About Us

Torel Boutiques is also the story of three people whose paths crossed in Lisbon when everyone decided to change their lives: João Pedro Tavares, Barbara Ott and Ingrid Koeck.

Torel Boutiques was born from the passion for people and the inspiration to create something new.

In 2013, João Pedro Tavares left his career of more than 20 years in banking and decided to start a new project. He rented an abandoned mansion, located on top of the Sant'Ana hill, in the heart of Lisbon, and turned it into a Bed & Breakfast.

On December 23, 2013, Torel Palace Lisbon opened its doors, offering a welcoming and refined place, with only eleven rooms.

In early 2014, Barbara Ott, from Austria, visited Torel Palace Lisbon as a guest and was surprised by the charming palace, and by Lisbon. After a few months of reflection, she decided to leave Austria and settle in Portugal - and become a partner at Torel Palace Lisbon. Together, João and Barbara renovated the building next door, which in spring 2015 became part of Torel Palace Lisbon.

In the autumn of the same year, Ingrid Koeck, from Austria, who wanted to open a Bed & Breakfast in Portugal, entered the bar at Torel Palace Lisbon, where she crossed paths with Barbara. It was only a matter of time until she became the third partner of a small project that became a hotel business, which is slowly growing, always marked by the passion for contact with people, dedication to service, individualized treatment and, of course, the joy of to live.

Now, Torel Palace Lisbon offers three elegant and charming villas, 28 rooms, a villa and five exquisite apartments.

In 2016, the three partners decided to expand the Torel Palace Lisbon project with projects in Porto.

Torel Avantgarde is an award-winning five-star boutique hotel in downtown of Porto, opened in September 2017 , that celebrates design and Portuguese art. Each of the 49 rooms and suites at this new hotel is dedicated to a cutting-edge artist.

In February 2019, the doors of Torel 1884 Suites & Apartments opened the doors to offer you 12 luxury rooms and suites and 11 exclusive apartments.

The stunning palace dates to 1884 and we fill it with the spirit of Portuguese explorers.

Torel Palace Porto is our most elegant five-star boutique hotel in the heart of Porto , with 24 rooms and suites, inaugurated in February 2020.

Torel Palace Porto aims to honor the most iconic Portuguese writers and poets.

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