Rest Your Head - THE LUMIARES

Rest Your Head

In recent years a number of funky boutique hotels have popped up in the Portuguese capital to aid Lisbon’s claim to being one of Europe’s cool cities. But, not until The Lumiares opened – housed with a beautiful, lovingly restored 18th-century palace, atop a hill in the heart of the old city – did any of them make such a mark on Lisbon’s hospitality scene.
With its 53 luxuriously spacious rooms, an elegant spa, two great restaurants courtesy of acclaimed Miguel Castro e Silva (one of the country’s best-known chefs) and a fashionable rooftop bar, The Lumiares has undoubtedly set a high new hotel standard in the Portuguese capital.
Almost every piece of artwork and swathe of fabric in The Lumiares was designed and made in Portugal, some of it within walking distance of the hotel. In fact, it wouldn’t be inaccurate to describe The Lumiares as a tribute to Portugal’s craftsmanship, traditions and food.
Much of the hotel’s mid-century contemporary furnishings were produced by Room 2 Fit – one of Portugal’s leading bespoke manufacturers, which produces high quality furniture, millwork, upholstery, lighting and drapes. The divine bedroom rugs were made by Ferreira de Sá, which has been producing premium hand-tufted rugs in a small town in the north of Portugal since 1946. Hand-woven tapestries adorn the walls of every guest room, incorporating the black-and-white logo of the hotel together with Lisbon’s characteristic blue and yellow. Everything has been beautifully brought together by local architects Metro Urbe, who have skilfully blended the 18th and 21st centuries with dramatic effect, around the original grand, central stone staircase, which is the only remnant of the original palace, above which hangs a stunning Beau McClellan-designed cubic brass lighting installation that echoes the geometric black and white flooring of the hotel’s lobby.
Corner rooms on the third and fourth floors boast sweeping views across the city towards São Jorge Castle and down to the harbour. Meanwhile, second floor rooms have the highest ceilings, since these were the most lavish rooms of the former palace. All have deluxe kitchenettes kitted out with high-end appliances and premium porcelain, complete with a fridge containing complimentary white wine, water and milk. The attention to detail throughout The Lumiares is second to none, and a stay in any room in this gorgeous hotel will undoubtedly be memorable.