district: Cais do Sodré
On what exactly a boutique hotel is, opinions differ a lot. Most heard is the size of the hotel. Nowadays hotels in the US call themselves boutique while having hundreds of rooms. Otherwise small hostels and b&b’s call themselves boutique too while lacking the first class facilities usely associated with a boutique hotel.
LX Boutique Hotel fits the bill precisely and even supports boutique in its name. And right it is: with 45 rooms it is a small hotel, still having all the facilities of a first class hotel. There are four room categories to choose and also a choice of views: either the Tagus river (with upper floors looking towards the iconic 25th of April bridge, reminiscent of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge) or city/street views (the street behind the hotel can get quite noisy). I was lucky to get an upgrade to a large room overlooking the square in front of the hotel and the river beyond it. I would suggest spending some more (on very reasonable rates already) and get that river view. The floors are split by Lisbon themes: fado, literary and bohemian Bairro Alto. The style of the hotel too, is unpretentious chic-bohemian.
The location is a huge bonus: in front is the Cais do Sodré station where ferries cross the river, the train departs to Cascais/Estoril and the Lisbon subway system connect. If you are staying several days do take the coastal train for fabulous views and a visit to Cascais, Lisbon’s seaside resort. If you are a walker or jogger, there is a fantastic stretch leading down the river to the dockside restaurants at Alcântara. If its restaurants and bars you come for, Lisbon’s most famous quarter, the Bairro Alto is just five minutes walk up the hill. Also, the LX Boutique has its own restaurant.
Service is great: relaxed and professional without the attitude you often get with popular boutique hotels.
In all a very pleasant place: a smooth running organisation with things often unnoticed like a silent airconditioning, great (and free ✅) WiFi, good breakfast, all in order. Add the bonus of location and chic-hip design, this is a Lisbon favourite in a city spoilt for hotel choice.