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
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
We spent the last 2 nights of our 3-week trip to Portugal at this hotel, booking it the night before our arrival. We felt so lucky to be there once we arrived! The location is fantastic, just a short distance from beautiful and trendy Avenida de Liberdade (where comparable hotels would cost you 2 or 3 times more) and an easy (downhill) walk downtown. The reception staff, Ana, could not have been more friendly and welcoming. Leonel helped us with us with our bags and explained the features of our room clearly and efficiently. The free breakfast was truly wonderful and the staff at the restaurant, particularly Carolina, were warm and friendly and made us wish we could stay there a month! We used the Spa and loved the steam room and cold shower--the hot tub wasn't as hot as I like it but it was still great to have it. Overall, this hotel and all the people working there made our experience completely enjoyable and memorable, and we now can't think of staying anywhere else (except perhaps one of the two other hotels they'll be opening in Lisbon soon) next time we're there!
Brilliant hotel fabulous staff, particularly Junior and Ramon who were absolutely amazing. Food was great. Lovely breakfast. Great value for money. great location very central. Lisbon centre amazing places to visit nearby. Can’t recommend highly enough.
Took my girlfriend away for her 30th. They upgraded us, had champagne and cake waiting on the room. Couldn’t do enough for us. Beautiful hotel in a great location. Would definitely stay here again. Would absolutely recommend