Hotel Fontecruz Lisboa: Sleek, Stylish and Sophisticated

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As frequent travellers, one thing we value most are pleasant hotel stays. Sure, we'd still think the Notre Dame was a breathtaking site even if we had stayed in some dingy hostel, but horror stories about bed-bugs and communal showers might very well take away from the content of the original story.

With that in mind, there is nothing more wonderful than - after a long day of sight-seeing - being able to rest your feet in a beautiful hotel, overlooking magnificent views, and reflecting on the beauty of your travels. 

On our last trip to Lisbon, Portugal, the hotel we chose was so much more than just a pleasant stay. From the unique hotel room signs to the majestic lobby design, Hotel Fontecruz Lisboa proved to be nothing short of extraordinary. Here’s why:

Location:
Hotel Fontecruz Lisboa is located in the heart of the city's ultra stylish Avenida da Liberdade. Built in the 19th century, the Avenue itself is Lisbon’s answer to Champs-Elysees. Don’t blame us if you get tempted to drop some of your hard-earned Euros on the avenue’s beautiful shops, which include Louis Vuitton, Carolina Herrera and Emporio Armani.

The hotel is also conveniently located mere steps away from the Avenida metro station, which will get you anywhere in Lisbon in under fifteen minutes.

The Rooms: 
We were lucky enough to stay in two rooms of the hotel's during our stay inLisbon. Both were the relaxing slice of heaven we dream of every vacation we're on;

The super-comfy beds were adorned with a beautiful headboard that featured a stunning photograph of Lisbon. In place of your regular, boring ol’ closet was a gorgeous vintage-looking armoire, and a trunk chest serving as the night table.

The hotel room’s bathroom featured a rain shower-head, and we swear we heard the angels singing each time we used it. Meanwhile, the clementine-flavoured bath products kept us smelling wonderfully clean.

The 72-room boutique hotel has rooms facing both the back and the front of Avenida da Liberdade. Depending on your mood, you can choose the front-facing room hotels for a lively view of Portugal’s most stylish, or choose to face the back, with a picturesque view of Lisbon.

The Food & Drink: 
Adding to the sleek interior of the hotel is the bar and restaurant lounge situated right behind the hotel lobby. Guests can just as easily sip on cocktails at the Champagne Bar as they can enjoy tapas-style food at the restaurant. A delicious breakfast is also served for an additional charge at the hotel.

Overall, the hotel is a total treat with fantastic staff, gorgeous rooms and a beautiful ambiance, topped off with one of the best locations in all of Lisbon. What else could you possibly ask for? Absolutely nothing.

Other Hotel Info:
Hotel Fontecruz Lisboa
72-rooms and suites
Restaurant, Room Service, Parking, Free Wi-fi
Rates: Starting from 139euros, but keep checking the ‘offers’ section of the hotel’s site for great deals
Other locations: Hotel Fontecruz also has property in Avila, Caceres, Granada, Sevilla, Toledo, Madrid and Miami

 

 

Oslo's The Thief Steals the Show

Walking into the lobby of Oslo’s Thief Hotel, it is hard to imagine the wow factor can get any – well – wow-er, as an iconic Richard Prince painting hangs casually in the lobby. But walk towards the elevator, and you’ll greeted by a Julian Opie video installation. Get off on the second floor and have lunch beside Andy Warhol’s famed Ladies and Gentlemen. Retire to your room and walk by Bryan Ferry’s iconic Kate Moss photos.
If you’re not in awe already of a hotel that doubles as a contemporary art museum – with the most highly insured art collection in the world - here are some other reasons why The Thief will steal your heart away:

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION:
The Thief is located in Oslo’s Tjuvholmen neighbourhood (say THAT ten times fast). The name (Tjuv – meaning thief, and Holmen – meaning islet) pays homage to its shady past – the district was once synanymous with criminals and debauchery. Today, the neighbourhood is characterized by gorgeous architecture, trendy restaurants, world-renowned galleries, as well as stunning views of the Oslo Fjord. It really is the place to see – and be seen.

THE ROOMS
The Thief’s 119 rooms are nothing short of extraordinary. From the Antonio Citterio designed armchairs to the nine plus (look in the closet for a surprise!) pillows on your bed, The Thief has thought of absolutely everything to make your stay the most comfortable one you could ever imagine. Seriously. That Parlux 300 hairdyer in your marble bathroom? That will be the best blowdry of your life. The automatic screen outside your window? That will ensure the ultimate privacy when you don’t want to be disturbed by the sun. That fancy tea and those delicious biscuits? Those will be waiting for you when you come back from a wonderful, but tiring day of exploring the city. Did you suddently get invited to a fancy dinner party on another hotel guest’s yacht (the hotel does have yacht parking, afterall) and forgot your cufflinks? No worries, your room has a shelf dedicated to an incredible selection of items you may have forgotten to bring.

EAT & DRINK
On the second floor of The Thief, you will find Fru K, the hotel’s restaurant where you can bask in the glory of an aforementioned Andy Warhol painting and enjoy a Nordic breakfast buffet which includes locally sourced cheeses, cured meats, salmon, fruits, vegetables and a delicious assortment of baked goods and jams. Personal favourite was the hotel-made pate. Still dreaming about it.

During the summer season, enjoy a cocktail – with a view to boot – from the hotel’s rooftop terrace.  It offers to most magnificent panaromic views of the city and the fjord.

DETAILS
No detail has been overlooked and no expense spared to ensure your stay at The Thief is a memorable one. For those looking to be inspired, why not book one of the five available meeting rooms at the hotel. These beautifully decorated spaces are a surefire way to inspire new ideas and get creative juices flowing.
From the Tom Dixon lights adorned to the entrance of each guest room to the coat racks in the restaurant disguised as just another opulent form of decor, everything inside The Thief is a brilliantly calculated move in aesthetics.

OTHER WOW FACTORS:

  • The Thief has a partnership with the neighbouring Astrup Fearnley Museum, whose collection includes Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman and Damien Hirst, amongst others. Your Thief room key gets you free access to the museum!
  • Arriving by boat? You can park it in front of the hotel’s entrance on the marina.
  • Bringing your pooch? The Thief makes it even better with their Very Important Dog (VID) program, which caters to all your pet’s needs with a tailor-made hamper, list of available pet services, as well as a custom made pet bed and pet blanket. How adorable!