Hilton’s The Emerald House opens in heart of Lisbon

Hotel chain Hilton has celebrated the opening of The Emerald House in Lisbon, marking the debut of the Curio Collection by Hilton in the Portuguese capital.

Says Hilton in a statement to the press, the 67-room property is “nestled among the historic palaces and charming churches, with rooms giving way to breathtaking views of the River Tagus and city itself, perched across the seven hills that make up Lisbon.”

The hotel chain adds that the hotel is named after the street it is situated on, Rua das Janelas Verdes, which translates to “Street of Green Windows”.

The Emerald House is located in a restored building in a “prime position, steeped in history and favoured by 18th century nobility. On the ground floor, which was once a bakery, a variety of delicious breads and pastries are served. Several items that belonged to the previous residents of the building, such as an antique bathtub, tiles and a sink have been kept and used as unique pieces of decoration in the hotel. Art and antiques from the local area underpin a modern and elegant décor, creating a distinctive ambience perfect for those looking to discover authentic Lisbon,” Hilton says.

The hotel boasts its own restaurant, A Mesa, and bar, Five O’Clock, as well as a 24-hour, state-of-the-art fitness centre. It is also located near the National Museum of Ancient Art, where guests can learn about the “cultural history that surrounds them”, while a short stroll will lead guests to the “upmarket neighbouring areas” of Chiado and Baixa, famous for their “impressive palaces, independent boutiques and vibrant restaurant scene”.

Simon Vincent, executive vice president and president, Europe Middle East and Africa, Hilton, explained that the opening of The Emerald House is part of the company’s expansion plans.

“Hilton continues to expand in key destinations across the region, with nearly 30 openings in Europe last year, including Hilton Porto Gaia and new Curio Collection properties in leading locations including Paris, London, Cambridge and Sardinia,” said Vincent.

He added: “We are thrilled to be bringing the Curio Collection by Hilton brand to Lisbon for the first time – one of Europe’s most historic cities which has become an increasingly popular leisure destination over the past few years. Following the opening of Boeira Garden Hotel Porto Gaia in Porto last year, The Emerald House Lisbon marks Portugal’s second Curio Collection property and our sixth property in Portugal. With another six properties in the pipeline, we remain committed to providing exceptional accommodation in the very best global destinations.”

Jenna Hackett, Global Brand Head, Curio & Tapestry Collections by Hilton, provided further insight into the arrival of the Curio Collection in Lisbon.

“With a portfolio of over 100 unique hotels and resorts around the world, Curio Collection properties are all about providing authentic and curated experiences that are distinctive and draw inspiration from local areas – The Emerald House Lisbon does exactly that,” she said.

“Antiques and art that reflect the area’s 18th century heritage create an elegant and authentic ambience for both leisure and business guests. This is an exciting opening that truly reflects the brand’s character, and we are thrilled to start welcoming guests to this one-of-a-kind hotel in a premier travel destination,” Hackett added.

The Emerald House Lisbon, Curio Collection by Hilton is part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest loyalty programme for Hilton’s 18 distinct hotel brands.

Says Hilton, members who book directly have access to “instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount, free standard Wi-Fi and the Hilton Honors mobile app.”

Nightly room rates start from £70 (around €83) or Hilton Honors members can redeem Points using the Points Explorer tool. All hotels offer fully flexible booking options with free changes and cancellations, with many rates giving guests flexibility to change or cancel up to 24 hours before their arrival day.