Inspiring Space – The Magnolia Hotel, Portugal

By Ruth Bell 30-06-2023
Inspiring Space – The Magnolia Hotel, Portugal

A melting pot of Palm Springs nostalgia and European-chic collide to create fabulously fun 1950s-inspired décor at The Magnolia

Words: Laura Ewart, Ruth Bell


What do you get if you combine a 1950s Palm Springs motel aesthetic with a splash of chic contemporary European décor? Well, we think you’d get the fabulously fun Magnolia Hotel, a boutique retreat, which is part of the Quinta do Lago resort in the Algarve. Paying homage to the iconic ‘50s Americana look, there’s vibrant and stylish interiors and colour palettes aplenty, with each of the 74 rooms and seven vintage cabin-style cottages decorated elegantly – but with plenty of bright and bold nods to Magnolia’s blueprint.

The hotel is infused with unapologetically fun hues (think pastel pinks and turquoise) for a kitsch yet cool ambience. Designed by the award-winning Bryan O’Sullivan Studio, it captures the glory days of 1950s interiors flawlessly.

Image of the reception bar at the Magnolia Hotel in Portugal

The lobby bar (above and below) has blended Americana and Portuguese interiors for a distinctive and playful look. Light, fresh, uncluttered and contemporary designs have created a blissful holiday vibe that is easy to replicate at home. From eye-catching tiles to a fantastic use of complementary and clashing colours, cosy rugs and achingly-cool furniture (hello rattan chairs, perfect for sipping cocktails), it really does feel like you’ve been transported back to the best of the ‘50s thanks to the perfect blending of Portuguese and Miami-inspired interiors.

Images of interiors from the Magnolia Hotel in Portugal

Image of the pool bar at the Magnolia Hotel in Portugal

Statement tiles, vibrant bar stools and a fun light-up sign create a real wow-factor in the hotel’s main bar, which is adjacent to the fabulous pool. Light-up signs have been doing the rounds for a while, but they really are a fabulous addition to this scheme so hang them in kitchens, bedrooms, living rooms… anywhere that you think could do with a splash of fun.

Image of the restaurant at the Magnolia Hotel in Portugal

Uplifting colours can be found everywhere at the Magnolia, even down to the bowls and plates in the restaurants. Another beautiful case in point is the sumptuous strawberry pink upholstery in the dining area, seen here contrasting with the yellow chairs and elsewhere as vintage-inspired booth-style seating.

Image of a bedroom at the Magnolia Hotel in Portugal

The bedrooms embrace the Palm Springs colour palette teamed with vintage pieces, but do so in the subtlest of ways to bring a real retro-chic vibe. They’re light, fresh and uncluttered, avoiding fussy cushions or throws, and feature little bursts of colour, such as the pale green pillowcases seen contrasting with the otherwise pure white linen.

Image of a bathroom at the Magnolia Hotel in Portugal

The bathrooms are designed to offer contemporary comfort and luxury with luxurious rain showers, oversized baths and double vanities in the larger bedrooms. Décor is softer than in the rest of the hotel to encourage relaxation – as can be seen in this bathroom from one of the cottage retreats. Simple white-painted timber walls and natural wood floor complement marble-effect tiles for a the calmest of schemes.

Image of one of the cottage retreats at the Magnolia Hotel in Portugal

Nestled in the hotel grounds, among the pine trees, the cottage retreats provide secluded two-bedroom accommodation. In keeping with the ‘50s-inspired scheme, they’re painted in candy-bright pastels that bring brilliant colour to the landscape.

Image of the swimming pool at the Magnolia Hotel in Portugal

The design of this hotel extends to every detail. It’s no surprise, therefore, that the deep blue of the swimming pool contrasts so perfectly with the bright yellow and white pinstripe parasols and yellow sun loungers positioned around the edge.

Image of Bovino restaurant Quinto Do Lago resort

Finally, if you're drawn to venture out of The Magnolia to explore more of the beautiful Quinta do Lago resort, allow yourself to be tempted by the Bovino Steakhouse (above). With interiors created by world-renown architectural designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán, the Bovino is a feast for the eyes as well as the tastebuds. Bovino was once a 200-year-old Algarve farmhouse, which the team has transformed into a restaurant that effortlessly combines the history of the building with chic contemporary style. The success of the scheme speaks for itself – and the cooked-to-perfection steaks aren't bad either!


To find out more about The Magnolia Hotel and to book your stay, visit the website. And to book a table at Bovino Steakhouse click here.


If this Inspiring Space has given you a taste to explore more of Portugal, don't miss our other features on Herdade da Matinha and Hotel Casa Palmela.

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