Having visited Lisbon twice now, lured back by the friendliness of the people, the joy of exploring the diversity of its neighborhoods and the delicious sustaining food, my husband and I just returned from our second visit in the last couple of years. We're a mature couple who have traveled often and are now enjoying the relative freedom of retirement, happily still with the energy to enjoy exploring on foot. In Lisbon the city of seven hills (somewhat reminiscent of San Francisco) this provided the daily opportunity for challenging daily adventures wending our way through the narrow winding streets of the older sections to strolling the expansive wide boulevards with the inlaid patterns of the cobblestones underfoot, stopping often for a Sagres beer or the wonderful rich "bica" (espresso coffee). Then there were the mealtime rewards of the wonderful hearty cuisine, always fresh, delicious fish, meats and potatoes as well as our daily dose of ripe sweet melons, cheese, portugese soups and crusty bread following visits to the castles, fascinating museums and near by Sintra.
On our first trip we budgeted more on the hotel and, although not much can put a damper on this city, it didn't add to our enjoyment. This time we looked for one in the location we knew to be perfectly located for tourists, (the beautiful lively Avenida da Liberdad) and one which that would offer attractive comfort, still within a reasonable price range. The Altis Suites answered all our needs. I fully agree with the overwhelmingly positive experiences on described on Tripadvisor. This is a terrific accommodation from all points of view. Although we didn't take advantage of the attractive kitchen facility (cooking clean up included), it would be a big plus for a family or anyone desiring to eat in a bit.
We stayed in two different rooms, one at the beginning of our trip and, after a week driving south through the Alentejo countryside and along the Algarve coast, we looked forward to returning to enjoy our last few days in Lisbon. Both times our rooms (bedroom, living room and hallway with ample closets), spacious, elegant marble bathrooms, furnishings were all perfectly comfortable and welcoming (slippers and robe included). Everything was beautifully cleaned daily. An added bonus is the availability to guests of the facilities of the larger adjoining Hotel Altis. The Hotel boasts a lovely top floor terrace with comfortable seating from which to enjoy a drink, a coffee and the spectacular view of the city. There's also a pool and exercise room (which, with the fun of walking of the city, we didn't need).
But, above and beyond all, was the wonderful welcoming friendliness and professionalism of the almost all young (at least to us) staff. From the smiles that greeted us whenever we returned "home" to the prompt responses to whatever we needed during our stay, we felt competently and always pleasantly taken care of.
Should we return to Lisbon, we'll definitely return to the Altis Suites.
Should we ever decide to go back to Lisbon, the Altis Suites would be our home away from home.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the the city centre, the Altis Suites is a Family Hotel located just next door to the Hotel Altis. It is the best bet for business, leisure or long stay travelers, offering all the comforts at home with privacy and functionality. Altis Suites feature 40 luxury suites and 2 penthouses, each with their own living room, bedroom, kitchenette, bathroom and parking. The rooms have a comfortable decoration, modern equipment, 24 hour reception desk, laundry, cleaning of the rooms, room service, broad band internet access, among other services. The clients staying at the Suites are invited to use the facilities of the Hotel Altis, such as Health Club, indoor heated swimming Pool, Restaurant, Coffee Shop, Bars, business centre, Shopping area, hair dresser. A complimentary shuttle service is also available between the Altis Hotels and the airport. Altis Suites is a member of the Classic collection of Great Hotels of the World. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Altis Hotel Lisbon
- Lisbon Golden Tulip