Lisbon – Hotel Estrela

January 19th 2011

Hotel Estrela
Hotel Estrela

I’m back from a lovely birthday weekend in Lisbon. The weather was kind and we did an awful lot of wandering up and down the town’s hilly cobbled streets. We stayed at the Hotel da Estrela. Opened only last October, it’s housed in a historic palace in a pretty area just west of the city centre. Next door is a tourism college which clearly inspired the hotel’s schoolhouse decor, and the hotel even has the students in to get practical experience.

Hotel Estrela
Hotel Estrela
birthday treat

The schoolhouse decor carried on in the room, which had fun blackboard carpets, writing slates, and a salvaged desktop and classroom posters on the walls. Both the bed and the bathroom were huge and super-luxe, and the best part was a little gift of flowers and ginjinha (local cherry liqueur) on my birthday.

Hotel Estrela
Lisbon:  Hotel Estrela
Hotel Estrela
Hotel Estrela

The dining room downstairs is beautifully decorated with a mix of vintage school chairs mixed with Eameses and other classroom paraphernalia artfully arranged. Unfortunately there was nothing veggie on offer so we couldn’t try it out, but the menu did look nice and they have an interesting payment structure where you only pay what you feel the dish was worth.

Lisbon lattice

Just down the road from the hotel is the pretty Basília da Estrela, and it’s also near the Rato metro stop and the Jardim da Estrela. I’d definitely recommend a stay here if you’re in town – if you’re prepared to trek to the top of the hill on which it’s perched! Check their website for rates and more info.

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Comments (7)

  • Brancoprata

    January 19th 2011 at 11:06 pm

    Thank you for such a beautiful post about a Portuguese city! Next time you're in Portugal, you should visit Porto, the second larger town in the country and my beloved hometown! ;))

  • The Woollen Typist

    January 20th 2011 at 12:05 am

    If it was your birthday, then happy belated birthday…if not…happy birthday to the person who had a birthday!

    Looks like such a beautiful place. I love the idea of the chalk boards.


  • Forgotten Fancies

    January 20th 2011 at 9:08 am

    What an amazing hotel! If only I can get to Lisbon…
    Happpy Birthday!!

  • Redmagda

    January 20th 2011 at 9:35 am

    Your photos are beautiful. Lisbon is my favourite city. I took myself off there last September for a luxury couple of nights on my way back from a week with my parents (who live in central Portugal). I stayed at Chiado 16 – which I can't recommend highly enough – worth a google if you fancy going back. I love the faded glory of the city – it's got a sort of edgy shabby chic note to it! I think we may be kindred spirits! Happy Birthday!

  • fashionrecruit

    January 20th 2011 at 11:35 am

    Amazing! Sounds and looks like a great place to stay on a wonderful weekend away to Lisbon.
    Lucy x

  • Louise

    January 31st 2011 at 12:50 pm

    I'm lost for words, that hotel is absolutely gorgeous! You lucky thing going there for your birthday, Lisbon is such a beautiful city! Did you try their custard tarts? Amaaaazing :)

  • mujerboricua

    January 31st 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Wow. This hotel makes me want to visit Lisbon asap. It's gorgeous and hella quirky. Love it.

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