I stayed in Inspira Santa Marta Hotel for one night, on the first night of my recent Lisbon weekend get away.
I am personally a big fan or luxury boutique and designer hotels as I believe that each and everyone of them has something unique to offer and hence, making your experience more memorable and exciting. The inspiring branding of this hotel, along with the Feng Shui themed contemporary designer rooms, certainly ticks all the boxes of what I expect from the ‘unique’ factor of a Boutique hotel. The hotel is accessible directly from the road and is minutes away from other transport links.
A balance must be struck between standing out as a boutique hotel and meeting the practical requirements of the guests for an overall comfortable yet unforgettable experience. Often, boutique hotels can get overly creative with their room designs resulting in small or poorly lit rooms which are decorated in a way that appeals only to a particular crowd, or too conventional in its decoration and hence loosing the main appeal of a boutique hotel. From the well lit lobby to the spacious, relaxing rooms to the therapeutic spa and well located fitness centre Inspira Santa Marta Hotel has found the perfect balance, as evident by the vibrant yet zen atmosphere of the entire hotel.
Feng Shui themed suite
As mentioned earlier, each room’s design is based on a Feng Shui element, and hence the prominent colour of each element will be reflected in the design, can you guess what element this room’s design was based on? I really like the attention to detail in the design of the room, from the small potted plant to the design on the wall, it is all these small elements that really make you feel special in your cozy room. I was also greeted with a surprise when I returned at night, a plate of Portuguese egg tarts and a note was placed on the table, this small gesture really made my day.
The texture and colour of the parquet reminded me of a bamboo forest and the turquoise shades further added to the overall relaxing atmosphere of the room, in an instant, I felt transported to a bamboo forest in a faraway land. The alluring contemporary yet luxurious design of the hotel is what really caught my attention. Sometimes, the concept of luxury can carry connotations of being historical and outdated, however, this hotel proves otherwise.
Personal Jacuzzi bath tub
What better way is there to end a day walking around Lisbon than to retreat into a personal jaccuzzi bath tub with a glass of champagne or wine? This is definitely one of the highlights of the hotel that I really enjoyed.
The hotel also has a gym, sauna and spa as well as a restaurant, which is really convenient considering the unpredictable weather in Lisbon. Guests are also given a 20% discount card upon check in, redeemable against a spa treatment. The spa uses Elemis products and I highly recommend their facial. Breakfast is served in the main dining area and the buffet offers a generous range of food and beverages.
The public Jaccuzzi
Overall a genuinely boutique hotel which I would highly recommend to anyone seeking an affordable yet luxurious in Lisbon.
Overall experience: 5/5
Staff service: 5/5
Luxury factor: 4/5
Recommended for: Business travellers, Leisure travellers, Young travellers