I have to admit, I usually choose ultra modern hotels, so I was slightly apprehensive about the Britania as it was branded as "Art Deco". However, I threw caution to the wind as it was number 1 here on Tripadvisor. It was the best decision ever!
Right from the outset, it was apparent that the staff make this place. Every single person we met had a big smile on their face, it was a real pleasure chatting with them. They were courteous and helpful. One of the ladies on reception even organised for some fantastic Portuguese sparkling wine, pastries and candles for the room as she found out it was my birthday. Such a wonderful touch!
We stayed in a standard room and were surprised at how spacious it was. Usually City centre hotels are a third of the size of this room. Okay, the view was not particularly great (office block view!), but we've stayed in 5 star hotels in other European cities with a similar view. Anyway, the room was so tastefully decorated (and the weather outside so rainy) that you wanted to just admire the room itself.
We both said that the bed was one of the most comfortable we've slept on, with some fantastically soft white linen. There were also lovely Molton Brown toiletries making it a home away from home!
Another perk of the hotel is their afternoon tea, which we made sure we visited every day. They have a lovely selection of miniature pastries, tea, port and Ginja (perhaps an acquired taste, we felt it tasted like bubblegum!). They had a games table so we could play a few games of backgammon whilst relaxing after a day of walking around Lisbon!
Finally, location wise, it's fairly decent. I was a bit concerned before we left that it wasn't that close to the "action", however we found it really easy to walk to the Baixa/Chiado area; if you fancy going out for dinner in Barrio Alto, we found getting the Elevador Santa Justa was a quick way to get up the hill without too much effort! As a result, I ended up being not so concerned about the location.
All in all, I'd highly recommend this very tasteful, friendly hotel!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The only surviving original Art Deco hotel in Lisbon, with a touch of modern whimsical nuances, this small hotel is unique. Dating from 1944 and designed by the famous Portuguese modernist architect Cassiano Branco, it retains its original soul. Meticulously recuperated , it was combined with nowadays technologies in order to offer all actual comfort. The Hotel Britania is perfectly located in a quiet street just off the exclusive Avenida da Liberdade. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Britania Hotel Lisbon