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Despite its monolithic exterior (the hotel is housed in a former government building), the Altis Avenida offers plenty of comfort and style, drawing on a 1940s aesthetic. The cheaper Classic rooms over- look the interior patio, while the more expensive Superior and Deluxe rooms have views of Praça dos Restauradores (double glazing blocks out the traffic noise). There are also two light-filled suites with views up the Avenida; the esplanade of the top-floor Rossio restaurant and bar affords a similar panorama. There’s no on-site gym, but guests have free use of the indoor pool, spa and 24-hour gym at the Altis Grand and discounts at the Altis Belém spa.
It’s said that this charming late 18th-century man- sion was once the home of Portuguese novelist Eça de Queiroz, inspiring his magical novels O Ramalhete and Os Maias (recently made into a pop- ular film). As well as examples of his books and paintings, the place is cluttered with antiques. But there’s nothing fusty about it: as well as flatscreen TVs, guest rooms all have CD/DVD players and free Wi-Fi. There’s a lovely leafy back yard with an ivy-clad patio, and a reading room with river views. There’s no restaurant but the hotel does offer room service and an honesty bar. The Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga is right next door.
The decor of this boutique hotel, opened in 2005 in what was once the Grande Hotel Europa, recalls that establishment’s 19th-century heyday – when opera divas and thespians such as Sarah Bernhardt stayed here between performances at the nearby Teatro de São Carlos – but with modern touches. The rooms (including four suites) are in tones of blue, red, yellow or ivory, with hand-painted designs of native birds; all have plasma TVs and free Wi-Fi. Bathrooms are done out in bourgeois style; those in the suites have freestanding tubs. There’s a small gym on site. The rooftop bar and terrace have fine river views and are popular with locals, while the ground-floor Igloo lounge is a cosy refuge and the Flores do Bairro restaurant serves authentic Portuguese snacks and light meals in a sophisticated but informal atmosphere. A member of the Leading Hotels of the World, this prize-winning place dances to an international beat – sometimes literally, thanks to the house DJ.
Formerly known as Hotel Veneza, this 1886 edifice built by Portuguese lawyer Adriano Antão Barata Salgueiro has a fabulously over-the-top interior. Beyond the stained-glass window above the entrance, a colourful mural of Lisbon ascends the elegant spiral staircase. The large rooms aren’t quite so kitsch, with beige, brown and cream predominating since the 2014 refurbishment. While the hotel offers few services (there’s no Wi-Fi in the rooms, though it is free in the common areas), its location makes it a bargain.
There’s no doubt that the rooftop pool and sundeck, plus the huge spa with its view of a lovely botani- cal garden, are the big draws here. But this newish hotel’s location – halfway between Praça Marquês de Pombal and the Amoreiras mall – also has its attractions, especially if you’re planning to drive out to the beaches along the Estoril coast or magical Sintra. Inside, the understated modern decor and furnishings, all cream and brown, are offset by silvery hues in the common areas and turquoise in the 291 rooms and 20 suites.
This no-frills place a short walk from the nightlife of the Bairro Alto features modern design throughout, and offers basic lodgings (no wardrobe, just a rack, and you make your own bed) in doubles and triples. No discount is given for single use, but there’s an attic dorm: a little cramped, but the only part of the hotel with air conditioning. Here each curtained-off bed (rates from €15) has its own light, plug and locker, women have their own bathroom, and there is even a small roof terrace for smokers. Downstairs, you’ll find a comfy bar (open Wed-Sun) and lounge area, as well as two esplanades out the back. In theory, free Wi-Fi is available throughout, but it’s patchy; there are also two internet PCs for guest use. No breakfast is served, but there are plenty of neighbourhood cafés.
An art collection worthy of a museum adorns the lounge and lobby areas of this perennial favourite of visiting statesmen, nowadays run by an international chain. Guest rooms are understatedly luxurious: even the smallest have a dressing area with two walk-in closets and all have private terraces. Even though the less expensive rooms are on lower floors, all afford views of the greenery of Parque Eduardo VII thanks to the hotel’s elevated position. Wi-Fi is now free, as is parking for guests. The Ritz also boasts the most impressive spa in central Lisbon, with an indoor lap pool, solarium, steam room and sauna. There are wonderful treatments on offer, and a snack and drinks menu to add relish to relaxation. Meanwhile, the penthouse fitness centre – complete with a 400-metre outdoor running track – has breathtaking views over the park and city. Downstairs, the contemporary cuisine turned out by Pascal Meynard and his team in the Varanda restaurant attracts lots of outside custom – as does the renowned breakfast buffet. There’s also a sushi bar (Wed-Fri) and a bar with an extensive gin menu and signature cocktails.
An entire block is taken up by this ‘urban oasis’ tucked behind a period façade just off Avenida da Liberdade. The Santa Marta, winner of Green Hotel of the Year at the the 2014 European Hospitality Awards, employs sleek Scandinavian-style design across five colour themes, as well as feng shui princi- ples to soothe and energise. There’s a similar vibe in the rooms: next to the espresso machine and a range of organic teas stands bottled water that comes from the tap but is filtered on site (if you choose to pay, the money goes to the charity Pump Aid), and virtually all furniture and textiles are made locally. Your complimentary newspaper comes via Wi-Fi to your mobile device, from a selection of more than 1,800, and desks are ergonomically designed to make the most of the space. Downstairs, the hotel’s compact spa is utterly Zen – you’d never guess that you were right in the city centre – and its jacuzzi, sauna and Turkish bath are free to guests. There’s a stylish bar and a modern Mediterranean restaurant
Strategically located on a corner of the city’s main square, this modern boutique hotel makes up in style, service and amenities what it inevitably lacks in terms of other facilities. The 55 guest rooms come in varying sizes but all are spacious enough, and are decorated with one of four striking themes: Urban, Tribal, Zen and Pop Art. Each has an espresso machine and free Wi-Fi. An airport transfer service is also included. The recently opened restaurant has been a big hit with local foodies.
Housed in a 19th-century former bakery and its vila operária (workers’ housing), this boutique hotel retains traces of its past, such as the original ovens. Outside is a mural by Portuguese artist Vhils in his unique chip-away style, commissioned for the hotel’s opening in 2013. The guest rooms – all with free Wi-Fi – are white and minimalist; some have river views while others overlook an inner patio. The hotel has a delightful split-level terrace with a small pool and wine bar (open 6-11pm daily), and fabulous views over Alfama and the river. On warm days, you can take breakfast up here. There’s also a tiny gym with three machines (although you’re likely to get plenty of exercise negotiating the hills in this part of town). The young staff are friendly and helpful.