Lisbon has been on my must-visit travel list for some time. The charming and colourful Portuguese city is quickly becoming known as a fabulous place to visit for a city break, and has been a top destination for travellers in 2017.
We spent three glorious days in Lisbon recently and were captivated by it’s vibrant buildings, friendly people, and of course, its custard tarts.
I have so much to share from our trip (guides will be coming soon), but first of all I’m dying to tell you about the stylishly glamorous hotel we had the pleasure of staying in, Brown’s Central Hotel.
About Brown’s Central Hotel
Brown’s Central Hotel is a part of Lisbon’s Brown’s Hotel Group, which also has Brown’s Downtown Hotel and Brown’s Boutique Hotel under it’s umbrella.
The hotel group has created three immensely glamorous, romantic and modern-vintage hotels, all in perfect locations and all fully equipped for a comfortable and stylish stay in Lisbon.
Although Brown’s Hotel is different to Brown’s Boutique, it’s still by all means a boutique hotel. The rooms all have a unique touch to them, and you get that warm, homely feel whenever you’re inside its walls, something you tend not to have at bigger hotels.
The hotel is perfect for couples, groups of friends and even families, and wonderful for everything from a one night stay, weekend break and even a week’s holiday escape.
Located just off the main street on Rua dos Sapateiros, and super close to Baixa-Chiado train station, Brown’s Central Hotel is situated in the best location if you’re wanting to stay in the heart of the city.
The hotel is smack bang in the centre of everything. So as you can imagine, we found this an incredibly handy location, as all the sites we wanted to visit were only between a five to 25 minute walk away.
As soon as you leave the hotel you’re surrounded by fantastic restaurants, cafes, bars and shops, and little lane ways to walk down and explore. You’re also a five minute walk to the Comérico Square and Arco da Rua Augusta, which are two tourist hot spots in Lisbon.
The thing that first struck me by Brown’s Central Hotel, was their diverse and very stylish rooms.
From the Inside Room, to the Small Room with a Street View, the Stylish Attic, Charming Deluxe, Junior Suite, and the Grand Glamour Suite (yes, the name says it all), the hotel has many different rooms to accommodate your travelling arrangements and preferences.
Although not one room is the same, they all have an incredible interior, which I can only describe as modern glamour mixed with retro vintage.
The Charming Deluxe
We stayed in the Charming Deluxe room, which was as charming as charming can be.
As soon as you walk into the room, you immediately get swept up in a luxury and romantic ambiance. From the velvet curtains, to the four-poster bed with silky sheets, the elegantly dimmed lighting, retro radio and fridge, to the Nespresso machine, and of course, the marble bathroom, which had its very own ring light mirror (perfect for make up application), the room was perfect for our three night stay.
The room is so well decorated that the space feels so much larger than it actually is, which makes it the perfect spot to rest, recover and rejuvenate after a long day of sightseeing.
I could have stayed in our Charming Deluxe suite the whole time we were in Lisbon, it oozed sophistication and made me feel like we were in our own New York-esque house.
Although this room, and all the rooms in fact, look like they would set you back quite a bit, you’d be surprised at how reasonably priced Brown’s Central Hotel actually is. For example the Charming Deluxe starts from £111 a night. Say hello to attainable luxury!
The Bar, Brasserie & Bistro
The beautiful decor you find in the rooms spreads across the whole of Brown’s Central Hotel.
While in the lobby, reception area, bar and brasserie, you’re taken away to what feels like a B&W Hollywood movie. The dim-lit area is so chic, with plush velvet couches mixed with leather chairs and marble tables, unique lampshades, a library filled with books on design, decor, fashion and art, and unique ornaments effortlessly placed around the room, it’s a quirky yet elegant masterpiece.
The bar is the perfect little spot to sit and relax for a night cap. You also are spoiled with a welcome drink of cherry liquor and dark chocolate, which is utterly divine.
If you fancy something to eat, Brown’s have a fantastic Brasserie in the hotel, where you can choose a range of delicious dishes, including Portuguese favourites such as cod, or vegetarian favourites such as veggie burgers!
If you would like to head out of the hotel for something to eat, but still want to enjoy Brown’s delicious menu and gorgeous decor, just down the street lies Brown’s Bistro.
You all know I love good breakfasts at hotels, and the breakfast at Brown’s Central Hotel was no exception. It was absolutely delicious.
As a buffet breakfast, you have the choice of a variety of yummy bits to eat, including make-it-yourself muesli, where you could add nuts, seeds and dried fruit into your muesli base; pancakes; tropical fruit (literally the tastiest fruit I’ve had in so long); a hot breakfast with eggs, mushrooms, etc; pastries; cheese; fresh juice; and custard tarts!
Yep, delicious custard tarts for breakfast… when in Lisbon!
We had such an incredible time staying at Brown’s Central Hotel in Lisbon, and I highly recommend a stay here when you’re visiting Lisbon with you partner, friends, family, or by yourself.
The location is fantastic.
The staff are super friendly, helpful and accommodating.
The decor is so perfect it looks like a movie set.
The rooms are luxurious.
The beds are so comfortable, you’ll not want to get up.
The marble bathrooms are Instagram-heaven.
The bar, brasserie and bistro are perfect chill-out spots, and the bar certainly does a killer cocktail – my Negroni was delicious.
Everything about our stay was wonderful!
Thanks for having us, Brown’s Hotel. Hope to see you again soon! Xx
Brown’s Central Hotel is located Rua da Assunção nº75, Lisboa, Lisboa, 1100-042, Portugal
Editor’s note: We were guests thanks to Brown’s Central Hotel, however all opinions, words and creative direction of this article is my own.