Hermitage Castelo Casa Chafariz is a collection of five serviced apartments in the heart of Santos, Lisbon’s thriving design quarter. Painted a stately sienna red, the decorative-fronted building is an emblem of traditional Portuguese design and overlooks the Chafariz da Esperança, a baroque fountain – and official national monument – dating from 1760. Inside, the apartments tell tales of an equally illustrious past, featuring ornate ceilings, wooden beams and interior shutters. Modernity has arrived in the form of sleek kitchens, contemporary furnishings and statement lamps, ensuring the apartments are fit for 21st-century travellers. Downstairs, the expert concierge team are all too happy to spill the city’s secrets, and Santos’ streets are full of characterful cafés, art galleries and homegrown boutiques, many of which have taken up residence in old warehouses and workshops.
Noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm, but flexible subject to availability.
Double rooms from $244.62 (€215), 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.
Casa Chafariz is a self-catering stay, so rates don’t include any meals.
The baroque fountain outside the hotel is classed as a national monument, and was one of the first to be finished after the Great Earthquake of 1755.
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout. In rooms: HDTV; fully-equipped kitchen with a fridge, hob, oven, microwave, toaster and dishwasher; Delta Q coffee machine; tea and a kettle; organic Damana bath products.
Our favourite rooms
If it’s just the two of you, go for the one-bedroom Santos Suite, which has a spacious living area, a kitchen with an island and views of the Chafariz da Esperança fountain. If you’ve got family in tow, book the two-bedroom Miradouro Suite, which has a open-plan living and dining area with skyline views of Chiado. The kitchen is full size and has plenty of counter space, making family meals a cinch.
Don’t forget your swimming gear – you can take a train from Cais de Sodré to nearby Cascais, a quaint fishing town with one of the best local beaches.
The hotel's historic layout means it's not wheelchair accessible.
All ages are welcome, and the apartments have lots of legroom for families. Every one has a sofabed, and cots (free for children under three) can be added on request.
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 Antigais 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 toLX 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 dei 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.
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 these serviced apartments in Lisbon and unpacked their purchases from creative hub LX Factory, a full account of their city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Hermitage Castelo Casa Chafariz in Lisbon…
An old district that’s no stranger to change, Santos has been at the heart of Lisbon’s commerce for centuries. Long an industrial area thanks to its proximity to the docks, the area has undergone quite a transformation over the last two decades, seeing an influx of creatives who’ve set up businesses in its old workshops and storehouses, breathing new life into the area. But for all its industrial pedigree, Santos isn’t without its genteel finery, and Hermitage Castelo Casa Chafariz is a prime example. Occupying a stately building with arched windows and a decorative façade, the hotel overlooks one of the oldest fountains in the city, complete with gargoyles and flamboyant stonework.
Inside, the grand proportions and finishes of the original rooms have been mixed with design that’s much more modern, including mid-century furniture, brass lighting and bright modern artwork. The look chimes perfectly with an area that’s fast becoming associated with architects, designers and their devotees, and the fact that it’s a self-catered stay makes it perfect for individualists who like to travel on their own terms. Completing the balance between old and new is the adept concierge, casually turned out but standing by to secure reservations and tickets at a moment’s notice – and always in the know when it comes to the restaurant du jour.
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