I stayed at the As Janelas Verdes in Lisbon for 3 nights in late March 2012, on a complimentary basis. This boutique hotel is part of the Heritage group of hotels. The hotel is located close to the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, to which Janelas Verdes guests have free entry. I was allocated a room at the back of the hotel on the second floor, which looked down on the hotel garden and had river views. The room was very quiet once the windows were shut.
I thought that my room was really characterful, although it wasn’t very large for a double.Â The bathroom was almost the same size as the room; it was a bit old fashioned but typically Portugese in style.Â I’d have preferred a shower screen to a curtain. The linens were very good; soft towels, bathrobes and pretty pillowcases. There was plenty of wardrobe and drawer space but the safe was too small for my netbook. There is free WiFi throughout the hotel, the signal in my room was almost as fast as wired connection.
My room at Janelas Verdes
There was a good selection of quality items in the breakfast buffet. If the weather is warm enough, breakfast is served in the garden. It was quite idyllic sitting in the garden, listening to the birds singing and the water tricking from the tiled fountain.
Breakfast in the garden at Janelas Verdes
I love the fact that breakfast is served from 7.30am until 12 noon every day; I’ve criticised limited hotel breakfast serving hours and wish that all hotels would serve breakfast until at least 11am every day. One morning I had time to go for a walk up to Esterala Park before it got too hot and have breakfast on my return.
Janelas Verdes has spacious public areas, two lounges on the ground floor, the library and sun terrace on the third floor.
The Library at Janelas Verdes
I spent quite a bit of time working in the library, as there wasn’t a desk to sit at in my room.
There’s a “My Bar” area off the library, where you can make a cup of tea or coffee and which also has a good choice of cold and alcoholic drinks and some very tasty biscuits. You fill out a slip and pay for the drinks on departure.
Roof terrace at Janelas Verdes
The staff are all extremely helpful and happy to assist guests. One of receptionists phoned the rail company to find out if there was WiFi on board the Lisbon to Faro train. The public areas and toilets were always spotlessly clean.
In summary, I really enjoyed my stay at Janelas Verdes. It was wonderful to have very good WiFi, enabling me to get my work done quickly without the frustrations of a slow connections that I so often encounter in hotels. I thought that the public areas in Janelas Verdes felt more like being in someone’s home than a hotel. Breakfast in the garden was a delight.
You can see all my Janelas Verdes photos on Flickr.
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