Intercontinental Gains Royal Pedigree Status

The five-star Intercontinental Porto - Palácio das Cardosas Hotel has acquired the prestigious Royal Pedigree status, an upmarket category of the world's best hotels attributed by the American travel publishing giant, Fodor's.
This recognition is combined with the hotel's inclusion on Fodor's Hot List of the world's top 100 hotels worldwide.
Heaping praise on the luxury hotel, which opened in mid-2011 in the heart of the northern city of Porto, the publisher encourages travellers to 'experience the elegance of Porto's majestic past at the Intercontinental Porto - Palacio das Cardosas Hotel' which is 'set in a 15th-century monastery that was converted to a private palace in the early 19th century'.
Fodor's goes on to explain that 'Alex Kravtetz, the architect and interior designer, oversaw the building's restoration to its former royal splendour', and that 'behind the neoclassical façade that fronts Praca da Liberdade, Porto's main square, the hotel's grand foyer welcomes you with marble floors, crystal chandeliers and intricate wedding-cake ceilings'.
The hotel's 105 guest-rooms are described as 'equally impressive with rich fabrics, Italian marble bathrooms, 42-inch flat-screen TVs, and, in some, private terraces'.