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Praça dos Restauradores 24, Lisbon, Lisbon 1250-187, Portugal See on Map

Cost-conscious travelers and architecture buffs would be wise to consider a stay at this centrally-located apart-hotel housed in a grand Art Deco building. While the accommodations are not high-end, the rooms and suites all have kitchenettes, and the location at the heart of Lisbon's Pombaline old town is excellent for sightseeing, shopping and nightlife. A rooftop bar and pool with great views further add to the appeal, and this lofty location is also the setting for breakfast. The hotel is located in the former Eden theater, and is one Lisbon's most striking examples of Art Deco design.

This hotel is a good option for families--meals can be prepared in the kitchenette, and most major sights are within walking distance.


The name of the hotel is a bit of a misnomer--the rooms and apartments here don't offer VIP-level luxury, but they are a good size and simply decorated, and the well-equipped kitchenettes will be a major boon for families and for budget-conscious guests looking to avoid paying restaurant prices every night. Free in-room Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs are standard, most rooms have city views, and the larger apartments have sofa-beds to make the most of the available space.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The rooms lack individual character or design flair, a stay here is more about location and Art Deco charm than luxurious lodgings.


The bathrooms are simply-appointed but perfectly functional, with tubs, overhead showers, bidets, and plenty of towels.


The lobby feels a little simple in comparison with the grand exterior of the building, but it's clean and welcoming, with movie posters dotted around in homage to the building's past life as a theater. The reception is open 24/7, and the English-speaking staff are friendly.


The hotel's rooftop pool is a major selling point. It's too small for proper swimming, but is a perfect spot to cool down in the water and admire the views of the city and its castle, or work on your tan on one of the sunloungers while sipping a drink from the terrace bar.

Lisbon sunsets are legendary--come up to the rooftop after a day's sightseeing for a dip and a drink as the sky turns orange.


The rooftop terrace bar serves basic snacks--think hot dogs and fries rather than haute cuisine.

YOU SHOULD KNOW It's not worth trying to fill up on the snacks at the bar--there are many excellent dining options close to the hotel.


The hotel's terrace bar serves the usual range of mixed drinks and local favorite white sangria, but it's the view that makes drinking here a memorable experience. The terrace has views of the Old Town and the castle, and attracts non-guests as well as those staying at the hotel. It's not super-chic, but the vistas are terrific.


Getting Around

The hotel has great public transport links. Airport shuttle buses stop almost in front of the building, and there is a metro just steps away at Restauradores. Rossio train station--famous for its grand design--is almost next door, and is the boarding point for the 30-minute train ride to the fairytale mountain town of Sintra. Most of Lisbon's major sights are within walking distance, and the nightlife district of Bairro Alto is a 10-minute uphill walk. Lisbon's compact city center is fun to explore on foot, but buses, taxis, and old yellow trams are all on hand to take visitors to locations--such as Alfama and Bairro Alto--that require a bit of a climb.


The hotel is surrounded by restaurants, but as this is prime tourist territory, it's worth doing a bit of research to avoid overpriced and underwhelming dining experiences. Mere footsteps from the hotel, O Pinóquio, (1-minute walk) has excellent petiscos (tapas-style small plates) including some delicious shellfish and pica pau (garlicky cubes of meat). Also worth a visit is the unusually-named hipster favorite Bastardo (6-minute walk) where acclaimed chef Luis Rodrigues cooks up Portuguese dishes with a touch of modern flair, in a lively, colorful environment filled with all manner of artsy knick knacks.


This part of town is famous for its traditional Ginjinha (wild cherry liqueur) bars--try A Ginjinha (4-minute walk) an old hole in the wall bar where it's standing-room-only for sipping a glass of the sweet stuff, which can be ordered with or without the cherry itself, and even drunk from an edible dark chocolate cup. Hipper happenings can be found at the waterfront kiosks at Praça do Comércio (10-15 minute walk) where a young crowd gathers to sip cocktails as they lounge in deckchairs and listen to live music. At Topo Chiado (5-minute walk) DJs spin tunes beneath the stars throughout the summer, as the crowd mills around sipping drinks and soaking up views of the Santa Justa lift.


This hotel has a spectacular location, and the Art Deco exterior is truly striking. The lodgings might not be high-end, but they're a great choice for budget travelers, who can also make use of the handy kitchenettes. The rooftop pool and bar are further strings in the hotel's bow, and the views are beyond impressive.


75 studios, 59 apartments
Breakfast Yes, inlcluded
Lunch No
Dinner No
Bar Yes
Cafe Snacks served at bar
Room Service Yes
Parking Lot


Phones: 21-321-6600

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