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“Delightful Art Déco Hotel in Lisbon”
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Britania Hotel
Ranked #2 of 248 Hotels in Lisbon
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Lisburn, United Kingdom
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“Delightful Art Déco Hotel in Lisbon”
Reviewed 6 May 2014

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.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Kent, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 May 2014

We stayed at Britânia for 4 nights as a birthday trip for my husband and the hotel was truly wonderful. A great location close to everywhere busy, whilst being in a quiet side road behind the Louis Vuitton shop. The gentlemen on reception and in the bar were so helpful, from giving us an overview of the city on arrival, recommending places to go, helping us hire bikes and even making me the most wonderful hot chocolate (complete with kit kat balanced on top) at 1am after a night out. The room was superb (63) with double doors opening onto a balcony terrace. It was my husbands birthday during our stay and a silver tray with champagne, candles, and strawberries arrived in our room! The service didn't stop there, we arrived home 4 days ago and I realised I had left my jacket in our room, Vitor has even kindly organised to post it back to me. When is lisbon, I really don't think there is anywhere else to stay.

Room Tip: Room 63 top floor with balcony was lovely.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Manasquan, New Jersey
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Reviewed 30 April 2014

This is a great hotel. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The small lounge next to the bar has English newspapers, free desert, port, and tea in the evening, as well as games and books. And there are always almond candies available at the front desk and in the lounge. A metro station is a block away, and it is easy to walk downtown. Internet was fast and reliable. The rooms are big and comfortable, with several English news channels on TV. Nice breakfast. If you want a nice dinner nearby, walk up the street to Rubro. Avoid Chutney’s next door – tasteless food and overpriced.

Room Tip: Our room was on the street, but it was quiet.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Scarborough, Tobago
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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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Hinsdale, Illinois
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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 review, 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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Florida
Level 5 Contributor
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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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hamilton
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
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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Property: 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
#2 Luxury Hotel in Lisbon
#3 Family Hotel in Lisbon
#4 Green Hotel in Lisbon
#7 Business Hotel in Lisbon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Britania Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 33
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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