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“Great location, lovely staff”
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Britania Hotel
Ranked #4 of 255 Hotels in Lisbon
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

My partner and I stayed at the hotel for 3 nights in late April. The hotel is only 10 mins walk down the Avenida da Liberdade to the centre of the city. The room was spacious and comfortable. The buffet breakfast is served until midday - I wish all hotels did this! The breakfast was fresh and continually replenished throughout the morning. There are lots of lovely restaurants nearby. The only niggle was that they asked to keep the key when you left for the day. I don't like doing this, but it's not a big deal.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

While the street the hotel is on is a typical urban mix of low rise buildings and plenty of parked cars, I discovered around the block was a beautiful boulevard for strolling and people watching. And inside past a resplendent door marking the entry was a great hotel as well.

Hotel premises are immaculate and charming. We both enjoyed the work done to preserve the hotels character and highlights from prior generations of hoteling.

Hotel staff are top notch and we are hard graders as our son is in the hotel biz in the U.S. Our flight arrived in Lisbon very early in the morning. We ate a breakfast at the airport while the city woke up. By 11 am, we had killed all the time we could, so we got a cab to the hotel. Although we arrived very early for a check-in, we needed to stash our luggage and valuables so we could head out on a scheduled 1pm tour. The staff offered to let us place our passport and money, etc. in the safe even though we had not yet checked in. They also checked with housekeeping to see if anything could be done for us. Amazingly, a room was ready by 12:30 and they got everything up into the room before we left while we freshened up.

For us, the bed was somewhat hard so that is the only item I nicked in the ratings. Just don't want someone reading the review to not know this. Nonetheless, we both had an excellent night's sleep.

P.S. if you go out the door and turn left, at the end of the long block and across the street is a mini-grocery. I love to go into such shops to see what is offered different from the U.S. as well as for presentation and checkout operations. A great store with a great deal on bottled water which I brought back in copious amounts for spouse who loves Europe for its fizzy water everywhere.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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HeritageLisbon, General Manager at Britania Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 29 April 2014

Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for your feedback. We are very pleased that you appreciated our friendly staff and the character of the Britania Hotel.
Concerning the beds, our mattresses are medium firm in order to please most part of our Guests. We have the possibility though, of turning them softer or even firmer according to the Guest’s liking. You just have to let us know at anytime during your stay and we will be happy to adjust it to your preference.
We look forward to welcoming you again to Lisbon and offer you an even more pleasant stay.
Yours sincerely,
Diogo Laranjo
General Manager

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Reviewed 25 April 2014

My husband and I recently spent one night at this hotel. After reading many reviews and getting a great price (on their website) we decided to stay here. When we pulled up in the cab I thought I had made a big mistake. At first look, it is very nondescript. However, we were greeted and helped with our luggage by a very friendly employee.

Once we stepped through the beautiful doors (on second look) we knew we made the right choice. The lobby is not large but is restored to the original art deco period. The man at the reception for whatever reason upgraded us to one of the 6th floor suites.

The suite was spacious, nicely decorated with beautiful cork floors and a balcony as large as the sitting room in the suite.. The bedroom is quite ample in size, as is the bathroom, Although the balcony view is not great ( city buildings ) we could rather quietly enjoy some wine and olives in the afternoon sun in comfortable lounge chairs..

the hotel has a long history, told in a short brochure in the room, and has been restored to its original furnishings throughout most of the floors and reception/bar area. An additional feature is the location. There are a number of local restaurants within a couple of blocks, which offer a wide variety of food at reasonable prices. In addition, the popular areas of Lisbon are all within walking distance.i

To our regret we could only stay one night but this is certainly a place to stay for a longer visit to Lisbon.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

We had a short stay, wished it was longer. Great location steps to everything or public transportation. The staff was incredible. I thought having tea and pastries was such a nice touch but coming home in the evening to a sip of port was even better. After 20 days travelling through Europe, the comfort of the bed and room was far beyond expectations,

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

This is an excellent, centrally located hotel with incredibly helpful staff and very spacious rooms. Breakfast was of really good quality and catered to all tastes. I would have no reservation in recommending this hotel.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

We spent 3 weeks in Spain, Morocco and Portugal in March 2014, and this hotel was definitely the best of the trip. From the moment we stepped in the front door we were welcomed and made to feel at home. The staff were uniformly friendly and helpful. We asked them to make restaurant and/or fado club reservations for us all three nights we were there, and we literally had the best seats in the house at each place we went (with at least two of the maître d’s noting that we were from the Hotel Britania). The location was perfect, in a lovely and quiet part of town, but walking distance from many of the places we wanted to go. Our room was spacious and comfortable. We highly recommend, and will definitely stay there on our next trip to Lisbon.

Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

Beautiful "Art nouveau" style (building and room).
Good location (almost in center).
Two good restaurants very nearby ( Rubro and Solar dos Presuntos).
Reception people nice and multilingual.
Beautiful bar /breakfast room.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Britania Hotel

Address: Rua Rodrigues Sampaio 17, Lisbon 1150-278, Portugal
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Region: Portugal > Central Portugal > Lisbon District > Lisbon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Lisbon
#4 Green Hotel in Lisbon
#4 Luxury Hotel in Lisbon
#7 Business Hotel in Lisbon
Price Range: £119 - £292 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Britania Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The only surviving original Art Deco hotel in Lisbon, with a touch of modern whimsical nuances, this small hotel is unique. Dating from 1944 and designed by the famous Portuguese modernist architect Cassiano Branco, it retains its original soul. Meticulously recuperated , it was combined with nowadays technologies in order to offer all actual comfort. The Hotel Britania is perfectly located in a quiet street just off the exclusive Avenida da Liberdade. ... more   less 
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