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
Not long back from 4 nights at the Inspira Hotel and couldnt recommend this place enough. My girlfriend and i stayed here for our anniversary and the staff really went out of there way to make it a special trip. The hotel is located just a short walk to all the main squares/streets but it is far enough away that it is very quiet at night. Our room itself had a hot tub and was the nicest I have stayed in. It was very clean and the bedroom very spacious. The girlfriend used the spa and said it was amazing. The breakfast was lovely and they even prepared a breakfast box for us to bring with us to the airport as we were checking out at 7am. I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Lisbon. Thanks again. Niall
My partner and I stayed in the hotel for 4 nights and we could not fault It!!
The staff went above and beyond to meet all our needs.. we had an amazing room with a hot tub. Room was clean, comfortable and quiet and was cleaned every day!
The decor was beautiful..
The breakfast was fantastic also!!
We would definately come back again.
Staff and hotel 10/10!!
Stayed here on a business trip for 4 nights in November. The room was stylish and comfortable with a fantastic wet room. The spa facilities were good although the gym is a bit sparce, the steam room is falling to bits and the jacuzzi won't go above 32 degrees. The whole ambience is excellent, although the foyer's classic Madonna, Prince etc butchered by some female cover artist was pretty awful. The staff were really great, and the breakfast was fantastic.
If it wasn't for the spa being a bit disappointing I would give this hotel 5 stars. And I am going to come and stay again. I think you guys are doing a really great job.