We booked the first part of our trip while still in the USA, and liked our stay so much that we booked it for the last few days upon our return to Lisbon. It's in a fantastic location, and is very clean and new. The staff were professional and helpful.
We stayed in the south tower both times. There are just a handful of rooms on each floor, and from what I can tell the rooms in this tower are essentially identical in size, layout, and decoration. Our first room was on the first floor and did have a little Juliet balcony, while our room on the second floor just had a window that opened onto the street. The hotel website emphasizes the soundproofing of the rooms, and indeed I found it pretty quiet without a lot of noise from neighboring rooms or the street.
I'm not sure exactly why anyone needs a large hotel room while out and about being a tourist, but I found that the size of each room was perfectly suitable. The bathroom had a lot of counter space. One room had a shower and the other had a bathtub; both had the eternally awkward half-glass only (shower doors/full glass enclosures are an apparent rarity in European hotels). The rooms have a shoe/luggage rack, decent closet, fridge with a stocked mini-bar, a K-cup coffee machine, and a safe. Wifi is free and acceptably fast.
We did not get the breakfast option as it was 15 Euros. We did eat there one morning and found it typical of a Continental buffet, with excellent Portuguese cheese as a bonus.
We rented a car for the middle portion of our trip, and had it delivered to the hotel. A few spots are reserved in front of the hotel and the staff was very gracious in letting us leave our car there for a few hours before we departed. The staff were also very helpful in calling the car rental agency to work out the return.
The only things that I found quirky are minor:
- the main towel bar is located very high in the shower, basically mounted from the ceiling, which made it impossible for me to re-hang my towel.
- one room's safe did not have the typical keypad, but rather required that one use a credit card that was "memorized." I have a great distrust of any CC swipers so I passed on that.
- the lighting options are really nice, with switches on both sides of the bed and at the room entrance. I could never figure out how to shut just the bathroom light off when the "all on" option was selected, though.
The best asset of the hotel is its location. It's steps away from Praca do Comercio and the major tram and bus stops. ATMs are readily available on Ruas Augusta and Aurea. Shopping and gelato and a leisurely stroll can be had on Rua Augusta. The Alfama is next door, up the closest steep hill. And I was thoroughly excited to see that Conserveira de Lisboa is just a block away, which made it easy to load up on tinned Portuguese sardines before our departure!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Vincci Baixa hotel is the Vincci chain's first hotel in Portugal. In the centre of Lisbon and less than 7 km away from the airport, Vincci Baixa is set in a privileged location in the downtown shopping and financial district, one of the city's liveliest areas. Baixa has a wealth of shops, dozens of open-air bars and is popular with musicians and artists, giving it a bohemian air that is very much in keeping with the rest of the city. Praca do Comercio (200m); Rua Augusta (200m). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vincci Baixa Hotel Lisbon
- Vincci Hotel Lisbon
- Vincci Hotel Baixa