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 husband and I had the pleasure to stay in an Inspira Suite for a weekend visit to Lisbon. The room was lovely, exceptionally clean, and quite comfortable - from the bed to the sitting room. However, the service is what sets Inspira Santa Marta Hotel apart from the rest. Francisca felt like our personal attendant and the rest of the staff was always ready to go above and beyond for whatever passing need we might have. They answered questions in great detail or quickly, whatever we needed. They provided good recommendations for walking tours, restaurants, and the best ways to move in and out of the city. And the breakfast was quite nice as well. Thank you Inspira.
We walked into this hotel located down a small backstreet through, I must say uninspiring doors not exciting too much but oh wow how wrong was I! This hotel, which is based on Feng Shui principles (don't let this put you off!) is quite simply beautiful.
The first thing you notice is the smell... an expensive gentle welcoming aroma followed by the sense of space, openeness and calmness. It's beautiful... Yet so welcome and brilliant staff. The Restaurant Manager was just perfect -understated yet totally in the ball. I have weird dietary requirements but he was on it and I felt safe eating the delicious food freshly prepared... stunning! Human the waiter was a gem.. and indeed the world is small and round and we will meet again! Little touches.. being given a small bottle of port to try...a preparation of fresh ginger, lemon peel and camomile tea for my unwell husband...really shows the level of their service.
Cool music played in the background ( thank you for my new play list!), a fire glowed on cooler nights, and ask around a lovely ambience.
A little niggle.. the TV remote played up with the sound sometimes and the loo area in the bathroom could perhaps do with updating. And a word to the wise... You can see into the bathroom from the bedroom slightly so if you are very shy or in a new relationship then be prepared but don't let it put you off!
The location is brilliant..30 seconds into the main Street with lots of designer shops. Wałk left and past the shops and cafes into the main squares and so much more!
We want to go back.. And back to this lovely hotel with its calmness and wonderful staff.
Thank you for making our stay so lovely!
Great location, close to everything but sufficiently far from the craziness of Bairro Alto and other bohemian hangouts. Slick, bold interior design in a renovated late 19thearly 20th century building. Glass shower stall was awesome. We stayed in a suite with a huge jacuzzi. Service was outstanding. Can't wait to go back to Lisbon and we will stay there again. The only negative was the gym room which was too small and poorly equipped.
Very poor for a 4* hotel. Superior room more like a large cupboard with an open shower in the middle. Very bizarre. Window opening onto street above, so room partly underground. Bar staff unhelpful, card with room key offers happy hour times. Bar staff refused to acknowledge this. Would not recommend or stay there again.
We enjoyed our stay at this pleasant and comfortable hotel, conveniently located only a few blocks from some of the city's commercial streets. The staff was very graceful and helpful, and we received great restaurant recommendations from Ms. Campos, from Guest Relations. We felt very well taken care of, and will be happy to return to this hotel for our next stay in Lisbon! A warm thank you!