Portugal, Lisbon, its classic cable cars, interesting artistic architecture, color tiled facades and the 1908 Lisboa Boutique Hotel, "you've got to see it."
Lisbon is a beautiful city to escape whether it be a long weekend or a seven-day journey. Either way, it will be an adventure.
1908 LISBOA HOTEL
Upon making my initial reservation through my well respected and talented team at Ultra Travel Service of Boston, I received a personalized welcome and thank you email from the hotel. (*UT)
Subsequent emails were exchanged with Andre to familiarize me further with all amenities and any additional services or assistance I might need and to personalize my experience. (*UT)
As requested, my private ride was arranged and waiting for me patiently as my flight was delayed for over an hour. (*UT)
A short drive to the hotel where I was welcomed by three smiling staff members. (*UT)- Checking in was swift with Andre' personally there to greet me to the 1908 Lisboa. (*UT)
The room in which I reserved was one of the best categories at this property and with a spectacular view. (*UT)
This particular room is round with a great view from every angle with a spiral staircase leading to a second-floor seating area with a complimentary mini-bar, HD television, and a classic turntable with vinyl from the 80's classics. (*UT)
The bathroom in itself was ginormous It had a huge glass enclosed shower, a soaking tub and a generous amount of local toiletries. (*UT)
Within a few minutes, the door rings and in comes a bottle of Port, pralines, and the famously tasty Portuguese Pastel de Be'lem. (compliments of the management.) (*UT)
The quaint bar located near the lobby has one of the most knowledgeable bartenders about Port Wine, history of Lisbon and local insight. (*UT)
Dinner at "INFAME" was great, but I only wish the staff was a little more engaging and knowledgeable about the menu. Breakfast was served at the same restaurant with your typical breakfast fare on offer.
The proximity to the city center and most of the tourist attractions are within walking distance. (*UT) Just next door to the 1908 Lisboa is "A VIDA PORTUGUESA," a boutique department store that carries unique artistic pieces. (*UT)
On one of the evenings, I received a surprise bottle of Port, from management, the same one I had told the bartender the night before I genuinely liked. (*UT)
After every morning jog, I was handed a bottle of water and a face towel by the front staff. (*UT) Although a gym is not provided, being in such a beautiful city, why would you want to workout indoors?
On one occasion I noticed two elderly couples that were lost asking Andre' for help in finding their hotel. Andre' not only assisted them with directions (in their native language of French) but contacted the hotel directly to tell them about their stranded guests and that they were on their way. (Way to go Andre')(*UT)
On the morning of my departure, at 5 am, Andre' made the effort of being there personally to say goodbye,(*UT) as he had also prepared a breakfast box as to the early departure. (*UT)
I chose this hotel with advice from my travel consultant, and I might add I was not disappointed in the least.
I was indeed made to feel as though I was the only guest at this boutique hotel (*UT), artistic touches throughout, (*UT) a marvelous structure to admire from the street (*UT), and most importantly, a staff that treats you like an old friend(*UT).
I will provide photos and videos of this journey and a link to property for anyone wishing to experience the adventure.
As you will notice I'm using (*UNIQUE TOUCH- UT) throughout my writing as to express my personal feelings with my experience during a given journey. Because I consider myself a global citizen and a seasoned traveler who has an eye for fine details in life, I have created this check and balance to give recognition and credit where deserved.
As I so famously say Goodbyes are never easy unless you reply with: "see you soon."
Uniquely the 1908 Lisboa touched me wholeheartedly numerous times and received 21 UNIQUE TOUCH stars * from Rome H Geragonis- I LOVE IT!