One of the interesting things about leisure travel is that your pace changes. In the beginning you simply aim to settle and get over the homesickness. Soon after you just want to get out and explore, even if it means waking up at the break of dawn. After walking nearly 15 kilometers exploring Estádio José Alvalade, Estádio da Luz and surrounding areas, we had acquired the momentum to keep the adrenaline going. With the plans we had ahead of us, we were in need of a comfortable, cosmopolitan base that would also give us the option of quick and easy breakfasts. Holiday Inn Express Lisbon – Av. Liberdade was the perfect accommodation for all of our needs. Merely a 15 minute walk (and 5 minute metro ride) from one of the main squares, this quirky hotel offers the possibility of stay for both business and leisure travelers.
I always love to be surprised by the interiors of a hotel. Part trendy and part professional, Holiday Inn Express was the perfect start of a new leg of the trip.
Seeing as I had some last minute school work to catch up on and quite a bit of photo editing to do, my work was made easy with their high speed wi-fi and spacious working space (a cup of hot tea can always help as well ;P). Room service was always speedy and the times we had questions about sights to explore, their staff were always willing to go out of their way to offer us some tips.
Whenever we look for a place to stay, a view overlooking the city is something we always strive for. Our days seemed to start with the city buzz and end with the twinkling of building windows across the street.
By this time in our trip, we were in the groove of having a quick early breakfast and then setting off on our day. Our journey would begin at Praça Rossio, reachable by foot from the hotel. The cobblestone square, the many pastelarias (pastry shops) and, of course, the buzz of the city’s main avenue, Avenida da Liberdade were all calling our name. A buffet breakfast including fruit, bread, cereal, yogurt (and Nutella!) was therefore the perfect kickstart to our day.
Pictured above: Praça Rossio and some pastel coloured houses we passed along the way.
Holiday Inn Express Lisbon – Av. Liberdade is located on R. Alexandre Herculano 40, 1250 Lisboa.
Hoping you’ll get to make this your next stay,
*Thank you to Holiday Inn Express Lisbon – Av. Liberdade for welcoming us as guests. All opinions are my own.*
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