Sophisticated throwback style in Lisbon
70 Rooms / 2 Suites
Located at the end of one of Lisbon’s most famous boulevards, Avenida da Liberdade, the stylish and serene Altis Avenida Hotel sits right in the middle of the action.
It’s across the street from the city’s central train station, an architectural gem that is worth a visit even if you never leave the center of town. You can walk to Rossio Square, Praca do Comercio and the historic neighborhoods of Bairro Alto and Alfama, so long as you can make it up the hills.
Altis Avenida is a haven of sophisticated throwback style in the heart of the busy city. The building was originally a 1950s city hall office building and was converted in 2010. Its styling, by Portuguese designers Cristina Santos Silva and Ana Menses Cardoso, in black and white marble with touches of muted color, harks back to the 1940s and the art deco period.
The seventh-floor restaurant Rossio is the Lisbon hotel’s crowning glory, offering a varied menu with a stunning view of the surrounding area.
All the rooms and suites either look out over bustling Avenida da Liberdade or up the hill to Castelo S. Jorge (St. George’s Castle). Rooms with a vista of the avenue have balconies, and all accommodations provide excellent soundproofing that keeps the noise of the city at bay.
The sleek décor is in keeping with the overall ’40s streamlined style of the hotel with all the modern conveniences. Specially designed brass fittings, cornicing and leather headboards are just some of the touches that offer a sense of luxury in a classic setting.
Breakfast and meals are served in the light-flooded Rossio. It was originally the canteen for the building’s office workers, but all that is left of that time is a gorgeous blue and white tile panel depicting Lisbon before the 18th century.
The restaurant feels like an airy rooftop retreat with its wide-open balcony and bright dining room and affords vast views of Lisbon, up Avenida da Liberdade, the Eiffel-inspired Santa Justa Elevator and across to the Bairro Alto and to the ruins of the Carmo Convent, destroyed in the earthquake of 1755 and left standing as a monument to the disaster.
Sunset entertainment and drinks are available in the restaurant and on the balcony.
The menu, designed by executive chef João Correia, is traditional Portuguese with some fusion twists and lists light snacks as well as à la carte dining.
The Altis chain is owned by a Portuguese family, and its hotels are all in Lisbon. Guests at the Altis Avenida have access to all the facilities at the group’s other properties, including swimming pools, spas, restaurants and bicycle rentals, at special rates.
The small scale of the Altis Avenida and its tight-knit team gives this boutique hotel authenticity and a genuinely welcoming atmosphere.
Staff members are all locals with insider knowledge of the best places to go, and the hotel has gathered their advice in its “Tips with Soul” information provided at reception, with ideas about places to go for a night out, where to eat and places to visit that you won’t find in the guide books.