Hotel Heritage Avenida, Lisbon

The Heritage Avenida Hotel is a luxurious, four stars (and for the stars… Who knows who you can bump into…???), boutique Hotel conveniently located in the Avenida da Liberdade, the main Avenue that drives your right to downtown Lisbon.

This hotel was designed and decorated by the famous architect Miguel Câncio Martins, who preserved the beauty of the XVIII century façade of the building, kept the balcony of the hold Hermética Herb Shop with its 1,000 drawers, the ashlar, the veranda railings and the Pombaline tiles. He was still capable of creating a warm, comfortable environment throughout the hotel, respecting the architectonic design integrity. The final result was recognized by the “Oscars” of Real Estate in 2008, in the category of Rehabilitation and it was also included in the 2007 Hot List of the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler publication.

At the lobby, a doorman welcomes you into a lounge area with comfortable sofas and a bar: a great place to meet before going out, chill out from your shopping or just to catch up with a conversation. From there, one can take a spiral wooden staircase to the library that offers 2 computers with internet and 2 printers, for needed business presentations, administrative tasks, online check-in and directions as well as a good selection of books, newspapers, magazines, board games and videos that one can also take to his/her room.

The Heritage Avenida Hotel also has a mini gym well equipped with cardio-fitness machines as well as a Jet pool. In this Health and Fitness center one has access to free towels both for exercise and for a shower in the adjoining bathrooms.

 

 

The elevator is decorated with pictures from old Lisbon and the floor resembles the typical pedestrian pavement of Lisbon. The elevator’s doors are hand painted with different phrases from famous writers at each of the floors.

 

There are 40 rooms and a suite at the Heritage Avenida Hotel, decorated with warm browns and windows with a view: if you don’t get a view directly to the most emblematic Avenue of Lisbon, you will get a view to the Elevador do Lavra (Lavra Tram) and if higher up, you will also get a view to the St. Jorge Castle (Castelo de S. Jorge) as well as other important landmarks. The rooms are spacious, have a desk and a chaise longue. The bathrooms have natural light and are decorated in a romantic way that could easily makes us travel back to the Pombaline’s period. In each room you will also find different pictures in black and white characterizing Lisbon, a mini-bar, a DVD/CD player, LCD TV, satellite TV, air-condition, free safe, hairdryer, bath robes and Molton Brown amenities.

 

 

 

 

As an urban Hotel, it still offers buffet breakfast, room service 24 hours, free wireless internet throughout the hotel and rooms, laundry service and garage parking.

This hotel has plenty of specials, from tickets to Elevador da Glória (Gloria tram) to specials for tourists who do not mind checking in into the different emblematic Heritage hotels in this city. With all this, what else do you need? Call me at +351.93.43.16078 or write to Lisbon@hotels.tv , for your personalized reservation, specials, best deals and or specials. I’ll guarantee your best room tailored for needs and your budget.

Sónia, your local hotels.tv expert.

Arraial Pride (Pride Fair) in Lisbon June 30th

This coming Saturday, June 30th, Lisbon celebrates, in Terreiro do Paço (downtown), the 16th edition of Arraial Pride (Pride Fair), the largest and most participative LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bissexual and Transexual) of Portugal.

This celebration, as part of the Lisbon Festivities (Festas de Lisboa)Decorated Streets during Lisbon Festivities, is free and open to everyone independently of its sexual orientation.

The Party starts early, at 16:00, in the Pride Village, a dedicated venue for the sharing and interaction among people and families, with special highlight for the little fair (Arrailito).

The welcome party will have for you:

  • Make up for all with a consultant from Mary Kay,Ruben Martins
  • Relax and Massages, by Silvia Lemos
  • Dance, where You are the star
  • Lot’s of other surprises

The energy of the main stage will start spreading at 20:00 with D.M.A. – Disco My Ass, Nuno Galopim and Nomi Ruiz promise a lot of entertainment all night long.

And because it is summer and it is in Lisbon, why don’t you come for a whole weekend or even a longer stay to enjoy the many attributes this Cosmopolitan city between the mountains and the sea has to offer?

Call me at +351.93 43 16078 or write to Lisbon@hotels.tv for your local expert to get you the best program, special offers and hotel tailored to your needs and budget.

Sónia, your local hotels.tv expert

Lisbon special for the weekend June 29th – July 1st

So you missed St. António, the patron of Lisbon and Weddings, as well as the parade on June 12th… don’t worry, you can still enjoy Festas de Lisboa (Lisbon festivities) with this special for the weekend of June 29th to July 1st.

We propose that you visit the city, stroll around Lisbon’s most characteristic neighborhoods, eat fresh sardines under the stars at the sound of local popular music and still dive in the ocean, on a 30 minutes train ride from the city to chill from this fantastic summer weather. In the meantime don’t miss:

June 29th

  • 18:00 Jazz, in the tram, “Ascensor da Bica”
  • Jigging hick (“Bailarico Saloio”), on the streets 19:00-20:30 at Escadinha da Bica Grande (after taking the tram, “Ascensor da Bica,” up)
  • Have dinner under the stars and go for Caldo Verde, Sardines and Chouriço grilled

 

June 30th

  • Catch some theatre at the local, traditional shops, 11:30/ 12:00/12:30, where actors & actresses, dressed for the part, sell like old times at some of the most characteristic shops: Hospital das Bonecas, Manteigaria Silva, Tricots Brancal, Drogaria e perfumaria S. Pereira Leão

 

 

  • At 16:00 take the Omnibus 36, Cais do Sodré – Campo Grande. There young artists will transform your image. They are Confraria do Imaginário. They feverish admires of Da Vinci, Wells, Einstein and Orwell, among others, and they will call for your imagination revealing curiosities and playing games.
  • At 21:30, join the Aqueduto de Vozes Livres and go for a walk, between Jardim de S. Pedro de Alcântara and Reservatório da Patriacal, in this historic underground tunnel that crosses Lisbon and carries water, to find out the harmony of voices along this magical (almost temple like) location that resists to time.
  • 22:00 the closing of the festivities with a live concert, celebrating the popular Brazilian music and Fado (Património Cultural Imaterial da Humanidade, Nov 2011, UNESCO = Immaterial Humanity Cultural Heritage) with Milton Nascimento, Carminho, Ana Moura and António Zambujo with the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa (Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra).

July 1st

  • Go to the beach, taking the train that rides just by the water, to Praia de Carcavelos
  • On the way back stop at Belém, visit the monuments and museums, but don’t leave before getting one of the most famous pastries in the world, Pastéis de Belém, from the Pastéis de Belém café. My suggestion: get it and eat it in there, while hot, instead of standing in like to take them to go.
  • take the tram, nr 28, and visit the old part of town, go to the Castelo de S. Jorge (St. Jorge Castle), purchase your ticket to see the history of Lisbon projected on the walls of this majestic castle

Don’t wait any more and call me at +351.93.43.16078 or email me at Lisbon@hotels.tv, today, to get you the reservation for the hotel that matches your needs and budget.

Sónia, your local hotels.tv expert

Lisbon revived with the Football match UEFA Euro 2012

I am not a football (soccer) aficionado but when Portugal was qualified for the UEFA Euro 2012 quarter-final and Ronaldo’s spell was finally broken with 2 magical goals I felt an emotion hard to describe.

This is Portugal at its best and this is why I am so passionate about this country and, in particular, about Lisbon (Lisboa). It´s Fado* (latim Fatum = destiny). And it’s the enchantment of this colorful people. One can find nearly a bit of every piece of the world in this country: desert, mountain, city, sea, hot sunny weather and snow… you name it.

The food, and forgive me for being biased, is the best (fresh fish, olive oil, fruits and vegetables, all the best from a Mediterranean diet with the taste to cry for more).

The best football trainer: the special one Mourinho. The best soccer player, CR7… The 1998 Nobel prize literature was awarded to José Saramago… and the list is endless! No wonder that Lisbon and its surroundings (Cascais, Sintra, Estoril, Sesimbra, Eiriceira, Mafra, Fátima, Torres Vedras, just to mention a few) is so special and it’s a favorite for worldly renowned events such as Rock-in-Rio, Volvo Ocean Race, Harley-Davidson European H.O.G. Rally, Estoril Open, Estoril Jazz Festival.

Yet, to really experience this city one also has to look out for the local cultural and entertaining activities: the Lisbon festivities (“Festas de Lisboa”)! These are the highlight for the month of June, it celebrates the 7 hills where this city was built on. It celebrates St. Antonio, the patron saint of the city and the patron saint of weddings. It celebrates the food, mainly the sardine grilled eaten with salad or bread as well as caldo-verde (a delicious soup made of kale) and grilled chouriço (chorizo, in Spanish, although the recipe is different), at the sound of live popular bands, under the stars.

Come for golf, come for the beach, come for shopping, tourism or business, I’ll get you best place to stay to meet your preferences, the purpose of your trip and budget. Whether you need a venue for a product launch, a wedding, a sales force event, a tournament, a rock concert, a reunion, a conference or whatever you imagine or need, I am the local expert to find you the best, personalized (and if needed private) booking system and rates, for individuals and groups!

Want to find out more, write to me at Lisbon@hotels.tv. I will find you the best stay to experience this true vibrant city. For more on Lisbon, check the Lisbon Blog regularly.