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Vila Gale Opera

Vila Gale Opera is Lisbon’s ultra-modern hotel and takes its name from the neighbouring classical music schools and the musical theme is conspicuous throughout the building: each floor is named after a different genre and each room an artist.

Theatre groups and singers also perform regularly in the Portuguese/French restaurant. It’s a nice idea, but the emphasis on music is both baffling and over-egged; lifesize mannequins of famous opera characters hang pointlessly behind a glass cabinet at the end of an open-plan lobby.

Needless to say, the po-faced staff appear equally inanimate. On the plus side, the hotel benefits from a well-equipped health club with personal trainers at the ready to assist less motivated fitness freaks. The Opera can be found on the road to Belém, and is a welcome alternative to the many city centre hotels.

Several rooms also enjoy fantastic views of the suspension bridge. Business groups and moneyed young professionals make up the bulk of guests.

Travessa Conde da Ponte,
+ 351 21 360 5400
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