Upmarket Lisbon hotel invites families to summer in Portugal

Travelers planning to visit Portugal with their kids or grandkids this summer will want to consider a new, upmarket family property located in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon.

The small but growing chain Martinhal Family Hotels & Resorts opened the Martinhal Chiado Family Suites in the heart of historic Lisbon less than a year ago.

The property, "Offers the perfect urban retreat for an escape to the chic city of Lisbon this summer," according to the company. "As the world’s first elegant city-center family hotel, Martinhal 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."

Living room of two-bedroom unit, Martinhal Chiado Family Suites, Lisbon, Portugal
Living room of two-bedroom unit
Set in the center of Lisbon’s historic and fashionable district of Chiado, Martinhal Chiado Family Suites is 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, the company noted.

The 19th-century building has been reimagined with a modern twist. It comprises 37 apartments that were specifically designed with families mind, but without sacrificing luxurious, contemporary style.

Available accommodations range from studios to two-bedroom apartments, with each unit featuring a full kitchen and washer/dryer, both of which are extremely helpful when traveling as a family.

Because children are central to the Martinhal philosophy, the Chiado property includes a clubhouse with ample play space for children ages six months to early teens.

Kids can enjoy bunk beds at the Martinhal Lisbon, Portugal family resort
Kids' bunk beds
The Kids Club at Martinhal Chiado gives parents ample flexibility to relax and explore while their children remain entertained and fully supervised on-property.  The kids club is open to infants and children from six months to early teens.

This summer, Martinahal is offering complimentary child care from 12:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. each evening. The special ‘pyjama club’ (‘pyjama’ being the British spelling, for the uninitiated) is open to kids between three and nine years old, and allows parents to enjoy a night out in downtown Lisbon without the littles in tow.

Lisbon makes and excellent base for a family getaway and a child’s or grandchild's first introduction to Europe’s rich history and culture, and there are multiple ways to experience the capital city. Depending on the 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 also various walking and bike tours available.

Martinhal Chiado’s central location makes it a very convenient base for families interested in exploring Portugal’s capital city. Those interested in history can visit UNESCO World Heritage sites like the Torre de Belém, or Belém Tower. Built on the northern bank of the Tagus River between 1514 and 1520 as part of the Tagus estuary defense system, the Tower of Belém is one of the architectural jewels of the reign of Manuel I. Other UNESCO World Heritage sites include Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, or Monastery of Jerónimos. Also known as the Hieronymites Monastery, it is of the Order of Saint Jerome and is located near the Tagus river in the parish of Belém, in the Lisbon Municipality.

Lisbon visitors will also be able to ride the city’s traditional trams, explore Lisbon’s numerous parks and gardens, and visit the world-famous Oceanário de Lisboa, Europe’s second largest aquarium. The famous market-turned-sophisticated-food-court, Mercado da Ribeira is located five minutes from Martinhal Chiado.

Other family-oriented hotspots in Lisbon include the Lisbon Zoo, a cable car ride at Parque Das Nacoes, a HIPPOtrip for families to explore the city. The fun and non-traditional sightseeing tour takes place on a bus that converts to a boat, and takes a plunge into The Tagus River.

M Bar at Martinhal Chiado Family Suites
M Bar at Martinhal Chiado Family Suites
The Chaido property is the company’s second property in the metropolitan Lisbon area. Martinhal Cascais Family Hotel, which is located along the coast in the Cascais suburb of Lisbon, features 68 hotel rooms and four hotel suites, as well as 12 exclusive villas. The hotel is uniquely located between two championship golf courses – Quinta da Marinha and Oitavos.

Chaido is the fourth property to open since the company opened its first resort in 2010. In addition to the two facilities in Lisbon, the collection also includes Martinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort – the company’s first - and Martinhal Quinta Family Golf Resort in the Algarve.

Positioned within a protected natural park near the historic fishing port of Sagres on Portugal’s Algarve coast, Martinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort includes the 37-room Martinhal Sagres Hotel, the Martinhal Village which boasts 155 private homes and luxury villas with accommodations as large as five bedrooms.

Martinhal Quinta Family Golf Resort offers private two- to five-bedroom luxury homes within a gated village in the Quinta do Lago area.

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