Lisbon, Portugal

Casa Fortunato

Rates per night from$438.61

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR396.23), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Dressed to the nines

Setting

Art-deco enclave

Transfigured townhouse Casa Fortunato is made up of just nine suave suites: staying here feels like you’ve been invited into the home of a Lisbon socialite. Perched on a tree-lined hill in elegant Amoreiras, the house bears all the hallmarks of stately living, including a sweeping staircase, library and light-flooded suites with large windows. Architect-owners Filipa and Antonio used to use it as their studio before embarking on their dream project, transforming the house into a hotel that pairs high design with the sort of hospitality usually reserved for close friends. Pluck a book from the shelves in the library, sip wine in the loungers and join dinners at the polished dining table, trading the day’s stories with your fellow guests.

Smith Extra

Get this when you book through us:

A glass of wine each, with snacks, once during your stay

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Nine suites.

Check–Out

Noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $438.61 (€396), excluding tax at 6 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €2.00 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates include a macrobiotic buffet breakfast, daily yoga class and an unpacking and pressing service on the day you arrive.

Also

Before it became Casa Fortunato, the house was home to Antonio’s architectural practice. He and his wife Filipa found its rooms a constant source of inspiration when they worked, but had long harboured dreams of turning it into a hotel. They took the plunge in 2018, and haven’t looked back since.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout, laundry service. In rooms: flatscreen TV; Bluetooth speaker; tea and coffee kit; free bottled water; and Diptyque bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Each room is as individual as the last, making picking a favourite a matter of taste. Decorated in rich ochre and sienna tones, Room 7 has the power to whisk you to African plains – or at least make you see them in your dreams. Room 8 is a tribute to Nature’s own hand, particularly her preference for swooping curves and spheres, which can be seen in the brass door handles, lunar wallpaper and arched ceiling.

Packing tips

Don’t forget your yoga kit and swimming gear – a taxi can whisk you to a nearby beach in as little as 15 minutes.

Also

This historic townhouse has stairs throughout, so it’s unsuitable for wheelchair users.

Children

All ages are made to feel very welcome, but the hotel is best suited to teens and adults. A cot can be added to certain rooms free of charge.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

You’ll all be seated around the oval dining table.

Dress Code

There are no set rules – dress as you would to attend a dinner party thrown by a suave friend.

Hotel restaurant

The hotel has a dining room rather than a restaurant, but that’s not to say meals here are anything less than inspired. Lunch and dinner are available on request, making them feel more like a private dinner party – you’ll be seated around an elegant dining table and have full view of the kitchen as the chef goes about her work. The food isn’t defined by one cuisine; instead, it’s underpinned by the Japanese philosophy behind the macrobiotic diet. Everything that goes into each dish is grown as naturally as possible, and is locally-sourced and organic without question. The resulting meals are as flavoursome as they are healthy, going heavy on greens and grains and light on meat and dairy.

Hotel bar

There’s an honesty bar stocked with beer, wine and water in the dining room.

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 8am to 11am. Lunch and dinner are on request – the chef will serve at a time that best suits you and your fellow diners.

Location

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Address
Casa Fortunato
R. Marquês Subserra 10,
Lisboa
1070-170
Portugal

The hotel occupies an 19th-century townhouse in Amoreiras, one of Lisbon’s most elegant neighbourhoods.

Planes

Lisbon’s Humberto Delgado Airport is the best place to touch down. It takes around 20 minutes to drive to the hotel; a private car can be arranged for €60 each way.

Automobiles

You won’t need a car in Lisbon – the metro, trams and buses are cheap and easy to use, and taxis have you covered for everything else. If you do choose to drive, bear in mind the city’s made up steep cobbled hills with many a one-way street. The Smith24 team can arrange your hire should you need it; the valet can park your car in a nearby car park for €15 a day.

Worth getting out of bed for

Casa Fortunato’s days as a private home may have passed, but we’d wager its living rooms have never felt more inviting. Ease into your morning with a yoga class in the softly lit studio, which can also be booked for private sessions. Flooded with light and strewn with stylish sofas, soft rugs and reclining lounge chairs, the library is exactly the sort of place that makes you want to linger for longer. The shelves are stocked with something for every sort of appetite, whether you’re in the mood for a five-minute flick-through or are looking for something to last your whole stay.

If the hotel’s interiors have inspired you to explore Lisbon’s art and design scene, there’s nowhere better to start than the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, named after the famously philanthropic oil magnate. Built in 1969 to house his vast collection of art and artifacts, this masterpiece of concrete and glass sits at the heart of the Gulbenkian Garden, a transportive park with the power to whisk you worlds away from the city streets. For a slice of modern design that you can take home, try LX Factory, a creative hub housed in a factory that dates back to 1846. At turns a textile mill, food processing plant and printers, this relic of old-world industry has now been turned over to Lisbon’s creative community, who’ve populated it with design workshops, fashion boutiques and concept stores. Príncipe Real is the place to find quaint cafés, independent galleries and antique shops; another classic neighbourhood is bohemian Bairro Alto, where the steep cobbled streets are lined with 300-year-old houses and hole-in-the-wall bars. Once there, it’s worth hiking up to the Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara, a landscaped garden with sweeping views across the historic centre.

Local restaurants

For the classic Lisbon experience, try Taberna da rua das Flores, a pint-sized tavern with a few tables hugging the walls. The menu is rooted in the Portguese cuisine of yesteryear, presented on chalked blackboards that change daily according to what the chef can get his hands on. It may be small but its reputation is mighty, so be prepared to queue – they don’t take reservations. Taberna Moderna offers an updated take on this intimate and laid-back style of dining, serving Portuguese classics like black rice, oxtail and seared scallops in portions that are perfect for sharing. For atmospheric fine dining, book a table at Travessa, which has taken up residence in a 17th-century convent in Madragoa. Meals here are tinged with old-world romance and make a showcase of northern Portugal’s best produce. Another classic is Gambrinus, where the dining room is almost Tudor-like with its stained glass windows and dark wooden beams. All sorts of high-flyers have come through the doors over the last 75 years, lured by the quality of the lobster, crab and fish.

Local bars

If you’re after craft beer, cocktails and a casual atmosphere, Pub Lisboeta does all three with aplomb, and has friendly bar staff who are only too happy to help. Sumptuously decorated Prócopio is the place for a hit of art nouveau glamour, complete with velvet banquettes, tasseled lampshades and barmen in bowties – you can leave your dinner jacket at home, however. Restaurant Pesca is first and foremost a seafood restaurant, but the cocktails here warrant a visit for drinks alone. If you get peckish, sample some of their oysters, which can be served au naturel or flavoured with mirin pearls, foie gras or cucumber water.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this townhouse hotel in Lisbon and unpacked their newly purchased treasures from the boutiques of Príncipe Real, a full account of their Portuguese city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Casa Fortunato in Lisbon…

Casa Fortunato is one of those hotels that exudes a sense of welcome from every tile and floorboard. It may be because it was a house long before it was a hotel – and one that was surely no stranger to playing host. We say this because it stands astride a low hill in Amoreiras, a wealthy enclave that rose to prominence at the turn of the 20th century. Given its size, it’s no stretch to imagine elegant society types gliding across the floorboards or sweeping down the stairs to a soundtrack of clinking glasses. Imaginary or not, these characters would feel right at home in one of the hotel’s nine suites, each a labour of love that reflects the owners’ eye for design and unflinching attention to detail: striking wallpapers by Jupiter 10 make up the backdrop to hand-picked furniture and bespoke bathrooms that have to be seen to be truly appreciated. Then there’s the communal rooms, as peaceful as they are impressive, and just the sort of places that make you want to take a moment, doing nothing more than sipping your coffee and watching the trees stir in street.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Casa Fortunato’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The beautiful home that Antonio and Filipa have created is very special. The colors, the art, the fabrics, the tile, it is all wonderful to the eye and feeds creative souls. We were able to meet the entire family and their lovely dog Caca. They were all wonderful. The staff, with Antonio and Filipa could not have been more welcoming, accommodating, or helpful. The breakfasts and afternoon tea service were healthy and incredibly delicious. The morning yoga classes are perfect for a through Hatha stretch. My partner had a in house massage, the therapist was both knowledgable and very good.

Don’t expect

A busy bustling place, it has a lovely elegant vibe.

Rating

Stayed on 25 May 2019

We loved

I can say from stepping inside Casa Fortunato until I left, I felt welcomed, nourished, cared for, and guided. Daily yoga, and surprisingly delicious macrobiotic breakfasts, plus great personal recommendations for sight seeing and eating out, all contributed enormously to my enjoyment. The design features of the Casa Fortunato are a recognised success, but it's also the philosophy, and the team who support Filippa and Antonio that are wonderful. It's a treat for body, mind and soul - it couldnt have been better.

Rating

Stayed on 13 May 2019