Rising above the ocean, the Hotel Albatroz ââ an icon of the Portuguese coastal town of Cascais ââ recently underwent a complete, practical interior design refurbishment, Viterbo Interior Design (run by Gracinha Viterbo ), revealing a timeless revival inspired by the 1940s and the golden age of the 1950s of Estoril and Cascais.
Formerly nicknamed âThe Grande Dame of the Portuguese Coastâ, the 52-room hotel is a place of unrestrained glamor. A place where artists, Hollywood actors, famous personalities and politicians have come to stay for more than half a century. Inspired by the Atlantic Ocean and the hotel’s rich history, including testimonials found in the hotel’s very first guestbook, Viterbo Interior Design has combined a classic style imbued with a fresh Portuguese spirit; combining original features, including the coat of arms of the Lancastrian family, with modern materials and furnishings.
Built in the early 1900s for the Lancastrian family, the large property of Italian architecture features Moorish, Neo-Gothic and Neo-Manueline motifs. Preserved paintings, 17th and 18th century tiles and a ceiling dating from the year of construction give the property a majestic presence. To give the lavish hotel a fresh, more modern appeal, traditional azulejos and aged hand-picked Lioz stone sit alongside bespoke art installations by contemporary artists, hand-drawn murals by Portuguese graffiti artist SMILE and a large tapestry by macrame artist Diana Cunha.
Each room here is individually decorated to convey the beauty of Portuguese craftsmanship, and for guests who can tear themselves away from their haven, the bar and terrace are another wonderful place to disconnect; an even better experience watching the sunset with a cocktail in hand.
Rich in history but quite for the modern traveler, the Hotel Albatroz Cascais is limitless opulence, an echo of the golden age of travel with a great future ahead of it.