Lx Boutique Hotel
What We Love
- The brilliantly orchestrated sense of place, from books by local authors to historical facts on Lisbon printed on water bottles
- The clever mix between cool, white contemporary design and warm, cozy atmosphere
- The to-die-for sushi served up in the all-day bar and restaurant
What To Know
- Although this area is now considered up-and-coming, it was not one of Lisbon’s choicest districts
- Those who like to soak in a tub need to book a suite; guest rooms are showers only
- The Xssential rooms, although well-planned, do feel small
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
LX stands for Lisbon Xperience and the décor provides just that. Different floors are devoted to varying threads of Lisbon life, including the poet Pessoa; Fado, the city’s distinctive mournful music, and Bairro Alto, the district in which the hotel resides, characterized by lines of (paper) washing hanging on the walls – a typical Lisbon sight. Public areas are small and more homey than hotel, done up in a calming palette of pale blues and cool whites, while the exterior’s wrought-iron window elements are a nod to classic Lisbon design.
Bed and Bath
The bedrooms vary in size from the smallest (Xssential) at 150 square feet to the largest, the Xplendid Suite at 377 square feet – a gorgeous loft space with a huge balcony and views onto the iconic statue of Jesus Christ overlooking the City. Within each room, décor is perfectly chosen and soothingly simple, with white iPod docks, high-thread-count sheets, white shutters and the message which illuminates your ceiling as you switch off the light: “What is better, to sleep in a King-size bed or sleep in a bed that makes you feel like a King?”
Downstairs, the bar and restaurant merge and buzz from early morning to late night. The food comes courtesy of the Confraria Restaurant, which has a branch in neighboring Cascais and delivers superb sushi, sashimi, nigiri and more. The receptionist, who doubles as guest relations, accompanies visitors to a local market, while Fado singers just may come in and sing on the stairs. This hotel is all about making sure Lisbon gets under your skin.
In the Area
Right opposite the hotel is Pensão Amor, an 18th-century house which has recently been converted into a hugely popular bar. Drawing on the street’s red-light history, erotic murals, mirrors and a generally burlesque atmosphere accompany the bar’s delicious Peruvian specialties. For Fado, head to nearby Povo and immerse yourself in the sound of Lisbon.
How to Get There
We arrived around 10am Aug 8 from the US, we stopped by the hotel to drop our bags and to discuss an early check in. I was not feeling well after the long travel and was hoping to lay down for a bit. We were only in Lisbon for 2 days before returning home, so I really didn't want to waste any of the time sightseeing while ill. We were told that check in time was 2pm and that we could not check in before then no matter what. I was informed that guests had already checked out but they would not be cleaning the rooms till later in the day. We were instructed to leave our bags and a few places to go see. This would be fine if I was feeling ok, but I was quite ill. There is no reason a room could not be cleaned quickly for us to check in, we even offered to pay more. After arguing with the front desk, we left and tried to go see some sights till 2, after almost passing out 3 times we headed back at 1pm, still no room. I had to nap in the lobby on the couch till 1:45pm before they would let us into the room. There is no way that there were no rooms available till 1:45 that day, that is not how a hotel runs, the rooms are cleaned usually as guests leave, otherwise it would take them till evening to clean all the rooms if they started at noon checkout time. This is a 61 room hotel, not possible to clean them all in 2 hours, they would have to start in the morning.
Upon our checkout at 8:30am friday Aug 10, I instructed the front desk that room 115 was empty and ready to clean and to please give it to any tired traveler that wants to check in early since it was paid for by us till noon.
The good points of this hotel is the location is next to restaurants, bars, shops.
The other bad points besides the incompetent front desk staff, drugs are sold directly outside the front door, the beds are one step up from mexico beds and are very uncomfortable due to the hardness, the pillows are like puffs of air that condense down to nothing when laying on. We have been to many different types of hotels all around the world, these pillows win the award for the most uncomfortable. They look nice a fluffy, but smoosh flat under any small pressure.
Stayed 3 nights - great decor - good room size and amenities - excellent location for walking out and exploring - close to Time Out. Very friendly staff. Japanese in house restaurant also authentic cooking.
We stayed 2 nights and it is very central to explore Lisbon. The hotel is boutique yet traditional and the decor is stylish. We stayed in a room with eaves which gave great views, but not ideal if you are tall. The staff are very knowledgeable and will cater to every need. The reason for only 4 stars is that it is quite expensive to comparable hotels in the city.
My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights(3rd aug 2018-6th aug 2018) and really really enjoyed our stay. We rented a car, and corresponded with the hotel beforehand to organise parking in a carpark nearby. The car park is not run by the hotel and is expensive at about 22€ per day but was very close to the hotel, and the car was very safe as well as being beside Time Out Market, a beautiful market that is a must see.
(We had read from other reviews it is best to drop off luggage and then go to car park, but there are tram lines directly outside and no where to stop. However car park is close by and a flat walk, maybe 200-300 meters)
The hotel is located at the bottom of a large hill(huge relief when we saw the hills in Lisbon) just across from the sea. Location was perfect, really close to many of the things we wanted to do, with plenty of bars, restaurants nearby.
There was welcome drinks of Port and pastries on arrival, which was a lovely gesture.
The staff from reception to housekeeping were so friendly and helpful, and went out of their way to make our wedding anniversary special which we really appreciated.
Our room was located on the bottom floor and had a lovely view of the water, with a huge bed and good air conditioning. (We visited when Lisbon experienced a 43 degree heatwave so we really tested the air con!) The Nespresso machine in the room was a nice touch.
We chose not to eat at the hotel as we were close to many amenities which we were keen to try, but the restaurant looked lovely, very clean and beautifully decorated.
We really like this hotel, and felt that after spending some time walking around Lisbon and seeing where other central hotels were located, that we were lucky ours was so close to the bottom of a hill. Seeing people hauling suitcases up the hills as there are no set down areas in most central hotels, made us very grateful for the location.
Service, room and location were all ideal. We will be back again for sure.
We enjoyed a fabulous long weekend in Lisbon with the LX Boutique Hotel as our base. It's location is excellent, really easy to get to by metro or aerobus from the airport and a stone's throw away from the station at Cais do Sodre (coastal train to Esteril and Cascais too from here). Great location too for exploring the city. The staff and service were first class and our room extremely confortable with the biggest bed in Portugal! We plan to return.