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Internacional Design Hotel 3.5

Baixa and Chiado, Lisbon, Lisbon District

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Pros

  • Playful boutique hotel right on Rossio Square
  • Splashy, modern decor throughout 
  • Funky themed rooms plus modern bathrooms with rainfall showers 
  • Rooms have Sony TVs, minibars, and Nespresso coffeemakers
  • Nice casual restaurant with wine and cocktail bar
  • Daily breakfast buffet with made-to-order omelets 
  • Hip meeting space and computers for guest use
  • Exceptional staff offer 24-hour room and concierge service 
  • Airport, train, and cruise terminal transportation (extra fee)
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel

Cons

  • Rooms can be tiny
  • No fitness or wellness facilities on-site
  • Limited common areas

Bottom Line

The upper-middle-range Internacional Design Hotel is a stylish, trendy boutique right on Rossio Square. Its 55 rooms are divided into four different categories -- Zen, Urban, Pop, Tribe -- all with distinct decor styles and vibes, but with the same modern amenities, including Nespresso coffeemakers, Sony flat-screen TVs, Ritual toiletries, and rainfall showerheads. But rooms, especially entry-level rooms, are tiny. The hotel lacks wellness facilities and a proper lounge, but it has a solid restaurant with a wine and cocktail bar, plus a nice breakfast buffet. Features aside, what really sets this property apart is its splashy decor and central location. For a more refined take on a design-conscious boutique, The Beautique Hotels Figueira is right down the street and adds a fitness area and spa.

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Scene

Eclectic, playful design-conscious boutique hotel

It's impossible to miss the Internacional Design Hotel -- it's situated in a four-story building dating back to the 1920s, which now sports a bright lavender facade. The exterior reflects the hotel's quirky spirit, which is executed inside with tasteful yet eclectic flair. The reception area makes a splashy first impression thanks to a sequiny pendant light, a pair of armchairs in a black-and-white geometric print, and a front desk covered in jade-colored tiles. Hallways and stairwells get a similar design treatment with bold accent walls, geometric wallpaper, and spunky art, while rooms are divided into different design categories that feature Zen, Urban, Pop, and Tribe-themed decor. There's no real lobby here, though, so the main hangout spot is the restaurant and bar, a bright and casual space featuring a light wood bar, and white walls, plus an eclectic array of modern and vintage chairs, pendant lights, and rugs. There are a few loungy areas, too, like a nook at the back with a slouchy couch and bright ottomans. The location right on Rossio Square is hard to beat, making this a popular choice among tourists.

Location

On Rossio Square, walking distance to most major attractions and public transportation

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This hotel has a great location right on Rossio Square, one of the city’s main squares since the 13th century. The square is lined with restaurants and local stores, and is one of the must-sees in the city center. This central location is great for exploring the sights on foot, and most of the major attractions are within walking distance, including the Barrio Alto, the Praca do Comercio, and even St. George’s Castle and Alfama neighborhood.

There are many tourist-y places nearby, and restaurants tend to be more expensive than in other parts of town, but other less crowded areas with more variety are just a short walk away. For longer distances, the Rossio metro station and several bus and tram lines can be found less than a block away. The hotel can arrange for transfers to the airport, train station, or cruise terminal.

  • One-minute walk to Rossio Metro Station
  • Three-minute walk to Santa Justa Lift
  • Four-minute walk to Rossio Train Station
  • Six-minute walk to Praca do Comercio
  • 10-minute walk to Casa dos Bicos
  • 15-minute walk to Bairro Alto
  • 18-minute walk to Alfama (10 minutes via public transportation)
  • 20-minute walk to St. George's Castle
  • 14 minutes to Lisbon Portela Airport via public transit
  • 30 minutes to Belem Tower via public transit
  • 30 minutes to Jeronimos Monastery via public transit

Rooms

Four different room styles with different vibes; all with modern amenities 

Guest rooms are divided into four different styles -- Zen, Urban, Pop, Tribe -- all with distinct decor and vibes, but outfitted with the same modern amenities. Pop rooms are the splashiest with bright walls and details like bathroom with checkered floors and Andy Warhol quotes on the walls. Tribe rooms give a more subdued palette of cream and brown with a few funky tribal prints thrown in. Zen rooms pair fresh white walls and light wood floors with dark brown furniture and accents, plus floral accent walls behind the beds. Finally, Urban rooms offer white walls with black furniture and graffiti-inspired art. 

Rooms are air-conditioned and include safes, LCD Sony TVs, free Wi-Fi, generously stocked minibars, and Nespresso coffeemakers. Some rooms have views of Rossio Square. On the downside, some rooms can be rather tiny. Standard Rooms with interior views measure less than 130 square feet, while those with street views are around 160 square feet. Superior Rooms only come in at 180 square feet, while Suites are about 270 square feet.

Bathrooms tend to be stylish and modern, colored to keep in theme with the room. They also tend to be spacious, especially considering the size of some of the smaller rooms. All bathrooms have deep tubs with rainfall showers and include slippers, hairdryers, and Rituals toiletries. 

Features

Casual restaurant with bar, nice breakfast buffet, and exceptional staff services

The Bastardo is the hotel's restaurant, a nice spot with a wine and cocktail bar, plus Portuguese food for lunch and dinner. This is also where the daily breakfast buffet is served. The buffet is usually included in the room rate and offers a decent selection of hot and cold items, including pancakes and made-to-order omelets.

The hotel lacks a lobby lounge, but there's a small interior courtyard with faux grass, plants, and a few seats. A funky meeting room, "The Loft," is also available, plus there's a small business center with computers for guest use. Wi-Fi throughout the property is free. There are no fitness facilities on-site, but guests can take advantage of a discount at a nearby gym.

Several high-end services are on offer. In addition to 24-hour room service, there's also a 24-hour concierge and 24-hour reception. Staff can arrange for transfers to the cruise terminal, airport, or train station, car service, dry cleaning or laundry service, babysitting, recommendations, or ticket assistance. There's no on-site parking, but parking is available nearby at discounted rates.

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Address

Rua da Betesga 3, Rossio, Lisbon, Central Portugal 1100-090, Portugal

Phone

35 (121) 324-0990

Room Types

  • Cacoon Room
  • Large Room
  • Medium Room
  • Small Room

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