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
My partner and I stayed at the hotel for three nights for our ten year anniversary. One of the reasons that I chose the hotel was that I noticed another review with the reviewer stating that they were vegan and had been well catered for. I emailed in advance of our trip and was assured that it was no problem to accommodate a vegan diet which was great. On arrrival we had a lovely welcome from the really friendly and helpful staff. We were also absolutely delighted to be upgraded to the wonderful jacuzzi suite. This really made a lovely visit extra special and we were also treated to a lovely congratulations card and a beautiful fruit platter waiting in the room. Francisca who is the guest liaison is fabulous and can’t do enough for you. It is a great idea to have a member of staff who is there to help guests with anything that they need and she is very good at her job. The hotel is beautiful and spotlessly clean. Our room was great with a huge shower (complete with Bulgari toiletries) Nespresso machine and the wonderful jacuzzi. The promised vegan breakfast was delicious and plentiful and the coffee was great - very important! On our last day our flight was quite late in the evening but the staff let us leave our luggage at the hotel after check out and also gave us the use of the showers in the lovely spa on our return from a rather hot day trotting around the city which was really welcome! The hotel is situated really well, not far from a metro station and within walking distance of nearly everything really! We loved Lisbon, it’s a fabulous, friendly, laid back city and everything is very reasonably priced. We will definitely return and will come straight back to this lovely hotel. Perfect. P.S the cocktails are amazing! Great value during happy hour!
I booked this hotel for a surprise 50th for my husband as it was central chic and boutique and had good reviews on trip adviser 4 stars. We arrived early morning so couldn’t check in till 1400hrs which was fine and we knew that but when we came back the room was still not ready by the way a double deluxe room. After small wait (30 mins) an a complimentary glass of wine we eventually got into our basic standard room which overlooked an alleyway see pictures. There was nothing deluxe about it I did complain which was answered by “we don’t have that category of room “ even though I had my booking forn with me stating that. There was also work going on right above our room which we were not told about. I complained about that as well and was told that it would be complete by 1800 hrs another 3 hours. The room was spacious and clean but not deluxe. We were offered a move but as it was fir just three nights I declined. The breakfast was continental and suffice. The staff were excellent and were always concerned and couldn’t have been more helpful. It’s about a 20 minute walk down to the river which was flat and downhill but you did have to come back so if you are not able to walk far then this hotel is not for you.
The hotel is situated just off the lovely Avenida da Liberdade, a short 15m walk to the centre. Contemporary, comfortable and clean. The staff couldn't have been more charming and efficient. Head of Guest Relations, the fantastic Francisca, really made our trip a great success, with spot on recommendations, both before and during our stay, she couldn't have been more helpful and professional, with great taste. Anna on reception too was brilliant. Breakfast was generous with fresh juice and coffee to order, (there are machines too). There is a cool bar and a spacious airy louunge along with PC stations. The rooms a well appointed and comfortable. We will definitely stay here again on our next trip to Lisbon.
I arrive in my room. It is lovely however technology confusing. 3 attempts to make coffee with Netspresso machine and it leaks water into the floor. Need iTorch to set code for safe as light so dim. TV says welcome to access interactive services press ok and it doesn’t work. Call reception and they say they will send someone up to fix. This does not make me feel happy or welcome.....
had a great stay here, the staff were first class, especially Claudia on Reception. nothing was too much trouble and very friendly with lots of good tips and advice.
rooms modern and clean. very quiet. good location and some very authentic local eating places nearby.
recommend the city tour by tuk tuk which the hotel can arrange.
will definately stay again