Stay and Wander: Santa Clara 1728 at Lisbon
Lisbon, Portugal has always been on my list of top places to visit. I stumbled upon this stunning lodging, which combines my love for architecture and design. Santa Clara 1728 is located in one of the most romantic squares in Alfama, a traditional district in Lisbon.
Designed by architect Manuel Aires Mateus, this enchanting 18th century building was renovated with respect to the original heritage. Using traditional materials such as limestone "Lioz" from Sintra, pine wood floors and handmade tiles, the new space radiates serenity and comfort through the purity which defines Manuel Aires Mateus' architecture.
Santa Clara 1728 offers 6 spacious suites with some rooms with stunning river views. For design enthusiasts seeking a calming and peaceful respite in this vibrant city, the combination of materials and exquisite interior details result in a warm minimalist space.
The house is furnished with thoughtful designs from around the world. The suites feature wide beds from B&B Italia/ MaxAalto, designed by Antonio Citerio, with natural cotton mattresses from Spanish brand, ALMA Natura and pillows and blankets made in Portugal. Sofas are all from Living Divanni and chairs and tables from Carl Hansen (Designer H.J. Wegner), Denmark.
The interior lighting was selected by Davide Groppi (Italian light designer). Some of the best pieces of his collection like the ‘Moon’, ‘Simbiosi’ or ‘Mira R’ provide distinctive and intimate lights in the house.
WANDER: With this stunning home base in the city, there are many wonderful sights within walking distance from Santa Clara 1728.
"Feira da Ladra" Lisbon’s legendary flea- and antique-market is just in front of the hotel and takes place every Tuesday and Saturday.
The 17th Century Monastery of "Sao Vicente de Fora” is one of the most important monasteries in Portugal.
The majestic National Pantheon, which was originally the Sta. Engracia church.
São Jorge Castle: Moorish castle occupying a commanding hilltop overlooking the historic center and Tagus River.
The enchanting Alfama Neighbourhood: the oldest Moorish quarter in Lisbon which predates theearthquake of 1755. Alfama is a maze of narrow streets, Fado and famous viewpoints (miradouros).
The commercial city center (Baixa) is about 15 minutes walk away or board one of thepicturesque old Lisbon trams.
All images and info courtesy of Santa Clara 1728. Photography by Nelson Garrido