“Restored 18th-century palace housing stylish apartments, a rooftop restaurant and a little spa, in the lively Bairro Alto”
There’s so much to love here: the service is nothing short of impeccable, and the rooftop restaurant is as special as its castle views (and cocktails). There’s also a sweet spa on the ground floor. But what made us fall hard was the bespoke décor by local artisans in all 53 suites, from handspun tapestries to urban artworks. Despite its hip hotel status and international accolades, The Lumiares never forgets its Portuguese roots.
- You’re in the heart of the Bairro Alto – a historic district with a bohemian soul. At night, pint-sized bars spill out onto the cobblestoned streets
- Lumi, the trendy rooftop restaurant, has spectacular city views
- Or self cater: each apartment has a fully equipped Smeg kitchen (including a fridge with complimentary soft drinks)
- Exceptionally friendly staff take your number at check-in so anything you need is just a WhatsApp away
- We loved the locally designed décor and the cool cubic lighting installation in the central staircase
- Windows in street-level apartments don’t open (for security reasons)
- Bathrooms, though stylish, with geometric tiles, are on the small side
- Most apartments have high ceilings, however the building’s heritage means a few are partially sloped
Best time to go
Our top tips
- Love the Claus Porto toiletries in your bathroom? Head to their flagship boutique down the road and stock up – they make great souvenirs.
- If you’ve fallen head over heels for the décor in your apartment (it’s hard not to), you can take any piece home with you – ask reception for prices.
- Boutique Hotel
- Restaurant & bar (open daily)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Daily Maid Service
- Towels & Bedlinen
- Laundry service
The 53 stylish apartments come in five categories – Studio, One-Bedroom Suite, Bairro Alto Mezzanine Suite, Two-Bedroom Suite and Penthouse. All have triple-glazed French windows facing the mirador or São Roque Church; some Studios have balconies and the Penthouses feature sun-drenched terraces.
From handwoven rugs to leather folders, everything has been custom-made by local producers. Alentejan textile hangings mix traditional artisanship with modern design, and posters by contemporary Lisboan artist Maser add an urban touch. The colour scheme is mainly monochrome with a dash of blush pink and the occasional pop of mustard or navy.
Everything about our bed was heavenly: the 100% cotton sheets and soft wool throw, the geometric head-rest and cool brass reading lamps... we slept brilliantly. Compact bathrooms have prettily-packaged Benamor toiletries, while gleaming white Smeg kitchens mean you can self-cater a few meals; always a bonus.
- Air conditioning
- Coffee / tea making
- Coffee maker
- Full kitchen
- Ipod dock
- Safe box
Headed by up-and-coming Portuguese chef João Silva, Lumi Rooftop Bar & Restaurant dishes up modern Mediterranean meals and pre-dinner cocktails (they have weekly drinks specials). We loved the sound of sweet potato gnocchi with roasted pumpkin and spinach, and alheira (traditional smoked sausage croquettes).
Quirky portraits of classic writers donning neon glasses hang on the walls of the contemporary interior, while the outside terrace offers wonderful panoramic views of the city. It's a lovely backdrop to the abundant buffet breakfasts, accompanied by eggs any style you like them.
On the ground floor is another cool culinary gem, Rebel Cafe, at whose terrazzo tables you can enjoy all day dining from a snack bar-style menu – think cheese and charcuterie boards, daily natural juices, original sandwiches and endless coffee options’. Just outside the door the tram stops at the São Pedro de Alcântara postcard-worthy view of Lisbon.
Besides these great in-house eateries, you’re steps from the restaurant-lined Principe Real area – the concierge is happy to give recommendations. Then again, nearby local market produce and your snazzy Smeg kitchen might tempt you to stay in for dinner...
- Children's meals
- Coffee / tea making
- Coffee maker
- Full kitchen
- Restaurants nearby
- Room service
- Hop on a vintage tram from directly opposite the hotel (‘Ascensor da Gloria’) and rattle around the city; a great way to get a feel for it
- Explore the boutiques, bars and restaurants of Lisbon’s trendy Principe Real district, steps from the hotel
- The concierge can organise historical walking tours around the Bairro Alto or Alfama districts; or for something more adventurous, enquire about boat and heli tours
- Ask reception if you want to hire a professional photographer for the day, to take you to the city’s most Instagrammable spots
- It’s a 10-minute walk to the riverside Cais do Sodre neighbourhood and the hugely popular Time Out (food) market
- Take in castle views from the nearby hilltop mirador, Sao Pedro de Alcântara
- Day trip to Belem, from where the great explorers set off to conquer the new world
- Work off those irresistible custard tarts on a running route provided by the hotel (you can hire a personal trainer to come with you)
- Back at the hotel, book a treatment in the stylish spa, which also has a sauna and steam room. There's a signature two-hour Lumiares ritual (black soap scrub, Turkish bath and full body massage), along with classic aromatherapy, beauty and shiatsu treatments
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Boat trips
- Cooking classes
- Historical sites
- Museums / galleries
- Private guided tours
- Shopping / markets
- Well being
Children are welcome and it’s a popular choice for families, thanks to the Two-Bedroom Suites with a twin room, and the well-equipped kitchens. Kids also get bathrobes, slippers and a coloured water bottle. Lumi Rooftop restaurant has a kids’ menu, and there’s a babysitting service upon request. Staff were happy to accommodate our toddler’s needs, bringing meals and a highchair to our room
Family friendly accommodation:
Studio, One-Bedroom Suites and the Bairro Alto Mezzanine Suite can each fit a baby cot (free of charge). Note these smaller rooms are shower only. The Two-Bedroom Suites and the Penthouse each have a queensize and twin bedroom, and can fit a baby cot (free of charge). Most of their bathrooms have a shower and tub
Baby cots and high chairs
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Kids' menus in Lumi Rooftop
Kids Activities nearby:
- National Museum of History & Science (800m)
- Botanical Garden (800m)
- Principe Real Garden (550m)
- Gloria Elevator and 28 Tram
- Kids workshops at the Farmacy Museum (600m)
- Airport: 9.6km (Lisbon)
- Shop: 2 mins' walk
- Hospital: 7km
The Lumiares is in the heart of Lisbon's trendy Bairro Alto district, opposite the Ascensor da Gloria tram.
Fly into Lisbon airport (9.6km away). The hotel offers a transfer service or you can jump in a taxi (25 mins) or travel by metro.
Detailed directions will be sent when you book through i-escape.
- Lisbon Portela 9.6 km LIS
- Beach 20.0 km
- Shops 0.2 km
- Restaurant 0.2 km