From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:From the outside, this 89-room hotel, located just off the capital's central Avenida Libertade, is all Portuguese gentility, with a classical facade punctuated with wrought iron balconies. But inside, it feels much more like a funky loft in San Francisco. From the long lobby lined with pretty wooden-slatted windows that let the Lisbon light stream in to the feng shui guest rooms made edgy with concrete floors and glass-walled showers etched with mod shapes, the interior is all West Coast hip. Service is professional yet warm, and the sustainability policy is flaunted to mostly good effectwitness the recyclable bottles of filtered water (although one would perhaps prefer a newspaper at breakfast to a sanctimonious lecture on the preferability of the computers available in the lobby). Which is not to say that the Santa Marta skimps on amenities. Rather, it has honed its list to the most appreciated ones: Rooms have Nespresso machines, for instance, as well as complimentary (if minimally stocked) minibars, and there's free Wi-Fi, an on-site spa and workout room, and a restaurant serving well-prepared Mediterranean cuisinefood that you might actually seek out rather than simply fall back on. 2011 Hot List
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