It was the end of September and the sun was smiling upon Lisbon. As we emerged from the Saldanha Metro Station, we found ourselves right in front of Hotel White. Delighted by just how easy it was to find our hotel, we headed straight for the entrance. The big glass door opened instantly, making us feel welcome.
‘You’ve been upgraded’, said the guy from behind the front desk, with a big smile on his face. It’s not often that you hear these four sweet words and it always means incredible things.
He handed us two wireless key cards, which at first didn’t seem out of the ordinary. However, once we arrived in front of our door, we were quite impressed with the high tech white (of course!) screen outside. Not only was it used to unlock the door, but it would also display the Do Not Disturb/Clean My Room signs as adjusted from the inside. If this is where the hotel industry is headed, we are in for great things and I couldn’t be more excited for the future!
Recently open, just over a year ago, Hotel White Lisboa looks pristine. Everything, from the design to the amenities is ultra modern and the mainly white theme is like a breath of fresh air.
But our suite! Ah, our duplex suite! What can I say? We gasped in amazement as we opened the door. And the feeling didn’t go away until the last day of our stay. It was so beautiful that exploring Lisbon became a second priority. We just wanted to stay in and relax and can you blame us?
The living room downstairs was elegant, to say the least. A stylish sofa was facing a TV hidden behind reflective glass, a detail that shifted the focus towards design in a very subtle manner.
The kitchenette by the floor to ceiling window featured a fridge and a Nespresso machine with several capsules, something any coffee lover surely finds to be a reason to celebrate.
A big bottle of water and Portuguese chocolates were waiting for us with compliments on the tea table in front.
The white marble seashell staircase took us all the way to the big, beautiful bedroom.
Behind the sliding doors of a huge mirror covered closet, we found comfortable white slippers and a generous safe.
The bed was heavenly comfortable (we came to expect nothing less of the Portuguese beds!) with soft sheets and pillows that lured us in every evening.
There was also a work desk and a generous balcony overlooking Avenue da Republica. Nevertheless, the double glazed windows would not let any street noises get inside, thus helping us have a good and restful sleep every night.
Our duplex suite had a toilet downstairs by the entrance and a large bathroom with a shower upstairs. They were both spotless, as was the whole place.
Highspeed WiFi was provided free of charge throughout the premises.
Hotel White Lisboa is a relatively small boutique hotel, with merely 41 rooms and 4 duplex suites.
Breakfast is served daily in the lobby, in a modern and bright setting. I absolutely loved the transparent chairs that were adding a sense of extra lightness to the whole place.
Although not a massive choice, the breakfast spread was varied enough, with nourishing options, like freshly baked bread, eggs, fruits and veggies, cold cuts and delicious cakes and croissants.
The rooftop pool offered amazing panoramic views over Lisbon’s red terracotta roofs. It featured an elegant sunbathing area and a good sized pool. Towels were provided and although we didn’t get to spend much time here, it really looked serene and like a wonderful place to relax and unwind.
Exploring Lisbon was extremely easy. Hotel White Lisboa truly has a strategic location. As mentioned before, the Saldanha Metro Station is literally just outside the door. However, there are other options too, like local buses, and even the tour bus that all stop nearby.
Getting to the airport is easy as well and only takes like 15 minutes or so by metro. The city center with all the luxury brands, shopping streets and a myriad of cafés selling pastel de nata is within walking distance.
One of the days we took the train to Sintra. The station is just one metro stop away, however, walking was quite pleasant as we passed by an impressive bullring (great photo opportunities!)
If you are looking for a great hotel to stay in Lisbon, look no further than Hotel White. We were more than impressed with the amenities and the staff was wonderful and went of their way to make us feel welcome.
Everything about Hotel White exceeded our expectations. We deeply loved the stylish white theme, which looked impeccable without ever getting boring.
The hotel is a tribute to the Light of Lisbon which makes it very easy to fall in love with the city right from day one.