The five-star Atlis Grand is looking rather dapper these days following a sweeping renovation. The 300 rooms are lighter and more comfortable than ever and have been souped up with the latest technology and spacious marble bathrooms.
The 1973-built hotel is something of a Lisbon icon and its recent facelift has freshened up the simply decorated interior. A significant component of the renovation process was the addition of the 950m 2 (i.e. huge) GSpa, which adds pizzazz with a swimming pool, hamman, sauna and treatment rooms. Here you can join a fitness class or work through a tailored program with a personal trainer, and even check in with a nutritionist or physiotherapist in the health clinic. You can continue your relaxation (or amp things up in the company of a live DJ) in the leafy refuge of the Garden Roof Bar, then head down to the D. Fernando Grill for dinner. The restaurant serves up traditional Portuguese cuisine with a strong emphasis on super-fresh fish from Portugal’s coastline. Throughout the day, you can enjoy lighter meals at the Rendezvous Coffee Shop and sip wine at the Herald Bar or Lobby Bar.
The Atlis Grand is in a prime position near Lisbon’s flash shopping street, Avenida da Liberdade, which is beautifully lined by trees and high-end stores. The groovy suburb of Príncipe Real is just up the hill and the Avenida metro station is two blocks away, so you can easily zip around the city.
Level Eight Rooftop Bar & Lounge: When you’re up eight floors chilling on this rooftop, the views are darn good. Better still, the cocktails ain’t bad either.
Prada: Even if pushing through Prada’s heavy doors feels a little too extravagant, at least do a walk-by to admire the store’s stunning classic façade.
Red Frog Speakeasy Bar: One of the city’s best cocktail bars is accessible by an unassuming door 500 meters from the hotel. Press the buzzer to be let into the basement where the staff will talk you through a creative menu of muddled delights.
Restaurante A Gina: If you want your grub served super-sized, this tucked-away gem is your place. Traditional Portuguese dishes come served on giant wooden chopping boards spilling over the sides with oh-so- yummy veal steaks.
JNcQUOI: This trendy fashion and gastronomy fusion sits on Avenida da Liberdade and has a men’s clothing store on the lower level, oyster bar and deli on the mid-level, and a fine dining restaurant up top. Front up on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday night between 10pm and 2am to join one of JNcQUOI’s bathroom gigs. Yep this place has a cool loo, and yep, DJ-rockin’ toilet parties are a thing.
Good for: The Atlis Grand is well-suited to leisure travelers and anyone intent on hitting the high-end stores of Avenida da Liberdade. Business folk are also well catered for with a dedicated business lounge managed by the guest experience team.
Amenities: Pool; sauna; room service; free wi-fi; minibar; restaurant; bar; gym; laundry service; concierge; spa
Time Out tip: Sign up for a free Attitude Card to get discounts on other Atlis accommodation, such as the five star Atlis Belém Hotel and Spa in outer Lisbon.
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Rua Castilho, 11