8 August 2017

Where to stay in Lisbon: Garden Rooftop by Imperium


It was a hot July day. We were climbing the cobbled stairs of Mouraria, one of the most traditional neighbourhoods of Lisbon, going past lazy napping cats, captivating street art and cosy cafés. The higher we were getting, the more promising the views were becoming  from between the buildings we could already see the glittering Tagus and red tiled roofs of this lovely city. How gorgeous must it be there at the top, we thought, and couldn’t wait to reach our Garden Rooftop

We arrived an hour before the check-in time and Rita let us use the plunge pool area while our suite was getting ready. We left our suitcases at the reception, changed quickly and ran upstairs craving for some refreshment on this sunny day. Upon reaching the top, we couldn’t believe our eyes  we had a 180° view at Lisbon, starting with the Cristo Rei monument in Almada on the left, through the magnificent bridge and the whole old town filled with red roof tiles, ending with the business district on the right. We realised the São Jorge Castle was just above us!

Those of you who’ve been there before know how gorgeous the view is from that hill. Now imagine that view while sitting on the edge of the pool with a cocktail in your hand and your legs happily splashing the water. What I loved most about that terrace was that it was very cosy and pleasant with large pillows scattered everywhere and comfortable loungers placed in the shadows of big sun umbrellas. It also felt very private and intimate as in Garden Rooftop there are only a few rooms, so most of the time we were enjoying it totally by ourselves (even though there were some tourists from the Castle peeking down from time to time saying in disbelief, “Wow, is that a hotel?!”). 

Garden Rooftop by Imperium opened its doors just a few months ago, on New Year’s Eve, December 2016. It offers a couple of rooms, each uniquely decorated, with private bathroom, flat-screen TV and free wi-fi. Our suite was quite ample  it had a bedroom and a separate sitting area. Its beautiful, minimalistic design had a modern and luxurious feel to it, and at the same time it was very homey. I especially liked how natural, wooden elements combined with the colours of the interior. I loved the plants hanging down from the ceiling and how the rays of the sun warmed the wooden floor in our room. What’s important, it was also very quiet at night and the bed was super comfortable. 

Preparing a welcome drink, a small carafe of Port wine on our desk, was a nice gesture from the staff who has always been very nice and helpful. I recommend you take the glasses to the sun terrace and enjoy it while watching the golden hour sunset. The light at this time of day in Lisbon is simply indescribable! I hope the photos below convey the beauty of it at least a little bit.

We loved staying at Garden Rooftop by Imperium. It might not be as enjoyable for elderly guests, as there are many steep stairs to climb, but for young couples it’s a dream accommodation with probably the best hotel view in the whole Lisbon. It’s located literally in the heart of the city with short walking distance to bars and restaurants. And while you’re there, you just can’t stop feasting your eyes on the view: watching cars reflecting in the blazing sun on the 25 de Abril Bridge, taxis honking somewhere in the distance, the sounds of the yellow trams down below. At Garden Rooftop, you’re kind of above it all and far from it all, just calmly observing this beautiful, vibrant city from bird's-eye view. Amazing!

Practical info:
  • from 90 EUR/night for 2 people
  • breakfast is not included and costs 10 EUR/person
  • the room in the pictures: Suite Superior (number 1)
  • location: Bairro do Castelo, just below the São Jorge Castle, about 8 km from Lisbon airport
  • address: Costa do Castelo, Lisbon, Portugal (www)
Garden Rooftop by Imperium
Garden Rooftop by Imperium

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2 comments :

  1. wow, this looks AMAZING! i've been planning to go to Lisbon for months, this looks like the perfect spot. thanks so much!

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