This is one of the nicest, cleanest and most convenient hotels for the money that we have ever booked anywhere in the world we have visited. We were given room 402, which is in the front and overlooks the Rua Braamcamp. It is more of a suite, with more than ample space for 3 or more persons. According to the desk clerk, the hotel was modernized beginning 4 years ago or so, and the 4th floor was the last to be remodeled. As you enter, the rather small, but modern bathroom is on the left. It has very modern and lovely fixtures, large mirror, tile flooring and granite countertop. The glass enclosed stall shower had a great shower head and good water pressure. You then walk into a small "ante-room" with what looked like a daybed that could accommodate 2 if popped up. It has a window that opens onto a service area with street view and trees in the background, and also has a flat screen TV and a desk. You then walk into the large main bedroom that also has a flat screen TV, two closets complete with enough hangars and additional pillows and blankets. Under the window that faces the avenue, there is a counter with small bar fridge below. The hotel has its own bar and restaurant area where they have happy hour in the evenings. The entire place is immaculate and interestingly decorated throughout. The breakfast buffet is sort of English or American style, with scrambled eggs, delicious bacon, cereals, and the usual European breads, ham, cheese, coffee, tea, juices and yogurt. The only thing it was lacking was fruit, which may be in short supply in Lisbon in late October. The staff were all to a person very friendly and helpful. My only complaint was the very poor lighting in the bathroom, which seems to be a problem everywhere in Europe now. However, I just put my makeup on using a hand mirror near the large front facing window which provided lots of light. A sliding door for the bathroom would eliminate the sort of cramped entry there too, although large enough once you are inside with the door closed. A room safe also would make a nice addition. The hotel is just a few doors from a lovely and good restaurant where we had a nice lunch and delicious crepes. There are also other little cafes nearby, plus two bus stops in front and the metro is just a short walk away, plus the bus that takes one to the airport is also just a short walk across the Parques de Pombal roundabout. The neighborhood where the hotel is located is very nice, so we felt extremely safe. There are banks and shops nearby as well. We definitely will book this hotel if we return to Lisbon in the future, as it is far nicer than some 4 star hotels we have experienced.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Expo Astória, also known as “The Art Hotel”, represents a new concept of hotel inspired by art and design, combined with comfort and well-being. Located at a privileged area of Lisbon, a few minutes away from Praça do Marquês de Pombal, Avenida da Liberdade and Parque Eduardo VII, it stands out due to the Art Deco architecture of the building and by its excellent, customized and hospitable service, which seeks to kindly meet the needs of each customer. Adorned with art and design pieces, the interior of the hotel presents itself as a trendy and elegant space, offering a welcoming and contemporary environment, where each detail makes every guest feel special. The rooms provide to the guests a cozy and delightful design, conceived so they may comfortably enjoy their stay. If you wish to discover the city of Lisbon and its wonders, Hotel Expo Astória is an excellent starting point. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Astoria Hotel Lisbon