Lisbon Hotel Review: An Eco-Friendly, Feng Shui Hotel with a Not-For-The-Shy Shower


Nursing a cup of (instant) coffee in our office Tuesday morning, my boss Jon and I start chatting about our previous weekend’s shenanigans. Usually I have an alcohol-related story to tell, and Jon complains about how little time he managed to spend in his garage. But this time Jon had been to Lisbon and stayed in a hotel with a shower design that could send a Brit into meltdown.


As you can (just about) see from Jon’s photo, there’s not a lot between you in the shower and the bedroom other than a glass divider. A liberating concept maybe, but if you’re sharing a room with someone you aren’t prepared to bare all to it could be a bit awkward.

I ask what the rest of hotel was like and Jon describes the quality of the food and drink in great detail- an espresso machine that was ‘not the usual manky old kettle and instant coffee sachets’, re-useable glass bottled waters, ‘quality nibbles’ and the ‘superb’ breakfast with ‘everything & anything you could want’. Whilst he said how well he slept in one their allergy-friendly rooms (didn’t have to use his inhaler once at all for pollen allergy – result), he didn’t take much notice in the design of the hotel, which has Feng Shui principles at its core.

More intrigued by Feng Shui than quality coffee, I Googled the Santa Marta Hotel and their mission is to ‘create an oasis of peace and harmony where the positive energies aligned with Feng Shui principles allow you to revitalise and regenerate your body’. Their belief is that in order to grow as human beings, the balance between ourselves and our surroundings needs to be right.

 This need for balance took me back to the shower design, and why Jon felt it was the highlight of his trip. Perhaps we are too conservative in our bathroom designs. Would more liberation in the bathroom allow us to achieve that balance between ourselves and our surroundings?

Along with the hotel’s shower and food-related offerings, highlights from Jon’s trip included a ride on the Lime E-Scooters to the LX Factory & TimeOut Market, sampling the local Ginjinha, and buying the obligatory tinned fish as a present.

I’m thinking I’ll book a stay at the Santa Marta when I next visit Lisbon. Maybe I’ll even bare all in the not-for-the-shy shower…