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And boy does it deliver with an unbeatable location in the heart of the city, a breathtaking Art Deco design and three restaurants helmed by Michelin-starred chef Julien Montbabut. But that’s not all there is to this hotel whose café once served as the meeting place for Porto’s elite. There is history here too, from the neoclassical details of the hotel that date as far back as 1923 to the ancient books in the library with its plush couches and cozy fireplace. And did we mention the glorious Art Deco staircase in the lobby? It sets the tone for a hotel that, in more ways than one, is at crossroads with the city’s illustrious past and bright future. After all, Le Monumental Palace is located right in the center of Porto and within walking distance from all the historic quarters, but it’s resolutely chic and elegant with a penchant for the French art of living. At the restaurants headed by chef Julien Montbabut, things only get better… There is the gourmet Le Monument restaurant where duck foie gras and sautéed tenderloin taste just a little better when you have them surrounded with all that marble and subdued lighting. Elsewhere, Le Monumental Café is a Parisian-style brasserie where well-to-do locals stop by for the best seafood platters in town. Le Monumental Palace, sewed into the undulating medieval streets of the city center, is Porto at its finest, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a better hotel this side of Portugal.