The As Janeles Verdes is a superbly restored 18th century Lisbon mansion in the mostly residential area of Santos. Now a boutique hotel, it welcomes guests into what seems more like a private home than an inn. Its interior is warm, soft, sophisticated, and eminently welcoming. As I write these words I am sitting in their wood-paneled library with wide glass doors that open onto a terrace, overlooking the banks of the Tagus River. I started my day up of here watching the sun creep up and color the sky. Complimentary tea and coffee are always available for those who wish to linger here at any time of day - and who wouldn’t? There is also a fully stocked honor bar for guests to enjoy their aperitifs “at home.”
There are other rooms in which to relax and enjoy a respite from business or a day of sightseeing – elegant downstairs parlors and an outdoor garden patio, where in the morning a generous and leisurely breakfast is served. Bedrooms offer the ultimate in comfort and subtle luxury. Furnishings are handsome, textiles and linens fine, all amenities in place – nothing is left to chance. Indeed it is in the thoughtful details of the hotel that travelers ultimately take pleasure during their stay and eventually these details add to the treasured memories of a visit to Lisbon. Everywhere I look my eye falls on an artfully decorated niche, a beautiful painting, a pleasing floral arrangement, a tasteful antique.
It is not only what meets the eye that pleases. It is also in the thoughtful gestures of our hosts – the complimentary Port wine in our bedroom, the complimentary tickets to the neighboring Museum of Ancient Art, the postcard they give us to send to a loved one, postage provided by As Janeles Verdes. I know what mine will say. “Having a wonderful time in Lisbon and can’t wait to return to this very same hotel. Wish you were here.”
All images and reviews copyright 2015 by Ginda Simpson
As Janelas Verdes
R. das Janelas Verdes 47, Lisbon, Portugal
View from As Janelas Verdes ~ Original watercolor painting by Ginda Simpson