Monday, 3 December 2018

World Travel Awards

Lisbon was elected Europe’s Leading City Destination by World Travel Awards.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the World Travel Awards 2018 was held, for the first time, in Lisbon and reinforced the city as Europe’s major destination.

Besides been considered Europe’s Leading City Destination, Lisbon was also awarded World's Leading City Break.

Amongst hotels and institutions, Portugal received a total of 15 awards including the most desirable one, World’s Leading Destination, for the second year in a row.

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Book Directly!!!

One of the questions that everyone asks before booking the hotel is “Where should I book it?” well, our answer is easy, book directly!!

In the past, there weren’t too many alternatives, in fact, the Travel Agents were the only alternative, but now, if you have an internet connection, everything is simpler and faster, the problem is choosing between all the existing options.

There are thousands of Websites which allow you to make the booking. In some, you can book a flight, hotel, car or even a restaurant and, of course, order a bouquet of roses or a bottle of Champagne, but most of them only permit the room booking.

In this decision, the customer normally excludes the hotel's Website mostly because the rate found on the hotel’s website is higher, but also because the customer is still not confident enough to leave the "comfort area" and prefers to book on big brands like Booking, Expedia, or Tripadvisor.

This is slightly changing, and although the hotels need to do much better, there are also good reasons to book through the hotel’s website:

- Inexistence of the possibility of fraud
- Direct communication makes it easy to arrange special requests
- Better rates
- Exclusive amenities

At the Avenida Palace, the Guests that book through the official website are entitled to a series of exclusive benefits, such as:

- Room upgrade, upon availability.
- Early check-in and late check-out free of charge, upon availability.
- Complimentary Bottle of Mineral Water in the Room, throughout the stay.
- 20% discount on Bar spendings.
- Discounts on Extra nights.
- Fresh Fruit Cup on arrival.
- A special surprise for children aged 3 years and over.

No matter what option you take, always take a look at the hotel’s website, you just might be surprised.

Monday, 26 November 2018

New App to visit Lisbon

Want to know Lisbon and have fun at the same time? Download the app Detective Trail.

Launched by MyCityHighlight, a Swiss company focused on tourism and leisure, Detective Trail is a mobile application with a pedestrian route and a treasure hunting game that allows tourists and locals to get to know the city while they have fun playing a series of jigsaw puzzles.

After passing through several cities with great success the App is now in Lisbon presenting the users with problems and mysteries and puzzles, which once solved will grant them access to the route and the code that will take them to the final destination and the desire treasure.

The App covers many of Lisbon’s most important sites such as Bairro Alto, Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara, Aqueduto das Águas Livres, Casa Fernando Pessoa, among others, making the user interact with the many mysteries to solve.

In Portuguese, English and German, Detective Trail Lisboa is available for download in digital format for iOS and for Android, and in print on the brand's website.

Friday, 2 November 2018

Fado Restaurants by the Concierge

If there’s an experience you can’t miss when visiting Lisbon is going to a Fado Restaurant, where one can really feel how traditional and mystic Fado is.

Although updated and offering all modern comfort, these restaurants still embrace the ambiance of the old taverns and brothels where Fado could be heard in the beginning, surrounded by violence and prostitutes in poor neighborhoods.

The following selection was made by our Head Concierge, and these are, in his opinion, the best Fado Restaurants in Lisbon.

Clube do Fado 
Located in the heart of Alfama and near Sé Catedral, this is the perfect place to enjoy excellent Portuguese traditional cooking, the sound of Portuguese Guitar and to hear the greatest Portuguese Fado voices.

Arcadas do Faia 
More than a half-century of existence always side by side with the big names of Fado, along with the dedicated respect for the rich variety of Portuguese gastronomy.

A Severa
Opened in 1955, got the name of "Severa" from a gypsy singer who was one of the greatest Fado singers ever.

Following the Fado's tradition, the Restaurant "Timpanas" has a typical ambiance and it is located, since 1963, in Lisbon's popular riverside district of Alcântara. Arriving at "Timpanas" you will be transported to an emblematic and genuine ambiance that will take you towards the old feeling sung in Fado.

Parreirinha de Alfama
It started as a charcoal selling store and a tavern and, over the decades that followed 1950, it became a place of reference for Fado and good cuisine lovers, by the hand of the Fado legend, Argentina Santos.

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Visiting Lisbon with a Private Guide

There are many ways to visit Lisbon: your own car, public transportation, tuk-tuks, group sightseeing and a private car with a driver/guide who speaks your native language. 

Today we’re going to talk about the private tour with the help of one of our partners, Maurício.

The private driver/guide is one of the many options recommended by our Concierge, mostly because it is the most complete and comfortable way to know the city. Yes, it is a little more expensive than the other options, but if you’re truly looking for knowledge this is the best way to get it.

This article presents a small summary of what a city tour covers, but all this can be totally adjusted, if you wish to spend more time in a certain monument or skip another, you just have to tell it to your driver. It is one of the many advantages of a private tour.

The day starts with our unforgettable breakfast. After scheduling the pickup time with our Concierge, Maurício will be waiting for you at the lobby.

The tour begins, first around the Downtown area, through Rossio down to the Comércio Square and the first glimpse of Tejo River.

After that, the climb starts through the narrow streets of Alfama District. First stop, a visit to Sé Cathedral and its two bell towers, climbin until you reach the top where you will find St. George's castle and an extraordinary view of the city. On the opposite hill is this tour’s next stop.

Chiado, Lisbon´s main shopping District, Bairro Alto, famous for its nightlife, and another sight of Lisbon from São Pedro de Alcântara Belvedere. The visit carries on as we move towards the National Parliament and then Estrela Church.

No time to rest, the visit is about to reach its peak as we arrive to Belém District. Here you will visit the Jerónimos Monastery, Belém Tower and the Padrão dos Descobrimentos, landmarks of a history of conquests. Then it’s mandatory to make a shortstop for coffee and the famous Pastéis de Belém, a delicious traditional local pastry.

It's time to return but now through a different route, you will pass by the Águas Livres Aqueduct, one of the most remarkable examples of 18th century Portuguese engineering. Then another beautiful view of Lisbon on the top of Eduardo VII Park.

The tour is near its end and after the roundabout Marquês de Pombal, you will go down the Liberdade Avenue and find the Avenida Palace right at the end.

Now, it is time to freshen up and have a drink in our Bar, listening to one of the many recitals scheduled on our Music Program, as you get ready for the next adventure.

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Museums not to miss in Lisbon

With the arrival of winter and the first drops of rain, indoor activities play a major role in the guests’ visit, and so museums become one of the most searched attractions.

Chosen by our Concierge these museums are the ones that truly tell Lisbon and Portugal’s history through art. 

Museu do Chiado or Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea features the collection of Portuguese art from 1850 to the present, making it the most important collection of Portuguese contemporary art including painting, sculpture, drawing, video and other media.

Museu Nacional do Azulejo, is one of Portugal’s most important museums, with its unique collection, dedicated to the tile, a distinctive artistic expression of Portuguese culture. Another remarkable feature is the unique building in which it is installed, the former Convent of Madre de

Museu Nacional dos Coches is Portugal ’s most visited museum. Made in Portugal, Italy, France, Austria and Spain, the coaches cover three centuries and range from simple to sophisticate. The main gallery in the style of Louis XVI, is occupied by two rows of coaches built for the Portuguese royalty.

Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga is located in a XVII century palace built for the Counts of Alvor, named the Palace of Alvor-Pombal, the museum contains the largest collection of paintings, with emphasis on the religious works of Portuguese artists. Most of the parts came from convents and monasteries after the suppression of religious orders in 1834.

Museu Calouste Gulbenkian
is located at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon. Its collection consists of about six thousand pieces of ancient and modern art, of which only one thousand and thirty are displayed to the public.

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Moda Lisboa

From October 11th to the 14th, the Pavilhão Carlos Lopes hosts the 51st edition of ModaLisboa.

This Thursday sees the beginning of a new era of ModaLisboa as Lisbon and Porto associations will partner for the first time.

The 51st edition of ModaLisboa is once more divided between sites set in Parque Eduardo VII, with one exception: the Nuno Gama fashion show, on Saturday, will take place at the National Museum of Ancient Art.

Find out more in the program below