In January, I got the opportunity to travel to Lisbon for a weekend. I had heard so many great things about this place. Lisbon has been dubbed the next big European destination. Millions of tourists will flock there this year – and for good reason. This city special in that it has a unique charm, found nowhere else. Lisbon is unlike the other European cities that are frequently visited throughout the year. Maybe it’s the culture, a different way of living for most, or the relaxed atmosphere that is contagious to many. It’s a small city so it can be done in a weekend but if you have an ounce of Portuguese in you, you would take your time and relax instead of rushing around seeing the sights. My time was made even more enjoyable by staying at the most unique and colourful place I have ever experienced – Artbeat Rooms.
Situated in the neighbourhood Baixa, which is right in the middle of everywhere, you will want to visit, is the most incredible little hotel you will see. When arriving at Artbeat, I was greeted with a big smile and a lovely welcome. This place is like a ray of sunshine, not only because of the people but the bright colourful artwork that is the main attraction of this unique accommodation. Surrounded by restaurants and only a hop, skip and jump away from the major attractions in Lisbon, it’s in the best location you could ask for. This is a fantastic hub to stay in and very close to the old Lisbon that beams character.
The rooms are definitely the main attraction. Each room is in the theme of an artist. Whether it’s Andy Warhol, Vincent Van Gogh or Francis Bacon, every piece of décor has its place. If you love an eclectic feel then you will adore this little gem in the heart of Lisbon. Overall there 7 rooms available for you to pick from, each has its own theme and character. I was fortunate to be able to pick the Warhol. It was bright and colourful just like Andy Warhol’s famous and legendary artwork. The bed was conformable and I had a lovely little balcony that I could use to people watch over the streets of Lisbon. There are no TVs in the rooms as they believe a stereo and some good music is the way to go and, I must say, I agree with them. The rooms are also equipped with Wi-Fi and the furnishings depend on which room you have. The bathrooms are shared but this is simply because Artbeat rooms used to be a block of apartments, which is why a toilet is not available in the rooms themselves. This is no downfall though, as the bathrooms are only a few meters from the rooms and are always kept clean.
One of the best perks about staying here is the ‘help yourself to breakfast’. There is toast available with spreads, fruit, cereals and tea and coffee. There is also an honesty box and some soft drinks and other bits and pieces which you are welcomed to by putting your money in the honesty box. One of the advantages of travelling to Lisbon is that oranges are readily available, like everywhere. At Artbeat they have an orange juicer and a huge bucket of oranges that you can help yourself to! I thought that really gave it a homely touch and something different that most other hostels or hotels wouldn’t offer.
If you are looking for a unique experience right in the heart of Lisbon, then I highly recommend you check out Artbeat rooms. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in here and it really felt like a second home, which is something that many hotel rooms and hostel fail to offer. You can book via their site here or booking.com. Don’t forget to mention you found this place through Anita Hendrieka!
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