We just couldn’t decide where in Lisbon we wanted to stay. All the neighbourhoods sounded equally enticing and we trawled through a vast number of hotels on the internet before we stumbled upon the Browns group. They have three hotels in Lisbon, we very nearly booked the Browns Downtown Hotel but then switched at the last minute to the Browns Central just because it seemed to get slightly better reviews on Trip Advisor. Not a cheap option but we loved the look of this place and were not at all disappointed once we got there.
Our plane from the UK was super early, by the time we arrived in Lisbon we were keen to get to the hotel, get rid of our luggage and start exploring.
Very close to the Baixa-Chiada underground station, we easily found it when we emerged from the station on our way from the airport. Relief that it was just steps away, we’d already had a thirty five minute train journey and didn’t fancy having to drag our cases too far along those mosaic pavements.
The hotel is in the Baixa neighbourhood and for us this could not have been a more perfect location. This is the lower part of Lisbon, built in French neo classical style after the earthquake of 1755 it is gorgeous and has a lovely atmosphere. Close to that metro but more importantly we found we were able to walk just about anywhere in the city. On those few times when we didn’t fancy hiking up those hills the tram stop was nearby as were the bus stops. We found a plethora of bars and restaurants in the immediate vicinity of the hotel and stacks more just a short stroll away.
The staff at Browns Central were so incredibly friendly and helpful. Right from check-in we felt completely at home here. Walking through the door from the street I instantly loved the quirky lobby and bar area. Furnished with loads of books, 1950’s music playing and an Art Deco style bar we loved relaxing in the mismatched colourful armchairs and found it inviting and beautiful.
Our room on the second floor was just gorgeous. Not huge but plenty big enough for us to have space to relax and unwind, we again loved the decor and the attention to detail.
A huge double bed with the most comfortable mattress ever plus a camp bed for Son which also got the thumbs up – sleeping was not a problem here.
We had three large windows looking out into the lovely streets below and the room was bright and airy.
A Roberts radio on the bedside table, vintage Marshall speaker and subtle flat screen television meant all entertainment needs were covered. Free WiFi in the room was welcome but it was a little hit and miss at times.
There was a tray of cups and crockery ready for tea and Husband was more than happy to find a Nespresso machine and selection of coffee pods. We had a little sink, couple of rings for heating things up and a fridge. We used that and the wineglass cupboard which was very well stocked.
The bathroom was tiny but all marble with a super powerful shower and lovely toiletries.
We had breakfast each morning which was included in the rate we paid. This was served downstairs in another quirky room and we enjoyed the selection of bread, cheese and ham plus scrambled egg and bacon. There wasn’t a vast choice but it was definitely adequate for us.
The receptionist offered us a welcome drink on our first evening – Ginja – a Portuguese speciality and it was rather nice – I’m not normally partial to these types of drinks. I am partial to custard tarts though and they gave us one of these as well which was delicious.
We enjoyed the bar area and its ambiance so much we returned another night for a pre-dinner cocktail – the mojitos are top notch.
All of us loved staying in this hotel. It had a lovely atmosphere, a beautiful room, we had a great night’s sleep every night and the location was superb. Everything we could have wished for.