We loved this hotel from the minute we got in the tiny lift with the old-fashioned concertina doors that you have to close manually. The hotel would be described as "boutique" in traveller-writer speak, as it has been extremely tastefully designed on the theme of the Comede des Arts characters, with proscenium arch and colonnade motifs running throughout the corridors and rooms. An excellent choice because of its close proximity across the road from the beautiful old Teatro da Trindade.
Though pushed for space, the layout of the rooms with the use of lots of glass and mirrors made them feel spacious and luxurious, with use of strong colours and very modish fittings - our room was red, black and white. The bed was wonderfully comfortable which is such an important aspect of a hotel!!
The most fabulous thing was the wonderful breakfast in the tiny dining room with glass tables and Philippe Starck 'Ghost' chairs. The intimate nature of this hotel, and the charming attention by director Henrique who serves at breakfast every morning made this a unique experience. The buffet groaned with cakes and delicacies of every sort, with lovely fresh fruits, cooked breakfast as well as different cold meats and cheeses. Even chocolate mousse was served by Henrique with volcanic rock salt - sounds bizarre but was delicious.
The only drawback for us was lack of shelf space in the bathroom, (not enough for two spongebags) and not really enough hooks for the three towels each.
But that was a minor issue compared with the incredibly friendly and attentive service by all the staff - obviously Henrique leads from the front - with Daniel giving us great directions and ideas for places to visit and things to do and telling us about things Portuguese which helped our understanding of the country.
We would recommend this hotel to anyone who likes small hotels, with personal service and the opportunity to talk to staff. With only 15 rooms, and a brilliant central location, this makes Hotel Teatro a must for us to return to Lisbon.
As a tip, if you look on Google streetview, it is difficult to see the hotel entrance, because the Google images were obviously taken before Hotel Teatro opened in August 2012. When on streetview, facing a shop called Matador, you will notice signage saying Nova Democracia. The hotel entrance under the signs is the two right-side glass doors which appear darker (not curtained) and are closer to the wooden bench. Our taxi driver from the airport did not know where it was, as the hotel is so new, but because we had looked on Google we had a good idea. It does not look an inviting entrance, but get up to reception and then your room, and you will be stunned by the decor.
Another tip: our taxi from the airport cost E11.80, which was correct, but the taxi from the hotel back to the airport tried to sting us for E24.99. Make sure you ask before you get in the taxi how much it is likely to be - cheating taxi drivers are a worldwide phenomenon!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Teatro B&B is the newest hand-crafted and unique Bed and Breakfast in Lisbon. Located in the heart of Lisbon, between the chic, cultural and trendy Chiado and bohemian Bairro Alto, is arguably the best location to know the city that sings fado and enacts her charms on stage in the theater. The Hotel is walking distance from major shops, theaters, museums, restaurants and bars. Surrounding the Hotel, through the picturesque alleys you can easily access all the places.Enjoy your best buffet breakfast in town, served daily. With no timetables, our staff is willing to help you all times in a familiar ambiance ... more less
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