The Ivens, Lisbon, autograph collection review

Located in the heart of Chiado in central Lisbon, the Ivens is a newcomer to Lisbon’s burgeoning luxury hotel scene. Named after explorers Ivens and Capelo, who also named the surrounding streets, the hotel occupies a historic 19th-century building where the old Rádio Renascença radio station once stood and now offers 5-star accommodation, multiple dining options and interiors that really have the wow factor. Read on to find out why we love this Lisbon hotel so much.

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Background and concept

Conveniently located in the center of Lisbon, the Ivens Autograph Collection is the perfect base for a city adventurer. Housed in an emblematic building that encapsulates the spirit and culture of Lisbon, the hotel offers 87 unique rooms, including ten spacious suites, including two exclusive suites on the top floor. Guests can choose to dine at the hotel’s three restaurants; The Rocco Restaurant is an Italian-inspired restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the Crudo Bar offers a gastronomic journey of seafood and the Gastro Bar offers light meals and an exquisite drinks menu. Guests can also take advantage of the gym which includes a range of cardio equipment and free weights.


The hotel is at the crossroads of two streets named after Roberto Ivens and Hermenegildo Capelo, two men who traveled the world to find adventure. They left Lisbon on several occasions to discover the great lakes of Zaire and Zambezi, explore South Africa and reach the lands of Laca in Mozambique. For more than a year, they risked their lives on uncharted paths and spent 42 days lost in the jungle, bringing back drawings, sketches, maps, plants, rocks, fossils and unknown animals. In total, they covered more than 8,500 kilometres.

The hotel’s name, concept and interiors are inspired by these two travelers and the hotel now welcomes ‘explorers’ from all over the world to the city.


In common areas and restaurants, a maximalist philosophy (think glamor opposite) applies thanks to the Catalan designer and architect Lázaro Rosa-Violan thinks of wood and warm textures; velvet armchairs in the lobby, rattan and marble in the bar, and black and white checkerboard tiling underfoot.

On the other hand, the guest rooms, designed by Cristina Matos, are models of tranquility and purity that offer guests the rest they deserve. Cristina Matos chose subtle tones such as beiges, whites and greens with hints of color in the wallpapers and rugs that evoke flora and fauna. Classic and sophisticated black and white floors are found in standard room bathrooms, while marble is used in suites.

The hallway walls are painted a deep blue and decorated with period photographs and documents. The floors are covered with a long carpet with geometric patterns, and the tables and shelves are adorned with travel books, magazines and stories from distant lands.

Carefully chosen lighting in the bedrooms complements the natural light that enters through huge windows that retain the original appearance. Cristina also favored natural materials such as wood, marble and straw in the bedrooms.


The hotel is located in the center of Lisbon, with a view of the Tagus River and the Chiado district a few meters away. Surrounded by prestigious shops, restaurants, museums, art galleries, theatres, bookshops and patisseries, with the nightlife areas of the city of Bairro Alto, Bica and Cais do Sodré just a short walk away.

Rooms and Suites

The Ivens Hotel offers 87 beautifully decorated rooms (including ten suites). With a view of the city or the river, they are all bathed in the bright and remarkable light of Lisbon. Discover bed and breakfasts where you can relax and recharge your batteries for your next trip.


Premium Rooms

Premium rooms are located in prime locations around the building and are larger than other rooms with a built-in seating area.


If you are looking for a little more space and luxury during your stay, the suites are the perfect option. With a separate living room and bedroom, there’s plenty of space to relax, beautifully decorated with king-size or twin beds, personalized check-in, two bathrooms, two TVs, Jo Malone amenities and a private parking with free valet service.

Signature Suites

The Signature Suites are the hotel’s flagship rooms, located on the top floor with stunning panoramic views of the city and the Tagus offering everything the suites offer but with additional private terraces.

Food and drink

Hotel Rocco’s Restaurant and Bar is one restaurant but includes three distinct dining experiences. Enter what is a decadently immersive space, pass a heavy velvet drape to the Gastrobar, a circular counter surrounded by chintzy Art Deco-style decor and a suspended wine cellar, serving light meals and divine cocktails with DJ. The destination Ristorante serves traditional Italian dishes – classics prepared according to authentic recipes – and has a terrace for outdoor dining. Then there’s Crudo Bar, the most theatrical spot in the venue, where diners feast on layered platters of oysters, caviar, crab, shrimp, tartare and ceviche while sipping champagne.


Italian inspiration can be found in more than the food at Rocco’s main restaurant. The wooden details, the tiles, the walls and the ceilings (painted mustard and wine), the floral motifs, the furniture and the decorative elements, as well as the collections of decorative paintings, match perfectly with the characteristic and inviting aroma. typical Italian cuisine.

As soon as you walk in you are struck by the intense heat that emanates from the grill. In the middle of the restaurant, there is a wooden and marble counter with seating for four people. This is where perfectly cooked octopus, lobster and loin are prepared. Handmade black glazed ceramic tiles give the place a cozy vibe.


The Ristorante’s outdoor extension, Terraza, offers 56 outdoor seats with a space decorated with bougainvillea, iron tables, lemon trees and glazed Italian ceramic vases.

Vegetable bar

The bar is framed by an amphitheater surrounded by nine chairs. The amphitheater is preceded by 25 seats arranged at the top of the staircase so as to remind you of the Italian coast. This is the most comfortable part of Rocco, surrounded by photographs related to travel, the beach, long summer days and good times. The menu here combines both land and sea options offering diners a gastronomic journey that pairs perfectly with sparkling wine and prosecco.

Gourmet bar

The walls are lined with hundreds of excellent wines arranged on shelves, from the checkered marble floor to the high, ornate ceiling. Large bay windows punctuate the walls and let light into the room. The plants in the display cases give the light another dynamic, combining with the mirrors on the walls, behind the wine shelves and above the bar, in harmony with the ubiquitous wallpaper and wood.

Above the central oval bar there is another floating wine rack. Around the bar there are 17 seats. At the tables next to the windows, there are 16 seats with different patterns and textures based on floral prints.

The menu offers a range of classic international options, as well as a selection of Portuguese dishes for a more informal dining experience. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a classic cocktail or a wine (Portuguese or otherwise), there’s something for everyone.

The bathroom

We don’t normally talk about toilets on TLE, but this one is worth mentioning! Beneath a curved ceiling, lined with floral wallpaper, stands an imposing sink in Italian Calacatta marble. At the ends, the mirrored doors of the cabins add depth to the space, creating a play of illusory reflections. The colorful mosaic floral floor and botanical designs on the compartment walls continue the surprise creating a truly unique bathroom.

Our culinary experience

During our stay, we dined at Crudo Bar, find an overview of our experience below.

Pre-Entry and Cocktails




To eat lunch

Breakfast is served in the main restaurant and is à la carte.

Gym and wellness

A comprehensive fitness center is located in the basement offering a full range of gym equipment and sports water and drinks to keep you refreshed.

Final Thoughts

Quiet and mysterious The Ivens is truly an oasis for the weary traveller, it’s a place to swap the urban jungle outside for the human jungle inside. Its public spaces are all Instagram-worthy, the dining options are incredible, the service is on point, and the guest quarters are places of calm where you’re sure to be able to recharge your batteries.

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