The reception atrium remains with minor changes: The lantern windows were being changed to gain more character; the actual reception “office” has been removed to free the main staircase, and the entrance ceiling became vaulted to enhance the splendour of the atrium area.
Traditional timber ceilings and timber floors have been used in all rooms.
Furniture was chosen for each room, making each of the eight rooms unique. Fireplaces were restored bringing a new and warm feeling to the rooms, along with window curtains, floor rugs, and ceiling fans.
Special care was put on the lighting in order to create the right ambiance, either inside or outside (balconies and terraces).
Modern commodities have been introduced (A/C, TV, telephones, etc.) without disturbing the character of the rooms. The balconies have been cleared, by removing all bathrooms to inner locations, thus regaining this area as balconies and bringing back the splendour of the arched facades.
The terraces were landscaped in a classical Portuguese way and used as garden, and esplanades open to the public.