Featuring a collection of five charming units – As Janelas Verdes, Heritage Avenida da Liberdade Hotel, Hotel Britania, Hotel Lisboa Plaza and Solar do Castelo – the Lisbon Heritage Hotels are located in historical or ancient buildings in the city’s historic centre. Discovering them means a taking a trip through the Lisbon’s history.
As Janelas Verdes is set up in an 18th century palace, alongside the National Ancient Art Museum. Offering an outstanding view over the Tagus River, this boutique hotel used to be the residence of the Count of São Lourenço-Sabugosa, who was part of the famous group of intellectuals ‘Os Vencidos da Vida’ (‘Life’s Losers’), which famous Portuguese writer Eça de Queiroz joined in 1889. With its austere features and décor retaining the unique atmosphere of the Portuguese noble homes, it reveals its charms to those who dare to be caught under its spell.
The Heritage Avenida da Liberdade Hotel with its elegant features that characterise the Pombaline age is directly linked to the Lisbon’s history and its reconstruction after the great earthquake of 1755. This 18th century building was erected on the property of the illustrious Ericeiras family, and it’s located on the corner of the former ‘Passeio Público’ (now Avenida da Liberdade), one of the most typical places in the capital. Today, and thanks to a unique rehabilitation project by renowned architect Miguel Câncio Martins, the past and the contemporary spirit live here in perfect harmony.
Hotel Britania stands out for the avant-garde design of its creator, Cassiano Branco, one of the great names in contemporary Portuguese architecture. Designed in 1942, it opened its doors two years later as Hotel do Império, and was regarded as the most modern and one of the most luxurious hotels in Lisbon. A genuine Art Deco boutique hotel in Lisbon’s old town.
Designed to be a place of distinction in the bustling Lisbon life of the 1950s, the Hotel Lisboa Plaza combines modernity and intimacy. Planned by Lucínio Cruz, its original design is characterised by comfortable and ingenious solutions, and brings to mind memories of private homes. Given this harmony between the work of this national creator and the attentive service offered, the Lisboa Plaza is considered the contemporary classic of Lisbon’s hotels.
Towering above the capital, São Jorge Castle shelters inside its walls a set of typical houses. Amongst these is Solar do Castelo, the only boutique hotel to be located within the medieval fortification. A place of legends and princes’ souls, the palace doors open onto a noble courtyard where the blue of the peacocks reigns. The décor project, by Atelier Graça Viterbo, highlights the contemporary character of the space’s renovation whilst underlining its medieval origins, and this alchemy results in a timeless style.
Owned and managed by Portuguese families, this amazing collection of small boutique hotels in Lisbon’s old town definitely requires a mandatory visit. The big question is – which will you stay in first?