Lisbon – the city everyone is talking about at the moment – makes the perfect base for a family getaway and a child’s first introduction to Europe’s rich history and culture. And there’s no better place from which to take it all in than a true home-away-from-home for families looking for the privacy and comfort of their own luxury apartment, with the convenience of a hotel.
Set in the center of Lisbon’s historic and fashionable district of Chiado, Martinhal Chiado Family Suites, the newest arrival in the portfolio of Martinhal Family Hotels & Resorts, is the world’s first elegant city-centre family hotel. As with all Martinhal properties, Martinhal Chiado Family Suites goes the extra mile for its young guests and provides parents with a hassle-free vacation and a host of tips to explore the vibrant Portuguese capital.
The 19th-century building has been reimagined with a modern twist. The 37 stylishly designed apartments are filled with colorful furnishings, local art from contemporary Lisbon artists and spacious light-filled rooms. The apartments come with useful amenities including a full kitchen and a washer/dryer. Parents with infants also have the benefit of traveling light as baby items can be reserved in advance through Martinhal’s dedicated “baby concierge.”
The Kids Club at Martinhal Chiado gives parents ample flexibility to relax and explore while their children remain entertained and fully supervised on-property, mingling with other children. The club is open to infants and kids aged from six months to early teens. This summer (of 2017), Martinhal is offering complimentary child care from 12:30 PM to 10:00 PM each evening. The special ‘Pyjama Club’ (open to kids aged from three to nine years old) allows parents to enjoy a night out in downtown Lisbon while kids are taken care of until midnight. Additionally, babysitting is available upon request to let children stay in their own apartment.
With the added comforts of a boutique hotel, Martinhal Chiado is also home to the family café – The M Bar. Offering a delicious breakfast spread which is included in all room rates, The M Bar is open for lunch and dinner as well, and offers healthy snack options. Imaginative toddlers will love the bright-red vintage BMW turned into a play space!
Beyond Martinhal Chiado’s walls, there are a multitude of ways to see Lisbon. Depending on a family’s interest, tours can be taken in tramcars to discover Lisbon’s historic quarters, by boat to see monuments like the Saint Jorge Castle, or by bus with stops to visit sites such as the Carriage Museum. There are various walking and bike tours as well.
Other family hotspots of Lisbon include the Lisbon Zoo, the Oceanarium or a cable car ride at Parque Das Nacoes. For a quirky way to explore the city, Martinhal recommends The HIPPOtrip for families, which provides a fun and non-traditional sightseeing tour on a bus that converts to a boat! Much like The Magic School Bus, the HIPPOtrip takes a plunge into the Tagus River and the journey continues with animated storytellers on this unique discovery of Lisbon.
Rates at Martinhal Chiado Family Suites start from €255 per night in a Studio Apartment (which sleeps two adults and includes a baby cot on request) and includes breakfast.
Founded in 2010 by Chitra and Roman Stern, Martinhal Family Hotels & Resorts was conceived with families in mind and aims to offer a luxury holiday experience with high-class family-friendly facilities in some of the most prestigious areas in Portugal. Four properties make up the collection: Martinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort and Martinhal Quinta Family Golf Resort in the Algarve; and the Martinhal Cascais Family Hotel and Martinhal Chiado Family Suites in Lisbon.
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