Lisbon is fast becoming a real hot spot for travel, whether visiting for a week or just a weekend, you cannot go wrong booking your next city break to Portugal’s bustling capital. If you’re lucky with the weather you can enjoy the many roof top bars and restaurants serving local Portuguese food and exciting contemporary cocktails. If you’re searching for cool accommodation, look no further than The Vintage Hotel.
Bomporto Hotels is a is a boutique hotel group in Lisbon owned and run by English duo Peter Lowe and Chris Eddis as the hotel management arm of Morningbridge Lda. The pair are experienced in creating new 5 star boutique spaces from derelict buildings in Portugal and The Vintage hotel is the second to open in their portfolio. Previously a an ‘old vintage’ style hotel, Bomporto have transformed it into cool, mid-century, retro chic hotel with individually selected furniture pieces and art work.
In each of the 56 rooms you have a DIY gin and tonic station on a vintage Mad Men style hostess trolley. The hotel group actively chooses to use and showcase the ‘best of Portugal’ which means collaboration with a wide range of local businesses, artists and manufacturers. What is successful about the design is that whilst it is in every sense the vintage style, it manages to feel effortlessly contemporary and cool.
Nestled between the commercial centre of Avenida da Liberdade and the cosmopolitan design district of Principe Real, staying at The Vintage means you have the opportunity to explore the best that Lisbon has to offer with ease, either on foot, tuk-tuk or by tram.
In the hotel’s restaurant BLUE, there are fantastic photographs of Portuguese fisherman and this alongside the name BLUE, you are sensitively connected to the history of Lisbon, Portugal and the sea.
The hotel is built around the philosophy of Inspire, Relax, Play, as the mood takes you. The rooms are therefore decorated in three way colour palettes of Terracotta, Blue and Green. The rooms are all a great size and you will enjoy discovering all of the little treats that are waiting for you.
You will find waterfall showers and beautiful shampoos, conditioners and soaps from the world famous Portuguese brand Claus Porto, who have a store in a restored pharmacy shop not far from the hotel where you can pick up beautiful gifts or treats for yourself to remember the scents of Portugal.
Each room has all the amenities you would expect, including hair dryers, comfortable seating areas, large beds with luxury bedding and beautiful artwork by local artists. There are also coffee machines with Costa Nova cups and saucers to start or end your day in style.
Once you have settled into your room you can make your way to the roof and enjoy the beautiful surroundings, chilled out music and wonderful pre-dinner cocktails with lovely views overlooking the city. In the evenings, there will often be DJs or film screenings programmed.
If relaxing is high on your list then you can ride the lift to the bottom of the hotel and visit the Spa. You can enjoy the signature full body massage the Vintage Ritual. You can either start in the sauna, followed by a body exfoliation and finish with a massage or have the massage followed by a gold facial.
You can also simply chill in the pool and on the poolside loungers with a book and a pot of tea. The staff at the Spa are incredibly friendly and attentive and will do their utmost to ensure you relax and have everything you need.
What sets the Bomporto Hotels aside from the competition in this fast growing tourist destination is that they are effortlessly cool but without any pretention. If you’re looking for an affordable, stylish break than these guys are offering just want you need. The staff are all warm and friendly and always on hand to help. Bomporto Hotels manages The Lumiares and The Vintage Hotel and is set to manage future hotel, The Rebello in Porto (2021).
Images by Carlos Luque, Francisco Nogueiro, Luis Ferraz and Dale Ellis.