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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Matterhorn Inn West Dover
We were fortunate to stay in this charming boutique art deco hotel for four nights in a double superior room. Our room was very spacious and clean, decorated with the stylish art deco furnishings adorning the whole hotel. We were on a higher level (fifth floor) and were not affected by any outside street noise at night. It was nice to have tea and coffee facilities in our room as a lot of the hotels that we stayed at throughout our time in Europe did not offer this. Free WiFi was also appreciated. We also had a complimentary decanter of port and walnuts provided in our room each night, which was one of several special touches that made this hotel stand out.
The buffet breakfast had a good selection of both hot and cold dishes, regularly replenished by staff during service. Good selection of teas and good coffee. Fresh juices, fruit and pastries along with other hot options. Being available until noon each day was an added bonus.
Staff were wonderful. They were approachable, helpful and very friendly. More than happy to suggest good places to eat and other local attractions.
It is in a great location in downtown Lisbon and we found that we were able to walk easily to most of the attractions, shops and a good selection of restaurants. It was also close to the hop on hop off bus which we enjoyed going on to see a bit more of the city.
Complimentary tea time served daily in the library from 5 to 9pm is a wonderful tradition that we quickly became accustomed to. There is tea, coffee and port available, with a selection of pastries on offer, including delicious Portuguese custard tarts, made fresh daily.
While there the hotel celebrated its 69th Birthday and all guests were invited to join the owners in the lounge for champagne and nibbles to celebrate. It was a really nice gesture and great to meet the owners personally and the other guests. Special touches like this and the complimentary tea time made you feel like you were a guest at a grand home, rather than a hotel guest.
Definitely recommend and will stay again when next in Lisbon.
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Matterhorn Inn West Dover
Stylish without the swagger
We stayed here at the end of November 2005 for a 3 night stay. The city was rainy and unusually cool, but the staff at the hotel was warm, inviting and incredibly hospitable.
Our room was on the 2nd floor I believe and overlooked the street. It was large, with an entry way, bathroom to the side and large living quarters. The windows were double, maybe even triple paned, so the street noise was at a minimum. It wasn't an incredibly busy street to begin with. The breakfast was varied and quite good.
The concierge staff were great. Pointing out good restaurants and shopping, etc.
Lisbon is an amazing, beautiful city still on the upswing in the tourist realm and Hotel Britania is an excellent location for your visit. It isn't in the thick of things, but the metro is a block away and as the city really is a great walking city (it would be hard to cover this city if you had mobility problems, as the sidewalks are varied and the terrain is incredibly steep at times) you would want to walk as much as possible anyway [bring some good walking shoes]. Still, it is 5 minutes from the major downtown plazas, 10-15 minutes from the Castle or Barrio Alto areas. And an easy trip via metro and/or train to the Expo or large Museum areas to the east and west respectively.
We loved it! Enjoy.
Great Hotel, Excellent Location
Stayed at the Britania for 2 nights at the end of a European vacation in September. We loved the decor of the hotel, the location couldn't be beat and the staff was extremely pleasant and helpful. Excellent value for the cost - would definitely recommend to anyone staying in Lisbon.
Greatest Little Hotel in Lisbon
The Hotel Britania is the hotel of your dreams! Tucked away, one street off the main drag, this hotel while small, is cozy, quiet and extremely comfortable. The atmosphere is that of a private club. I'm sure the rooms would be considered suites in other hotels. If you like baths, the tubs not only are large, but be warned, they fill fast so don't leave the room whilest running the water! All the staff is friendly, helpful and eager to please. Located directly behind the Canadian Embassy, all the charms and sights of Lisbon are a short walk away. I am so looking forward to my next stay, that I wish I had more reasons to visit Lisbon. Hotel Britania is without a dought, deserves the title, "Greatest Little Hotel in Lisbon"!!
The Britania Hotel was excellent. Not hte largest hotel, but by far the largest hotel room I have ever had in Europe, it was enormous. The staff were extremely helpful with anything needed, and the bathroom was well appointed and stocked. No complaints at all, would defintely stay there again. If it wasn't for its size, this would be a 4 star hotel without question.
Nice Hotel, good location, pleasant service
This is a pleasant hotel to stay in and a good base from where to explore Portugal. It's comfortable, rooms are a decent size and nicely decorated, bathrooms are nice and service is attentive. It's located just off the main Avenida Liberdade which is the main city artery. There are nice shops around and you can get the tram to the Bairro Alto just a few minutes walk away. Definitely recommend this place for a mid-higher end range stay - it's not a hip happening place but it is a nice place to stay.
Hotel with a personal touch
What a breath of fresh air. This hotel is small enough to get you personal attention, but large enough to be anonymous if you want to. Do get to know the charming staff at this hotel who could never do enough to help. We were lucky enough to be there for their 40th birthday celebration and were rewarded with free flowing Moet champagne in their bar which goes a long way to show how appreciative the management are of their guests. The rooms are large, recently decorated in a modern art deco style and the street outside is quiet despite being one block back from the busy Liberdade. This hotel was a great find.
Wonderful experience in a beautiful city
I stayed here during the Euro 2004 tournament. It was a wonderful expereince from the moment I walked in the door. The front desk staff was very helpful and informative about ideas for touring Lisbon. The room was perfect. There was plenty of space, the beautiful furnishings, and the bathroom was almost too much, especially from what I was used to in other hotels over prior weeks.
If you stay at the hotel, there is no restaurant on-site. Howver, around the corner there is Restaurant Santa Marta which is staffed by very nice people and serves great food at very reasonable prices.
Art Deco delight!
Based on the recommendations I found on this site, we booked a two night post-cruise stay at this property. We were more than pleased with it - it's in a great location, there are several really nice restaurants nearby, the staff went over-board to assist us, etc. etc. Looking forward to a return trip in 11/04.
Loved the Britania and the Hotel Staff
We just loved this hotel. The rooms were lovely, spacious and had everything you could ask for. The hotel staff was wonderful, they anticipated your every need. Answsered all questions, and gave us their help for even the most minor question.
The restaurant was very good. The location is great, you are close to the bus that will take you anywhere in this lovely city. There is a lovely bar inside the hotel which the front staff will make sure you have everything you want and will allow you to sit back and relax. The value is great and I would recommend staying at this hotel.
Quiet & Charming
We spent 3 nights in August at the Britania and found the hotel lovely, the staff friendly, helpful, and fully english-speaking, and the location convenient on balance although not in the center of things. We had a newly renovated room (definitely request one of these) which was spacious and extremely comfortable--done in the hotel's signature art deco style. The breakfast buffet was good but keep in mind that there's no restaurant for lunch or dinner. We would recommend this hotel whole-heartedly.
TripAdvisor Reviews The Matterhorn Inn West Dover
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