Fontecruz Lisboa

on Sep 1, 2012 in Now Boarding | No Comments

Stay in the heart of the Portuguese capital and discover a new hotel with its own individual vintage style.

“What happens in Fontecruz, stays in Fontecruz.” The expression used to describe Las Vegas, written here in Portuguese porcelain in the hotel lobby, demonstrates the discretion and professionalism with which guests are received. Cristina Valverde, director of this hotel belonging to the Spanish group Fontecruz, explains that this is the team’s main mission. And it makes sense. Lisbon, despite the urban buzz common to capitals, has a number of very special places that border on the secret and intimate and this hotel is part of that list, having been opened in April of this year.

First up on our visit is the large lobby which boasts a number of interesting details that are not all initially obvious, meaning that there is much to discover. Perhaps the keys of all shapes and sizes hanging in reception and the postcards from the early 20th century, which show Lisbon of the time, are the first to shine. However, this 5-star hotel has its own very distinct vintage style, which recalls the burlesque, while retaining a contemporary touch. “Which makes it different”, says Cristina. “After only two months of having opened, we were voted the Best Boutique Hotel in Lisbon”, she adds.

This historical building, was renovated by the architect Vaz Pires, who managed to maintain its spirit, that connected to travel and the world. However, it’s the magic of the capital that stands out in the different areas, particularly in the lovely courtyard, which is perfect for lazy afternoons in the company of orange trees and bonsai olive trees.

Its 68 rooms and four suites in dark tones are distributed over main building’s eight floors, where the atmosphere and decor are the result of “a mixture of decades”. Large postcards, “over a hundred years old and picked up at flea markets the world over”, adorn the walls. Trunks and chests turned into bedside tables rub shoulders with relaxing chaises longues. As for the views, on one side there is the elegant Avenida da Liberdade, on the other, one of the city’s magnificent seven hills in all its splendour.

After the outdoor terrace, we enter the Edifício São José  (which is named after the neighbourhood located behind the hotel), which boasts six junior suites and a lighter feel to the rest of the hotel.

“We want to become a focal point in the city and part of its social and nightlife”, reveals Cristina Valverde. After-Works, for example, happen every Thursday between 19h and 21h. Why not stay on and have dinner at “The Bar”, enjoying the unconventional tapas that combine both Portuguese and Spanish cuisine. In September, the hotel is one of the meeting points for Vogue Fashion Night Out. You’re all invited.

Avenida da Liberdade, 138 – 142
+351 21 041 0000
www.fontecruzhoteles.com
€179 – €499

por Manuel Simões

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