I didn’t imagine I’d be blogging about the hotels we are staying in, but the boutique hotels of the Back Roads tours are worth a mention.
The first is the Heritage Hotel Avenida Liberdade, Lisbon.
The hotel has been tastefully restored and refurbished. The staff are wonderful. There’s a doorman in a red jacket.
Rather grand rooms:
Chunky bathroom ware:
Bathrobes behind the door:
In the lobby a greyhound sits by a spiral staircase
which leads to a mezzanine library – with board games you can play.
In the lobby, you can relax and enjoy, free of charge, coffee, tea, juice, snacks (including the famous Portuguese custard tarts), and a choice of Muscatel or Port wine.
These drawers behind the reception desk remain from the days the building was a herbalist’s.
Here’s a cosy corner of the lobby:
The wall tiles are original.
On the theme of “travelling light”, I noticed this discrepancy in luggage sizes as we checked out:
Yes, that’s my wee suitcase, hidden behind the others! At least there are only eight people on our tour, so we have room to spread out in the minibus.