The Vibe: Aquatic.
The Area: Located on Avenida Almirante Reis, an upcoming district, like many in Lisbon. The nearest metro stop Intendente is just a two-minute walk and the historic city centre can be reached in 10-15 minutes walk. Alternatively, an old tram runs in front of the hotel.
The DNA: Envisioned by the star of Portuguese design, Nini Andrade Silva, the turquoise-toned WC by The Beautique Hotels is themed around water. Andrade keeps close to the theme: bespoke furniture has been designed like ripples of water and the bold aquamarine vinyl floors mimic the surface of water. Receptionists are dressed in sea green silk pyjamas on the weekday and in fluffy towelling dressing gowns with their heads wrapped in towels at the weekends. Guests are greated by a glass reception desk which holds two bath tubs and is lighted by gigantic showerheads. On the lower floor, the restaurant gives the sensation of movement and fluidity in an optical illusion that the set of mirrors transmits when reflecting images of waterfalls that multiply throughout the space. WC translates euphemistically to bathroom in English or banho in Portuguese, but directly to toilet in some other languages.
Suite-Me-Up: Guestrooms have water coloured tiles on the walls and feature open plan bathrooms. Most original are the oval rooms, which lie in the curve of the rounded, Art Nouveau building and feature beds illuminated from beneath.
✅ free WiFi • size matters: 41 rooms & suites (15-38m2) (161-409 sq ft) • hotel opened: 2017 • interior design: Nini Andrade Silva • bathroom amenities: Castelbel • street parking (charged) • no pets allowed • 24-hour front desk • wheelchair accessible