Santiago de Alfama

Chic, centrally located, and contemporary

Rua De Santiago N 10 14, Lisbon 1100-494


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At a Glance

Meticulous in detail and chic design, Santiago de Alfama is a five-star boutique hotel conveniently located in the historic Alfama district.

Indagare Loves

  • Its prime location in the sought-out Alfama district, steps away from the picturesque lookout of Miradouro de Santa Luzia
  • The panoramic rooftop views of Alfama seen from the Santiago suite
  • Original Roman columns found in the hallways and interior courtyard


Located around the corner from the historic Alfama Church alongside a cobbled street, Santiago de Alfama blends into the surrounding façades, some of which are accented in traditional Portuguese azulejos tiles. Set in a former 15th century palace, the hotel is a balance of contemporary and historical design.

Opened in 2016, owner Heleen Uitenbroek worked for almost six years with the Portuguese architect Luís Rebelo de Andrade to restore and preserve its original infrastructure, including Roman columns, while creating sleek interiors with the modern comforts of a luxury boutique hotel. This can first be seen in the lobby, where gray stone tiling leads to grand archways accented with blue velvet couches and modern paintings by Sandra Baia.

The 19-room hotel ranges in size due to restrictions of the renovation. Each guest room and suite has an understated yet contemporary décor in a rich beige, gold, and royal blue palette. Many of the rooms have views facing the courtyard and are very quiet. Three of the nineteen rooms guarantee a view of the Tagus river and the impressive 25 de April suspension bridge. The suites are the most spacious option with high ceilings that flood with bright sunlight, and the Santiago and the Deluxe suites have deep-soaking bathtubs. If you’re looking for a traditional hotel bathroom, the Deluxe rooms and Junior suites are best to reserve. The bedding in all of the rooms is plush, and the bathrooms are spacious with a rain-shower and bath products by the Portuguese brand Banho. There are also interconnecting room options for families.

Santiago de Alfama’s dining scene attracts many people who are not staying at the hotel. Café Audreyserves a full breakfast, all day and bistro menu and has patio seating, which is great for watching the constant flow of people walking by. Service at Café Audrey can be slow, so you should expect a wait. Also note that the continental breakfast buffet is not always refreshed closer to the end of the morning. Around the corner, the quaint Manny’s Bar is the perfect place to get a nightcap.

For guests looking to relax after a day of exploring, there is a Beauty Bar that offers treatments ranging from massages and facials, manicures and pedicures and salon services. The Concierge is well connected and can arrange local experiences, including guided walking tours in Alfama and throughout Lisbon.

Who Should Stay

The hotel attracts a mix of guests from around the globe. It is in the ideal location for curious travelers who are looking for a stylish boutique option in a central location to explore Alfama.

Written by Indagare

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