Upon opening, in 2015, it aimed to be a meeting room for Angolan executives in Portugal to make contacts and talk business.
The economy turned and that link was partly severed – but this is still the perfect destination for businessmen or investors making their way through Lisbon, whatever their nationality. This is the Angolan brand's first Portuguese hotel, but it will likely not be the last. The location was handpicked: one of Lisbon's traditional welathy neighbourhoods, with an excellent service infrastructure and the Gulbenkian Museum (where one of the city's prettiest gardens is hidden) two minutes away on foot. The 105 rooms have no particularly thrilling features, but the restaurant is a welcome surprise: a charming and pleasant place with a kitchen open to the dining room and a menu traipsing between Portuguese classics and international cuisine. The bar is located in the top floor and has two terraces, one covered, the other one not. There is a small gym and, lest you forgot that this is a business location, several conference and meeting rooms.
Time Out tip: If people tell you the Avenidas Novas are too far from the centre, that they are not a good choice to discover Lisbon, pay no mind. Waking up on a Saturday morning, walking around in streets unencumbered by huge crowds, brunching at a glamorous café without a half-hour wait – these are all luxuries. The city centre isn't that far – a 20 minute walk – and you can also get to know other typical city districts. At the Granier French bakery, for instance, you may enjoy the outdoor tables for a long breakfast or have a morning coffee while waiting for your baguette or French croissants.