Hermitage Castelo Casa Chafariz
Rua da Esperança 4
The hotel is in Lisbon’s bustling design district, Santos, which is peppered with galleries, independent boutiques and modish restaurants.
Lisbon’s Humberto Delgado Airport is the best place to touch down. It takes around 25 minutes to drive from there to the hotel; a private car (usually a Mercedes-Benz) can be arranged for €30 each way.
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. There’s private valet parking within three minutes’ walk of the hotel; the rate is €10 for every 24 hours (€15 for SUVs).
Worth getting out of bed for
The hotel may not have much in the way of entertainment, but that doesn’t mean you’re left to fend for yourself. The adept concierge team know all the best cafés, restaurants and worthwhile tours in town, and are only too happy to make bookings on your behalf. In terms of local highlights, the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga is a 10-minute walk away, laying claim to some of the finest classical artworks in the country. For creativity of a more contemporary kind, head to LX Factory, a creative hub housed in a building that dates back to 1846. At turns a textile mill, food-processing plant and printers, this relic of old-world industry has now been restored and turned over to the city's creative community, who’ve populated it with restaurants, design workshops, fashion boutiques, homeware stores and more. If this sample of the city’s creative output has you yearning for more, try the Centro Cultural de Belém, which has a permanent art collection and hosts all manner of termporary exhibitions, talks and performances. If it's your first visit to Lisbon, spend some time wandering around bohemian Bairro Alto, where the steep cobbled streets are lined with 300-year-old houses and hole-in-the-wall bars. It’s worth hiking up to the Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara, a landscaped garden with sweeping views across the historic centre.
Fast becoming one of the best breakfast spots in Santos, Fauna and Flora serves all the classics and then some, with brunch options for every sort of persuasion; better still, it's practically on the doorstep. Housed in a historic building that’s been treated to a contemporary refit, Local is perfect for a laid-back lunch, serving healthy, nutritious dishes like poké bowls, prawn curries and turmeric-spiced chicken. Authentic Italian cuisine can be had at Osteria Cucina di Amici, an intimate trattoria serving soulful classics and select Italian wines. 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, including tenderloin beef, venison, monkfish and black truffles. Those with a passion for seafood shouldn't miss local legend Frade dos Mares, known for serving some of the best mussels, prawns and octopus in town.
Aptly-named Park is...well, on the top floor of a car park, but the space has been transformed into a suave roof terrace where sundowners are sipped among planters filled with exotic greenery. It’s got some of the best sunset views of any bar in Bairro Alto, so be sure to arrive in plenty of time to snag a table.