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
Stayed at the LX Boutique hotel with my wife in December 2018. The hotel itself is in a great location close to all the sights, bars, restaurants. The staff was very friendly and accommodating (helping to change/make reservations for us). The rooms were comfortable and clean (and always appreciate free bottled water!). We were on 4th floor with an ocean facing view. Overall I don't recommend paying more for an ocean view. The window is small and not really a ton to look at so probably not worth it. The only other negative (or positive if you are into it!) is that there were constantly drug dealers on the corner near the pastry shop next door at night. I suppose that's not the hotel's fault but having to pass thru the square at night being offered drugs each time got tiresome. Overall it was truly a minor nuisance and there was no concern or anything like that but something to be aware of.
Stayed here for 5 nights during our honeymoon. Loved the location - easily walkable to the TimeOut market and many other great restaurants and bars. Located right by Cais de Sodre station with quick access to all the main metro lines and out to Belem for day trips. Hotel lobby is beautiful and easily accessible. Difficult to get a cab/uber because the main street is one-way. The hotel is located on the busy and boisterous Pink Street - full of young people bar-hopping and hanging out on the street - even when it's raining.
Unfortunately, our room was facing Pink Street (on the 2nd floor) and was equipped with wooden shutters on each window that spanned the full length of the windows - presumably to dampen the noise which comes from the partying on the street all hours of the night. These shutters help a little but it is more a testament to our tiredness and ability to fall asleep in a noisy place than anything they do for the activity outside the hotel. I can't help but wonder if other rooms on this side experience the same thing (I note someone else who mentioned double-glazed windows). The all glass bathroom walls were a little odd considering that the opaque glass only went up to neck level for someone of average height - I don't need to see my spouse in the bathroom. Other than these two things, our room was lovely, clean, and comfortable, with a nice window seat and plenty of drawer storage (more hanging area would have been nice).
The sushi restaurant is fantastic though a tad expensive. We received a free dish and a sparkling wine each for our honeymoon stay, which was a nice touch.
As we were looking to find a cozy place to move out of a noisy apartment, we discovered LX boutique hotel. While the hotel is located in the middle of the noisy part of town (pink street), but its close to Time Out and metro. If you are looking to be in the middle of happening and across from the river, this is a perfect place. We were upgraded to the fifth floor with double glazed windows which keeps the noise away. The hospitality and warmth of friend desk staff are totally outstanding, they do everything possible to ensure a comfortable stay. The bed is comfortable and breakfast is absolutely great. I will definitely come back here in summer.
Thank you for your hospitality.
this is a superb hotel in a great location, ultra clean and comfortable. very quiet rooms, ours had a lovely view of the river.
will be sure to return. we recommend this place to anyone looking for a proper hotel with amenities.
We spent the first 2 days of our trip here and cannot say enough about how comfortable, beautiful, peaceful and friendly, LX and its staff is. The room was wonderful, and the location was absolutely perfect in all ways. We will recommend to everyone we know. It’s a family run business done in a polished and caring manner in every way. Oh and did I mention the incredible breakfast?