The historic 16th century Palácio dos Condes de Lumiares, from which the property derives its name, is situated in the middle of Bairro Alto, one of Lisbon's most sought after real estate areas. Enjoying a central and prominent hill-top location, the Lumiares Luxury Hotel Apartments command wide views over Lisbon and its majestic river, the Tagus River (Rio Tejo).
The 5* hotel apartments all offer underground parking and secure storage facilities, as well as the amenities that you would expect from a world class 5* hotel: a Spa, Gym, two luxury branded shops and a cosmopolitan rooftop bar, the Alto Bar, commanding amazing views over Lisbon. This rooftop bar, which will showcase many of Portugal's finest world-famous wines, will also offer international gourmet light dining in the evening for all and breakfast to apartment guests in the morning.
The Lumiares will be branded as an independent 5* luxury apartment hotel, representing the best that Lisbon has to offer in terms of design, heritage, culture and character. All apartments will benefit from a professional management structure for owners and the very best facilities and levels of service for guests.
HISTORY OF PALÁCIO DOS CONDES DE LUMIARES
The 16th century palace was formerly known as the Palácio dos Condes de Lumiares, from which the property derives its name today.
A large house was originally constructed by Bartolomeu de Andrade, on a farm site called Valverde; it remained until the 18th century, after which Dona Leonor de Távora Cunha e Meneses (widow of one of the Counts of Lumiares) acquired the property and built the impressive palace which we are breathing new life into today. In 1875 the Palace was eventually sold outside the family.
All that remains today is the listed facade with its enviable position in the Bairro Alto district of Lisbon on one of its prime streets: Rua São Pedro de Alcântara.
In more recent years (circa 1970-1990) the building was remembered for the typical Bairro Alto bar called Gingão, which was on the ground floor facing Rua S. Pedro de Alcântara.
More recently, the building was acquired by a Portuguese hotel group that started work on the site, but encountered financial difficulties before commencing construction. Current owners Q&P purchased the site in April 2014. Even though the building was acquired with a valid construction permit, the current owners wish to improve the design and to convert the building form a designated hotel to an apartment-hotel concept. This included a number of structural and design enhancements and changes, to improve the use of space, and to justify the inclusion with city heritage authorities of the Alto Bar rooftop bar, which will command rare and stunning views over Lisbon, the river and beyond.
We are excited about bringing back to life the Lumiares Palace and have tried to respect the historical nature of the building whilst introducing design and finishes that will bring the palace into the 21st Century.