At the very heart of Lisbon, mainland Europe’s westernmost capital, you are met by many gems, but few can match the grandeur to that of Verride Palácio Santa Catarina. Upon arrival, the location overlooking River Tagus is enticing, however, the real opulence begins inside. This 18-room boutique hotel is a pure pleasure for the senses.

What once used to be the home of an 18th-century count has now been revived under the watchful eye of architect Teresa Nunes da Ponte whose talent and expertise is in restoration and rehabilitation of built heritage. She has seamlessly blended the old with the new. Elements like marble, wrought iron staircases, and ornamental ceilings are interwoven throughout the hotel giving it a palatial feel, while there is also a strong contemporary element in all interiors.

Spectacular Views Both Inside and Out

What truly sets this Lisbon location apart from most others is its unrivaled location. Each of the bright, spacious rooms has a fantastic view of Lisbon’s signature Pombaline architecture, while the real treat is the deluxe rooftop terrace with a pool, boasting 360 views of the city and River Tagus.

Interiors are lavishly decorated in molding that resemble the Late Baroque or Rococo era, while laudable hand-painted Azulejo tilework is unveiled in spacious bathrooms.

While the majority of interior elements are in neutral and earth tones, no corners are cut when selecting the materials. Marble and hardwood elements, finest Egyptian cotton, and silk de Gournay wallpapers. Darker contrasts appear in gorgeous gem-colored velvet furniture.

Food and Drink: Indulge Your Senses

Indulge in oysters and champagne at the start of your evening on the rooftop terrace, watching the city truly come alive towards the sunset. Further gastronomic delights can be enjoyed in one of the two of the hotel’s restaurants – the gastro bar Suba and Restaurant Criatura.

The head chef Bruno Carvalho, a native of coastal Figueira da Foz, has vast experience working in some of the world’s most celebrated Michelin star restaurants. After a couple of years of creating a culinary buzz in Dubai and Seychelles, he returned to Lisbon to run Criatura. Fresh local ingredients, amazing seafood, cheese and charcuterie, and the best cuts of meat paired with exquisite wines will make this experience well worth it.

At the Heart of Lisbon’s Chic Chiado Quarter

Verride Palácio Santa Catarina is perfectly located in the chic and sophisticated Chiado Quarter, which is home to elegant old-style cafes, theaters, art nouveau jewelry shops and fashion house Hermès. Chiado used to be the intellectual epicenter of Lisbon and its glorious past is nowhere close to fading these days too.