Hotel décor varies vastly among properties and it’s really refreshing to check in to a hotel and be faced with something that is the product of good taste and a design focused eye. There’s nothing encouraging or creative about mass produced, mass bought Ikea-esque hotel furniture and it’s just so boring I feel drained whenever I’m around it.
Águamel is a boutique guest house in Sintra where I had the absolute pleasure of staying last month. The guest house has five bedrooms all named after flowers chosen by bees to produce honey and all individually designed. Think Zara Home meets Anthropologie with modern comforts, local antiques and a bit of Portuguese flavour. I stayed in Jasmine which had a slanted ceiling, calming grey wallpaper, plenty of floor space and a great view over the historical town. But what really struck me about the décor of not only my room but the whole guest house were the lights; the fittings, stands, lamps, shades, everything. They were unique and not items you’d see regularly and they fit in with the overall décor without commanding too much attention.