In April 2014 we paid our first visit to Lisbon. The base we selected for our three night exploratory stay was the Hotel Britania, located in a quiet street just off Avenida da Liberdade. Frankly, we could not have chosen better - this is an absolutely lovely small (33 rooms) hotel.
It opened in 1944 as the art déco Hotel do Império but, in the 1970's, it underwent a period of substantial change. In the 1990's however in-depth restoration began and today we are able to enjoy the fruits of that work. The rooms are large, having beautiful Portuguese cork floors and large firm beds. The public areas have marble flooring and are filled with period furnishings and features, including frescos in the bar area recalling Portugal's overseas empire, and a little barbers shop.
The breakfasts are good, and the staff are uniformly courteous, helpful and friendly. The location of the hotel is excellent with a metro station and bus stop just a few minutes walk away. However if you are not in a hurry, a good way to get a sense of the place is to walk down Liberdade in the direction of the Baixa district. That way you get to see the many fine buildings, squares and street life en route.
Summing up we really enjoyed our all too short stay in Lisbon, and the hotel was a delight. We will return to Lisbon, and we WILL return to the Hotel Britania.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Britania is a pure Boutique Art Deco hotel in the historic center of Lisbon. The only surviving original Art Deco hotel in Lisbon, with a touch of modern whimsical nuances, this small hotel is unique. With large rooms, it's located on a quiet street just off Lisbon's main avenue Avenida da Liberdade. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Britania Hotel Lisbon