Santa Clara 1728 is an upmarket six-bedroom hotel designed by acclaimed architect Manuel Aires Mateus. It is housed inside an enchanting 18th-century building standing atop one of Lisbon's seven hills with views over the Pantheon and River Tagus.

Located on one of Lisbon’s most romantic squares, Santa Clara 1728 is the fourth in a string of slick design-led properties from hotelier João Rodrigues. The hotel has been designed in partnership with local architect Manuel Aires Mateus, whose clean, modern interiors are refreshing trimmings to the building’s ancient walls.

With only six bedrooms, this hotel doesn’t operate in the conventional sense and facilities such as gyms and business corners don’t exist, but staff will strive to meet the demands of each and every guest.

There are two room types available. The first type of suite; Santa Clara is approximately 70 square meters and comprises of a large bedroom with views of the River Tagus and the roofs of old Lisbon. The suite also contains a spacious sitting room and a bathroom overlooking the garden on the other.

The second type of suite; Tejo is a bit smaller at 50 square meters and also has a bedroom with river views, a slightly smaller sitting area, and a bathroom.

The generous windows in the bedrooms have been specially designed to frame the unique brilliance of Lisbon's natural light, which spills over the city and can be seen reflected in the river below.

There is also a secluded garden and courtyard within the property which has been designed to provide moments of quiet relaxation or for reading. A large communal table is the centre-piece of the downstairs common area where lunch is served on request (with dinners a plan for the future). Lunch dishes are inspired by Antwerp’s Graanmarkt 13 restaurant, from where the young chef has been taught to create sharing plates that elevate the humble vegetable.

Facilities

  • Breakfast Breakfast
  • Coffee machine Coffee machine
  • Essentials Essentials
  • Heating Heating
  • Restaurant Restaurant
  • Wi-Fi (free) Wi-Fi (free)
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The shared common area
The interior of one of the suites
The communal table for breakfast and lunches
One of the suites in the hotel
Bedroom of one of the suites
The communal table for breakfast and lunches
The beautiful free-standing bathtub
One of the luxurious bathrooms in the hotel
Some of the design details in the hotel
The shared common area
Exterior view of the hotel from the street

Location

The hotel is located in the inner neighbourhood of Alfama which is the oldest Moorish quarter in Lisbon which predates the earthquake of 1755. Alfama is a maze of narrow cobbled streets and ancient houses, which lead up the steep hill from the Tejo Estuary to the castle. Contained within this diverse and charismatic district are many historic buildings including the Se Cathedral, the Castle, the National Pantheon and Saint Anthony’s Church.

Keep at eye out for the "Feira da Ladra" which is a legendary flea market which opens every Tuesday and Saturday just around the corner from the hotel.

How to get there

If you are coming from Lisbon Airport we recommend that you take the train. This involves two connections and a bit of a walk at the end. From the Airport take the Red lines 3 stops towards São Sebastião and get off at Oriente Station. From there, change to the R Line and take it towards Lisboa Santa Apolónia station. From there its about a 10 minute walk to the hotel. The entire journey should take around 28 minutes.

If you don't feel like taking public transport, Taxi's are cheap in Portugal and a trip from the airport should take around 20 minutes.

Address: Campo de Santa Clara 128, Lisbon 1100-473, Portugal

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