Pedro Oliveira Pulls Back the Curtain on Lisbon’s Hotel das Amoreiras

Though it’s planted in the Portuguese capital’s idyllic Praça das Amoreiras gardens, the verdant hotel could easily be mistaken for a countryside home.

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Designer: Pedro Oliveira 

Location: Lisbon, Portugal

On Offer: Planted within the historic Praça das Amoreiras gardens, the Hotel das Amoreiras joins local landmarks like the avant-garde museum Arpad Szenes-Vieira da Silva Foundation and the 18th-century Church of Our Lady of Monserrate (the patron saint of local silk artisans) in one of Lisbon’s most beloved locales. Founder Pedro Oliveira came here as a child and returned with his wife, Alicia Velero, to scoop up a pair of buildings some seven years ago. 

They’ve transformed the structures from scratch into one of the world’s most welcoming boutique hotels. Two suites bloom on the top floor, along with 17 quaint rooms offering enviable views of the garden and Mãe D’Água das Amoreiras Reservoir. Below, a breakfast area off the lobby tempts with locally sourced bites, including banana bread from Madeira island and fried eggs with Iberico ham and angel potatoes. 

Standout Features: A courtyard with Tectona benches connects the breakfast area to the stunning mirrored bar—an ideal place to sip a glass of ginjinha. Oliveira designed most of the furniture and lighting himself, including the brass lamps along the guest room’s wicker walls. (Artemide table lamps and Michele Bönan for Estro sconces play guest roles.) The garden was the primary inspiration, with its verdant hues captured in the color palette of dark and olive greens and rich browns and beige. But Oliveira also found homes for his own art collection, including original Maurice Barraud and Alberto Giacometti screen prints and a painting by his father that now takes pride of place in the entrance hall. 

(All photography by Francisco Nogueira.)

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