter and investor; and Dionísio Pestana, President of the Pestana Hotel Group, among other guests.

It should be noted that Pestana Porto – A Brasileira City Center & Heritage Building is a result of a management partnership between businessman António Oliveira’s company “OPPA – A BRASILEIRA, LDA” and Dionísio Pestana’s Group, integrating the distribution channels of the largest international Portuguese hotel chain.

At the opening ceremony, António de Oliveira, President of OPPA SA, stressed that, “A Brasileira, for me, is much more than a business project, much more than a business opportunity, much more than a professional experience. A Brasileira is, for me, above all, a re-encounter with my own memory, a re-encounter with Porto’s soul, a re-encounter with a world of emotions.”

“We are very honoured by this partnership with Dr António Oliveira. I am sure that this is and will be a winning investment on what is an important destination for the Pestana Hotel Group. We have always believed in Porto’s success, energy and dynamism, where we have been present for more than 20 years, and in that regard, I would like to highlight the work in revitalising and promoting the city’s tourism, which we hope will continue to be developed,” says the Pestana Hotel Group’s President, Dionísio Pestana.

Pestana Porto – A Brasileira City Center & Heritage Building is the fruit of the restoration of the centennial building located on Rua Sá da Bandeira. In addition to the café and the restaurant managed by chef Rui Martins, the hotel has 90 rooms and suites spread across six thematic floors, related to spices imported in the 15th and 16th centuries during the Portuguese maritime expansion, namely: Coffee, Tea, Cocoa, Pepper, Cinnamon and Anise. There is also a gym, meeting rooms and a French courtyard with a vertical garden.

The characteristics of the nineteenth century facade and the image of the ground floor rooms – café and restaurant – were preserved with its original design in a project developed by the APPEL Office’s architectural team, led by architect Ginestal Machado, resulting from the restoration of the work by architect Januário Godinho. The interior design was entrusted to Jaime Morais.

This is the 7th property within the Pestana Collection Hotels brand, joining the recent Pestana Amsterdam Riverside Hotel & National Monument, the future Pestana Plaza Mayor and the properties located in Portugal: Pestana Palace Lisboa Hotel & National Monument, Pestana Vintage Porto Hotel & World Heritage Site, Pestana Cidadela Cascais Pousada & Art District, and Pestana Palácio do Freixo Pousada & National Monument.

Pestana Porto – A Brasileira

Rua Sá da Bandeira, 91

22 531 1000

Café Opening Times: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Restaurant Opening Times: 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 – 11:00 p.m.

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About Pestana Collection Hotels:

Located in palaces and national monuments, they are true symbols of the country’s historical heritage, characterised by the excellence of the Pestana brand. Each hotel represents the transformation of historic spaces into exceptional hotels, making them unique and iconic. An award-winning selection of 7 properties that feature the best of what the hospitality industry has to offer and that are a result of impressive architectural restoration projects: Pestana Palace Lisboa Hotel & National Monument, Pestana Vintage Porto Hotel & World Heritage Site, Pestana Cidadela Cascais Pousada & Art District, Pestana Palácio do Freixo Pousada & National Monument, Pestana Amsterdam Riverside Hotel & National Monument, Pestana Porto – A Brasileira City Center & Heritage Building and the forthcoming Pestana Plaza Mayor.

They are synonymous with timeless comfort, elegance and luxury, providing guests with unique experiences. The noble halls decorated with period furniture, timeless artwork, lush gardens and the harmony between the historic and the contemporary are some of the characteristics of the Pestana Collection Hotels.

More than just a service, luxury is, for the brand, the elegance of fine gestures and attention to detail, providing guests with lasting experiences. Hidden treasures, now revealed, offer unique and enriching experiences in historic and extraordinary properties.

About the Pestana Hotel Group:

With over four decades of success, the Group owns and manages around 90 properties in Portugal and abroad, as well as six golf courses, two casinos, three tourism property complexes and 13 Vacation Club projects, with the objective of offering complete and attractive products. In industry and services, Dionísio Pestana’s group participates in the Madeira Development Society, management of the Madeira International Business Centre and in the Madeira Beer Company. Overall, there are eight business areas it operates in: hotels, golf, casinos, tourism real estate, tourist distribution, Vacation Club, industry and services.

In the hotel business, which is its main business, the group operates with four brands: Pestana Hotels & Resorts, Pestana Collection Hotels, Pestana Pousadas de Portugal and Pestana CR7 Lifestyle Hotels. With a presence in 15 countries, it has around 11,000 rooms available in Europe, Africa and America and around 7,000 employees.

As a socially responsible company, it launched the Pestana Sustainability Program: Planet Guest – “We are merely guests of the Planet” – which incorporates all the initiatives that promote PHG’s sustainability. Planet Guest conveys the position of the Group and its employees with regard to the sustainability of the Planet we live in and the focus of PHG on the paramount concern for future generations. Its objective is to create value for the company in the long term, developing its activity with respect for the environment, local communities, employees, customers and all relevant stakeholders in the implementation of its activity.

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