More and more hotels invest in optimizing their resources to give guests exactly what they want at the lowest possible price.
The result of this equation is usually not pretty to see, but Arsenal Suites Lisboa took aim at this market and came up with a fluid concept: a hotel / vacation apartment, geared towards autonomous guests that will spend most of their day on the street anyway.
Services offered are the bare minimum of a place to sleep and breakfast (there's no restaurant) with some tweaks to insure a comfortable and modern experience right in the middle of the Chiado. Its 23 rooms include suites, studios and independent apartments with a kitchenette, affording you the option of cooking by yourself as opposed to eating out. A bottle of wine, some bread and cheese and presto, you have yourself a meal: and you can easily find all of these in a quick survey of downtown shops. A contemporary urban hotel can't expect to be a self-contained destination – you have to work with what's around you, and in that regard the Arsenal Suites are brilliantly managed. What do you need a restaurant for with scores of dining possibilities right outside your door? Why not go without a bar, when the area has plenty of watering holes, all with panoramic views and exotic beverages? Why not have a kitchen instead to bring people together and stimulate the use of local produce? You also don't need a garden as long as Lisbon is right at your door; the city is the hotel's playground and as long both exist, nothing can separate them.