Saturday, 21 November 2015

Palace of Sintra Open Night

Celebrating its 20th anniversary as a World Heritage of Unesco, the Palace of Sintra scheduled an open night for all its visitors.

Sintra was the first European site inscribed by UNESCO as a Cultural Landscape, on December 6th 1995. The purpose was to create an event that celebrates a landmark in the history of Sintra and to give the opportunity to all visitors to visit, for free, the most popular monuments of the village.

Foto Parques de Sintra, PSML|Emigus
The Sintra National Palace opens its doors on the night of December 6th, between 20h00 and 00h00, under the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the classification of Sintra Cultural Landscape as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Besides the free visit to the Palace, the evening will include performances of Renaissance music and dances (fifteenth and sixteenth centuries), 9 p.m., 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. at Sala dos Brasões and Sala dos Cisnes.

The "Ensemble La Peña" (from Sintra Estúdio de Ópera) will conduct the music performance and is engaged in the research and interpretation of the best music produced in Portugal and Spain in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

The dance performances will be held by "Associação Danças com História", a company that cooperates in historical events’ recreation in national monuments and will present costumes and dances of the time of D. João I and D. Manuel I.

The event will have free entry but, it will require a prior registration.

Find further information about Palace of Sintra Open Night.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

InShadow 2015

From November 26th to December 6th, at Teatro São Luiz and Teatro do Bairro, don’t miss the 7th Edition of InShadow!

A leading reference in the field of contemporary transdisciplinary creativity, InShadow 2015 offers a unique program dedicated to videodance, documentaries, shows, exhibitions, installations, as well as a strong educational project.

InShadow - International Festival of Video, Performance and Technologies is an initiative of Vo'Arte, co-produced with São Luiz Teatro Municipal, has already established itself as a reference in contemporary artistic creation and programming, with emphasis on the convergence of language between body and image, based on technology.

The program includes an international competition of videodance and documentaries, performances, a section aimed for children and teenagers, workshops and masterclasses, as well as exhibitions and installations, that expand the Festival through the city.

More information on Vo’Arte.

Friday, 13 November 2015

Lisbon, a safe place to be

Lisbon is famous for its good weather, its culture, its food and now for its security. 

When deciding where to travel on the next vacations, tourists always consider several criteria such as location, weather, cost and security. Of course, some criteria weigh more than others but, in this troubled days, security as became more and more important.

In a recent survey made by Lisbon Tourism Office in August and September of this year, Lisbon was considered a safe destination for 98% of tourists.

According to the analyzed data, 96% of the tourists feel safe in Lisbon and 75% feel confidence in the police, if necessary.

The study also shows that the choice for Lisbon as a tourist destination was easy in terms of security and that only 0.2 % of the tourists felt less safe than in their place of residence.

So, in case your still in doubt on which place to visit, here’s another leverage to help you reach a decision.

Monday, 9 November 2015

ExperimentaDesign 2015 (EXD’15)

The Biennial EXD, whose first edition took place in Lisbon in 1999, is the corner stone of ExperimentaDesign and it is dedicated to design, architecture and creativity. 

This event highlights creativity as its raw material and its backdrop is culture in permanent transformation, from an integrative and multidisciplinary perspective. ExperimentaDesign is
dedicated to the contemporary, exploring various fields of artistic creation and production, both in materials and conceptual form, focusing on design as a work mode and methodology.

Positioning itself as a dynamic and bold international platform that promotes contemporary culture through discussion and reflection, the EXD generates and displays projects, original concepts and ideas in different formats: conferences, screenings, exhibitions, urban interventions, workshops and debates.

The event will take place from November 13th to 15th at Convento da Trindade.

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Guest Reviews

Guest reviews are one of the most important tools a hotel could have. Used the right way it will, for sure, help to provide a better service.

In the Hotel Avenida Palace, we value all reviews and try to reply in time to all. The biggest player in terms of reviews is, of course, TripAdvisor. With over 65 million visitors, TripAdvisor holds the higher part of online reviews but it is not the only one, Expedia, Booking or Google+, all have a share of our attention.

Another important “channel” to get reviews is the Customer Satisfaction Survey available in the room. Recent numbers stated that around 15% of guests fill it, a number that will, certainly, increase in the next years.

At the Hotel Avenida Palace we monitor all reviews in a daily basis and use them to learn, to teach and to improve the quality of our service.

These are some of the recent reviews left by our Dear Guests:

“A very good stay of two nights in your beautiful hotel. Every contact with your employees was first rate. Thank you. À bientôt.”
Monsieur Barrand – France

“Prezados Srs. Agradeço a atenção e lembrança do meu aniversário, recebendo as honras deste hotel representado pelo espumante que foi oferecido em meu quarto. Obrigado.”
Exmo. Senhor Milton Amaral – Brazil

“We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay and were made to feel very cared for by all the staff. We would gladly recommend this hotel to anyone wishing to visit Lisbon. Thank you”
Mr. & Mrs. Almond – England

“Would definitely recommend your beautiful hotel”
Mrs. Dufour – USA

“Un très beau séjour dans votre hôtel. Mille fois merci !"
Monsieur et Madame Balmas – Switzerland

“The hotel is exactly to our taste – beautiful traditional décor, excellent “old style” service and we plan to return at the end of April after our stay in the French West Indies and the Atlantic crossing by ship.”
Monsieur et Madame Goderum – France

“One of the best hotel experiences – rivals the Saint Regis Rome. Top marks, we’ll share this with TripAdvisor which was how we found this hotel. Many Thanks”
Mrs. Ibsen - USA

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Top 5 – Lisbon Museums

Lisbon has some of Europe’s best museums, with unique, private and public collections, that are an important part of the Portuguese history.

Today we introduce you to the ones that, in our opinion, cannot be missed when visiting the city.

1 - Museu Nacional do Azulejo
We’ve already dedicated a full article to this museum; it is one of the tourists’ favorites and for a very good reason, as it is located in a stunning convent and church covered in tiles. It displays several step-by-step exhibits of tile-making so that visitors can see how it combines practical uses with
decorative ends.

2 – Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga
Another museum already covered in our blog and, without a doubt, the most important museum in Portugal, featuring some priceless national and international works, including paintings, sculptures, textiles and decorative arts.

3 - Museu Nacional dos Coches
Recently relocated to a new modern building, as we announced, the coach museum is one of Lisbon’s most highly considered and popular museums, for its 52 horse-drawn coaches’ collection of for the connection they create with the past.

4 – Museu Collecção Berardo Arte Moderna e Contemporânea
One if the world’s largest and richest collection of modern art gathered by José Berardo, features around 1.000 works, from canvas and sculptures to video installations.

5 – Museu Calouste Gulbenkian
Last but not least, the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, a rare extravagance as it covers so much in such a manageable way. The visit won’t be completed without a stroll through its large gardens.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Doc Lisboa ‘15

Refreshing Lisbon’s cinema for more than 12 years, Doclisboa is back!

From October 22nd to November 1st, at Culturgest, Cinema São Jorge, Cinemateca Portuguesa - Museu do Cinema, Cinema Ideal, Cinema City Campo Pequeno and Museu da Electricidade, the festival features 236 films from 40 different countries, many of which (43) yet to be premiered in Portugal.

The Doclisboa is a unique festival. Born in the context of an association, the Apordoc, that organizes the festival since 2000, goes against all trends. There are few film festivals that claim to be part of an activity and a mission that goes beyond the organization.

In this edition titled “I don`t throw bombs, I make films - Terrorism, Performance”, terrorism is shown as a challenge not only to the communities, but also to the cinema.

This retrospective will include more than a dozen films, already confirmed, made between the 1960s and the present days, many of which “produced by participants of different armed struggles, who saw in the cinema a place for reflection“.