The elegantly curved 19th-century white façade, graced with a charming wrought iron balcony, belies the world of colour from inside Casa Fortunato, a nine-room retreat in Lisbon’s upscale Amoreiras neighbourhood.
Previously the offices of architect António Costa Lopes, the property is a labour of love for him and his wife Filipa, who followed their dream to transform it not only into a family home for them, their four children and their black Labrador Cocoa, but into a place for like-minded visitors to rest their heads.
A beauteous retreat of apparent heritage paired with a playful, imaginative style narrative of considered design and heirloom nostalgia.The Aficionados
And so, across the bedrooms – Big, Bigger and Biggest – are a riotous blend of period architecture, like ornate mouldings and traditional architraves, and contemporary details such as the colourful handmade Moroccan rugs, that rest on stripped pine flooring; a mix of mid-century and modern furnishings; and, most notably, head-turning, geometric Jupiter 10 wallpapers that are boosted further by bold Farrow & Ball hues. Floor-to-ceiling windows bathe the spaces in natural light, while framing leafy street views, and indulgent bathrooms – some with large soaking tubs – come complete with Diptyque amenities.
In the kitchen, the in-house chef serves up a wholesome macrobiotic menu – think white miso soup and scrambled tofu for breakfast – which is best devoured in the huge, art-filled salon. Yoga is on offer daily as is the warmth of family life.
From: Wallpaper* Magazine
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 9 suites (30-52m2) (323-560m2) • hotel opened: 2018 • architecture & interior design: António & Filipa Costa Lopes • bathroom amenities: Dyptique • valet parking (charged) • Lisbon Airport: 20-minute drive • no pets allowed • 24-hour front desk
The DNA: Before it became Casa Fortunato, the house was home to Antonio’s architectural practice. He and his wife Filipa found its rooms a constant source of inspiration when they worked, but had long harboured dreams of turning it into a hotel. They took the plunge in 2018, and haven’t looked back since.