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Hotel Avenida Palace 4.0

Baixa and Chiado, Lisbon, Lisbon District

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Pros

  • Gorgeous Belle Epoque decor in 19th-century landmark palace
  • Set in Lisbon's historical center next to Rossio train station
  • Soundproofed Old-World rooms with marble bathrooms
  • Beautiful lounges host regular live music 
  • English-style cocktail bar
  • Small fitness center
  • Free breakfast served in elegant dining room
  • Free Wi-Fi and parking

Cons

  • Fussy room decor might not suit all tastes
  • Limited and unimpressive gym equipment
  • No in-room tea or coffee facilities
  • No restaurant, pool, or spa

Bottom Line

The 82-room Hotel Avenida Palace is a landmark upscale property with sumptuous, palatial interiors. Located in the bustling center of historic Lisbon, the hotel is close to Rossio train station and within walking distance of many tourist attractions. While rooms might feel a little old-fashioned and fussy, most of the hotel's common areas are genuinely breathtaking, and there are plenty of spots in which to relax and soak up the surrounds -- the live music in the lounge is a particularly nice touch. An excellent breakfast service is included with room rates, and Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel. If it all feels a little over the top, there's always the sleeker, 1940s-style Altis Avenida Hotel across the road.

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Scene

Refined 19th-century landmark hotel with sumptuous Belle Epoque decor

While its 19th-century facade -- complete with ornate columns, carved stone arches, and wrought iron balconies -- certainly projects a stately grandeur, it pales somewhat in comparison with the hotel's superbly elegant interiors. Stepping into the reception area, checkered floor tiles reflect marble-clad walls, polished wood paneling, and an elegant chandelier. Farther inside, the Palace Living Room is a genuinely stunning combination of neoclassical embellishments, rich tasseled drapery, gilded detailing, and a beautiful Belle Epoque stained-glass skylight. Built in 1892 by renowned Portuguese architect Jose Luis Monteiro, the property was considered one of the finest hotels in Europe. It's clear the owners have made every effort to live up to the hotel's glamorous reputation -- even hallways are awash with ornate flourishes and antique pieces -- while rarely feeling stuffy or old-fashioned (in the hotel's common areas, at least). The hotel draws a predictably well-heeled clientele, as well as more than its fair share of dignitaries, VIPs, and celebrities.

Location

Set in Lisbon's bustling historic center next to Rossio train station

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The hotel sits in a prime location set overlooking a cobbled main street in Lisbon's historic city center. The setting means numerous restaurants, shops, and bars are within easy walking distance, many of which can be found around Avenida da Liberdade, Lisbon's tree-lined main artery that's about two minutes away on foot. Rossio Station, the city's central train station, is also right next to the hotel, while the Restauradores Metro station is a minutes' walk away. The Gloria Funicular to the bustling and trendy Bairro Alto neighborhood can be reached in seven minutes, while the Santa Justa Elevator -- a tourist attraction in its own right -- is five minutes away on foot. Lisbon Portela Airport will take 20 minutes to reach by car or cab.

Rooms

Classically-styled and well-soundproofed rooms with marble bathrooms

The hotel's 82 rooms are decorated in Old World style that includes floral and striped fabrics and wallpaper alongside ornate antique furniture and gilded detailing. The overall effect can feel fussy and a little old fashioned, though the majority of guests don't seem to mind. Cream yellow walls are hung with classic landscape prints. Junior Suites include separate living rooms set with velvet armchairs and sofas with traditional silhouettes. Standard amenities cover what would be expected at this category of hotel and all rooms have free Wi-Fi, well-stocked minibars, and flat-screen cable TVs, though there are no tea- or coffee-making facilities. High-end touches come in the form of marble bathrooms with fluffy robes and quality bath products. While many rooms overlook a busy road, soundproofing is excellent.

Features

Outstanding free breakfast, live music, and elegant English bar

An extensive and particularly good quality breakfast buffet is served in the dining room within ornate surrounds under chandeliers. The buffet is part of the room rate and offerings include smoked salmon, meats, crepes, sparkling wine, and a wide selection of other items. While there's no restaurant, the hotel does have a swish, English-style bar that serves a range of drinks and cocktails, often accompanied by live music held in the lounge next door. There's also a fitness room that, while spacious, is equipped with only a handful of machines. A library provides a peaceful spot to relax as well as Internet terminals. The hotel has a dedicated concierge and dry cleaning services can be arranged. Wi-Fi and parking are available free of charge, though the hotel lacks a pool or spa area.

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Address

Rua 1 De Dezembro 123, Lisbon, Central Portugal 1200-359, Portugal

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