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In a central location next to a major subway stop and within walking distance of numerous sights
Hotel Britania is in a great location for tourists. Next to one of the major metro stops in the city, it is also within walking distance of numerous sights, including the bustling Avenida da Liberdade.
Avenida da Liberdade, Lisbon's main artery, is a tree-lined street packed with high-end hotels and shops. But Bairro Alto is also a bustling area in Lisbon. Popular due to its lively nightlife spots, it is also home to vintage and antique shops. The cobblestone streets are often crowded with people, as are the area's bars and restaurants. Largely spared during the earthquake, Bairro Alto has some beautiful historic monuments and sights. Like in other areas of Lisbon, visitors should be careful in Bairro Alto at night, especially on the side streets; they have a reputation for loitering drug dealers.
Nearby Alfama, a Moorish area, is a fishing town with great fado clubs. Like Bairro Alto, it can also be a bit dangerous at nights. Baxia, the financial district, attracts mainly business travelers. But it does have good shopping, particularly for gold and silver. West of Baxia, Chiado is the main shopping district.
The 134-room VIP Eden, comprised of studios and one-bedroom apartments, has two main draws: one is its fabulous location, next to a major metro station and within walking distance of numerous sights. The other is its large rooftop pool, a rare find in a mid-range hotel in Lisbon. But the rooms are disappointing. Though they all feature kitchenettes, the kitchenettes are sparsely equipped (fridges are just mini-fridges) and room decor is bland (picture a dorm room...ten years ago). Visitors may consider comparing prices with the many other hotels near Avenida da Liberdade, such as Heritage Av Liberdade, Hotel Britania Lisbon, and Altis Avenida Hotel, but overall the VIP Suites have reasonable rates for the location.