Corinthia Hotel Lisbon has unveiled the first phase of a $17.6-million guest bedroom and suite makeover and opened a new restaurant, Erva.
A complete refurbishment was given to the Superior rooms (now called Deluxe rooms), Junior Suites (re-named Deluxe Junior Suites) and corridors. The final designs are based on an original concept by London-based interior designers Goddard Littlefair. The rooms have a relaxing color palette of light blues, grays and beiges. The new Deluxe Junior Suites include bespoke furniture and walk-in wardrobes from local Portuguese cabinetmakers, marble bathrooms, tropical rain showers and premium toiletries from ESPA, while art depicting local subjects adorns the walls from native photographer Nuno Cera and figurative painter Susana Bravo.
New technology plays a key part in the refurbishment, with European and US outlets and USB ports located next to the bed and incorporated into tables in the suites. Touch sensor lighting is sited at the bedside to help create different lighting moods.
A more dramatic palette of blues, grays and beiges, plus new carpets, paintings and fabrics on the walls, has refreshed the corridors.
Phase two of the refurbishment will commence before the end of the year to redesign the Executive Suites and create the design of new suites. By the end of 2019, all 518 rooms of Corinthia Hotel Lisbon will be completed.
On the heels of Kerridge's Bar & Grill opening in Corinthia's flagship London hotel comes authentic Portuguese cuisine in a new restaurant at Corinthia Hotel Lisbon, Erva, which opened September 5, 2018. Octopus carpaccio, bacalhau (cod) straight from the Atlantic, sweet pastel de nata and fine ports are highlights of the menu at Erva – meaning grass – and crafted by Chef Carlos Goncalves.
Diners can enjoy Portuguese food as well as international flavors in the relaxed setting of Erva on the ground floor of the hotel. Seating 90, the restaurant has floor to ceiling windows, leather vintage-style chairs, wood dining tables, a natural color palette of dark greens and browns, and selected artworks from contemporary Portuguese artists. Erva has a separate entrance directly on to the street, on Av Columbano Bordalo Pinheiro.
One wall of the restaurant has a fridge showcasing hanging meat supplied by local suppliers, while a grill bar allows guests to watch their meat, fish and root vegetables being prepared and cooked.
The Erva destination bar serves signature cocktails created by Bar Manager Nelson Antunes as well as drafts, bottled and artisan beers, liqueurs, wines and spirits.
Diners can also enjoy outside space in the hotel’s new Soul Garden, over 32,200 square feet of garden and terrace offering a place of peace in the busy city. It’s ideal for after work gatherings or laid-back evenings, serving cocktails, light bites, lounge seating and curated music. There are DJ sets each Wednesday and at weekends.
Erva and Soul Garden complement the hotel’s Sete Colinas restaurant, for international buffet food, the Terrace Garden for al fresco breakfast in spring and summer, and the Tempus Lounge.