I have just returned from Portugal and whilst there spent three nights in this smashing hotel which has many quirky features. To the important issues first. The rooms are all of a good size, having seen three of them I feel well qualified to say this. In the first room the bathroom was actually a pod style which made excellent use of space.
I didn't see any double beds during my stay, maybe twin beds are more "european" but I do prefer a double bed, even when travelling alone. The beds were excellent and the bed linen was pure, snowy white with a luxurious texture. The towels were big enough for even the buxom! The beauty products were of a good quality even if they were of unknown origin and visitors were urged to take them on leaving. Cotton bathrobes and slippers were also provided. One slightly negative comments re the twin beds; they were so close together it was impossible not to spill over on to the second bed, even if only with iPad, books, handbag, iPod etc and I was conscious of ruffling the second bed while not actually using it
All the rooms appear to be slightly different with some interesting objets artfully and strategically placed in the room. Instead of wallpaper or paint to match the rest of the room, behind the headboard was a photographic vista of one of the many beautiful views in Lisbon.
The first night's sleep was non-existent due to five gents outside my room, sitting on the railings drinking and smoking and generally enjoying themselves. So my advice is avoid room 201. The hotel is situated in a good location at the bottom of Rua de Alecrim which is in the party area, lots of restaurants and nightclubs nearby. It is also near the bridge and there are some spectacular views. The staff were most efficient and my second night was spent at the top of the hotel with no noise!
On my return I was even higher up in room 501 which is artfully set into the eaves with wonderful views of the beautiful roofs and the bridge. Slight problem on entering the room. I think a member of the cleaning staff had had a crafty fag and the smell had LINGERED long after the offender had left. As one of those ghastly born again non smokers I noticed it immediately but it was a problem easily dealt with by opening all the windows and housekeeping arrived with a pleasant smelling room spray. So, problem dealt with and I was not tempted to have a sneaky cig myself.
If arriving in the afternoon guests are treated to the local delicacy pasteis de Belem (spelling?) and a glass of port. The restaurant attached to the hotel is Japanese and the food is authentically very good, especially the sashimi. If Japanese cuisine is not to your taste then there are many options nearby. Breakfast is optional and the cost is extra. It is buffet style and very comprehensive although low on the cooked items. I think there was a scrambled egg option.
A 10 per cent loyalty card is given to visitors to encourage return trips to the hotel. Worked for me. I was returning anyway and 10 percent of something is better than ten per cent of nowt.
I would stay here again - with my discount card - because the staff are human, helpful, fallible but there to help in any way possible. They know where the best Fado is, the best tour guide, best sight at sunset. In fact they are true professionals.
Not cheap, not truly expensive but very satisfying.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of the triangle between Chiado, Baixa and Cais do Sodré districts, Lx Boutique Hotel offers themed rooms with unique views over Lisbon and Tejo River. All Boutique Hotel elegant rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a mini-bar, and a private bathroom. There is an iPod docking station, LCD TV and free Wi-Fi in every room.Guest can enjoy Confraria, a trendy sushi restaurant that also serves a variety of teas, beverages and wines all day. For a typical Portuguese food experience, there are several alternatives just outside the door. Lx Boutique Hotel is 5 minutes’ walk from several restaurants, bars, cafés and shops. Guests can benefit from the 24-hour front desk service Lx Boutique Hotel provides. It also offers laundry and car hire services. An airport transfer shuttle is available upon request. Historical sites and museums such as Lisbon Cathedral, Praça do Comércio, Igreja de São Roque and the Chiado Museum are within a 10-minute walk. Lisbon’s Portela International Airport is within a 20-minute drive away or a 10-minute metro journey. ... more less
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