THE HOTEL: One of two hotels in the Bomporto Group, this newly-renovated five-star property is true to its name when it comes to striking design within a 19th century building. Hidden away from the bustle of the city, near to Rato Station on the Yellow metro line, guests have straight forward access to Lisbon’s airport and to the trendy bars and restaurants of Bairro Alto and designer shops on Avenida da Liberade
With just 56 guest rooms comprising executive suites, deluxe and superior rooms, the hotel offers a sense of tranquillity combined with efficiency, featuring graceful design and airy reception rooms. Retro plants decorate the reception and bar matching a chic, revival atmosphere.
THE CHECK-IN: A genuine welcome and quick check-in gave an excellent first impression at the mahogany reception desk. My pre-authorised credit card was used to make 100% payment on arrival.
THE ROOM: My Vintage Superior room was one of three corner suites. Spacious and light with floor to ceiling windows, the room had a separate reception area featuring a modern wooden desk, sofa and wall TV. A mini-fridge contained complimentary sparkling drinks and a retro trolley bar proffered gin and tonic miniatures and a basket of delicious smoked almonds. Tea and coffee-making facilities were a welcome addition, as was the most amazing view across the city down to the River Tagus from the loo!
My one-night stay did not warrant use of the huge wooden walk-in wardrobe. The stand-alone shower and double sinks gave a modern feel. The colour scheme was a striking terracotta and olive green and several winged chairs complemented the style.
THE BUSINESS: Free Wi-Fi worked throughout the hotel and two private board rooms can be booked for meetings of up to around a dozen people in formal wood-panelled rooms beside the reception. The work desk in the bedroom gives ample space for work with USB ports and excellent Wi-Fi.
THE FACILITIES: The open-air V Roof Top Bar on the fourth floor is a great addition to the hotel with fabulous views across the city and plenty of modern seating beneath a suspended vertical garden. Strict Covid rules prevented me from getting a time slot in the subterranean Spa but I was given a tour to see the indoor plunge pool, sauna, steam room and treatment rooms.
Breakfast is served in the light and airy Blue Room with access to a high-walled patio for alfresco dining. The self-serve options included cereals, pastries, yoghurts and fruit and cooked eggs were on request. The restaurant is open until 10.30pm daily serving local Portuguese dishes for lunch and dinner.
THE VERDICT: A great place to stay for a peaceful few days within walking distance of the Lisbon’s underground, restaurants and museums. Helpful staff and modern facilities ensure an efficient working environment. A complimentary breakfast and free cancellation up to 24 hours in advance are added bonuses.
THE DETAILS: Bomporto Hotels Lda, The Vintage Hotel & Spa, Rua Rodrigo da Fonseca, 2 • 1250-191 Lisboa, Portugal (Tel) +351 210 405 400, thevintagelisbon.com Rates from £350 a night for two people including breakfast, plus city tax of €2 per person.