The name is a tribute to the river that traversed Avenida da Liberdade in the 12th century. The new Valverde Hotel offers an authentic journey down “memory lane” in old Lisbon, now reinterpreted in the finest urban style.
It was once a community vegetable garden irrigated by the River Valverde and public promenade in the 18th century. Avenida da Liberdade invites a trip back in time in search of its origins, starting with the passage of kings and queens who left the legacy of one of the country’s most luxurious avenues. The Valverde Hotel was created as a tribute to this bygone Lisbon, lending new life to the luxury of days past and adapting it to the style of the urban houses of New York or London.
The renovation of the building adhered to a world hotel model, recalling a spacious but intimate house in grey and red tones. The entrance boasts high ceilings and the ground floor offers a restaurant and exterior patio, as well as a reading room and cinema that exhibits films for guests. The 25 rooms and two suites that occupy six floors are all decorated differently, combining old furniture and carefully selected objects, some acquired at auction. One of the great advantages of the building is that all of the mini and classic rooms have a balcony overlooking the hotel patio and the deluxe, junior and suites also have a view of the avenue’s patterned cobbles.
The Valverde suite is the jewel in the crown: spacious, with a giant eye glass from guests can enjoy the light over the city’s rooftops. The rooms is full of little treats, from the mass of butterflies, which is the hotel’s logo, to the perfumes and lotions: every last detail is considered to provide the most personalised service possible. Every room has all the necessary comforts: LCD television, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi and 24-hour room service are just a few items on a long list. Director of communications, Adélia Carvalho, says that nothing is impossible at the Valverde Hotel, which makes the place a home-from-home.
This relaxed and comfortable atmosphere is even reflected in the staff uniforms, which were designed by the creative director of Lacoste, Portuguese designer Filipe Oliveira Baptista. Because the difference is in the details, it avoids the classic look that has little to do with the hotel’s urban and practical atmosphere. In addition to guided tours, there is also the “Hotel a Bordo” option, where guests can spend the night on a private sail boat and enjoy a catering service. If you prefer to stay on terra firma, you can get around in the hotel’s vintage cabriolet. Other services include massages in your room, a fitness centre and heated outdoor pool.
The hotel restaurant Sítio is open to all food lovers. Boasting a bar, the place overlooks the patio and offers dishes that vary between classic menus and the chef’s daily recommendations. The background music is carefully chosen, the furnishings are a mix of vintage and contemporary items. The patio offers a pool and vegetation hiding tables and chairs that conjure an ideal scenario to extend lunch and stay for “Tea and Champanhe”, between 17h and 19h.
Hidden by the trees of one of Lisbon’s busiest avenues, the Valverde Hotel is big on charm and surprises.
by Marta Baptista
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