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Near the beautiful Basilica da Estrela, but a 20-minute metro ride from most major attractions
The hotel is located in Rato, a quiet residential neighborhood between the Bairro Alto and the Marques de Pombal areas. There are a few local stores and some cafes on the wider streets, but few attractions can be found within walking distance. The Rato metro station and the famous tram 28, which is perfect for sightseeing, are both a short walk away. There’s a pretty park home to the Estrela Basilica, and a few other interesting churches nearby.
The 19-room Hotel da Estrela is a stylish, quirky boutique in a quiet residential area a little out of the way of major attractions. The building was once a school, and the fun decor reflects that history (think: chalkboards, desks and shelves with school material). Rooms are spacious, bright and modern, with minibars, flat-screen TVs, and plush beds, plus upscale bathrooms with deep Japanese-style tubs and Castelbel toiletries. There’s a business center in the lounge, an honesty bar, and a pleasant garden, but the highlight here is the wonderful on-site cantina, in which patrons rate the food made by student cooks and pay what they feel is a fair price. But Wi-Fi is only free in the common areas (there’s free wired Internet in the rooms), and its location is not the most convenient for exploring the city on foot.