There are prettier parts of town, but you are right in the thick of it from the moment you step outside the hotel’s revolving door. The hotel is 20 minutes from the airport and bang in the middle of Lisbon’s main street, Avenida da Liberdade. Shopping, sights and restaurants are all within walking distance.
The rooms are a fair size for the price. Recently renovated, everything still has that sparkling glint of a place that’s just opened its doors. This combined with the cosy buff and blush tones distances the hotel somewhat from the sterile and functional stereotype this chain has a reputation for.
There’s a large lobby and bar area, but the interior design is quite bizarre. Lots of red and gold, bowls of fake fruit and neo-oriental desks, tables and ceramics make it feel a bit like a Chinese restaurant. I was very thankful the designer’s taste didn’t extend to the bedrooms.
Eating and drinking
The breakfast buffet served in the Adlib restaurant is excellent, with a large choice of pastries, fruits, cheeses and cold cuts. Main meals are pretty good too. Nothing fancy, just simple and delicious risotto and pasta dishes at pretty affordable prices.
Pretty good. The hotel is clearly well run and there are plenty of staff on hand to help the guests out with any needs.
Who stays there
There were lots of suits, briefcases and laptops last time I visited.
There are sometimes deals on rooms taken for more than three nights, midweek stays and bookings made more than two weeks in advance.
- Business travellers
- First-time travellers
- Mature travellers
Pros & Cons
- Comfy rooms
- Great location
- Some distasteful interiors