Casa Chafariz is a historical building in the Santos neighbourhood within easy walking distance of the Tagus River and all that Lisbon has to offer.
How would you describe The Lisboans in a nutshell?
The Lisboans is a hotel with 15 luxury apartments that come with five-star amenities, all stylish, distinctive and very unique. We had everything tailor-made for the hotel, from tables and chairs to bed covers. Even the hotel’s colours and designs were carefully chosen together with Portuguese artisans. Our goal was for our guests to experience the culture of Portugal and also show the beautiful things Lisbon has to offer.
How would you describe the atmosphere at The Lisboans?
The Lisboans is located in a UNESCO World Heritage area. Even though I consider it to be a contemporary building, during the renovation of the building we were required to have archaeologists present as some Roman artifacts and a Roman wall were discovered. The entire process took longer than we had anticipated, but it was very interesting to see what was beneath the surface. Our architect, Marta, tried to keep the original frame of the house so that the building now embraces a mix of the old and new, creating a very interesting atmosphere. After four years, we finally opened The Lisboans to the public in December of 2016.
According to your guests, what is special about The Lisboans?
Many of our returning guests tell us that The Lisboans feels like their home while visiting the city, which is always a pleasure to hear. For us, it is the combination of everything, which makes The Lisboans so special. From the décor and architecture, to the location. The Lisboans is also very approachable, as we are a family business. Me and the triplets, all with different backgrounds, from art director and architect, to lawyer. Our first adventure was my old apartment in Lisbon, which we pioneered on Airbnb. That experience inspired the project to reconstruct a building with our individual characteristics and rent it out. You can feel this love for the creation of unique apartments in every corner of The Lisboans.
How would you describe the interior design?
All of our apartments have high ceilings and large windows, handmade tiles, and a mixture of vintage and contemporary pieces. The chairs and tables were handcrafted in northern Portugal. All the other furniture was found over time at local art fairs, flea markets and antique stores. The design of the Lisboans is light and airy, with plants all over the building. Additionally, there is a library for guests to enjoy. Basically, we really strive to bring in a lot of personal character to the hotel and apartments. That is what makes this hotel into such a unique experience.