We booked this hotel on the fly at the airport after other arrangements fell through, based solely on price and the Marriott name, given that we had done absolutely no previous research about hotels or Lisbon more generally. We are so lucky we wound up here! As a tourist, one could not ask for a better location -- you are in walking distance to several great areas and multiple transportation options. While the hotel design is trendy and modern, the young, enthusiastic staff was also extremely gracious and kind to my elderly father, who is a bit of a nervous traveler.
If you like a large and leisurely breakfast at your hotel, opt for the bed and breakfast rate when you book -- on the Marriott site, this was approximately 12 euros (possbily per person), whereas the same buffet, or really anything more than toast and coffee a la carte, is going to be 18 euros on site. The tasty buffet included several warm dishes (scrambled eggs, bacon, potatoes, etc.), breads, cheese and cold cuts; a large selection of fresh fruit; warm pastries; yogurt; cereal, plus coffee/tea/selection of juices. I thought 12 euros was a fair price for the amount of food; however, if you are more of a "grab a croissant on the run" person, there are some other options nearby, just ask at the front desk.
The one unfortunate thing about the hotel is that the interior design team paid much more attention to looks than function in the rooms where we stayed. If you have reached an age where the phrase "good lighting" means something to you, you may wish to think twice, particularly if you plan to do anything more than sleep in your room. There was a lovely arm chair and ottoman that would have been lovely for reading, except that the room was dark and there was not a single lamp in the entire room at the right height or brightness for reading. And even if you don't need a reading light because you read from a laptop or tablet, it's hard to find an outlet to recharge your devices that will work without the nearby lamps being turned on. Similarly, the sleek shower stall had no shelf or ledge where one could put shampoo, etc.
These are all admittedly small, but also relatively basic problems that could be fixed with a couple of small tweaks. I'd be more inclined to overlook them in an older property, but in a newly renovated property like this, it conveys the impression that the property owners are more concerned with looks than guest comfort. They are the only thing keeping me from giving this hotel a five-star recommendation and from automatically booking it for a return visit; instead, I will shop around first to see what I can find in the same neighborhood at a similar price point.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fontecruz Lisboa, Autograph Collection is a luxury boutique hotel in Lisbon, in the city center, offering a premier location on Avenida da Liberdade. Our hotel is one of the top luxury hotels in Lisbon, Portugal featuring 72 beautiful rooms and suites decorated in a fashionable and chic style. Fontecruz Lisboa, Autograph Collection boasts an open lounge terrace offering panoramic views of Lisbon's city center, as well as a chill atmosphere for relaxing and socializing. Our hotel restaurant takes pride in its modern, light, and fresh cuisine, and in its Gin Tonics. Come stay with us in Lisbon, Portugal! ... more less
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