My Story Hotel Rossio

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The square D. Pedro IV, known worldwide as Rossio, is one of the central squares of Lisbon. It is here that one finds the My Story Hotel Rossio, the second unit of the My Story Group, combining modernity, comfort and an excellent location at highly competitive prices. This new boutique hotel occupieds a four-storey building whose roots date back to the eighteen century, where once the historic Cafè Portugal existed.

With a view over the expansive Rossio Square in central Lisbon, the My Story Hotel Rossio describes itself as “four floors of history.” Its classic, 18th-century Pombaline building has been refreshingly converted with 21st-century flair and imagination, think creative industrial chic, with decorative touches like white plaster doves flying up slate-grey walls, sitting comfortably alongside glass-drop chandeliers. The hotel sign sets the tone, written like a child starting a tale in class: ‘My Story’. This is a playful, contemporary place that flies in the face of the grand architecture outside. A small lobby leads to a compact lift that nips between four floors. Carpets in the narrow corridors have a printed aerial view of Lisbon. The 18th-century stairwell has got a lick of grey paint, new blonde wood stairs and a flock of origami-style birds, all well-lit by a rooftop skylight.

There are 46 rooms in total, 18 of which face Rossio, the hotel’s big appeal. Ceiling beams and an exposed stone wall give a glimpse of what was here before. Everything else is avant-garde. A mirror-television in the bedroom spans floor to ceiling, giving the illusion of more space. Wooden stools have leather belts for support. Lamps are bell jars with a thumb switch on a cord, like an old camera. Chairs have a comfy cork cover flecked with gold. In the My Story Hotel Rossio, each guest writes their own story. Lisbon, Fado and Love are an inspiration to the rooms and suites, which are divided in to 4 floors, all with free wireless internet so you’re always online. The teeny bathroom has a neat, Scandinavian feel with wood panels like a sauna. The grotto-like living room has an extra wardrobe and second television-mirror. 

Incidentally, the restaurant on the first floor, recovered the name of the old cafè closed in the 1970s, Café Portugal, offering a menu of traditional dishes. It is a lovely place for all-day dining. The morning sun pours in through tall windows facing Rossio, while double-glazing keeps out the street noise. Meals are tasty and well presented, with a good buffet breakfast, petiscos (tapas), sandwiches, salads and Portuguese classics like bacalhaus (salt cod) and black pig cheek. The corner bar is so perfectly packed it could be on the Orient Express.

Get a room facing Rossio, Lisbon’s main square since the Middle Ages, and look over Baroque fountains, wavy mosaic paving and a column topped with Dom Pedro IV. Rossio was once stage to bullfights and executions, but today the only drama is inside the neoclassical national theatre. To your left is the wide, leafy avenue, Avenida da Liberdade. To your right is the faded beauty of Baixa, a grid of streets with azulejo-tiled facades, worn white churches, bakeries, jewellers and bridal shops. In the background, pastel-hued houses hug a hill crowned by the Castelo de Sao Jorge, a Moorish castle that has watched over Lisbon for most of a millennium. Cars rush around Rossio day and night, but shut the window and the noise is gone.

It’s hard to improve on this city location, being surrounded by the many elegant buildings that sprang up after the notorious 1755 earthquake. You’ll find large, tree-lined squares with bars and cafés frequented by writers and artists. From here, you can easily explore the rest of Lisbon on foot. Check out the boutiques and designer shops of Avenida de Liberdade, and climb up to Castelo de Sao Jorge for magnificent city views. Make sure you leave some energy for experiencing the legendary nightlife in Bairro Alto. What will be your story in Lisbon?

Single Classic

Comfort, modern and elegant are a hallmark of the Single Classic Rooms category. They inspire you for a stay rich in details. The sophistication, modernity and refinement of each decorative detail stand out in your eyes and make these rooms the ideal place to combines charm, history and comfort in the middle of downtown Lisbon. Each room has air conditioned and is equipped with a flat-screen TV. Each room includes a private bathroom fitted with a shower.

Double Classic

Comfort, modern and elegant are a hallmark of the Double Classic Rooms category. They inspire you for a stay rich in details. The sophistication, modernity and refinement of each decorative detail stand out in your eyes and make these rooms the ideal place to combines charm, history and comfort in the middle of downtown Lisbon. Each room has air conditioned and is equipped with a flat-screen TV. Each room includes a private bathroom fitted with a shower.

Double Classic Rossio

Comfort, modern and elegant are a hallmark of the Double Classic Rossio Rooms with view of Rossio Square. Enjoy from these rooms an amazing view of Lisbon’s main square since the Middle Ages, and look over Baroque fountains, wavy mosaic paving and a column topped with Dom Pedro IV. They inspire you for a stay rich in details. The sophistication, modernity and refinement of each decorative detail stand out in your eyes and make these rooms the ideal place to combines charm, history and comfort in the middle of downtown Lisbon. Each room has air conditioned and is equipped with a flat-screen TV. Each room includes a private bathroom fitted with a shower.

Familiar Room Rossio

Comfort, modern and elegant are a hallmark of the Familiar Room Rossio Rooms with view of Rossio Square and ideal for family with two double beds. Enjoy from these rooms an amazing view of Lisbon’s main square since the Middle Ages, and look over Baroque fountains, wavy mosaic paving and a column topped with Dom Pedro IV. They inspire you for a stay rich in details. The sophistication, modernity and refinement of each decorative detail stand out in your eyes and make these rooms the ideal place to combines charm, history and comfort in the middle of downtown Lisbon. Each room has air conditioned and is equipped with a flat-screen TV. Each room includes a private bathroom fitted with a shower.

Suite Rossio View

Comfort, modern and elegant are a hallmark of the Suite Rossio with view of Rossio Square and a seating area to relax in after a busy day. Enjoy from these suites an amazing view of Lisbon’s main square since the Middle Ages, and look over Baroque fountains, wavy mosaic paving and a column topped with Dom Pedro IV. They inspire you for a stay rich in details. The sophistication, modernity and refinement of each decorative detail stand out in your eyes and make these rooms the ideal place to combines charm, history and comfort in the middle of downtown Lisbon. Each room has air conditioned and is equipped with a flat-screen TV. Each room includes a private bathroom fitted with a shower.

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The history of My Story Hotel Rossio:

The April 16, 1938 opened one of the most historic areas of Rossio, Cafe Portugal. For over 30 years people tried this restaurant to enjoy traditional Portuguese dishes. In the 70s the restaurant closed, becoming one of the Seaside shops. Currently the shoe remains in the same place, but the rest of the building is a hotel with the name of My Story Hotel Rossio. Because it is located on the same site of the old Café Portugal and in order to honor such a reference, the restaurant’s name has the same name as the old space.

The concept of My Story Hotel Group:

My Story Hotels is more than a hotel chain. Besides the factors of convenience (inherent in its central location), quality and comfort (above the average for the category according to the many who visit us) and the price, the My Story Hotels have something more to offer: the possibility of experiencing your tourist, leisure or even business destination as if you were part of it, of living the local culture intensely, of creating and adding your own story to the history of this place – My Story, Your Story.

More than offering a stay, My Story Hotels offer a genuine experience that result from a personalised service, the presence of details that frame and convey the history of the place and the proximity to the centre where history did, does and will always take place. Directed especially towards City Breaks, the My Story Hotels are mainly intended for international tourists seeking everything that characterizes a city hotel (excellent location, unparalleled comfort and a highly competitive price), but who seek something more: to live and experience intensely the place where they are staying, to find a close and personalized service that makes every hotels your vacation home, being surprised by small details, finding a personal touch and especially in the environment that surrounds it. More than a tourist, you are a traveller. Even on the shortest trips.

At My Story Hotels believes that the best way to know a place is by being near to it and part of it. And they believe that all guests should feel more than welcomed, truly embraced by the destination they are visiting, starting with the hotel where they chose to stay. The My Story Hotels allow you to discover and feel the history of where you are staying and at the same time, to create and live your own stories intensely. Instead of a designed stay, they want you to enjoy a personal, intense, authentic and memorable experience.

When to go:

Lisbon is a year round destination, as the climate is always mild and there are no extreme weather conditions. But it can become quite hot in the summer (though miraculously cool in the evenings) and there’s plenty of rain during the winter months, so spring is perhaps the best time for a visit. June through August is the most popular times to visit Lisbon when the European schools break for summer vacation. If you are planning to travel during this time, consider visiting in June when Lisbon hosts a number of celebratory festivals. Those who want to avoid the peak rates, crowds and stifling summer heat should travel in May and September/October. While Lisbon is busy year round, hotel prices drop significantly from November to February, and the weather remains quite mild, making it a good time for travelers on a budget to visit.

Café Portugal

Located on the 1st floor the hotel’s restaurant has curiously the same name as the old Café Portugal, a tribute to the luxurious coffee that existed here in the 30s and that occupied the building for more than three decades marking that particular time. The old lamps and chandeliers in the ceiling now contrast with the modern decor of the restaurant, where a varied buffet breakfast is served overlooking the Square D. Pedro V (Rossio). In the small marble tables you can also have lunch or dinner, the menu is typical with for example the duck on rice  and the codfish cakes for dinner.

The location of My Story Hotel Rossio is privileged and the complicated part is decide where to walk around. On one side the Avenida da Liberdade with luxurious shop windows and an invitation to get on the Elevador da Gloria (Glory Elevator) to the Mirador de São Pedro de Alcântara (a Lookout). On the other side, the Elevador de Stand Justa (Santa Justa Elevator) and the Chiado, a true outdoor mall and a favorite of Lisbon. From here, you can easily explore the rest of Lisbon on foot. Check out the boutiques and designer shops of Avenida de Liberdade, and climb up to Castelo de Sao Jorge for magnificent city views. Make sure you leave some energy for experiencing the legendary nightlife in Bairro Alto.

Tuk Tuk’sThese coloured 100% electric cycle-cars, the Eco Tukes, are probably one of the most funny and echological ways of getting to know Lisbon. Tour around the unique narrow streets and historical neighborhoods of Lisbon while helping the environment!

Walking Tours –  Lisbon is full of secrets and corners, the best way to find them is definitly by foot. These walking tours will introduce you to a whole new world in Lisbon. They are free of charge and it is necessary to make a reservation for them.

Running Tours – Combine the best of both worlds: running and discovering the city. A quick and original way to meet the capital, and keep fit.

Bike ridesDiscover the city by bike and don’ worry about Lisbon’s hills. You can choose from regular to electric bikes.

Visit the São Jorge Castle – The hilltop citadel of São Jorge Castel is a fascinating place to contemplate Lisbon’s long history. Visitors can climb the towers, walk along the reconstructed ramparts of the castle walls and enjoy extraordinary views over the city.

Visit the Fado Museum – A tribute to the special form of singing, today considered UNESCO Immaterial Cultural Heritage, and to the men and women who have dedicated their voices and feelings to its development.

Discover Augusta streetAugusta street is located in one of the busiests quarters of Lisbon. This pedestrian street has all sorts of shops, flower peddlars, hot chestnuts sellers, street cafes, independent street artists. It has on both extremes two magnificent squares: Rossio square and Commerce square.

Discover Liberdade Avenue – Synonymous with elegance, fashion and motion, Liberdade Avenue is one of the most important avenues of Lisbon, with international brands like Armani, Burberry or Louis Vuiton, theatres and esplanades.

Enjoy Bairro Alto – Bairro Alto is one of Lisbon’s nightlife highs. In addition to all its entertainment, the neighbourhood mixes the original ambience of a typical place with the pace and energy created by the bars and restaurants with all their variety of styles and influences.

Praça D. Predo IV – 59
1100-200 Lisbon, (Portugal)
rossio@mystoryhotels.com | mystoryrossio.com

48 hours in: Lisbon

Portugal has established itself in recent years as a luxury destination for travellers, with a wealth of luxury hotels, golf courses and exclusive beach resorts. Lisbon constantly exceeds the expectations of even the most discerning travellers (and travel writers) and yet, at the same time, Lisbon is a city that works around most budgets: award-winning youth hotels with decoration and comfort to rival many four stars in the city, free modern art museums and enough inventive cuisine to dazzle Ferran Adrià. Here’s our guide for 48 hours at this wicked city:

Where to Stay

Say you arrive on a Friday closer to dinner then you do to lunch. Drop your bags at My Story Hotel Rossio, it is a new boutique hotel which occupies a four-storey building whose roots date back to the eighteen century, where once the historic Cafè Portugal existed. With a view over the expansive Rossio Square (picture above) in central Lisbon, its classic, 18th-century Pombaline building has been refreshingly converted with 21st-century flair and imagination, think creative industrial chic, with decorative touches like white plaster doves flying up slate-grey walls, sitting comfortably alongside glass-drop chandeliers. There are 46 rooms in total, 18 of which face Rossio, the hotel’s big appeal. The restaurant on the first floor, recovered the name of the old cafè closed in the 1970s, Café Portugal, offering a menu of traditional dishes. It is a lovely place for all-day dining.

Where to Drink

If you’ve never been to Lisbon, you should visit Bairro Alto, Lisbon’s party neighbourhood par excellence. It was all the rage in the nineties and it is still one of the most diverse night districts in Europe: live world music bars share the wall with techno dens and Brit pop pubs in a maze of streets that many born and bread Lisbonites admit not to know the end to. The drinks are cheap and if you like rowdy this will do. A good place is Galeria Zé dos Bois, a palace turned non-profit arts collective or Tasca do Chico, known for being one of the best places to catch some “Fado Vadio”, that fine Portuguese habit of pouring one’s darkest memories into a song without the need to be a particularly good singer. If you wonder a further down, in what used to be the Lisbon’s red light district, you’ll find Pensão Amor, a refurbished old brothel now sporting a classic-naughty burlesque decoration.

Brunch with a View

So, it’s Saturday and you have had a few drinks in one (or several) of the aforementioned bars. That  and life itself, really becomes perfectly workable when you sit down at Noobai, a coffee shop, deli and restaurant which gives many a posh roof bar a run for their money with great views of the river, a menu that changes everyday and attentive staff , Noobai is a bit of an institution and it was one of the first places to embrace the brunch revolution in the most cosmopolitan fashion.

Where to Shop

A great way to see Lisbon is to hop on the famous old Tram 28, it’s almost a brand now and a very touristy experience but there’s a reason why it’s so popular. Get from Praça Luis de Camões (really close to Noobai) to the castle and wonder through the narrow, ancient streets of Alfama (Lisbon pre-dates Rome by a good 400 years) until you find the flee market, Feira da Ladra or “The Thieves’ Fair”. It’s only open on Tuesdays and Saturdays and we don’t know how many vendors will try to pass on stolen goods, but the range of stuff on display is impressive, vintage clothes and leather bags, rusty locks and keys, old pie-crust mirrors, framed photographs of people you don’t know, the full uniforms of Portuguese soldiers during the Colonial War.

Where to Relax

Lisbon’s downtown and Praça do Comércio, the capital’s main square, are great places for a stroll. Following the epically destructive earthquake of 1755, most of Lisbon had to be completely rebuilt including the huge square and its arched cloisters that seem to go on forever. It’s sunny 85% of the year and the riverfront has just been completely redone, there’s bars, pop up shops, live music, etc. Walk up to the riverfront and back for an espresso at Martinho da Arcada, a coffee shop which was practically the second home of Fernando Pessoa, Portugal’s most loved modernist poet. He moved to South Africa at very young age so his first language was actually English. If you find a collection of his poems buy it, it’s timeless and it will give you a good idea why Portuguese people are so nostalgic and taciturn, compared to southern European friends. His notebook and coffee mug are still where he left them. The Fashion and Design Museum (MUDE) is right in the beginning of the Rua Augusta, Lisbon’s main pedestrianised street and although it is only five years old, it is now one of Portugal’s cultural powerhouses.

Enjoy Free Culture

Spend your afternoon in Belém, the leafy historical suburb of Lisbon, from where the sea explorers sailed towards the unknown shores of what we now know as Brazil and India. A must see is the Jerónimos Monastery, built in the Manueline tradition of incorporating maritime motifs into the constructions: most pillars, doors and archways were diligently and masterfully carved with ropes, anchors and star fish. Cross the Imperial Gardens in from of the Monastery, often buzzing with a weekend arts and crafts fair, to Torre de Belém, another world heritage monument, and another miraculously preserved example of the highly decorative Manueline architectural style. When it was inaugurated in 1521, the tower would have been much further from the shore as the the earthquake of 1755 shifted the river’s course. Within walking distance you have yet another popular attraction: the Berardo Art Collection Museum: it’s not everywhere that a millionaire opens the doors to his living room for you to enjoy Warhol, Dali, Duchamp, Magritte, Miró, Bacon, Jeff Koons or Picasso for free, everyday.

The Grand Finale

Head back to town and stop at Mini Mar, the latest addition to Michelin-starred Jose Avillez incredible portfolio. He is a bit of a celebrity in Portugal, very young for his achievements, but he still spends most of his day in the kitchen. Mini Mar is a sophisticated restaurant and bar with informal service nested inside Sao Luiz Theatre, right in the heart of Lisbon’s Chiado. Avillez follows the tradition of great chefs like Ferran Adrià, from the legendary el bulli, which devote their lives to creating food that could prompt an emotional response in the person eating it.

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