“Stylish new family hotel with 37 studios and apartments, a central location and superb childcare facilities”
There are 8 studios and 29 apartments, all beautifully decorated with white walls offsetting 50s-style furniture: oak sideboards, cork coffee tables, anglepoise lamps. Which you choose depends on how many children you have in tow.
Velvet cushions, sofas and armchairs provide bright pops of colour - lime green, rose pink - as do bed blankets and red or blue statement walls in the studios. Artwork throughout is striking and modern. Floor-to-ceiling windows let the light pour through, and their original shutters provide perfect darkness at night. Thankfully, soundproofing is excellent. Bathrooms (1 per studio or apartment) are modern affairs; marble tiles, square sinks and a shower over a tub, except the Superior Deluxe Apartments which have walk-in showers. The design is a bit bland but bathrobes and toiletries up the ante.
A bright-red BMW turned play space in the M Bar Family Cafe gives kids somewhere to ‘drive’ while you order and await food. There’s also lots of floor space for inquisitive wandering, and a corner filled with toys (taking the pressure off those ‘please just sit quietly’ situations). The menu’s not huge, but it includes stuff that children love (sandwiches, sweet and savoury tapas, crepes) and is perfect for a quick lunch or easy supper.
Breakfasts are served in here, too (cereals, pastries, eggs to order), but most people opt for the in-room breakfast hamper: pastries, orange juice, yoghurt and jams. You have your own kitchen for self-catering - stove, oven, fridge-freezer, Nespresso - and a dishwasher for tidying up.
Chiado is teeming with excellent restaurants, both family-friendly and intimate (for nap-time in the buggy or a romantic evening out). Staff will give recommendations and help with bookings.
This is a parents' dream. It's aimed at families and its core clientele are families, so there's no need to worry about your kids disrupting anyone else's holiday. There's baby equipment to borrow (pre-booking recommended), a kids' club, superlative childcare, and a café serving simple meals and a range of purees for under 1s. Reception has a shop selling lotions, nappies and snacks. Best of all they offer a 'pyjama party' club - children are looked after in a big tent with Fatboy puffs, where they can rest, listen to stories and sleep, giving parents the chance for an evening out.
Deluxe Studios are an open-plan room with a kingsize bed and space for a baby cot. Superior Deluxe Studios are open-plan with a kingsize bed, bunkbeds and space for a baby cot. All 1-bed Apartments have a kingsize/twin bedroom and a living area with bunkbeds and space for a baby cot. Deluxe Apartments with 2 bedrooms have a kingsize bedroom, a bunk-bed room and space for a baby cot. Superior Deluxe Apartments with 2 bedrooms have a kingsize bedroom, twin bedroom and bunkbeds, plus space for a baby cot in the living room. All studios and apartments except Superior Deluxe Apartments have a tub in their bathroom, and all have a full kitchen with a washing machine.
On request, either in the kids' club or in your room/apartment.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The kids' club takes children from 6 months-16 years of age, and has an enormous range of toys, games and imaginative play facilities. You can book 2-hour slots and a second sibling receives a 25% discount.
The M Bar Family Cafe serves a range of kid-friendly meals, plus purees for under 1s.