NileGuide Expert Says:
Enjoys literary connections with renowned 19th-century novelist.
Rua Janelas Verdes
1200-690 Lisbon, Portugal
West of Center
tel: +351 (0)21 396 8143
fax: +351 (0)21 396 8144
NileGuide Expert tip:
Great location for exploring Santos, Lisbon's self-styled "Design District".
It's believed that the great 19th-century Portuguese novelist Eça de Queiróz briefly sought inspiration here when writing his masterpiece Os Maias
. Then it was part of an 18th-century palace but today As Janelas Verdes ("The Green Windows") is a charming upmarket inn situated in Santos, one of the city's lesser-known neighbourhoods. This literary connection is imaginatively interpreted throughout the building. The top floor library has the appearance of a gentlemen's study, all scholarly and refined, and is decorated with antiques, objets d'art and other curios. The 29 rooms are cheerful and spacious and full of character with their chestnut wardrobes and polished bedsteads. The optional breakfast can be taken in a modest garden at the rear of the building where pleasant views inspire the imagination. The inn's proximity to the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga makes up for its out-of-city-centre location, though bus and tram links are close at hand.
Image: As Janelas Verde