First,\r\nthe good news: if shopping and stellar views are all you require from a Lisbon hotel, then the superior rooms at Hotel do Chiado are almost\r\nunsurpassable. Found right next to the Chiado metro station, this hotel is\r\nright in the thick of Lisbon's best boutiques and cafes. The pick of the rooms\r\nare generously portioned and have grand grey-stone balconies, which open onto\r\nto a manicured lawn.
From here the stunning tri-layered vista overlooks the\r\nornate statues and spires of the Baixa district, rises up into the dusk orange\r\nrooftops of the Arabic Alfama - which culminate in the São Jão Castle - and\r\nfinally sprawls out onto the silky blue waters of the Rio Tejo. Sadly, the rest\r\nof the hotel doesn't quite fulfil the potential shown in these view-facing\r\nsuperior offerings. The standard rooms and communal areas are void of\r\nimagination and desperately dated. If you can overlook these shortcomings it's\r\ncertainly worth a visit for the views alone.