In a handsome 19th Century townhouse on Lisbon's grandest boulevard, Hotel Valverde exudes a sense of understated luxury. The smart boutique hotel is all about the detail—the super-attentive, Lacoste-clad young staff pull out all the stops to ensure guests enjoy their visit, and the bespoke furnishings and carefully selected art works make a stay here a memorable experience. The pool and leafy garden provide welcome respite from the sun that beats down on Lisbon for much of the year, and the chic rooms are blissfully quiet despite the very central location.
The hotel is a favorite with the fashion set—you might want to pack your most chic swimwear for lounging by the pool (or head out to the boutique stores nearby).
The 25 stylish, superbly comfortable rooms at Hotel Valverde create the impression that you've come to stay at the home of particularly grand relatives with impeccable taste. The age of the building means no two rooms are exactly alike, and range from 20 meters square for the balconied mini rooms, to 55 square meters for the suites. Rooms look out over the Avenida da Liberdade, or the white-walled, red-roofed city homes, and the Valverde Suite has a grand view of the Saint George castle. Antique artworks in ornate frames create a sense of history, but the elegant design feels far from dated, and guests can expect modern conveniences such as speedy in-room WiFi, mini bars, and effective air conditioning.
The 'mini rooms' are the most affordable accommodations, and are in fact just as large as many standard rooms in historic Lisbon hotels.
The bathrooms at Hotel Valverde don't disappoint—expect lots of black marble, white tiling, vintage-style tubs, and overhead or standalone showers. Some rooms have separate bathroom and WC. Toiletries are by the Italian brand Zenology.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The low lighting in the bathroom isn't ideal for applying make up or shaving.
The tiny lobby at Hotel Valverde sets the tone for a stay here, with its sumptuous furnishings, traditional tilework, and sense of old world luxury. Staff behind the dark wood reception greet guests with a wealth of information about Lisbon's sights and attractions, and a library adjoining the reception area offers a chance to flick through books and magazines while waiting to check in or out.
Pools are something of a rare treat in the chock-a-block streets of historic Lisbon, and during the summer season (roughly speaking, late April to early October is swimming/sunbathing weather) the flower-filled garden terrace and heated pool at Hotel Valverde really come into their own as a serene escape from the big city.
The casual-chic restaurant Sitio de Valverde is topen to non-guests and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as small plates and snacks throughout the day and night. The interior is notable for its high ceilings, elegantly-dressed tables and its views over the lovely terrace. The menu of classic Portuguese dishes, served with great flair, has made this a favorite spot for leisurely lunches on the Avenida. Guests can also pretend to be 19th Century aristocracy by taking 5 O'Clock Tea on the terrace when weather permits.
Facing the courtyard, Restaurant / Bar "Sítio de Valverde", with its very high ceilings, is a unique space where sophisticated clientele can come to lunch, dine or have snack at any time of day. Its menu includes a number of "Classics", plus a Chief's suggestion for the day, to suit any customer.
Chef Carla Sousa offers a signature cuisine, focused mainly on Portuguese cuisine. It has capacity for 30 covers, serving breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Additionally, the hotel offers bar service with signature cocktails and a classic menu available all day.
Breakfast: From 7:30 to 11:00
Lunch: From 12:30 to 15:00
Afternoon Tea: From 17:00 to 19:00
Dinner: From 19:30 to 23.00
As well as a chic cocktail bar inside the Sitio restaurant, the hotel has a lovely terrace bar, Pateo, which serves drinks and light meals. but when the weather is warm, the terrace cafe Adjacent to the Restaurant and Bar, you will find a very cool environment. Fado nights here are extremely popular, both with guests and with chic Lisboetas
Around 8 miles from Lisbon airport, Hotel Valverde is a short stroll from Avenida metro, and the rail station at Rossio, with links to Sintra and Queluz, is a 10-minute walk away. Many sights and attractions are within walking distance, and following the tree-lined, boutique-filled Avenida to Lisbon's Pombaline downtown is a pleasant way to see the city. Staff are extremely happy to advise on the best walking and public transport routes.
The location on upscale Avenida da Liberdade means Foodie guests at Hotel Valverde won't have to stray far from their lodgings to enjoy a top-notch meal. Lisbon's coastal location makes seafood a must, and Ribadouro (5-minute walk) serves some of the best crustaceans and grilled fish in town, in a refreshingly unpretentious setting. For delicious desserts, be sure to try the flour-free chocolate cake at Quiosque o Melhor Bolo do Chocolate no Mundo (the name translates as Best Chocolate Cake in the World Kiosk), to decide for yourself whether this bold claim is true.
Bar-hopping in Lisbon is a treat, and there are plenty of places to sip a Portuguese wine or carefully-crafted cocktail within a short walk of the hotel. The smart Principe Real neighborhood is a more tranquil alternative to the boisterous Bairro Alto, and the Quiosque Principe Real (10-minute walk) is a nice spot for al-fresco drinks on the plaza. Lisbonites love to drink with a view, and the terrace bar at the Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara (15-minute walk) has one of the best in the city, making it a lovely spot for sundowners.
WHY WE LIKE IT
This 25-room boutique hotel is one of the most elegant in Lisbon, and impresses with attention to every tiny detail. Staff are extremely helpful, the decor is fashion-magazine fabulous, and the pool and terrace are a real treat in this busy part of Lisbon. The central location on one of the city's most famous streets, close to designer shopping and major sights, is another strong point.