José Maria de Eça de Queiroz is one of the greatest names of Portuguese literature. He was born in Póvoa do Varzim, only a few kilometres from Porto and died in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France in 1900.
The relation of the author with the city goes back to 1855, the year he entered Lapa school, at the time directed by Ramalho Ortigão’s father. He finished his studies at this school and then he went to university in 1861.
Eça was also connected to Porto through his friends like Ramalho Ortigão or Oliveira Martins, and his editor, Chardron, the ancestor of Lello Library. For these reasons, he stayed several times at Grande Hotel do Porto.
In the books where his correspondence was published, we may find several letters to Oliveira Martins, Luís Magalhães and others, where the heading “Grande Hotel” refers to Grande Hotel do Porto.
Grande Hotel do Porto pays him a well-deserved tribute by naming a suite after one of our most prominent guests.