Brown’s Downtown Hotel
What We Love
- A central boutique hotel with a real sense of style – includes breakfast and a dining discountBeing greeted with a welcome drink before settling into your cool and contemporary room
- Waking up right in the heart of the historic center, close to Praça do Comércio and São Jorge Castle
- Milking your dining discount on a Portuguese-style gourmet burger in Brown's Bistro, two minutes away
What To Know
- Located in the heart of the Baixa district and within walking distance of Alfama and Barrio Alto
- If you're a light sleeper, opt for a room on the upper floors where street noise won't be as noticeable (all rooms do have blackout curtains, however)
- Guestrooms have Nespresso machines, smart TVs and American and European outlets
UNESCO-listed monuments, sun-kissed public squares and fabulous cuisine make Lisbon a popular European destination among in-the-know travelers. Nestled in the heart of the city’s historic center, Brown’s Downtown Hotel is a luxuryboutique spot that puts you in prime position for exploring this character-packed capital. As the name suggests, you’re right in the middle of the action – walking distance from the grand Avenida da Liberdade and the vibrant Bairro Alto.
Inside the hotel, you’ll notice a polished feel to the urban-chic décor, with the old building’s high archways and large windows creating light-filled spaces for the deco-inspired chairs, monochrome art and statement-making lamps. The guest rooms are no less impressive, finished in a tasteful, elegant style and packed with all the comforts and conveniences you’ll need during your stay. You can also head down the street to another gorgeous Brown’s base, Brown’s Central Hotel, for all-day eats at the artsy Brown’s Bistro and tasty cocktails at the ornate bar.
The Superior rooms are individually decorated and finished in a chic, inviting style. Expect smooth woods, designer chairs, sleek light fixtures, modern black or white ceiling fans and monochrome art on the walls. The room provides you with 215 square feet, as well as a kitchenette with a fridge, a Smeg kettle and a Nespresso machine.
Among white pillars, cool globe lights and wine bottles galore, you’ll eat your way through Portugal’s regional cuisine for dinner and fuel up with sandwiches and salads for lunch at the all-day Brown’s Bistro, located inside Brown’s Central Hotel, just one block away. There’s also a gorgeous lounge area, mixing modern and antique armchairs and sofas alongside a huge old bookcase full of old tomes and quirky art, as well as an elegant bar serving the finest in carefully crafted cocktails.
The hotel is located in the center of Lisbon, in the capital’s historic Downtown area – perfect for sightseeing. The museums, theaters and shops of the Baixa Chiado are pretty much on your doorstep, and you can walk to the sumptuous restaurants of Bairro Alto in just 10-15 minutes. São Jorge Castle is also a 15-minute walk away, and you’re just a short stroll from the waterfront Praça do Comércio. Grab an outdoor table at one of the restaurants here and enjoy a bit of people-watching, as well as lovely views of the water.
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My girlfriend and I stayed here for a week at the end of June into July.
THE GOOD: The hotel was really nice and the staff very friendly and helpful. We booked a superior double room which was well presented/clean, had a very comfortable bed and good amenities, nice air conditioning and lighting etc. The check in/check out process was very simple, quick and easy and the woman behind the desk very helpful and knowledgeable about Lisbon.
The breakfast that was included had a great choice of options with warm and cold food, fresh coffee, fresh fruit etc - it was always very well stocked and surprisingly ran all the way from 8am to 11am which was great.
Finally, the location of the hotel is perfect. The street it's down is nice and quiet so there wasn't any issues with noise at night. It's the best part of a 1 minute walk from one of the major tube/underground stations that connects to the airport, and is right in the heart of Baixa with the main shopping street, main river front square, great restaurants, and local major train station all within 4-5 walking minutes of the front door.
THE NOT SO GOOD: I am being a little pedantic with some of the negatives as they mostly are very small.
The room was a little bit cluttered. It's a good size room and had the nice high ceiling you get in a lot of european hotels (this makes the room feel more open and airy) but they have packed quite a lot into it. I appreciate the hotel might be used for business but I felt having a desk complete with Mac computer AND separate table and chairs just made it a bit cramped. The the two chairs at the table were extremely uncomfortable and squeaky as well so as much as we would of liked to we never used them. Along with this there isn't much natural light as the building opposite our window isn't far away with it being a narrow street. It's likely if you were on the 4th or 5th floor this would be less of an issue but on the 2nd it definitely was.
The breakfast is served down the street, not at the hotel. By down the street I do mean a literal 30 second walk though so it's not a major issue. I understand why they've done this as its a central breakfast location for their 2 or 3 hotels in the area and I had no issue with it at all. If anything this meant there was more choice and better quality food. I could however understand it being an annoyance if you are unlucky enough to ever be in Lisbon when it's raining.
The main negative for me was the shower. It only had two temperatures, cold or melt your skin off and the pressure was very low. It also seems to take a good 2-3 minutes for it to reach temperature so you have to walk away and leave it running for a bit. I'm not sure if this was just limited to our room or a greater plumbing issue with the whole hotel though. I'm sure if we'd of complained we would of been moved but I didn't feel like it was a big enough issue to warrant it - I shower for 5 minutes anyway.
CONCLUSION: VERY minor negatives aside, this hotel is definitely one of the nicer ones I've stayed in and would very much recommend it to others. It's location is it's biggest selling point definitely but it is a genuinely nice hotel at the same time.
Firstly, the location of the hotel is brilliant, it's a couple of minutes walk from metro and the waterfront, it's also right in the heart of downtown. The staff are polite and welcoming, the receptionist also lent us a travel adaptor as ours broke which was nice. The lobby looks and smells great - an odd thing to say I know, but it really did!
Our room was incredibly chic, quite spacious and the Marshall bluetooth speaker was awesome. Our bed was comfortable and the shower was a good size although the water did occasionally switch between boiling hot and freezing. The only slight negatives were that the air conditioning made a dripping sound the whole night when we had in on and we could hear the footsteps of the people upstairs. However, for the price and the location, I really can't complain!
We were referred to the Brown's Downtown Hotel by a friend. The hotel and staff could not have been better, Awesome location, outstanding guest room and very friendly staff. Whatever we needed they took great care of us. I highly recommend the Brown's Downtown Hotel to anyone visiting Lisbon.
We've just returned from four nights staying at this hotel. We chose it due to it's location and it's quirkiness. When we arrived, we were a little disappointed with our room, this was purely due to a problem with our shower and Inesh (I hope I have spelt this correctly) was extremely quick to upgrade us to a suite on the top floor with stunning views of the castle (at no extra cost to us). Her promptness meant that nothing spoilt our stay. It was our first time in Portugal and we had a really enjoyable stay. There are three Brown's Hotels in the same street and within an extremely short walk of each other. We enjoyed getting up and going to breakfast in one and if we wanted a drink at the bar, we popped along to one of the other hotels. At each hotel we were given an extremely warm welcome. Nothing was too much trouble. The suite itself was lovely, in fact it didn't feel like we were in a hotel at all. Very well equipped. The streets are very narrow and it is a city, so there is always lots going on.
Just got back from a great stay at the browns downtown hotel. The location is really good and central.
The hotel is lovely, very clean and has great decor! The rooms are decorated well even had a mac computer and good quality speaker in the room.
The staff were lovely and friendly and really helpful.
The only reason I did not give it 5 stars was the air con in our room wasn’t very good and it was very warm during the night.
It would absolutely recommend this hotel to anyone looking to stay in baixa! Fabulous stay.