One of my birthday presents this year is a trip to Lisbon with my best friend, and while doing some sightseeing research I stumbled upon this enchanting, minimalist hotel in the historic city centre. The renovation of the 18th century building was carried out by the Portuguese architect Manuel Aires Mateus, whose works have been my favorites for years. The aim was not only to respect the original heritage, but also add calmness and comfort through the building’s purity, characterizing Aires Mateus’ architecture.
Through a huge portal, guests enter a grand hall anchored by a Moon Pendant by Italian designer Davide Groppi, who served as the lighting consultant on the project. The center of the marble-clad room features a modular Extrasoft sofa by Piero Lissoni from Living Divani. The connected dining room with its long oak wood table by Carl Hansen seats up to 20 people, bringing together the various cultures of the guests and summing up the idea of unity in the hotel. In the dining room an antique oil painting is casually perched atop a floating shelf, while another huge one is standing in the entrance hall, both giving the space a special ambiance.
The hotel is furnished and detailed with a delicate touch: modern and clean interiors thoughtfully embracing guests’ comfort, while keeping the building ancient walls and features. The very large bathrooms have bathtubs and sinks made out of the limestone ‘Lioz’. The soft color of this special stone, combined with pine wood and white tiles, result in a warm, harmonious atmosphere. These traditional materials have been used in most of Lisbon’s historic palaces, churches and monuments.
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