Rest Your Head - VERRIDE PALÁCIO SANTA CATARINA

Rest Your Head
VERRIDE PALÁCIO SANTA CATARINA

Somewhat stealthily, in recent years Lisbon has emerged as a must visit weekend destination at the top of many a discerning traveller’s list, the city’s charismatic mix of Baroque and 19th-century buildings and scenic bay forming a large part of the Portuguese capital’s allure.

Located in the city’s hipster Chiado quarter and straddling two distinct districts from its perch on the crest of hilltop Santa Catarina, famous for its views over Lisbon’s red roofs and the Atlantic, handsome painstakingly restored four-storey 18th-century Verride Palace houses 18 luxe rooms (including two sumptuous suites), all lavishly adorned with original rococo stucco work and fine furnishings, wrapped in a muted palate of light browns and greys and lined with raw linens and pale silks.

In skilfully and meticulously restoring the palace’s Pombalino interiors, architect Teresa Nunes da Ponte walked a fine line between retaining the ancient but still beautiful bones of the building, whilst injecting a sophisticated yet edgy modernity. The result is truly breathtaking and nothing short of a visual treat. Sumptuous oversized beds are dressed in 800-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets. Bathrooms are a minimalist’s dream executed in marble and limestone, apart from the one in the grand Queen’s Suite, where hand-painted tiles surround a stark, white oversized oval tub. Original coffered wooden ceilings and Portuguese and Greek marble in the public spaces have all been lovingly restored. And a graceful, spiral wrought iron staircase twirls upwards throughout the building’s old limestone walls, linking all floors of this delightful revitalised palace. Two restaurants complete Verride’s palatial offering with breakfast served poolside as Lisbon wakes below you. If sleeping like royalty and dining like a king appeals, you best stay at Verride.