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Santa Clara 1728

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Santa Clara 1728 by Manuel Aires Mateus

 

WHILE…

in search of a space to host guests in Lisbon, hotelier João Rodrigues stumbled upon a potential hotel so good, he even moved in himself. Idyllically situated in an 18th century building in the traditional Alfama District in Lisbon, the Santa Clara 1728 boarding house/hotel is the result of an ongoing creative collaboration between Rodrigues and his close friend, and celebrated architect, Manuel Aires Mateus

 

Santa Clara 1728 by Manuel Aires Mateus

 

Santa Clara 1728 by Manuel Aires Mateus

 

Santa Clara 1728 by Manuel Aires Mateus
IN KEEPING…

with the language established in their four previous hospitality projects, the pair opted to celebrate the innate history and beauty of the locale with a combined emphasis on restoration, locally-sourced traditional materials, and clean-lined modernity.

 

Santa Clara 1728 by Manuel Aires Mateus

 

Santa Clara 1728 by Manuel Aires Mateus

 

Santa Clara 1728 by Manuel Aires Mateus
UPON ENTRY…

to the grand residence, guests are greeted by a striking combination of centuries-old architecture juxtaposed against minimal contemporary furnishings, accented by Davide Gropi’s iconic Moon light. Just off the main gathering area, lies an inviting communal dining room marked by a custom six meter oak dining table and dramatic antique painting.

 

Santa Clara 1728 by Manuel Aires Mateus

 

Santa Clara 1728 by Manuel Aires Mateus
ON THE…

upper levels, the casa’s six spacious guestrooms enjoy stunning views of the Pantheon and the Tagus River through tall linen-clad windows. Furnishings are a mix of mid century classics from the likes of Hans J Wegner and clean line contemporary pieces from Antonio Citerio and Davide Groppi. In the connecting baths, architect Manuel Aires Mateus continued the hotel’s regionally based material palette of Limestone Marble “Lioz”, light Pine wood floors, and handmade tiles.

 

Santa Clara 1728 by Manuel Aires Mateus

 

Santa Clara 1728 by Manuel Aires Mateus

 

Santa Clara 1728 by Manuel Aires Mateus

 

Santa Clara 1728 by Manuel Aires Mateus
BEYOND…

the walls of Santa Clara’s meticulously appointed interiors lies the cultural center of Lisbon – a mix of old palaces, monuments, and legendary destinations, including the area’s bi-weekly flea market, the 17th century Monastery of São Vicente de Fora, and the district’s maze of narrow streets filled with famous lookout points and fado (a traditional form of Portuguese singing) locals…

 

Santa Clara 1728 by Manuel Aires Mateus

 

Santa Clara 1728 by Manuel Aires Mateus

 

Cutting edge design, stunning views, and enticing attractions aside, Santa Clara’s founders may just describe the magic of this unique Iberian haven best in, “As a Family House, Santa Clara 1728 is alive with its daily routines, it has a pace, it changes with the seasons of the year…, it invites its guests to embark on an exciting journey, to share its pulse, beauty and charm…” For reservations visit www.santaclara1728.com.

 

Photography by Nelson Garrido, and Renée Kemps.

 

 

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