One of the most impressive structures built for Expo ’98 was the Torre Vasco da Gama (Vasco da Gama Tower). Lisbon was hosting the last World Exposition of the 20th century and the tower quickly became an architectural icon, and a point of interest that has endeared itself to the general public ever since.
At 145 meters, the soaring landmark is again the centre of attention, this time as one of the Portuguese capital’s most striking five-star hotels – Myriad by Sana Hotels.
The new Myriad Hotel overlooking the waterfront at Lisbon's Parque das Nacoes. — Photo courtesy of Myriad by Sana Hotels
This new place to stay has been attached to the stem of the tower and its design resembles a huge mainsail. Together with the tower’s bowed support, the whole building resembles a majestic schooner in full sail. And the analogy is apt: the Myriad enjoys an outstanding location on the waterfront at Parque das Nações, and the accommodation overlooks the expanse of the Tagus Estuary.
The Myriad’s 176 rooms, nine suites and an outrageously plush Presidential Suite are distributed over 23 floors. The funky decoration – a palette of deep crimson, charcoal black and silver ash – complements the clean lines and minimalist veneer of the interior design, a signature carried through the entire property.
Guest amenities range from the pleasant ground floor River Lounge Restaurant complete with wood deck terrace for al fresco dining to the top-floor Sayanna Wellness Spa, where indulgence is de rigueur. The swimming pool features a beautiful panoramic picture window that perfectly frames the estuary, the Vasco da Gama road bridge and Lisbon’s distant south bank.
The Myriad has successfully redefined the city’s waterfront skyline in an extraordinary and original manner. Its shape pays tribute to Portugal’s seafaring heritage while its contemporary character sits comfortably with the futuristic steel-and-glass complexion that defines the neighbourhood.