“An intimate guesthouse in a peaceful neighbourhood, with themed rooms mixing Portuguese heritage and contemporary décor”
Spread across 2 beautiful buildings, the 10 rooms are each themed around a different Portuguese cultural icon, from fadista Amália Rodrigues to actress Beatriz Costa. All mix vintage and modern décor, with prints depicting their namesake.
The main house, with its tiled exterior, has 5 rooms ranging in size. In Basic Room 'Fernando Pessoa', literary masterpieces line the brown and white walls in homage to the famous writer; it’s the smallest room but it feels cosseting. Double Room ‘Florbela Espanca' is the only room with a bathtub (an indulgent claw-foot affair), while the Duplex Suite, Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso, has a sitting area, a bed on a mezzanine, and a balcony overlooking the leafy patio.
The Pombaline-style building next door has 5 Studios, some duplexes and all except Natália Correia with kitchenettes. We loved our stay in Manoel de Oliveira, named after a 1950s movie director and kitted out in vintage film posters, black and white movie stills, and a red velvet curtain emulating cinemas of a bygone age.
There’s no restaurant, but breakfast is certainly a big event at Casa Amora. Taken on the ivy-covered patio whenever the weather allows, the multi-course affair includes rustic breads, delicious cured hams and cheeses, homemade yoghurts, and daily specials such as tortilla with smoked salmon. Lisbon delicacies (including irresistible custard tarts) are also a highlight, and Maria the cook will top up your Portuguese porcelain coffee cup with a smile.
Throughout the day fresh fruit platters, cookies and hot drinks are available in the open-plan kitchen and guest lounge, and there’s an honesty bar filled with cold beers and Portuguese wine. Most of the Studios have kitchenettes (stove, microwave, fridge, kettle and toaster), and you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to good neighbourhood restaurants and food shops - just ask Luis or Juan for recommendations.
Casa Amora has no particular facilities for children, but all ages are welcome and the relaxed, personal ambiance will put families at ease.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
The Duplex Suite and 2 of the Duplex Studios have sofabeds that can sleep 2 extra guests (additional charge); note that their steep open-sided staircases aren't toddler-friendly, though the sofabeds and bathrooms are on the lower level. Baby cots can be provided for free in all rooms.
Arranged on request.