Before I went to Lisbon, my goal in life was to live in a hotel. After going to Lisbon, my goal is to specifically live at The Lumiares or The Vintage - sister hotels that each have their own distinctive vibe and absolutely make you feel like the the most special person in all of Portugal! That really is the first thing I have to note - the staff at both hotels were unbelievable. So kind and welcoming, there are a lot of beautiful hotels in the world - but I have never come across a hotel staff who were collectively so gracious and lovely. I mean, from my Instagram Stories and Lisbon blog posts, you know that Delta just didn't send my bag to Lisbon for 2 days. Although it was stressful, I didn't have to worry about it once. The brilliant concierge at The Lumiares called after my bag until it arrived, doing everything he could to assure it would get to me. At The Vintage, they had a delightful birthday cake made for me and delivered it to my room when I was finally well enough to enjoy it. This trip could have easily been a disaster because of the bad luck that seemed to plague it, but it was my experience at both hotels that made me want to not give up and still see Lisbon - a city that has my heart 100% now!
When you're across the world and your trip is kind of falling apart, all you want it is home and that how the apartment we stayed in at The Lumiares felt - granted, a much more chic apartment than one I've ever had! Once we got over the shock of having this two bedroom two bath spacious gem all to ourselves in Lisbon, Fallon and I both decided immediately that we needed to recreate this aesthetic in our homes. Its a mix of bohemian flair colorfully coordinated with a touch of palatial elegance - which makes sense, because it is a former palace! Do you have any idea how hard it is to not immediately jump into a pristine, freshly-made bed when your off of 16 hours of traveling - especially one that looks that cozy? When we finally decompressed for the night, showered with the yummiest citrus-scented Banho goodies (the robes and towels are A1 + a waterfall showerhead is always best), and ordered in two Lumi Burgers from room service - it was finally time to test out that bed I had been thinking about all afternoon and it did NOT disappoint. I think I went on to sleep for a solid 12 hours. Although the hotel is situated in the heart of the bustling Bairro Alto, it was such a quiet and peaceful sleep. In fact, it rained our first night so I was out like a light, The apartment also had everything we would need to cook, including a stove that only heated recognized cookware - literally you can't even burn your own hand, flatware, mugs, plates, glasses, you name it. It's the perfect hotel if you prefer to do some grocery shopping and make your meals instead of eating out. Also, the mini-bar is complimentary. Do I even need to say more? Beers, wines, sodas, water - didn't I tell you this hotel will make you feel absolutely special?
On our second evening, we ventured up to the Lumi Rooftop for dinner with some insane views of Lisbon - from my beloved Alfama to the Rio Tejo. If that isn't enough, the hotel sits opposite one of Lisbon's most beautiful terraces - Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara. The day we went, there was a vibrant market scene with live band playing...I'm pretty sure it was Stevie Wonder. We didn't try the adorable Mercado cafe downstairs because we're room services babes, but I've never met a rooftop I didn't like. Between a bottle of Portuguese wine, Goat Cheese Pastry, Alheira (think boudin) Balls, Scarlett Shrimp Linguini, and another outstanding Lumi Burger over the course of a 3 hour meal, it was a good thing we were walking 2-4 miles every day or they would have had to roll us back to America.
The Vintage is vacation and hotel and life goals! While The Lumiares sports a bohemian airy elegance, The Vinatge is sumptuous. Sitting atop a slope that sends you down to some of the most fashionable shopping in Lisbon (I did go to Louis, but only to look!), this hotel has a charming buttery yellow exterior that houses rooms individually done in a rainbow of moody shades. The whole vibe fits perfectly with the name - there is a retro feel to the hotel from the romatically lit halls to the color palettes used for the rooms - from midnight blue to mint green to dusty pink. It's the kind of hotel you could imagine a 1960s movie star like Audrey Hepburn or Sophia Loren would frequent, closing the heavy curtains when she wanted to escape from the world or leaning over the quaint balcony when deciding to give the paparazzi a few glamorous shots.
I don't know if anything could have made me happier on this trip than a pink hotel room, and not any shade of pink - but the shade that is quickly washing out of my hair. I had rose gold hair, rose gold luggage, and not a rose gold room that was the most perfect place to wake up on my 32nd birthday. On of my favorite features of the room was that their were small floor lights that illuminated my path whether I was walking the (again stocked and complimentary!) minibar, the walk in waterfall shower, or the private bathroom with bidet. Honestly, can we get on the bidet movement in America? We deserve better. Our stay at The Vintage was topped off with a night at the spa - I can still feel the rush or warm fragrant air when you step off of the elevators and into the luxurious scene. I opted for a facial because my skin was a WRECK from dry airplane air and no luggage stress. Next time - I'm taking one of each service and just setting up for the night in the eucalyptus steam room and dry sauna. There's also a gym with 24 hour access, which looked just wonderful but climbing the 7 hills was my cardio that week. Like it's sister hotel, The Vintage has a rooftop with sweeping views of Lisbon as well and local eats that more than make up for the steep hills and endless walks in the city. Also, probably the best complimentart breakfast ever. Ripe kiwis, fresh juices, made to order eggs, cheese, Portuguese ham, and pastel de nata! With two hotels like these, who needs to come home?