Just north of the Botanical Gardens, at the northern end of the central Avenida da Liberdade – nothing is too far away from here.
I found the 72 bedrooms to be a quirky and merry without being too over-the-top. Each is designed along the theme of a Hollywood movie or idol. It felt like being in a very stylish teenager’s bedroom, with film screen-prints and a bit of kitsch decade-centric décor, such as 60s' curtains and buttoned headboards in the Kubrick-styled room. Other fun themes include Marylin Monroe, Marlon Brando and John Travolta. Unfortunately, I did notice that the rooms get a fair bit of street noise, which may annoy some.
The lobby, reception and corridors have a 60s-chic feel with oversized chessboard-patterned armchairs, stencilled movie quotes and near-life-size prints of Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart on the walls. There’s also the ‘Winter Garden’, an outdoor decking area with yucca plants and comfy sofas.
Eating and drinking
There isn’t a restaurant or bar on-site, but the hotel does own a restaurant next door called the Great American Disaster Restaurant. A 1950s' diner, filed with all sorts of tat and memorabilia and serving excellent burgers and shakes – great for kids.
There’s a small, functional gym.
The staff were on-the-ball and very helpful. The receptionist even chased me down the street to give me my phone, which I left on her desk.
Who stays there
Young couples, groups of friends and families.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- Stag / hen parties
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Fun and quirky
- The style isn’t to everyone’s taste