Overall, a most pleasant hotel at a good price, though not quite 5*. The road up from Avenida is steep, so we were glad we chose a taxi in preference to our usual use of public transport. Rato station is slightly nearer (10 mins.) with a less steep hill. It is in a quiet business area, rather than touristic.
The breakfasts (included in our package) were excellent in variety and quantity, particularly as this is not a large hotel. I was pleased to see skimmed milk was available on request. Getting it was another matter, which took 1/2 hour on one morning! Provision of hot water for tea was via a kettle on the buffet and, when replenished, was cold requiring the customer to 'brew up'!
On the 1st evening we enjoyed the quiet bar, but subsequently saw that smoking was permitted, apparently in contravention of Portuguese law 37/2007. There was no non-smoking bar, so didn't return.
Our room was spacious, with the quirky bathroom described by others. Ours had little space beside the sink, unlike some of the photos shown above. The décor is not generally standing up to wear and tear, and style seems to have been placed above performance and practicality. Lighting is dull and the air-con was not very responsive. Storage is limited and the wardrobe rails very high.
The spa on floor -4 (yes, that's 'minus') and gloomy. The small pool is full of hazards, with underwater brick walls! During our stay, a group of 5 young children played noisily, unsupervised by adults, which left us feeling very uncomfortable.
Despite these negatives, our stay was enjoyable. What made this hotel was the staff. Everyone was friendly and keen to please. Cleaning was impeccable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With a privileged location in Lisbon's city centre, between the two popular districts of Avenida da Liberdade and Bairro Alto, The Vintage Lisboa evokes a contemporary decor with a luxurious atmosphere and five star facilities that include a Spa with the latest in beauty and wellness therapies. The modern room amenities include the latest web technology, free WiFi, sound proofing and whisper AC. Enjoy a unique dining experience in Vintage Restaurant with a range of traditional food and wine selection. Experience the ultimate in comfort and convenience at the Vintage Lisboa Hotel. Your 5 Star SPA Hotel in central Lisbon, with indoor heated pool. ... more less
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