An architecturally stunning six bedroom retreat, Santa Clara 1728 is a design lovers dream. Located in Lisbon’s cultural quarter surrounded by some of the city’s greatest monuments including the National Pantheon, architect Manuel Aires Mateus was careful to respect and preserve the original heritage of the 18th century building, while designing a peaceful hideaway characterized by serenity and comfort. All six bedrooms feature large windows overlooking the Tagus River, freestanding tubs and luxurious linens. There is a secluded garden at the heart of the property and a communal dining table where guests congregate for homemade meals and Portuguese wine.
WHY WE LOVE IT
With only six guest rooms, Santa Clara doesn’t operate as a traditional hotel may, but that’s all part of the charm. Breakfast is included in your stay (as well as coffee, tea, daily snacks and mini bar refreshments) and other meals can be arranged upon request. Tea is served each afternoon complete with freshly baked scones and traditional cakes and desserts. While service is friendly and attentive, a stay here feels more like being a guest in a private home, which is a huge part of its charm.
Santa Clara is located a 20-minute drive from Lisbon’s international airport, high up in the Santa Clara district in the cultural and historical heart of the city but far from the busy commercial district. The hotel sits across the street from Feira de Ladra—the city’s legendary flea market—open every Tuesday and Saturday and close to Sao Vicente de Fora, a 17th Century church and monastery and the beautiful Santa Engrácia—the National Pantheon—whose dome is an essential part of Lisbon’s skyline.