My daughter and I spent 5 days in Lisbon and had a fantastic time. There is so much to see there! This hotel was in the perfect location for walking to all the major historical sites as well as shopping,restaurants and museums. It also was across the street from the beautiful train station. I will go back to Lisbon again because I could not see it all in only 5 days and thoroughly enjoyed the culture/architecture/food/people.
Kathy from Boston
Altis Avenida is the most Charming, stylish Hotel in Lisbon. A Superior fourstar property with Outstanding location in …More
Having read reviews, I wondered if the sea view rooms really worth the extra cash (pretty much double) but I am so glad I didn't spend the extra. My room facing the street (203) was lovely, white wooden floor, blue décor and it had a huge balcony that was in the sun in the afternoon and evenings, unlike the rooms that faced the sea.
The pool area was very nice, with comfy sunbeds and cabanas (Brits, please don't bring your own towels - use the plush white ones provided! :) ). The pool water was at the glacial end of the scale, although useful for cooling down.
The staff were generally very hospitable; my friend sprained her foot out at a restaurant and they were running round after her with ice and someone even went to the pharmacy for her.
The hotel staff could not be more helpful - nothing was too much trouble for them. The hotel is in an excellent central location and if you have a car, the hotel staff will provide assistance and information for the Car Park. There are tours which leave regularly from the square and there are two 'Fado' restaurants within walking distance where you can be entertained with this typical Portuguese music over a good meal. The reception area does not do justice to the hotel. The decor is quirky and worth noting - every chair in the restaurant is a different design. I am not too sure that I liked too much the 'Do not Disturb' Sign on the bedroom door which said simply 'Get Lost' ! However just a minor point for a very pleasant stay; I would definitely come back.
We love Portugal but have only visited the Algarve, so we looked at Cascais and selected the Quinta da Marinha from other reviews. It was a little tricky to find as it is tucked away in a residential area about 10 mins from the town centre, so a car is essential. On arrival we were directed to another reception building as we had booked in to a villa and after another trip around we eventually arrived at our ultimate destination the Onyria Hotel (all a bit confusing). Nevertheless, we settled in, our villa was two bedroomed on two levels, with 3 shower/bathrooms. The facilities were all that we expect from a 5 star resort, with the 26th rated golf course in mainland Europe, so all very acceptable. The staff were exceptional, very friendly, all spoke very good English. The breakfast was fantastic, and the restaurant converted into a very good Italian in the evenings. There is also a separate seafood restaurant (Monte Mar) which is a short mini bus drive away (hotel provided) which is outstanding. All in all, we were so impressed that we scraped our intended trip in to Lisbon as we were enjoying ourselves so much. If you want a break from the Algarve, give this a go, you will not be disappointed.
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