Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal and one of our favourite places we’ve ever explored on our travels across Europe. We’ve always found Portugal to be a front runner in terms of interior design and architecture, so we thought long and hard about where we would stay for our most recent trip. With the tourism industry growing rapidly over the past few years it was great to see that there were so many great options right in the centre of Lisbon. We eventually went for a great spot set in Baixa Pombalina by the name of Browns Central Hotel (check out their site here), a 4-star hotel which boasts an 18th century building brought up to date with beautiful modern design.
The rooms of Browns Central are immaculately designed with a huge amount of attention to detail. Each of the rooms are unique and feature design elements from some historical big hitters in the interior design world including Charles and Ray Eames, Bestlite, Arne Jacobsen, Eero Saarinen and Artemide. It’s fascinating to see how all these retro influences have been used in a way that doesn’t make the room feel dated. Instead these touches are used in a way to make the room feel luxurious and glamorous.
We came into the room and immediately fell in love with these spectacular four poster beds in the centre of the room. We also appreciated the tiny details dotted around the room, from the framed black and white photographs on the walls to the retro looking Marshall bluetooth speaker on the bedside table. Another great touch were these stunning armchairs, the perfect place to sit back on the laptop and get some work done.
The breakfast buffet included a great selection of both hot and cold items, ideal for getting the day off to a good start. The standout item however was the bean to cup coffee machine in the corner, serving delicious americanos and cappuccinos with rich Portuguese coffee beans.
The dining area itself (which is also becomes the brasserie later on in the day) is beautifully designed with a memorising yellow tile design and classic wooden furniture. We were intrigued by the artwork on the walls too which appear to be drawings of famous artists and musicians. We thoroughly enjoyed the breakfast experience and couldn’t wait to come downstairs every day!
The retro design elements definitely came into their own in the lobby area of the hotel. Filled with comfortable sofas and armchairs with the soft sounds of the rat pack era humming along in the background, it was the ultimate relaxation spot. The bar was stocked to the brim with gins, whiskeys and whatever else you could think of and the shelves were full of books and magazines about artists from the era. In fact we took inspiration so much from the lobby that we actually ended up shooting an editorial spread in the downtown branch of the hotel (only a few minutes away).
The hotel, set centrally near Santa Maria Maior, was the perfect location for us to explore the city on foot. There were a huge selection of restaurants and shops nearby, with some amazing places to eat right on our doorstep. The hotel is also very close to all the major high street shops (think Zara, Pull&Bear, Mango etc.) so if you’re there for the shopping (as we undeniably are) then you’ll definitely find yourself stumbling into a few of them.
We absolutely loved our stay in Browns Central, we’ll definitely be coming back for a visit the next time we’re in Lisbon! Check out more from our Lisbon travels on our Instagram. To book a stay at Browns, you can email them direct at firstname.lastname@example.org – let them know that Patches and Flash sent you!