At the end of the 19th century, King Carlos chose Cascais as his holiday destination - and the town was never the same again. Across the bay and around the Cidadela fortress, the king's aristocratic friends built mansions and palaces to keep him company in the warm months. This was the case with Francisco Trindade Baptista, a member of the court, who couldn't have imagined that, more than a hundred years later, his romantic-style house with its rococo balconies, windows and doors would become a modern, luxurious boutique hotel with a façade by Portuguese urban artist Vhils (Alexandre Farto): Artsy.
The charm of the late 19th century remains, but a new wing has been added, with contemporary and minimalist features, connected by a glass structure where you can sleep inside an urban art installation that embraces the windows outside the rooms, letting in light through small holes.
In addition to the Artist Rooms, there are Cosy Rooms, Superior Rooms, Signature Suites and the Attic Suite (on the top floor, ideal for three people), totalling 19 rooms spread over three floors. At the top, an unexpected rooftop exclusively for guests with a small heated pool, comfortable sun loungers, honesty bar and service until 20.00.
Inside, scattered throughout the rooms, corridors and common areas - such as the Pink Room, for meetings, private dinners, exhibitions and workshops, or the irreverent Library Bar at the entrance, where guests are welcomed when they check in and where they can work, read, have a bite to eat or a drink throughout the day - there is always art.