For a long time Portugal was a hidden gem of Europe, it had somewhat of a mysterious veil. Today it is the place on many travelers lists because there is so much to experience and explore. Lisbon, the capital city, should definitely be one of your stops.
You will need to find the right neighborhood and a place to stay—Hobnob Magazine has your back! We know our readers love easily accessible, close to all the important sights accommodations but with a special flair. This defines Madalena by The Beautique Hotels.
This hotel’s concept is based on the imaginary “Madalena,” a Lisboner who has traveled the world, and after absorbing a myriad of cultures she became the ultimate hostess and opened this hotel. Madalena is a muse, the inspiration for an experience focused on glamour in an ultra feminine realm with a wild interior design by Atelier Nini Andrade Silva.
NEIGHBORHOOD: The location is simply perfect. Situated downtown on a quiet street, this hotel is in the central part of Lisbon. Just a few minutes away from the famous Rua Augusta, Rossio, Santa Justa Lift, Praça da Figueira and Terreiro do Paço. Within walking distance from the most famous and traditional neighborhoods: Alfama where you can listen to Fado, Baixa, Chiado full of great shops and cafes, and Bairro Alto. The facade is covered in pink oyster tiles, a revival of the 70s and a design so popular in this city.
SERVICE: Everyone in the hotel is very friendly and there to assist. Breakfast is included with your stay and it is simply delicious and served in their beautiful dining room. Full of traditional Portuguese pastries, including the famous “Pastéis de Nata” which is an egg custard tart pastry dusted with cinnamon (you will probably eat a lot of these while in Portugal since it is on almost every corner). A great addition to our stay was the included mini bar, refilled daily with water, non alcoholic refreshments as well as coffee and tea.
DESIGN: You can sense Madalena’s nature upon entering the hotel. Everything is in blush and gold tones, with flowers—and her accessories are all over, shoes, gloves, bags, and more. If you love fashion you will appreciate her designer purses and shoes displayed in the foyer and all through the restaurant and the bar area. Every detail was carefully chosen along with silverware, glasses, cups and decor.
ROOMS: There are two options in the positioning of the room: either a courtyard view or rooms facing the hotel’s main street. We experienced both which were equally pleasant. Some rooms have a traditional Portuguese balcony and others have windows that overlook Madalena street. Beds are super comfy. We had a unique oval mirror that hides the TV and quality toiletries. Our room was meticulously cleaned daily and we did indeed feel “at home”.
Madalena by The Beautique Hotels made our Portuguese experience really special and we would gladly return. If you get there before us make sure to send Madalena our greetings!
For more to do in Lisbon, see Hobnob’s other posts from a few years back:
Lisbon Street Scenes and Scenic Spots
Madalena by The Beautique Hotels, R. da Madalena 271, 1100-320 Lisboa, Portugal