Staying in the city centre affords you a special experience of Lisbon. A livelier experience, as real as it can get.
The Hotel Vincci Baixa wants to be the hideout for those looking for equal parts tradition and luxury. That balance is hard to achieve, but this four-star hotel has mastered it. On the one hand, the Pombaline facade is a reminder of downtown's history; on the other, the modern and minimalist design won't let you forget the hotel's contemporary spirit. Its 66 rooms are not particularly large but they are comfortable and surprisingly well lit, considering how narrow its windows are. The pillow menu is a charming little touch to make up for the diminutive size of the rooms.
The hotel comes with two other fine surprises: the Lounge Bar with its relaxed feel, for sipping cocktails; and the Tapas & Friends restaurant, whose purpose is quite clear – unpretentious Portuguese and Spanish snacks for sharing at lunch and dinnertime in the prettiest room of the hotel, a marble-arched hall whose huge windows face the street.
Breakfast will prove the theory that you can eat with your eyes. The buffet has a little bit of everything you might crave in the mornings (there are also choices for people with celiac disease), everything in a lovely display, so tastefully presented that you will be spoiled for choice. What will it be? Let's say bacon and eggs. And maybe some pancakes and a fresh-squeezed juice.