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
Inspira Santa Marta Hotel is located in the heart of Lisbon, not far from the Marques de Pombal to the North-West and Martim Moniz to the South East.
The hotel features a modern, urban design and appealing amenities.
The reception is well-staffed and all staff I interacted with were super friendly and forthcoming.
The rooms are reasonably big and feature everything you would expect including a coffee machine with complimentary capsules, free water, TV, WiFi etc. etc.
The only cautionary note would be that the bathroom features semi-transparent glass walls which provide no real privacy for the room. Shouldn't be a problem for couples but probably not a good choice for sharing a room between friends.
The location is fantastic, within 3 minutes walking from the next subway station "Avenida". Trendy nightlife areas such as Bairro Alto are only 15 minutes away by walking.
I love exploring cities on foot and the hotel was great for that.
Also provides great value for money.
I would definitely come back on my next visit!!
Inspira is a hotel where we could come back to relax after a full day exploring Lisbon. A few months before our arrival, we requested a change from double rooms to twin rooms and the hotel accommodated us without extra charge. When we checked in, we were upgraded us to 2 suites and 2 twin rooms for 8 of us. The rooms are comfortable and environment friendly. Breakfasts are very good. If you are a group like us, taxis are a better choice of transport as they are very reasonable. Joana at the reservation counter was extremely helpful and friendly.
We would certainly recommend this hotel to friends.
I have been in the Inspira Hotel for a week and found it a quiet oasis in the busy city of Lisbon.
The staff was very friendly.
The hotel room is small, but economically designed. The room has little space for your clothes (since I was there for a week, I was in need of a larger cub-board). For this was the only downside of the hotel.
There is a large choice of food for breakfast, including fresh orange juice and fresh fruit. Also for dinner there is a good choice of dishes.
The gym is small, with extra towels and water. There is a spa.
If needed there is a possibility to park a car in a private parking facility below the hotel.
Good breakfast - Rooms bright, although open plan shower next to the bed odd design flooded the floor few times!
Receptionists slow and not particularly friendly.
Sauna and steam room included but small rest area.
This was our second visit. The staff were very helpful when making reservations as we had to make changes to our schedule at the last minute. It took a while to get everything confirmed but they were patient and helpful even though the hotel was very busy. The staff were helpful and accurate when booking taxis and providing a picnic breakfast when we left early in the morning for our flights. This time we particularly enjoyed the pizza restaurant across the road - there are several good value local restaurants. The room was quite noisy at night with inconsiderate guests making noise along the long corridor and air conditioning noises coming through the ceiling even though ours was turned off. We were offered a good rate as returning guests. It is good that 3 adults can share a room with an extra bed - the double beds are a bit small but the extra beds look comfortable.