It is hard to say anything negative about this hotel. We only stopped over for 2 nights on our way to Ericeira, but I would happily have stayed a lot longer. We got a good deal via hotels.com, significantly cheaper than through the hotels own website, and had a room on the 6th floor. The rooms on the 6th floor have outside terraces and as a result are smaller than rooms on other floors, but having the outdoor space was great.
Room was clean and well appointed with cable tv (BBC News 24, CNN ect). Room does not have an iron and board, but a quick call to reception and one is brought to your room. There is a safe deposit box in the wardrobe.
The lounge and bar area are small, but comfortable with free internet and wifi.
The thing that sets this hotel apart is the staff. They are exceptional. We were booked in by Julio who greeted us by name and was a fountain of knowledge and Raquel was extremely helpful when we had problems with our hire car. The doorman/barman Jeffrey (I think that is right) was also a star. The staff here certainly make this hotel what it is.
In terms of location, it was great for us. A short walk into the main Rossio square, San Jorge and Chiado. Lisbon has a great transport infastructure if you don't want to walk. The area around the hotel has plenty of restaurants, cafes and bars. We ate in a few wee neighbourhood restaurants and the food was fantastic. Not a tourist in sight.
Lisbon itself is interesting rather than beautiful. It is a viberant working city with many interesting sights. It has a faded grandure to it and needs more than the 2 days we had to do it justice. I did like the whole cultural mix that the city has though. Very bohemian.
- 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