After a short closure for an intervention in all spaces, the Heritage Avenida Liberdade hotel has reopened its doors. The interior renovation works were conducted by Lisbon’s MCM architecture office and, in order to satisfy the demands of today’s guests, architect Miguel Câncio Martins’ main goal was to update the hotel’s image while maintaining and preserving all the history and tradition that this 18th century building features. Miguel Câncio Martins was actually the same architect responsible for the restoration works when this unit, owned by the Hoteis Heritage Lisboa Group, opened in 2007, so he was already quite familiar with this space and its history.
The building with almost 3 centuries located in the heart of Avenida Liberdade, now showcases in its interiors an updated image in which the materials, colours, textures and all the details are perfectly harmonised. Everything was thought out in detail, keeping some pieces and elements that the existing building with its distinctive blue façade carries from past times – not so much a care but rather a rule that has become the norm in all five hotels of the Heritage Lisboa Group. All of them ooze a very strong component of Portugal’s history, not only because they were somehow buildings that made a difference, but also for their location in the Portuguese capital.
“In the space where the hotel reception now stands, there was once an herbalist’s shop. We took those details into consideration and didn’t let memories and traditions die out. A wooden and glass structure like a shop-window where the plants were kept and exposed, has now become the counter where we welcome our guests”, says Diogo Laranjo, General Manager of the hotel.
The Heritage Avenida Liberdade now displays a new, fresh and contemporary aura through which we can clearly see all the dedication and professionalism of who executed the project together with the hotel group’s management. All the furniture pieces were carefully chosen, taking into account their quality and comfort – factors that were present in the whole decoration process of this historic and award-winning hotel located in the former Passeio da Avenida. The experience of architect Miguel Câncio Martins in this type of projects was clear, and the objective of transforming the hotel’s common and leisure areas, as well as all its 42 rooms and suites, was easily achieved with new colours, new textures and new environments in which customer satisfaction is bound to be higher.
“The desire to have the hotel renewed has been achieved and puts us in a position to offer guests an experience that connects the past with a more contemporary approach, following new trends and aesthetics, also in line with our city, Lisbon “, Diogo Laranjo says.
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