Lisbon enchants everyone without making many efforts. It does not have great superlatives or flaunts among its characteristics, but makes its visitors fall in love with its charming old streetcars, colourful tiles, and nostalgic and romantic atmosphere that permeates its alleys. This intimate and comforting atmosphere is felt at the Valverde Hotel, which receives its guests on the busy Liberdade Avenue, one of the most emblematic places of the Portuguese capital.
The opulence and the exaggeration have no place at the Valverde Hotel. It is in its small details that the hotel delights guests and certifies its true elegance. Opening its doors in September 2014, this authentic boutique hotel had every detail of its interior thoroughly planned by designers Jose Pedro Vieira and Diogo Rosa Lã. They created environments where a myriad of vintage pieces coexist with modern furnishings, artwork and vivid colours.
This cool combination creates a retro atmosphere that combines perfectly with Lisbon and gives the hotel the aspect of a great welcoming home. This warm feeling is also felt in the library, a kind of living room of yesteryear, with armchairs in the 1920s style that invite guests for a relaxing reading or a lively conversation over tea and biscuits. And there is no program that is more homely and comforting than watching a movie in our living rooms: an experience that one can also recreate there, in the reading room, where films are carefully selected and displayed to guests who are served homemade potatoes chips, made in the hotel restaurant.
Each of the 25 rooms of the Valverde Hotel has a different decor, but all follow the pattern of cool sophistication that reigns throughout the property. In the Valverde suite on the sixth floor, in addition to its 55m2 of charm and comfort, guests can enjoy the view of the pretty roofs of local residences and the Castle of Sao Jorge – an exquisite view! As in every typical Lisbon home, the hotel has a pleasant courtyard. Surrounded by trees and plants, and featuring an inviting retro pool, this is the environment that most accurately reflects the personality of Lisbon: cheerful, unpretentious and full of grace. A place where visitors can relax by the pool or even enjoy a meal outdoors, as the patio is an extension of the hotel restaurant, the Sitio Valverde.
Under the control of chef Carla Sousa, the signature menu is mainly composed of specialties from the Portuguese cuisine such as codfish à moda da casa (Portuguese-style) and the sirloin steak with gratin cheddar and Portuguese sauce. Moreover, in the courtyard guests are delighted by an exquisite afternoon tea served with various sweet and salty delights, including the famous hot custard tarts. Guests can also refresh themselves with exclusive cocktails, as the Valverde cocktail, made of gin, elderberry liqueur, lemon and aloe vera extract, or the exotic Expresso Margarita, made of coffee and tequila. The caipirinha, made of Brazilian cachaca, is also in its menu. Thus, it is almost impossible not to feel delighted.
The hotel does not feature a SPA, but it is possible to request in-room massages, to relax body and mind after a day of walking around. The hotel’s attentive service is also available beyond its dependencies in exclusive programs offered to guests. A night trip on board a sail boat with catering service can be scheduled to ensure a romantic evening for two. Or even a spin around the city in an old cabriolet-style car, worthy of the most fascinating epic movies. Small details that can ensure your stay in Lisbon are even more seductive.