The Lumiares is a stylish apartment-style stay in the heart of Lisbon’s old city, but with two restaurants, a rooftop bar and stellar service, you’re losing none of the perks of a luxury hotel. Stylistically, it toes the line between modernist luxury and local flavour: geometric patterns and gold accents lend a touch of decadence – fitting for a building that began life as a palace – but the rooms are also filled with furniture and textiles made by local artisans, giving them a true Lisboan soul. And that’s what the Lumiares is all about: bringing guests into the fold. If you’d rather stay in and take a crack at Portuguese cuisine yourself, you can cook up a storm in your sleek Smeg kitchen. If not, head to the rooftop restaurant, or venture out into the Bairro Alto, where the cobbled lanes abound with family-run restaurants, buzzing cafés and worldly wine bars.
Stylish apartments with hotel service
Rooftop bar with skyline views
In Lisbon’s historic heart
A bottle of white wine in your room on arrival, 15 per cent off spa treatments (of €75 or more) and free breakfast every day
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All of the common areas are wheelchair accessible, as are some of the two-bedroom apartments.The art in the rooms includes work by celebrated street artist Maser, whose rise to prominence has taken his work from Dublin backstreets to fine art galleries.
Lisbon is a city of hills with steep cobbled streets, so you’ll need some comfy shoes if you want to avoid the Compeed.
Lumni is a bit more of a dress-to-impress sort, but keep it casual at breakfast.
R. do Diário de Notícias 142, Lisbon, 1200-146
0.4 mi / 0.6 km from city centre
- Exercise gym
- Internet services
- On-Site parking
- Onsite laundry
Lumi Rooftop Bar & Restaurant is helmed by Portuguese chef João Silva. Occupying a rooftop space with some of the best views in the Bairro Alto, Lumi serves elegant Portuguese dishes with an international lean; the signature dish is ox heart tartare, but the sea bass with orange and fennel has won many a heart too. Breakfast is also served in Lumni – there’s a station for fruits, cheeses and charcuterie, a heavily-laden pastry table where you can find freshly baked breads and your morning pastel de nata fix, and a handful of cooked-to-order options.
In Lumi, it’s got to be a table on the terrace. If the weather isn’t playing ball, then ask for one by the open kitchen.
In Lumi, breakfast is served from 7.30am to 10.30 am. The Portuguese like to lunch late, so the restaurant doesn’t reopen until 4pm, but from then on you can dine anytime until 11pm.
The rooftop bar really is the jewel in the hotel’s crown. Glass walls ensure you’ve got a clear line of sight over the rooftops, towards the castle and out to sea; after dusk, the facades of the surrounding churches and townhouses emerge from the darkness in floodlit glory. Bring in the evening with one of the hotel’s signature cocktails, El Gringo, a medley of Maker’s Mark bourbon, port, Benedictine liqueur and bitters.
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