Perfectly poised between the city-centre and the river, this central hotel is within easy striking distance of everything.
The rooms are stylish and simple in design with soft grey and blue tones, flat-screen televisions and print wallpaper. The quietest rooms are at the back of the hotel but these are also the smallest. I particularly liked the street and river-facing rooms, with French windows that opened onto the river and a balcony. The large suite is also excellent value, given the size-to-price ratio.
The five floors of the hotel are split in to emblematic themes of Lisbon: sombre Portuguese folk-music is played on the Fado floor, leaf through Portuguese poetry on the Pessoa floor (a famous Portuguese scribe) or hangout in the boho-chic Bairro Alto floor.
Eating and drinking
There’s a small relaxed bar which is a nice spot to blow the froth of a cold Sagres (Portuguese lager). There’s also a good sushi restaurant, Confraria do Sushi, which serves delicious tuna maki rolls.
I noticed the front desk was sometimes empty but would put this down to early teething problems. I generally found everyone to be bright and friendly.
Who stays there
Cool, young weekenders. I met a few Portuguese surfers who were down from Porto for the weekend who felt they were staying in 'the coolest hotel in town.'
You can get an extra night for free when staying for three nights during the week.
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
- First-time travellers
- Great views / scenery
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Contemporary and cool
- Great location for partying
- Noisy street-facing rooms