The 8 Downtown Suites
What We Love
- A chic base in Lisbon's Pombaline quarter
- The sleek, stylish and modern guest rooms
- Being located in the center of Lisbon
- Discovering the city's charming castles and modern museums
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- Bike rentals can be arranged
- All guestrooms are air-conditioned
- Free WiFi
Lisbon is a beguiling city, uniquely spread over seven hills that overlook the Tegus River. Here, magnificent monasteries and charming castles sit alongside modern museums and cutting-edge art, while a lively shopping scene and vibrant nightlife complete the urban tableau. All this is intersected by tramways, cobblestone lanes and tree-lined streets, making for an attractive and captivating destination that’s fast topping traveler’s wishlists.
DownTown Suites puts you right in the heart of it, occupying a prime spot in the city’s center, just a short
walk from the lift for the Castelo de São Jorge. Housed in a refurbished
18th-century building in the Pombaline quarter, it’s filled with loads of elegant charm by way of vintage and designer furniture sitting
alongside Portuguese pottery and paintings. The ground-floor bar serves
light bites, while a first-floor reading room makes an ideal space for a
bit of relaxing after a day spent exploring the city.
Rooms are sleek and modern, with wooden floors,
white walls and a neutral color palette. Each offers space enough for a
desk area, as well as an en-suite bathroom. Superior rooms are larger than Comfort rooms.
floor has its own Nespresso coffee machine, and you’ll find a relaxing
bar on the ground floor, serving light meals alongside drinks.
8 DownTown Suites is located in the Pombaline quarter, right in the center of Lisbon and near the
lift for the Castelo de São Jorge. The popular areas of Chiado, Palace
Square and Rossio Square are all just a short walk away.
How to Get There
We were really surprised that
the8 downtown hotel is 4*. We probably were out of our mind paying 908€ for 5 night!!!!
The location is really central and interior is very sweet but that all.Our suite was quiet big. Carpets at the bed should be washed cause they smell so bad that I hardly could sleep. The bathroom is awful, there is mould in shower cabin and shower door that we didnt risks to shower without flip-flops. The towel were with dirty black marks and seedy.
There was coffee station in second floor where you can make espresso and tea, take some cookies and fruits. It's nice idea but the plastic small cups and plus always half empty fruit plate reminds me cheap hostel for students.
The separate story is breakfast.
The small croissant taste like plastic ones, fried eggs bad as well. Coffee taste like instant even yogurt bad quality. The food always missing what I can understand cause one person who serves cannot fry eggs, refill the buffett. So had breakfast twice in hotel. It's not important variety at the breakfast, eggs coffee, yogurt and muesli some fruits and vegetables but it should be tasty that guests start their day with pleasure)))))
I highly do not recommend to stay in the8 downtown hotel is not worth the money.
Just had 5 nights at The 8, upon arrival lovely welcome which followed though every day with the pleasant staff. First impression when you enter is nice hotel, old building with modern touches however as you approach the lift the most horrendous piece of stained carpet which is most off putting surely this could be changed! We didn’t use the lift after 1st day with luggage as were on floor 2 and everyday we discussed why they hadn’t changed the price of carpet. Otherwise the room was clean and comfortable. Tv has English speaking programmes which was nice in a European hotel even just for background noise. If you are a light sleeper then Suggest earplugs as being wooden floors it can be very noisy. Breakfast was simple but very good, no complaints and again lovely staff. Not sure about communial area, the coffee machine wasn’t very good and on the two occasions I used it there was no milk. Don’t normally criticise on reviews but these are so minor could be put right very easily. Overall we had a fab stay in this wonderful city the location well outweighs the negatives.
We stayed here for six nights at the end of August. We arrived fairly late (11pm) on the first night and as reception is staffed 24 hours this wasn't an issue. The staff member who greeted us was very friendly despite the late hour.
One thing to keep in mind is that you will need to pay the City Tax on check-in. A lot of other European city hotels do this on check-out and that was what we're used to. However, it's nice to get it off your mind and out of the way!
We were on the second floor, which does require going up to the third floor in the lift and walking down some stairs. No problem for us, it's an old building, there's not much you can do about a building probably built before lifts were invented! It's a bit awkward with luggage. The rest of the time we mostly used the stairs.
Rooms are quite basic but clean and comfortable. It would be nice to have a shelf in the shower to put shampoo and soap on - as it is you have to retrieve things from the shower floor. There also isn't much in the way of towel rails and the toilet roll holder is useless/half hanging off the wall. We just put the rolls on the cistern for the duration of our stay.
There's a little noise from other rooms but it's not the worst hotel we've stayed in for sound proofing. Also we were in a room facing the church, which does toll its bells at 8am every morning. Great as no need for an alarm! Not so great if you like a lie-in until 10.
Breakfast is fine for setting you up for the morning but very repetitive. They don't vary it at all beyond those wee cocktail sausages, scrambled eggs and breads/cheeses plus a small selection of yoghurts. Some guests absolutely piled their plate full of scrambled eggs (which I thought was a bit selfish) meaning the eggs run out quite quickly. It's also a very small eating area so I would get there before 8:30am as it can get crowded. Some guests are reluctant to share tables so end up hanging around the soft chairs behind you until you leave - it doesn't feel great.
There are a lot of reasonably priced places to eat nearby and it's within walking distance of a Metro station so easy from the airport. You can also walk to many other attractions in Lisbon, it was only about 30-40 minutes to the castle (via the public lift) for example.
We were also able to walk to railway stations that take you to Sintra and Belem. Belem is only a short journey and Sintra takes about 45 minutes. Not bad.
Overall this is a great place to stay for its location and the staff are lovely. But it's not the sort of place where you can kick back and laze around in the room. There is a communal sitting area but if it has more than two people in it, it's essentially full up. I wouldn't go to Lisbon just to sit in the hotel all day anyway!