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5. Myriad by SANA
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If the view from the top is impressive, it’s not hard to imagine what it’s like to wake up with the Tagus river in sight and all the luxuries. That’s what happens when you check-in at MYRIAD by SANA. Opened in 2012, this is the luxury hotel that brought Vasco da Gama Tower back to the city. Once inside, everything is grandiose, yet cozy and inviting to stay. And it’s not by chance. Every detail has been carefully thought out, starting with the perfect symbiosis with the Vasco da Gama Tower, maintaining the maritime inspiration – the hotel is like a sail of the caravel, where the tower is the mast.

The project was designed by architect Nuno Leónidas, who in numerous interviews during the hotel’s inauguration explained how he started to conceive the building while looking out to the sea. “I was at the beach and had some ideas. Since there wasn’t this new technology, I had to draw with my finger in the sand. I started scribbling some ideas in the sand and when I returned to the office, we began working on the project,” explained the architect, who has already won several awards with this project. The result is a five-star hotel with 22 floors and 143 meters in height. In total, there are 186 rooms and suites: 150 deluxe (25 to 30 m2), 26 premium (30 to 37 m2), nine suites, and the presidential suite. In all of them, the decoration is contemporary and cosmopolitan, with red accents, but what always stands out is the view, either to the Tagus or to the Nations Park. Even the beds are arranged so you can enjoy the view, even lying down. There is no room or division without natural light and an unobstructed view.

It’s this light that greets you when you enter the hotel, even on grey days which are few in Lisbon. The high ceiling, inside the hotel, impresses. It’s grandiose, without being intimidating. At the back, the bar and restaurant, River Lounge, in a space that purposely blurs the lines. It’s perfect for a relaxed drink, lunch or dinner, inside or out – on warmer days, the deck is an absolutely must-see. The River Lounge menu is Mediterranean, and it’s also where breakfast, afternoon tea, and Sunday brunch are served, already famous for its wide range of options, including classic dishes and delicacies such as oysters, meat, and fish.On the top floor, the cherry on top of the cake: the SAYANNA Wellness & Spa. Needless to say, light and transparency are also privileged here. The view takes your breath away, which you can recover in the pool, facing the Tagus river, just like the sauna and the massage rooms. There is no equal refuge in the city. In fact, there is no similar hotel.

And we haven’t even told you about the FIFTY SECONDS Martín Berasategui, at the top of the tower, just below this viewpoint. It’s the fine-dining restaurant that brought the Spanish chef with the most Michelin stars to Portugal – 12, one of which is maintained here by executive chef Filipe Carvalho.