The best 5-star hotels in Lisbon
Hidden in a narrow Chiado street, it is located smack in the middle of Lisbon's nightlife and the historic centre. It is but a very short (downwards) walk to TimeOut Mercado da Ribeira, where you can find the city's top chefs' restaurants. It is thus a great starting point for discovering Lisbon without making detailed plans, even if your family came along.
The architecture and the decoration are 1940s-inspired, an urban-chic concept where past and future meet in a unique environment. Altis Avenida might be the nexus where both strands meet. Where the Avenida da Liberdade ends and the Rossio begins, the building remains one of the most valuable modernist icons in Lisbon. The hotel is, inside and out, a worthy representative of late 1940s glamour.
If you're an urban architecture geek, Hotel Avenida Palace is a great starting point in Lisbon. Avenida Palace precedes by many decades the big tourist boom. It survived the Portuguese republican revolution, the Spanish civil war and both world wars, while being a major venue for political intrigue and espionage – or so some say.