This hotel is Lisbon's first contemporary, boutique hotel. Capturing the indomitable spirit of exploration that pervades Lisbon, the hotel both embraces the Portuguese architectural tradition, while respectively turning it on its head.
It was built originally in 1845 and renovated in 2005, with 55 rooms in total. In what is their first hotel project, decorator José Pedro Vieira and architect Diogo Rosa La, undertook the interior renovation of the hotel, shifting from their experience in minimalist private housing projects to this very personal interpretation of Lisbon. The hotel represents a fusion of the old with the new and through intensive research the designers intended it to pay homage to the country's architectural and design styles through the ages. It is fully air-conditioned with a lobby, 24-hour reception, hotel safe, lifts, bar, dining and parking facilities as well as room and laundry services.
This historical city hotel is located in the square that bears a statue and name of Luís Vaz de Camões, the soldier poet who told the story of Portugal's discoveries in his epic poem, ""Os Lusíadas"". To this day, Bairro Alto remains synonymous with creativity and revolution, the latter if only in spirit since the people's uprising in 1974. The Bairro Alto district (literally the Upper City) is an historic enclave dating from 1513, which is reached in a unique way via the Santa Justa Elevator (a structure reminiscent of the Eiffel tower in Paris) from the lower city. At night the area comes alive with some of the finest Fado cafes in the city, along streets lit by Victorian lanterns. In recent times, Bairro Alto has also made a name for itself as an alternative shopping destination, popular with those looking for fashion and designs outside the mainstream.
The bedrooms, all of which come en suite bathroom, Internet access, individually adjustable air conditioning, direct dial telephone and satellite TV, follow four colour themes, each of them typically Portuguese: yellow, ivory, blue-grey, and red. All the bedrooms have Brazilian wood flooring and feature wooden wall panelling in the corresponding colour. This colourful panelling represents a departure from the traditional dark, natural wood hue. Each room features a unique hand-painted bird scene by a local artist, found in a different place in each room. Constructed from American walnut and cane, stylish wardrobes provide both a traditional function as well as a useful means of hiding all the items that go with the room, including the minibar and safe. Elegant carvings are repeated in the other items in the room, including the bed. To optimise space, the chairs double up as an armchair and desk chair, while the desk also serves as a dressing table with a retractable mirror. Contemporary steel and porcelain lamps from Britain contrast with the oval 1950s-inspired, side-table crafted from 'brecha da Arrábida' stone, while the bed linen, curtains and the leather head board subtly corresponding with the lacquered wall panelling. The overall effect is one of pared-down luxury.