Altis Avenida Hotel

Sophisticated throwback style in Lisbon
VERIFIED LUXURY
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.
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Our Inspector's Highlights
  • The small scale of the Altis Avenida and its tight-knit team give this boutique hotel authenticity and a genuinely welcoming atmosphere.
  • We love the art deco rooms. Gleaming black surfaces and Portuguese brass accents lend a glamorous, chic look.
  • Altis Avenida has a great location on Avenida da Liberdade, Lisbon’s version of Rodeo Drive. Set in the historic downtown, it straddles Restauradores and Rossio squares and is close to the popular Chiado.
  • The rooftop Rossio beckons with its contemporary Portuguese cuisine and for alfresco seating with vistas of Avenida da Liberdade.
  • Staff members are all locals with insider knowledge of the best places to go. Ask for suggestions or pick up the “Tips with Soul” brochure at reception. It’s filled with staff recommendations where to go for a night out, top-notch food and attractions that you won’t find in the guide books.
Things to Know
  • The hotel purchased its neighboring building and will unveil its expansion at the end of 2017. It will include 46 new guest rooms, additional public spaces, a gym and a large rooftop bar and sun deck, which will undoubtedly become one of the hottest spots in town.
  • 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.
  • 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” 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.
The Rooms
  • 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 (HD TVs, Nespresso coffee machines, a pillow menu).
  • While you will see the same shiny black and brass in all of the rooms, the main colors vary. Your accommodations could be adorned in ivory, toffee or pale pink.
  • Specially designed brass fittings, cornicing and leather headboards are just some of the touches that offer a sense of luxury in a classic setting.
  • Black and white marble bathrooms come with brass rainshower fixtures and all-natural Damana bath products.
The Restaurant
  • For all meals, head to 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.
  • Get acquainted with Portuguese wine by ordering a glass of Vale das Areias, a local winery from the hotel’s owners. We enjoyed the arinto, a crisp white.
Amenities
24-hour room service
Bar
House car
Meeting rooms
Pet friendly
Restaurants
Getting There
Rua 1 Dezembro, 120, 1200-360 Lisboa, Portugal
TEL351-210-440-000
TEL351-210-440-013
NEARBY AIRPORT(S)
LIS (14-24 min)