Lisbon, Portugal

Casa Fortunato

Price per night from$2,237.74

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 (EUR1,886.79), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Dressed to the nines

Setting

Art-deco enclave

A stay at transfigured townhouse Casa Fortunato feels like a brush with Lisbon’s crème de la crème – such is the pedigree of its design and air of worldly welcome. The nine-suite hotel overlooks a tree-lined boulevard in Amoreiras, an elegant neighbourhood that’s long been a haunt of Portuguese high society. Every inch in tune with its surroundings, the house bears all the hallmarks of a stately past including a sweeping staircase, grand living room and suites with soaring ceilings. Architect-owners Filipa and Antonio channelled a wealth of experience into its transformation, combining original tiling and timber floors with a choreographed riot of contemporary design. Best of all, though, is that it still feels like a home – albeit one where you can lounge in a library or dine at an antique table that gleams in the lamplight. Please note, as a Covid-19 precaution, the hotel will only be available for exclusive-use hire until April 2021.

Smith Extra

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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.

Prices

Double rooms from £1831.15 (€2,000), including 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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Milly Kenny-Ryder

Anonymous review

By Milly Kenny-Ryder, Thoroughly modern tastemaker

I felt very privileged to be visiting boutique stay Casa Fortunato in Lisbon, the recipient of the Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Awards’ 2019 Hotel of the Year gong. Knowing some of the other brilliant hotels who’d been in the running, this accolade had elevated my expectations. Our experience of this winning nine-room boutique hotel began a few weeks before landing in Lisbon. After booking I was amazed to receive several emails asking about our preferences of pillow type and checking if we would like yoga lessons during our stay. When we arrived, a little earlier than planned, we were welcomed with open arms by the warm, chatty staff and the owners’ beautiful black Labrador, Cacau. 

Casa Fortunato is a transformed townhouse, the magical creation of couple Filipa and António, who live on the top floor with their four kids, which accounts for the inviting homey atmosphere. Each of the bedrooms evokes a different feel, quirky geometric wallpapers add character to the walls, brushed coloured tiles adorn the floors. Alongside modern amenities are carefully chosen pieces of antique furniture. As each of the rooms are highly individual, guests can weigh up the options online, picking their favourite colour scheme and layout. After a long deliberation I chose Room No. 5, a serene teal hideaway with a balcony and bath tub. However, when we arrived we’d been upgraded to another, bigger room – it was equally beautiful, but not the one I’d chosen, although I was thankful for the extra space and felt I should gracefully accept the kind upgrade. And, we ended up being extremely comfortable in Room No. 3, which was outfitted in soothing blues and bold graphic prints. Our new room had a high ceiling and vintage touches, and while it was luxurious, it was a space you could relax in too. There was a soft super-king-size bed and a living room with a small sofa and desk, and the large glass-doored bathroom was wonderful, with a deep bath tub and Diptyque toiletries – although shy Mr and Mrs Smiths should note, it was somewhat lacking in privacy…

Each morning we woke early and headed downstairs to the spacious yoga studio for classes. Here we took part in a 45-minute Yin yoga class, which I really enjoyed. The teacher was very hands on (which is always much appreciated) and afterwards we continued our days by exploring Lisbon with a new sense of calm and balance. But before we headed out, breakfast was served. The hotel prides itself on offering a healthy macrobiotic breakfast for guests. Admittedly, I had to look up what macrobiotic means and can report it stems from Zen Buddhism: a diet that aims to cut out animal products and instead use local seasonal produce. The array of colourful dishes was very alluring, but it was a struggle for me to have coffee without ‘normal’ milk. Nevertheless I learnt to adapt and definitely felt healthier after the pressed juices, freshly-baked breads and homemade non-dairy spreads. I didn’t have the opportunity to try dinner in the hotel’s dining room, but the concept has been adopted for evening meals too, with some Japanese influence, should you opt to eat here.

The hotel is very much meant to feel like a home-away-from-home for its guests, and that is exactly how we felt. Each day, I wandered around barefoot and relaxed in the huge lounge, flicking through the artistic books and admiring the furnishings. Each morning we’d speak to the manager on duty about our itinerary and hear his well-informed tips for the best places to eat and things to see. By the time we had to leave we’d become quite accustomed to our stylish new Lisbon residence, and looking back on my stay at Casa Fortunato I know I’ll remember the people and conversations just as much as the indulgent accommodation.

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