They say people are what's most important in a place, and they may be right. Santiago de Alfama might be valuable all by itself, but it would not be the same.
If not for the friendliness and warmth of the staff in charge, a fabulous experience would be downgraded to a merely nice one – that's not necessarily bad but it would not be the same. The Santiago's charm also comes from architect Luís Rebelo de Andrade's decision to maintain the original 15th century design of the building, preserving the Roman fragments found during the renovation, uniting past and present under the same roof. From this peaceful Alfama street – amazingly there are still a few of those in this busy neighbourhood -, right next to the Santa Luzia Viewpoint (one of the last few still off the beaten path), you get an unhindered view of the Tagus. That view is especially terrific if you take the Santiago suite. The 19 rooms are all different in size, and even the most affordable ones include a range of amenities that you would not normally find in a boutique hotel: lots of space, a large bed, a full bathroom including, in some rooms, an old-style tub. There is neither a pool nor a garden, understandably so given the sloping terrain. But the roomy building allows for some extravagances, including an abundance of places to eat and drink: three different venues, each with a different style and purpose. At the Audrey café – named after the glamorous Ms. Hepburn – breakfast is served à la carte and has an immense selection of eggs, pancakes, toast, tea, yogurt and fruit. For lunch or supper, there's two good choices: Fábrica de Santiago and Manny's Bar. Despite the name, the latter is the hotel's official restaurant, where chef Carlos Robalo offers a Mediterranean menu.
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Rua de Santiago, 10-14