The first time we stayed at 4* boutique hotel Duque de Loulé in Lisbon was in early 2015. At the time, the smell of fresh paint on the walls gave away that it was just open. So, when I was about the exchange my Hotelgift voucher – now that’s a conscious present: experience over things – and noticed the Duque on the list, the booking was just two clicks away.
It’s good to be back and feel the unpretentious but elegant atmosphere is still around. The location is close to the Praça (square) Marquês de Pombal and thus quite central. Around the corner of Avenida da Liberdade – think all the designer brands you need along a wide tree-lined avenue.
As if one can speak of a central reference point in Lisboa. Built on seven hills and divided in numerous neighbourhoods with each their significant charm, there is not really one center.
Hotel Duque de Loulé
This boutique hotel (86 rooms) is part of the – Spanish – H10 hotel chain. Taking a closer look at H10 portfolio, I see great boutique hotels in London, Barcelona and more.
Back to Lisboa. The hotel is situated in a renovated historical building and decorated by interior designer Lãzaro Rosa-Violan. I like his style which I find very photo genetic. I have to restrain myself not to post Insta pics of évery detail.
We’re on the top floor, in suite 1002. Suite at H10 means a larger room with separate sitting area. Also on the tenth floor is the terrace with a stunning panoramic view over beautiful Lisbon and the Tagus. My daily shot of calm.
Not unimportant is the (small) parking garage under the building, since scoring a parking place in the streets is becoming harder and harder these days in Lisbon.
B&B at hotel Duque du Loulé
It is not a secret that there are two things I am very keen on in a hotel, The Bed and The Breakfast.
The large (2 m+?) double bed is high standard, with topper ánd crispy white linen. You get the picture. So what kept us tossing and turning? Two things, we found out at 2.00 am:
1. The summer and winter duvet were clicked together and therefore perfect for a freezing night. Only it was 20 C, probably cold for Latinos but hot for us Nordics. So we removed the winter part and kept the lighter summer part. One problem solved.
2. The mattress cover was a high quality cotton on top but… plastic on the reverse side. As in non-breathable, that one had to go as well. After that we slept like a log.
Breakfast the next morning in restaurant Azul e Branco (yes, blue and white) was better than I remembered it three years ago, especially for a food snob like me. I confess guilty. They added a special table with seeds, nuts and more healthy power food. That and my perfect eggwhite-omelette-with-spinach made it a good start of the day. Apart from my peculiar breakfast preferences there is plentiful of everything for guys who follow a different diet. Tip: in the room is a voucher for 30% discount of the à la carte dinner menu.
In short: it was nice. Both to be back hotel Duque de Loulé and to experience an experience gift. Gimme more.