Great for a cozy, relaxing escape in the city.
What is it? Boutique hotel
Will set you back: 160 – 425 euros p/n
I’m a big fan of boutique hotels. When you travel a lot, as many business travellers will know, sometimes all you want is the comfort of home – a cozy place where you can enter rest your weary head at the end of a long day. If this sounds familiar, then you have found your second home with Hotel Valverde. As intimate as they come with only 25 rooms, not only is this hotel all about making you feel at home, the building itself historically was someone’s home before it became a hotel! It’s warm, it’s cozy, and it’s on the most esteemed street in Lisbon – Liberty Avenue, just in case you prefer to shop before you drop.
Of all of the hotels I have stayed at, analysed and reviewed, I can quite honestly say that Hotel Valverde’s has one of the most appealing interior designs of them all. Executed by designer, José Pedro Vieira and architect, Diogo Rosa Wool, the pair did a complete overhaul of this 1920s building in September last year and they have successfully refurbished it to feel like an elegant home from a time gone by. The dark-hued, ambient and dim-lit interior begins in the petite reception space with its adjoining cozy lounge and extends throughout the entire hotel. Each of the 25 rooms has a different colour palette and a different personality. The soft furnishings are plentiful and en-pointe, from the gorgeous rugs sitting atop the wooden flooring, to the retro chairs and printed fabric lounges.
We stayed in a Junior Suite and I didn’t want to leave this picture-perfect room, even though we hadn’t been to Lisbon before and had a lot to go out and see! The rich palette is offset by gold and yellow accents, and has a strong personable feel due to the homely additions of multiple, grouped paintings on the wall, the fabric couch and the plush floor rug. The bathroom is decadent black marble contrasted by white ceramic, and although I’m not usually a fan of dark bathrooms, this one works because of the large window that allows natural light to stream into the space.
Hotel Valverde is one of the most comfortable hotels we have stayed at in terms of its energy and feel. We can’t speak for the Mini Rooms, of which we think the name most likely speaks for itself, but as for our Junior Suite, the room was oversized and featured not only a king bed, but also a study desk and large lounge, a walk-in wardrobe and a large bathroom. This is also the only type of room that features two beautiful Juliet balconies that overlook the gorgeous Avenida da Liberdade. This room is completely luxurious and at the same time, warm, plush and comforting. The only thing that could have made our Suite more comfortable is the addition of a second basin in the bathroom and also, a less temperamental shower, which seemed to fluctuate in pressure and temperate a bit and was also prone to flooding the bathroom floor due to a door that wouldn’t seal completely.
The lounge that adjoins the reception area has a similar feel to the Junior Suite and just calls out for evening whiskies and a good book. Although our stay was in peak summer, we can imagine this hotel being even more perfect for winter visits to Lisbon.
At Hotel Valverde you will find a gorgeous outdoor terrace and a small, heated pool with jets for those looking to take a dip. It is, however, in close proximity to the restaurant so it’s unsurprising we didn’t see anybody in their swimmers using the pool during our stay. Nevertheless, it’s lovely to look at and gives the inner-city boutique hotel an idyllic, sanctuary-like feel. The hotel does well to offer many services to its guests despite its small proportions, including a cozy reading room, WIFI, 24-hour room service, a business centre and also massage services in your room. The 24-hour concierge service will also happily arrange any sort of transportation and group tours including boating trips.
There is only a handful of staff at Hotel Valverde, and for such an intimate hotel, that is really all you need. Overall, the staff were incredibly friendly, attentive, and helpful, and we especially loved the little extra touches provided by housekeeping in our room. On arrival, we were not only upgraded to a beautiful Junior Suite, but we also had a plate of fresh macaroons and a bottle of water waiting for us in our room. Each evening, the turn-down service includes the placing of a cute card on your bed that wishes you a good night’s sleep and also gives you the weather forecast for the next day which I thought was a lovely touch. When the moment came when we unfortunately had to check out of Hotel Valverde, the staff were also happy to organise a very early breakfast in our room as we would be missing the breakfast service in the restaurant. The only criticism was that the staff didn’t let Mr. T and I know on arrival that that day there was a Sunday brunch and live music on the patio, which is a great drawcard for the hotel and which should be communicated to guests on check-in, along with the fact that the hotel can also arrange in-room massage treatments.
Being a pint-sized hotel, there is only the one restaurant at Valverde: Sitio. What it lacks in size, however, it makes up for in design because it is one of the most beautiful rooms I have ever sat in. The ambience is warm and inviting, and there are beautiful objects and design details to look at wherever you turn. The food is pleasant, although the menu selection is, in our opinion, a little too limited, and when we dined there they did not yet have a wine list available so we just had to trust the waiter’s recommendation! The breakfast spread is a combination of a cold buffet and hot, a-la-carte dishes, and is very nice. The best bit about the morning dining experience, however, is sitting on the lovely terrace by the pool and soaking up the morning sun. It’s a very pretty and calming way to start your day.
Hotel Valverde puts on a special Sunday Brunch menu each week, serves daily afternoon tea, and also puts on live music on Friday afternoons and on select evenings.
Hotel Valverde is on the most high-end and historically romantic street in Lisbon, Avenida da Liberdade, or Liberty Avenue. Formerly a public garden, it was the district of distinguished society in the middle of the century and has held onto its luxurious and opulent reputation to this day. On this strip you will find every designer store you could possibly want or need and at one end, the landmark Praca do Marques de Pombal and the Parque Eduardo VII with its stunning view over the capital. This landmark marks the centre of Lisbon so you are literally in the most ideal location for exploring the city. To book your stay at Hotel Valverde click here.
boutique, intimate hotel that makes you feel right at home