Inspira Santa Marta Hotel
What We Love
- Remote controls let you adjust the lighting and room temperature
- Near Avenida da Liberdade, but the hotel is on a quiet side street
- Live fado music performances at the restaurant, Open, on Friday evenings
- Free international digital newspapers are available to download
What To Know
- Open-plan rooms without separate bathrooms are best for couples
- Popular areas such as the Bairro Alto and Alfama districts are best reached by taxi or public transportation
- Self-service vibe: There is no valet parking, and guests have to carry their own bags
- WiFi is free
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
From the outside, the 89-room Inspira Santa Marta is demure and traditional (think wrought iron balconies and black awnings). Inside it’s rather funky, especially in the lobby lounge, with its hot pink sofas, mod shapes and undulating wallpaper. The carbon-neutral hotel uses renewable energy, low-impact materials and LED lighting, and it recycles its waste. The coffee is fair-trade, the toiletries are biodegradable, and the water bottles are made from recycled glass. Each of the guestrooms is loosely themed on one of the basic elements: fire, earth, water, metal and wood. All have Nespresso machines and WiFi — plus a cutting-edge system for controlling the room’s lighting and temperature. Suites have freestanding Jacuzzi tubs, and there’s also the Retreat Spa, which has six treatment rooms, a steam room, a sauna and a hot tub. Open, the surprisingly good Mediterranean restaurant, and Urban, a retro bar with art exhibits and DJs, are also good reasons to stay close to home.
In the Area
From traditional porcelain factories to a converted butcher shop that displays sweaters on meat hooks, Lisbon’s shopping opportunities run the gamut from old-school to avant-garde. Drop by A Vida Portuguesa, located in a former soap factory, for beloved Portuguese goodies (Confianca soap, Arcadia chocolates from Porto) in stylish retro packaging. Ogle the grand mansions, sip a limonada at a local café (such as the Orpheu) and peruse antiques stores in the residential neighborhood of Principe Real, which neighbors the Bairro Alto. On the way, stop by the Miradouro de Sao Pedro de Alcantara, a garden with panoramic city views. To explore further afield, take Tram 15 to Belem, just outside the city limits, for a visit to the Manueline-style (a.k.a. late Gothic) Jeronimos Monastery. Then stop at Pasteis de Belem to sample the city’s famed custard tarts.
How to Get There
What a fantastic end to a holiday in Portugal! As a last night treat, I said farewell to my friends and checked into this hotel for some me-time and pampering. Was worth every penny! Had the small spa to myself for an hour of luxury (jacuzzi, steam room, sauna, shower and two loungers). The bathroom was epically stylish and the breakfast well worth the money. The lounge was a great place to relax as a solo fenale traveller. Would definitely stay again!
Great hotel, in a good location. Our only criticism is the breakfast, the coffee situation is a joke waiting 20 minutes each morning for them to make you a coffee, when they should just have a machine which can make equally perfect coffee. The chef doesn't seem to be doing very much and we stayed 4 days and every day we either had to ask for bowls, spoons, top ups of bread, yoghurt etc, fruit etc. The scrambled egg is not topped up enough for fresh egg, so if you have breakfast at 10am, the egg looks like it has been there hours. Not good enough for a 4 star hotel. Staff on reception very nice and helpful and the rooms were really nice.
We aged for a long weekend at the Inspiration weekend in a standard room ( known as a superior room). The staff on reception are really friendly and helpful, giving lots of information about Lisbon and how to travel around etc. Rooms are a reasonable size, very clean and modern. And quiet. There is no traffic noise etc. Breakfast is very good value at their discounted rate.
The hotel is located just off the main shopping street and the route into the city. It’s a 15 minute pleasant walk from the hotel to the centre. We walked everywhere although buses, metro and trains are very cheap all in one daily ticket. It’s about 25-30 minutes from the airport and taxis cost about €28 (2018).
The hotel is a very reasonable price and we would definitely come again when in Lisbon.
We arrived early evening to a very pleasant welcome. The room was very modern and comfortable. We ate in the restaurant on the first evening which was very quiet, although the quality of the food was good. Breakfast was also very good and the staff very attentive. Reception and Giest relations were also very helpful. We used the Spa facilities which we thoroughly enjoyed. A great stay, we will be returning.
Nice hotel not far from the centre of Lisbon, metro station close by with cheap fares. There are some restaurants and a supermarket very close to the hotel.
Staff are friendly and helpful, breakfast is excellent plenty of choice yoghurt, cereals, pastries, rolls, bread, cooked options, cheese and hams, fresh fruit and amazing fresh orange juice and more.
The reason we gave 4 stars was due to the issue with our water that took 15 minutes to get hot they did try to rectify but still took 3 days to work properly, and the view from the room looked over an alley facing a derelict building.