Esqina Cosmopolitan Lodge — Lisbon, Portugal

Esqina Cosmopolitan Lodge — Lisbon, Portugal

One imaginatively conceived hotel at a time, Lisbon’s allure as a destination par excellence increases, with this 5-storey hideout, located between the more touristy Baixo Chiado and the historic Alfama quarter, catching our roving eye most recently.

The 35-room hotel – a sister property to the Esquina Urban Lodge over at rua dos Sapateiros – is the work of Inês Moura who has carved the interiors of the 100-year old building into a series of richly textured spaces for both guests and a lively community of local artists – the cultural programming skimming from cooking classes and art residencies to film screenings and poetry readings.

The Gastro & Cocktail Bar is a particular draw for the young Argentinian chef Nicolas López’s modern menu, the local seasonal produce treated lightly and with imagination – think, fresh oysters that spark with lemon, chilli and leek oil and brunoised onion, and tiger prawns sautéed with kimchi and white garlic.§

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