The latest from Portuguese hoteliers (and brothers) João and Andreia Rodrigues: Santa Clara 1728, a six-room guesthouse in an 18th-century building in the Alfama district of Lisbon. (Read our features on the brothers’ Casas Na Areia, Cabanas No Rio, and Casa No Tempo for more.)
When the Rodrigues brothers acquired the property a little more than a year ago, João settled in on the top two floors with his family, establishing the hotel’s concept as a home away from home. To that end, they’ve done away with the formal check-in desk and designed the common spaces to feel like a private residence (albeit a grand one). The redesign of the 1728 villa was led by the brothers’ longtime collaborator, minimalist architect Manuel Aires Mateus, whose aim was to preserve the spirit of the building while adding a note of modernity.
Photography by Nelson Garrido, courtesy of Santa Clara 1728.
More options for your next Portugal stay:
- The Lisboans: Apartments in Portugal with Vintage Style, Breakfast Included
- Steal This Look: A Portuguese Bedroom with Vintage Charm
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