Lisbon Hotels : Casa das janelas com vista
A few years ago, Catalan entrepreneurs Carmen Rende and Natalia Tubella purchased a former basketry workshop in the quietest part of the upscale Bairro Alto district in Lisbon, Portugal. They lovingly rehabilitated it and jetted around the globe in search of unique touches with which to furnish the result – an upmarket bed and breakfast called Casas de Janelas com Vista.
More than just a hotel, the owners of Casas de Janelas describe the bed and breakfast as a “cultural meeting point” and a hub where intellectuals, art lovers and creative travelers can gather to enjoy the beauty of the Bairro Alto, which the hotel has sweeping vistas of.
They are also nontraditional in the sense that the common spaces are treated as communal and informal nooks reserved for the community, in rooms bursting with personality. The kitchen, for instance, has orange ceiling fans from the 70s used as props in an Almodovar film, and guests gather around one solitary table to dine together.
The living room, right by the kitchen, also exudes this sense of down to earth charm, with low exposed scaffolding reminiscent of the house’s previous era, and eclectic touches brought home from travels around the world – an ancient Chinese shelf, antique Turkish Kilim rugs and a recycled wood table from Bali.