A dynamic and design-forward urban retreat in the heart of Lisbon, live like a local while also enjoying the amenities of a luxury boutique hotel at Sublime Lisboa.
On a charming calçada-lined corner in Portugal’s vibrant capital, Sublime Lisboa can be found in the kind of beautiful building where you might imagine what life would be like as a well-heeled Lisbon local.
In fact, the 20th-century palace, with its elegant white façade, wide bay windows and filigree-like balconies, was originally a residence at the turn of the century. The townhome evolved in the post-war era to house Lisbon’s Japanese Club in the ‘40s, then in the late ‘60s as a restaurant hosting glamorous parties for the international glitterati, including Audrey Hepburn, Aga Khan and Diane von Fürstenberg, and, most recently, an architecture studio.
Today, Sublime Lisboa pays homage to the building’s rich history by maintaining the structure’s classical refinement, as evidenced by the original grand staircase, with modern introductions that welcome a home-away-from-home sentiment in one of Lisbon’s most affluent and connected neighborhoods.
Serene and intimate, the boutique hotel intentionally offers just 15 well-appointed accommodations that range from chic rooms with private balconies to larger suites. Each space is energized by a unique and complementary color palette that carries through patterned wallpaper and thoughtful design details. Highlights include high ceilings, wainscoting and floor-to-ceiling windows spilling over with natural light that will make you feel as if you’re in your very own Lisbon apartment.
For the ultimate luxury, opt for the Sublime Suite on the first and second floors that has ~485 square feet (~45 square meters) of living space, including an expansive private outdoor terrace that boasts sweeping city views perfect for soaking in the sunset over a glass of Sublime ginjinha (a local liqueur made with ginja berries), or enjoying an intimate dinner against the romantic backdrop of Lisbon’s twinkling lights.
Davvero, Sublime Lisboa’s in-house restaurant, is a rising culinary star to the Lisbon dining scene that is not to be missed.
Headlined by Chef Isaac Kumi and Sublime Executive Chef Hélio Gonçalves, Davvero delivers rich Mediterranean flavors inspired by classic Italian fare with a contemporary twist that incorporates local ingredients. Chef Kumi, previously of Cipriani, along with sous-chef Pedro Calhau, who hails from Sublime’s sister property, Sublime Comporta, introduces the art of the aperitivo with a handcrafted cocktail—a spritz or negroni, perhaps—and light bites, such as Rice and Pea Croquettes with mozzarella, cream of peas and mint, or a Charcuterie of Mediterranean Cheeses and Cold Cuts, as a tasty prelude to the meal ahead.
Begin dinner with Couvert, a bountiful bread basket and marinated olives paired with Sublime’s own olive oil and balsamic vinegar from Modena as you anticipate the next course.
Appetizer options include Baccalà Mantecato, whipped salted cod that’s an ode to the traditional Portuguese dish with crispy black polenta or a creamy Burrata Di Búfala with pesto Genovese and roasted cherry tomatoes. Entrée highlights feature homemade pastas, including classic Cacio e Pepe and Tagliatelle with Beef and Iberian Pork Ragù, plus satisfying mains, such as Breaded Iberian Pork Chop, Eggplant Parmesan and Veal Scallops with lemon sauce and truffle purée.
Last but not least, don’t forget to make room for dessert. Pastry Chef Mauro Abignente, also a Cipriani alum, whips up homemade, melt-in-your-mouth Vanilla Gelato with crunchy hazelnut and pistachio cream, plus classics like Tiramisù, Panna Cotta and Italian Merengue, inspired by his native Puglia where his culinary journey first began in a small pastry shop in his hometown of Bisceglie, Italy.
With a full and happy belly, you’ll be relieved to know that you won’t have to stress about making it to breakfast at a certain time the following morning as the restaurant offers breakfast all day.
To book your stay, or for more information, visit www.sublimelisboa.pt.