The debut of AlmaLusa Hotels, a boutique 28-room hotel set in a historic building right in the heart of Lisbon, offers an alternative for urban travelers looking for a more contemporary luxury. Recently opened - the hotel brings a fresh approach that is defined by style, AlmaLusa Baixa/Chiado is the brainchild of hotel veteran, Miguel Simões de Almeida, whose many years of hospitality experience led him to conceive and develop Aquapura Douro Valley. Ostentatious perks and unnecessary extras are eschewed at AlmaLusa in order to provide accessibly-priced luxury that retains the elements that really matter for guests – stylish décor, character, luxe amenities and truly stellar personalised service with unique activities such as Jewish heritage walking tours, culinary experiences, dolphin watching, sunset tours and visits with guide to Sintra.
Set on the historic “Praça do Município." where Lisbon’s royal palace once stood and the plans for Portugal’s maritime exploration were born in the 15th Century, the AlmaLusa Baixa/Chiado is made for visitors who want to get to know the city. It is set in a renovated 18th-century building where Lisbon’s arsenal once stood, where weapons and cannons destined for Portuguese explorers’ ships were constructed and stored.
The AlmaLusa Baixa/Chiado does not just rely on its connections to the past to capture the essence of the city. It also uses exclusive Portuguese suppliers to create a tangible sense of place and experience of the Lusitanian culture. From the beds and towels, the in-room coffee right down to the Castebel products, almost everything here is sourced from the finest Portuguese producers.
With 28 chic rooms, among them 12 suites with a contemporary stamp on Portuguese aristocratic style, all individually designed and fully equipped with high-speed Wi-Fi, full HD 43” Led smart TV, REVO Supersignal radios and powerful showers. All rates include twice a day housekeeping service, daily replacement of water and coffee in the room, free wifi and continental buffet breakfast with a range of home made products such as cakes, jams and eggs on request.
Enhancing the “Baixa” and “Chiado” neighborhoods’ already thriving dining scenes is the relaxed 60-cover Delfina restaurant. The menu celebrates regional cuisine, with chefs using fresh, seasonal ingredients from the Mediterranean larder to craft moreish dishes, such as “bacalhau à bras” (a delicious concoction of scrambled egg, salt cod strips, onion and crispy fries). The alfresco dining area is an ideal spot for sipping fabulous local wines beneath the sun.
For those who want to get out and explore Lisbon, the AlmaLusa Baixa/Chiado could hardly be better located. Guests staying here will find themselves just a stone’s throw from the Tagus River, a superb spot for a morning jog or a sundown stroll. What’s more, headline attractions such as “Castelo de São Jorge” and the “Sé de Lisboa” as well as the fado bars of “Alfama” are just a short walk away. Buses, tram, taxis, and city bikes are all easily accessible from the hotel too.
The hotel’s concierge service has a constant ear to the ground and will help point guests to the best spots in the city. Historical tours, covering everything from the city’s post-earthquake rebirth to the royal history of nearby “Sintra”, can be arranged.
For further information on AlmaLusa, visit www.almalusahotels.com