Hotel Review: The Lumiares, Lisbon


Located in the heart of the fashionable Bairro Alto area, experience Lisbon the boutique way with a stay at The Lumiares, says Sophie Ritchie


One of Lisbon’s most luxuriously boutique stays, The Lumiares combines the feel of a private apartment with all the amenities, art and ambience of a five-star hotel.

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Located in the thriving heart of the city, where trams glide across streets and rows of shops boast everything from archaic trinkets to the latest trends, here’s what’s awaiting at this 18th-century palace turned exquisite hotel.


Style, Character & Services


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When it comes to the interiors, the jewel here is undeniably the statement grand stone staircase – a central feature that inclines upwards with stark black and white flooring.

Above this hangs a sublime brass lighting installation, with cubic geometric lights that illuminate the ceiling beautifully.

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This contemporary fixture is representative of the hotel’s juxtaposing style – the blend of classic Portugese furnishings with modern Art Deco detail.

Find quirkily elegant touches throughout. In the rooftop restaurant awaits paintings displaying  neon green sunglass-clad nobility, whilst hand-woven wall tapestries adorn the walls of every bedroom.

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A former 18th-century palace, the ballrooms have since been replaced with modern facilities designed to entertain the contemporary luxury traveler. Enjoy a petite but stylish spa with four treatment rooms, as well as a sauna, steam room and 24/7 gym.

If you need motivation to burn off all those Pastel de natas, a personal trainer is also available upon request.

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Prefer culture to cardio? The highly professional reception team are only too happy to offer recommendations for getting around and seeing sights – from transport routes to the city’s best brunch spots.


The Rooms


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Equally poised, the 53 different apartments vary in size and design. Splash out on the spectacular trio of Penthouses for private terraces and sweeping views across Lisbon or enjoy a snug studio for a home away from home feel.

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It’s all in the detail here. Handy kitchenettes come kitted out with Smeg appliances (designer cuppa, anyone?) whilst the fridge comes stocked with complimentary white wine, water and milk upon arrival.

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Peek out of sound-proof French windows, curl up on artisan tapestry cushions and start the day with a caffeinated sip courtesy of the Nespresso machine.

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Tiled bathrooms come complete with fluffy robes and vibrant Claus Porto toiletries, whilst the neutral walls display bright and mood-boosting artwork.


Going Gourmet


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If you’re not in the mood to whip up a feast, The Lumiares has two popular restaurants – plus a sleek rooftop bar. Unsurprisingly, Lumi Rooftop Bar & Restaurant is found on the top floor and offers great views – as well as plenty of edible temptations throughout the day.

Breakfast is also served up here – a mix of buffet and a la carte options that cater to every appetite and dietary requirement.

Overnight oats, omelettes, avocado toast and enough pastry for a carb-induced coma – it’s worth taking your time to devour the multitude of mouthfuls.

On the ground floor awaits a signature restaurant with a menu devised by renowned chef Miguel Castro e Silva.

This talented chef started his career out with biology in mind – but the science has since been swapped for award-winning contemporary cuisine. If you’re prefer to dine in, 24/7 room service is also available.


The Wordrobe Verdict


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This sophisticated property is ideal for those that like their morning porridge with a side of poise. Flexible and fashionable, enjoy a boutique getaway with a stay at The Lumiares this summer.

Make it happen
Where: R. do Diário de Notícias 142, 1200-146 Lisboa, Portugal
Wallet: Rooms from £129 per night.
How: Please click here or phone +351 21 116 0200 to make a reservation.

Words by Sophie Ritchie, editor 

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