With 300 rooms, the Altis Grand Hotel is the largest property in the Altis chain. Elegant rooms are a decent size with plush bedding, marble bathrooms, and TVs embedded in the mirrors. A major renovation was completed in 2011, and rooms feel fresh and contemporary. The hotel's long list of amenities includes a restaurant on the 12th floor with great city views, a cozy lobby bar, and a coffee shop. The Altis also has a health club with an indoor pool, fitness center, and several treatment rooms. While this property has a reputation as a business hotel, it also attracts tourists with its convenient location near numerous attractions. A spacious marble lobby features large art installations and plenty of space to sit. However, some guests have complained that the breakfast buffet is a little disappointing, and there's a pesky fee for Wi-Fi in some rooms.
In Sao Mamede, near the university and botanical gardens
The Altis Grand Hotel is located in Sao Mamede, an area of Lisbon just west of Avenida da Liberdade, the main artery of the city. The tree-lined street features numerous high-end hotels and shops.
Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is a a beautiful, colorful city overlooking the Atlantic. Like Rome and San Francisco, Lisbon is a city built on seven hills; but it has an Athens-like vibe with white-washed, red-roofed buildings, a fishing community, and laid-back people. Though many buildings were destroyed in the Great Earthquake of 1755, Lisbon still has a rich history (including historic buildings and cobblestone streets).
Originally referred to as the "eighth wonder of the world," Lisbon was a major importer of exotic goods from Europe and Asia. But nowadays, Lisbon can be overlooked due the popularity of the quaint, seaside beach towns nearby. But those who love the city can tell visitors the many things they miss when skipping over Lisbon; it is a city of iconic historic buildings (such as St. George's Castle), extensive museums, and fabulous shopping -- particularly for gold, silver, and antiques.
17-minute drive to Lisbon Portela Airport, or 33 minutes via public transportation
2-minute walk to the Botanical Gardens of the university
3-minute walk to Aberta University
5-minute walk to the Baixa, the financial district
6-minute walk to Avenida de Liberdade
14-minute walk to Rossio, a main square
14-minute walk to Barrio Alto, the heart of Lisbon's nightlife
16-minute walk to Chiado, the main shopping area
21-minute walk to the Santa Justa historic elevator, with great views
22-minute walk to Praca de Comercio, a beautiful plaza facing the river
26-minute walk to the National Museum of Ancient Art, or 11 minutes via public transportation
7-minute drive to Casa dos Bicos, or 10 minutes via public transportation
8-minute drive to St. George's Castle, or 23 minutes via public transportation
8-minute drive to Alfama, a Moorish area with fado clubs, or 19 minutes via public transportation
15-minute drive to the the Coach Museum, the largest museum of royal coaches in the world, or 26 minutes via public transportation
16-minute drive to the Jeronimos Monastery, or 28 minutes via public transportation
17-minute drive to the Belem Tower, or 36 minutes via public transportation
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