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The Telegraph - In the narrow streets of lower Lisbon which run down to the wide Tagus River, this 18th-century building, with its pistachio green façade, offers 84 rooms and a buzzy bar and brasserie. Frequent art exhibitions, live performances, talks and pop ups make this as popular with locals as with visitors. read more
iescape - A hip boutique base in the heart of historic Lisbon, within easy reach of all the sights. Stepping in through the big wooden doors we immediately felt at ease: mellow soundtrack, check. Bright velvet sofas, check. Cool art, check. Coffee-table design books, check. It isn’t a case of style over substance, either. Upstairs, dark and moody corridors lead to 84 bright and welcoming rooms, with cheery coloured chairs, statement wallpapers, Roberts radios and eclectic knick-knacks. read more
Chic Retreats - Brown’s Central Hotel is a modern, trendy hotel found in the heart of historic Lisbon. An attractive pistachio-green 18th-century façade gives way to stylishly contemporary interiors, featuring plenty of vivid art and photography. The common areas have a modern décor, inspired by 50s and 60s design, and are comfortable places to relax with a read from the well-stocked library. The hotel has become a creative hub, and there are often events such as talks, readings, art exhibitions or even live jazz performances in the bar and the brasserie. Rooms are uniquely styled, with some sporting bold patterned wallpapers, or original features from the 18th-century building. All rooms come with a charming retro radio, and bathrooms are finished in Portuguese marble. read more
Time Out - Eighty-four rooms, and no two are alike. Some are Art Déco, others classic, others modern and one of them even has the ceiling as if it were an Alpine cabine. Brown's Central is everything but dull. Despite being located in the middle of Pombaline dowtown in an old building, it does not seek to impress through its link to the city's history. The place has an arty feel: a revivalist style recreating the café scene of the early 20th century, combining vintage furniture and contemporary artworks. The common areas have an intimate and familiar feel: walls are painted in strong colours, the floor is tiled and there is an Art Déco-inspired counter. read more

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