We chose this hotel as a bit of a splurge for our last night in Portugal, based largely on the many rave reviews and high ratings on this site. While the hotel is indeed nice, we felt it didn't really live up to the reputation for for us. On the positive side, the front desk staff was excellent and spoke perfect English. The rooms and common areas were clean and polished. The room and bathroom were large and spacious and quiet, the bed comfortable. Breakfast was excellent, good variety, everything very fresh, and the our only breakfast in Portugal that included eggs, and the afternoon tea and evening port that they offer in the library are a nice touch. On the down side, the location is just OK, as it is convenient to shops, restaurants and public transportation (but a bit more of a walk or ride to the tourist sites) but it is located on a rather unattractive side street off of the main avenue, and the night we stayed, there were people sleeping in cardboard boxes on the sidewalk across the street from the entrance. Also, the rooms have no views but look out onto this same street. There is very little in the way of common area in the hotel - the small library/reading room which doubles as the breakfast room, and a small bar opposite the front desk. Overall I still think it was a nice hotel with character, but as it was the most expensive of our trip and there are many places in Lisbon to choose from in this price range, we felt a little disappointed in the end as we were expecting much more.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Britania Hotel Lisbon