In the Saldanha business district, which is great if you’re here for meetings etc. And it’s one of central Lisbon’s best locations for easy access to the airport (10 minutes away by car). All of the city’s attractions are within walking distance or a short cab-ride.
The first impression I got was that all the rooms are a great size and very modern. All had large, flatscreen TVs and a small desk area. The bathrooms had simple black granite floors and smoked-glass screening. My room had panoramic windows, which opened up on to a balcony that afforded an excellent, west-facing sunset view.
Being an old factory, the hotel keeps its neo-industrial feel with high ceilings in the lobby and sterile black and white tones, which are subtly offset by grand floor-to-ceiling photos of trees. I liked the stark, clean feel of the place.
Eating and drinking
There are some really excellent choices for food here, with the hotel clearly trying to reach out to the business clientele in the surrounding area. Bonsai serves good sushi dishes (where they also have sushi classes) and Saldanha-Mar has good, modern Portuguese seafood at decent prices. The Fontana Bar is set in an ‘inner garden’, which serves excellent martinis on bamboo tables.
The hotel is fairly new and I have heard reports of a few teething problems with regards to service. I, however, found the staff to be gregarious and helpful.
Who stays there
Trendy tourists, fun weekenders and business guests looking for something different.
Good deals available if you stay for more than one night, with options of room upgrades and late check-outs.
- Business travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- People watching
- Chilling out
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Trendy and fun
- Business location won't suit everyone