Santa Clara 1728
Scale of 90-100
Set within an 18th-century mansion, this six-suite hotel is located in a relatively quiet section of the Alfama neighborhood. Designed by Lisbon architect Manuel Aires Mateus, this is the first urban property in a collection of small guesthouses across Portugal. Mateus took care to use traditional building materials (Lioz marble from Sintra, pine flooring) as well as pedigreed furnishings (B&B Italia four-poster beds, Hans Wegner chairs) to create an atmosphere of stylish serenity that also feels inherently Portuguese. Public spaces include an entrance hall centered around a modular sofa under an enormous moon-shaped globe light; Ceia restaurant, where convivial dinners are served; and a sitting room where complimentary snacks and drinks can be enjoyed. Of the two categories of rooms, the Santa Clara suites are larger and divided into three ample living areas — bedroom, sitting area and bath — with unadorned but beautiful furniture. Note that the hotel lacks air-conditioning, and all rooms are devoid of televisions and phones. The hotel’s pared-down but exquisite interior design resembles, in many ways, a sophisticated Japanese ryokan. In-room spa treatments and guided city tours can be arranged.
Read the full review from our editors.
Genuine sense of hospitality in an intimate, private home atmosphere, combined with pared-down but exquisite interior design; helpful and friendly staff; non-touristic Alfama location with breathtaking views.
Lack of air-conditioning combined with potential for bothersome street noise; lack of some standard amenities like bathrobes and vanity kits; low lighting in room.
Good to Know
Santa Clara 1728 operates as a luxury guesthouse rather than a hotel, so it lacks 24-hour reception, room service, televisions and phones.
Santa Clara 1728 Features:
- Children welcome
- No a/c
Average Mid-High Season Rates (including taxes):
Lowest Rate: Suite Tejo, $450; Editor’s Choice: Suite Santa Clara, $540.
Learn more about Santa Clara 1728:
In order to offer you the highest level of service, online booking is currently not available. Please call Andrew Harper Travel at (800) 375-4685, or contact the hotel directly, for reservations.