The Convento do Salvador, in Alfama, is something of a hospitality tailor in its effort to adapt to different family dynamics.
It's medium-sized hotel, 43 rooms, so you can always squeeze in an extra guest, but sometimes it can be difficult. Rooms are not very large and their beds are king-sized – what you lose in space you will gain in comfort. The rooms have a somewhat boring, whitewashed decoration, and could do with something to spice things up along the lines of the front desk or the bar, which are fresh and original.
Out of the former convent the only thing remaining is the frame; everything else was conceived from scratch. The old backyard became a hip lounge bar, with light wreaths and mood music to enliven the evenings; the old dining room is now a vibrant living room with a mezzanine for serving breakfast.
Proud of its artistic side, the Convento do Salvador likes to lend its salons and walls to major Portuguese and Lusophone artists. Works by Sebastião Salgado, Júlio Pomar, Jão Cutileiro and Paula Rego are all on display. The lobby tiled panel was commissioned by the hotel to the Pedrita duo.
Right at the door there is a stop for the legendary 28 tram, but there's no point in spending hours in line. Observe until you find a time when you can truly enjoy the tram ride, to avoid going around the city with your nose stuck in someone's armpit.