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
Parking on site
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Lisbon’s hottest hotel is a five-floor tribute to the city’s charms, with views of the Tagus River
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.