The Soul of Santiago
Heleen Uitenbroek - Hotelier Unusual
Heleen was born in Holland but grew up in Auckland, New Zealand. She moved to Lisbon to do her University degree and fell in love, with the city and it´s people´s culture, light, music and food. After finishing her degree in London, and doing almost a decade in Finance in the Capital, she moved to the Alentejo. There she ran the family farm of Cork, Olives, Goats and Sheep. Heleen went on to buy a property in Lisbon and stepped in to the hotel business with the launch of her first Boutique Hotel. Chiado16 - Boutique Hotel went on to rank Number 1 on Tripadvisor and Booking.com for a number of years until it´s sale in 2015.
Heleen personnally worked on the restoration of Hotel - Santiago de Alfama for almost six years, from the archeological dig, to over-seeing the geographical surveys, a