In the rejuvenated docks end of Belem, the hotel has fantastic views over the water and is a riverside stroll to the historic sights of Belem and the converted warehouse bars and clubs of Docas. Despite having attractions nearby, there's very little on the hotel's immediate doorstep and I felt slightly removed from the action here as a result. However, it is only a 10-minute tram, bus or taxi journey to get to the city centre and there is plenty going on within the hotel.
The all-glass exterior ensures that all of the rooms have sparkling views over the glistening water and bobbing yachts. The all-glass theme continues to the interiors, where glassed-off bathrooms allow for the views not be missed - even when on the toilet. Slick dark tones are used throughout as the rooms are decked out in a minimalist and modern manner.
It’s a pretty big hotel so there are lots of wide open spaces and high ceilings. The hotel lobby and common areas are done out in uniform black granite. There are also three large meeting rooms for events.
Eating and drinking
Being in a slightly removed part of town is compensated for by three good restaurants to choose from on-site. The Feitoria Restaurant serves high-end Portuguese fare and boasts an eye-popping and expensive wine list. There are lower price tags and a more relaxed vibe at the hip Mensagem Cafeteria and the classy Oyster & Sushi Bar.
The spa has an impressive indoor pool and an extensive menu of treatments mixing holistic and modern techniques.
Excellent service – the hotel is new and therefore desperate to please.
Who stays there
Slick-haired spa junkies and flash couples.
The hotel is new and keen to fill its rooms so there are good offers to be found at the moment.
- Sporty types
- Great views / scenery
Pros & Cons
- Ultra modern
- Wonderful views
- Great facilities
- Feels removed from the city
- Slightly soulless