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As Janelas Verdes Inn, Lisbon, Portugal
If you thought the age of the elegant hotel with its monogrammed towels, uniformed housekeeping staff and long, lazy breakfasts was over, As Janelas Verdes will prove you wrong. In the quiet streets of the embassy district, to the west of the centre, the 18th-century townhouse oozes a gentle refined air. Bedrooms are softly carpeted, traditionally furnished and with the occasional antique as well as marbled bathrooms. Inviting sitting rooms with elegant armchairs and honesty bars are a pleasant place to relax after the madness of the city, as is the top-floor library with a roof terrace overlooking the Tagus River. Breakfast, served in the pretty courtyard, is sheer delight. After the hectic streets of the capital, the hotel offers a calm and restorative retreat.
Lisbon is an exhilarating and exciting city but it was lovely to return to the peaceful surrounds of the hotel.
The hotel is on the western side of the city, next door to the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga and about 20 minutes' walk from Praça do Comercio.
By plane: flights to Lisbon take around 2 hours 50 mins from London and Manchester and 2 hours 30 mins from Bristol. The hotel is a 20-minute taxi ride from the airport. Private parking costs €15 per day. skyscanner.com
Style & Character
Anyone who wants a taste of genuine Portuguese tradition and hospitality, and who doesn't mind not being in the centre of things, will enjoy it here. The place oozes a quiet refinement without being fussy or formal; it's elegant yet has the feel of a private home.
Service & Facilities
The top-floor terrace is a stunner with views over rooftops to the Tagus River. Returning there from an evening out and enjoying a post-dinner drink from the honesty bar is a quiet joy.
- Roof terrace
- Paid parking
- Free Wi-Fi
Rear rooms have the best views over the courtyard to the Tagus River. You'll love the thoughtful touches: monogrammed towels, decanters of sherry and well-placed bathrooms mirrors.
Classic Room, Bairro Room, Tejo Room, Eça de Quieroz Room
Facilities include: ensuite bath or shower, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
Breakfast lasts until midday so you can bring your book and gently let yourself into the day. The local pastries and pastel de nata are irresistible.
Courtyard restaurant: pastries, fresh fruit, cheeses and yogurts. Open daily for breakfast.