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Tapestry Collection by Hilton to Welcome First Hotel in Portugal

Sé Catedral Hotel Porto – the brand’s first property in Portugal – is set to open in summer 2021

PORTO, Portugal - Hilton (NYSE: HLT) today announced an agreement to open Sé Catedral Hotel Porto, Tapestry Collection by Hilton – a unique 77-room property that will bring an exciting new guest experience to Portugal’s second-largest city. The hotel is owned by Referência Arrojada SA, a subsidiary of Mercan Group of Companies, and will operate under a franchise agreement with Hilton, with the opening planned for early summer 2021. It will be Portugal’s first Tapestry Collection property. 

Patrick Fitzgibbon, Senior Vice President, Development, EMEA, Hilton said: “Sé Catedral Hotel Porto will be an impressive debut for Tapestry Collection by Hilton in Portugal, and we’re pleased to partner with Mercan Group. Tapestry Collection is gathering momentum in Europe, and with new hotels planned in destinations including Paris and Madrid, we see significant scope for growth across the continent. In particular, we expect this expansion to be driven by conversion opportunities, as hotels seek to benefit from visibility in front of 110 million Hilton Honors members whilst maintaining a unique look and feel.”  

Jordi Vilanova, President of Referência Arrojada SA and Vice-President of Mercan Group of Companies, said: “We are very happy to announce our partnership with Hilton to operate this hotel under Tapestry Collection, which is perfectly suited to the property and neighbourhood. Porto continues to attract travellers from all over the world and we are confident that with its unique style and prime location in Porto’s cultural hub, this hotel will quickly become a favourite with guests seeking original, upscale hospitality.” 

Sé Catedral Hotel Porto, Tapestry Collection by Hilton will join a fast-growing global collection. Every property within the portfolio has its own unique style and personality, which embraces local culture and exploration, all while providing the reassurance associated with the Hilton name, in addition to the benefits of the award-winning Hilton Honors program.  

There will be plenty for the hotel’s adventure-seeking guests to discover in the local neighbourhood – a UNESCO World Heritage Site steeped in rich heritage with a vibrant nightlife. Some of Porto’s main tourist attractions, including the 12th century Sé Cathedral, Clérigos Tower and Livraria Lello, are within 10 minutes’ walk away from the hotel. Guests will also enjoy easy access to major transport hubs, including the decorative São Bento Train Station, located a few minutes’ walk from the hotel, and Francisco Sá Carneiro International Airport, a 20km drive away. 

The hotel will feature an on-site bar and restaurant, as well as nearby parking. 

The city of Porto, made famous by the production of Port Wine, continues to be one of the most popular destinations for travellers in Western Europe. A city of thrilling contrasts, it offers both centuries of history as well as an energetic leisure and entertainment scene, framed by the dramatic vistas of its many green spaces. 

Sé Catedral Hotel Porto, Tapestry Collection by Hilton will join a portfolio of more than 40 distinctive properties worldwide. It is the third European property from the brand to be announced following agreements for the Atocha Hotel Madrid, Tapestry Collection by Hilton and Le Belgrand Hotel Paris Champs Elysées, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

The hotel will be located at Rua Chã 38, 4000-052 Porto, Portugal. For more information about Tapestry Collection by Hilton, visit

About Mercan Group of Companies

MERCAN Group of Companies was founded in Montreal, Canada in 1989, it consists of a number of entities, each specializing in sectors of immigration and investment

Over 30 years in operations globally, MERCAN Group has built an international network of offices in Canada, Philippines, India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, the United Arab Emirates, China, Cambodia, and the United States, as well as agent/partner offices in over 30 countries.

In the USA, we have developed more than 30 properties, mainly hotels and hospitals, with an investment over 1.5 $Billion. More than 800 international investors have invested in these properties, in order to access a second residency.

In Portugal, since 2015, we are currently developing nine Hospitality properties with a value of 165 million euros.

About Hilton

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 24 world-class brands comprising more than 7,600 properties and nearly 1.2 million rooms, in 126 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its founding vision to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality, Hilton has welcomed over 3 billion guests in its more than 100-year history, was named the No. 1 World’s Best Workplace by Great Place to Work and Fortune and has been recognized as a global leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for seven consecutive years. Hilton has introduced industry-leading technology enhancements to improve the guest experience, including Digital Key Share, automated complimentary room upgrades and the ability to book confirmed connecting rooms. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, the nearly 190 million Hilton Honors members who book directly with Hilton can earn Points for hotel stays and experiences money can't buy. With the free Hilton Honors app, guests can book their stay, select their room, check in, unlock their door with a Digital Key and check out, all from their smartphone. Visit for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.  

About Tapestry Collection by Hilton

Tapestry Collection by Hilton is a portfolio of over 120 independent hotels each with an original, vibrant personality, encouraging guests to enjoy off-the-beaten-path experiences in destinations worth exploring. While each property has a unique story to share that comes to life through uplifting design and unique food & beverage, every Tapestry Collection property is united by the reliability that comes with the Hilton name, in addition to the benefits of the award-winning Hilton Honors program. Experience Tapestry Collection by Hilton by booking at or through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits. Learn more about Tapestry Collection by Hilton at, and follow the brand on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.