My stay at Le Consulat in Lisbon was dream-like.
I arrived via Uber to an inconspicuous gem tucked away between local businesses on a picturesque Lisboan square. I was greeted by name by the smiling faces of the hotel and instantly felt a calm wave wash over me.
The entrance to the hotel was small but cosy when compared to the adjacent grand stairs that led me up to the second floor. Only at the Hotel Elysée have I experienced a suite this big but Le Consulat has a very different vibe. Clean, fresh and modern interiors welcome you from the moment you enter. A departure from the dark and moody public areas which made the hotel feel even more like a secret hideaway.
My suite looked over a traditional Lisbon square, a popular (but not crazy) tourist destination. The giant balcony windows let you absorb the excitement and energy of the crowds without having to deal with the hustle and bustle of non-local shuffling. I’m a light sleeper so was worried about the late night restaurant noise but I had one of my soundest nights in a long time thanks to the fortress-like french shutters.
The Living Room had a major Mad Men feel. It was split down the middle, brown and white on one side, black with pops of colour on the other. Mid century with different colour schemes made it perfect for in room photoshoots!
After my first night I was so in love with Le Consulat that I decided to extend my stay. Unfortunately due to my last minute decision making I had to move rooms but I didn’t mind once I saw my second suite…
Very different from the neutral tones of the first day, my second suite was decorated with striking blues, blacks and whites. One of the aspects of the hotel I absolutely love is the Portuguese art showcased on the walls.
The Blue Room had an amazing black wood four poster bed (which I really want but London flats, hey…). The bed was one of the comfiest beds I’ve ever slept in. The super soft embroidered sheets made me order my own ‘hotel style’ sheet set from H&M as soon as I arrived back home.
Le Consulat offers a full breakfast buffet and complimentary hot and unlimited breakfast menu. Along with tonnes of yoghurt, fruit, coffee and pastries. For breakfast I had delicious pancakes; one of the Portuguese waiters had never heard of bacon with pancakes before and genuinely thought it was hilarious that I ordered the combo. Is that not a thing in Portugal?! Anyway it was as tasty for me as it was funny for him.
Le Consulat is a family-run hotel that functions as a Bed & Breakfast, Art Gallery, Restaurant and Bar. The building used to be the General Consulate for Brazil, you can really see the influences in the dark brown leather pintucked chaise longue that leads the eye to the prestigious wooden staircase. There is also a lingering oaky, whiskey scent that instantly made me crave a negroni. Luckily the bar was just one floor up from the reception! Unfortunately the restaurant was undergoing renovations during my stay but the breakfast more than made up for it.
One particularly good thing to mention is the location for visitors. Placed on Plaça Luís de Camões, Le Consulat sits next to museums, shops, and the famous Pastelaria Batalha bakery. The baker rings a bell every time a batch of pastéis de nata are fresh out the oven and you soon turn into Pavlov’s dog drooling for an egg tart.
I wish I could have stayed in Lisbon for longer, I’m currently attempting to turn my flat into a hotel because of this B&B. Thanks to Marie and the whole team at Le Consulat for an amazing stay 🙂
Where is your favourite place to stay in Lisbon? Let me know in the comments…