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Review of the brand new Moxy Lisbon City hotel, Portugal

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This is our review of the Moxy Lisbon City hotel.

It is part of our ‘HfP in Portugal’ series in partnership with Marriott Bonvoy, who very kindly provided the stay. HfP paid for all of its other expenses, including flights. You can read our review of ExpressTest PCR testing at Gatwick here which is the first article in the series.

The timing of these articles wasn’t great, in retrospect. However, with Portugal welcoming UK travellers and the country being on the UK Green List at the time we travelled, we thought we would take a trip and check out some interesting hotel options.

Step one on our trip was Lisbon and the Moxy Lisbon City, a brand-new hotel which was on our list of the most interesting new hotels opening across the Marriott Bonvoy portfolio in 2021.

The hotel website is here if you want to find out more.

Moxy Lisbon City exterior

What is a Moxy?

Moxies have been popping up in all sorts of places in recent years. Edinburgh, for example, has two, one at the airport and one in town.

A Moxy hotel is, as I see it, a trendy leisure hotel but at a budget rate. It is the Gen Z little sibling to a W hotel’s slightly more sophisticated (and pricey) older sibling – the single child that unexpectedly gets a younger sibling as a teenager when its parents think they’ve lost it …..

I am, on the whole, a big fan of a Moxy. You can generally expect to receive a small room with fewer amenities: no wardrobe, drawers, desk, safe or ironing board etc that you might otherwise expect. You pay a modest rate and in return you get to stay in a funky hotel with some trendy Instagrammable public spaces and a complimentary cocktail during your stay.

In recent years a number of Moxies have been popping up at airports, which is a little odd. The brand is a leisure-oriented lifestyle brand – I’m not sure how having a Moxy at Edinburgh airport before your 6am flight to Marbella fits into that vision ….

The Moxy Lisbon City – location

The Moxy Lisbon City is a brand-new hotel that has only been open for a couple of months. It is located about 0.5km from the Marques de Pombal roundabout that leads down towards the historic oldtown:

Moxy Lisbon City location

Walking through the neighbourhood you will spot a number of more budget-friendly hotels, including a DoubleTree.

The location is very convenient from the airport – simply hop on the Linha Vermelha (red line) to Saldanha, followed by a quick walk.

Getting to the city centre is just as easy, although very different. Forget buses, trams or the metro: simply hop on one of the many Lime electric scooters and jet down the Avenue de Liberdade to the fringes of the old town, where roads begin to get cobbled and the ride starts becoming a bit rough.

Rhys Lisbon lime bike

This is a cheap and flexible way to explore the city when you get tired of walking and the few local cars and buses will generally avoid you. You can download Lime for free and get a free unlock credit by using my code here.

The Moxy Lisbon City

The hotel itself is spread over eight floors, plus a rooftop pool and bar and four subterranean levels for car parking. Parking is €12 per day.

This is what you see when you walk in:

Moxy Lisbon City lobby

The first floor is dedicated to the lobby, which contains a bar:

Moxy Lisbon City bar

…. and cafe-style seating:

Moxy Lisbon City lobby 2

…, as well as areas designed for hot desking. A lot of locals appear to be using the Moxy for this purpose, which means the lobby was lively despite a low occupancy rate. There is a meeting room adjacent:

Moxy Lisbon City hotdesking

You’ll also find an outdoor terrace on the mezzanine level. The decks were still being painted when I was there but this is the space:

Moxy Lisbon City terrace

You check in at the bar, as is usual for all Moxies.

The room

I was given an eighth floor ‘Moxyfied Balcony Sleeper’. This is the hotel’s largest room type, with a queen bed and sofa bed. It is on the larger side for a Moxy room, although I imagine it would be tight with the sofa bed extended:

Moxy Lisbon City room

In keeping with the Moxy style you get a big red telephone on your night stand and a large 49″ TV:

Moxy Lisbon City bedside table

Here is the view in the other direction, featuring the ‘open wardrobe’ style hangars.

Moxy Lisbon City room 2

I don’t normally notice what beds are like unless they are particularly uncomfortable, but I found the Moxy bed extremely pleasant to sleep on. Don’t think that because you are in a budget hotel you are getting a cheap mattress – I was genuinely impressed, although this is obviously subjective.

8th floor rooms also have a large balcony:

Moxy Lisbon City balcony

Bathrooms at the Moxy Lisbon City

The bathroom is a great size, with subway-style tiles and a walk-in shower with dual heads:

Moxy Lisbon City bathroom

Because this is a Moxy you also get an inflatable flamingo in your shower ……:

Moxy Lisbon City flamingo

…as well as a clown-style honky horn thing (!)

Moxy Lisbon City bathroom sink

Both the room and the bathroom come with a copious number of mirrors. There are two very large mirrors in the bathroom as well as another full height one in the room.

Toiletries are Muk in pump-action bottles, which is standard across Moxy properties. The shampoo and shower gel are in one, which I was sceptical about but was pleasantly surprised by. It was very creamy and my housemate Emily (with longish hair) rated it highly.

Moxy Lisbon City muk toiletries

Other amenities include a hairdryer, some plastic cups and some nice fluffy towels, wrapped in plastic (I assume for Covid reasons):

Moxy Lisbon City towels

Breakfast at the Moxy Lisbon City

There is no proper restaurant at the Moxy Lisbon City, which focusses more on the cafe-bar element in the lobby. The hotel does offer breakfast, however, which at the moment comprises of a checklist of items.

I went for the scrambled eggs and baked beans, as well as a pastel de nata, washed down with an espresso and orange juice:

Moxy Lisbon City breakfast

I’ll be honest: the breakfast lets the hotel down. The orange juice is a ‘juice drink’ and the eggs aren’t great. The pastel de nata baked fresh, at least.

To be honest, there is little point bothering with the Moxy breakfast when you can get your avocado on toast at the brunch place (literally) next door. Even better, go to the pasteleria 50m down the road and do as the locals do and enjoy freshly squeezed orange juice, coffee, pasteis and empanadas on the pavement for €5 per person.

The rooftop bar and pool

The key selling point of the Moxy Lisbon City is undoubtedly the rooftop bar and pool. This was being prepared for opening when we stayed but the hotel kindly gave us a sneak peak (it is now open). Use your imagination to populate it with a pop-up bar, more sun loungers and inflatables!

The pool itself is raised a metre or more above the floor level:

Moxy Lisbon City rooftop pool

It’s a fairly small pool – the sides would be just about out of reach if you stretched our arms out to your sides – but it will do the trick for a quick cool down on a hot summer’s day after trekking around town.

Just a word of caution: the roof terrace is accessed via stairs from the 8th floor. Anyone with an 8th floor room may find a lot of people traipsing through the corridor, although I imagine the hotel will close the bar at a sensible time to allow people to sleep.

Conclusion

The new Moxy Lisbon City is a great addition to the Moxy portfolio and adds another points or budget option when visiting Lisbon.

Bar the breakfast, the hotel delivers on everything a Moxy sets out to be: funky and fun at a reasonable price. I’m not sure writing ‘why so serious’ in pink lipstick on the bathroom mirror was necessary but apart from that Moxy Lisbon City strikes a great balance.

The Moxy Lisbon City is a category 4 hotel, which means you need between 20,000 and 30,000 Bonvoy points per night, depending on the season. Cash prices start at €73 for a weekday night in July and €120 for the largest rooms, so cash is likely to be the better deal for now given our 0.5p valuation of a Bonvoy point.

You can see more, and book, on the Moxy Lisbon City website here.


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Comments (81)

  • HBommie says:

    Is there an article on HFP to distinguish between the brands within a hotel chain? I find all the Moxys, AC whatever confusing.

    • Rhys says:

      No, but we’ve considered doing one!

    • Alex B says:

      I would second the desire for this.

    • kitten says:

      you could check on flyertalk.

      • Rob says:

        Waste of time. There are Hampton’s in the UK that are nicer than some Hilton’s, most UK (but not US) Doubletree’s are better than Hilton’s, most Asian Hilton’s are better than US Waldorf Astorias etc. And that’s just Hilton, and before you start on the ‘no standards’ Curio and Tapestry chains – and try to understand why Hilton has two chains which have ‘no brand standards’, but which clearly do or there wouldn’t be two of them ….

    • WaynedP says:

      Rhys’s article is a great start to help me get the various Marriott brands clear in my own head. I’m focusing on Marriott as my primary hotel loyalty scheme, so future articles would indeed be helpful.

      Great description of Gen Z appeal which explains a lot as our eldest is Gen Z and he would definitely be a fan of mirrors everywhere (can’t walk past one without preening) and would spend little actual sleep time in the room, more socialising in common areas and likely to be indifferent to the quality of orange juice next morning as long as it’s cold, wet and orange.

      Explains a lot, very clearly, thanks Rhys.

      I would definitely need to borrow your shades to be able to walk the length of the lobby though 🙂

      • Talay says:

        My child is a daughter, female. She’s not gen this or that, not insecure in her sexuality and doesn’t need to be an “it” or whatever. Refreshingly she isn’t a teenage clot who cannot replace a fuse in a plug, rewire an appliance or take a washing machine apart and put it back together without any parts left over 🙂

        In hotel land, she goes where we send her, until she pays her own room.

  • Lady London says:

    those pictures make me think of university caff/common room. I prefer the neutrality of a Hampton. If Moxy was the only available one I’d have to put my sunnies on walking through the lobby and hope they didn’t have muzak playing some inane ‘trendy’ track as well.

    • Magic Mike says:

      At the Moxys I’ve been at you’re more likely to need earplugs than sunnies in the lobby…!

    • Rhys says:

      I don’t know what you think university cafes or common rooms look like but it’s definitely not as nice as the Moxy! More like run down corporate furniture….

      • TGLoyalty says:

        Some of the new money unis have pretty decent SU’s and cafes etc these days

        I like the moxy common areas myself.

      • Lady London says:

        both my unis were that nice, actually. but not uk. legal course place was typical uk though

      • Babyg says:

        #wework #westay

    • TimM says:

      I have to agree. It appears over-designed to appeal to students. For those quoted cash rates however, they could have a proper, non-chain, hotel.

  • ankomonkey says:

    …as well as a clown-style honky horn thing (!)

    I’m sold! This is the type of room amenity I need. I would take it out around town and honk it at unsuspecting passers by. It this a brand-standard amenity or specific to this hotel?

  • Jason says:

    Just had a couple of of days in the Sheraton in Lisbon, looked after brilliantly. Booked 2 rooms on points were given upgrade to club rooms on the top floor including a suite! Lounge currently closed but full service at the bar all day and happy hour between 1700-1900. The service was exceptional everyone was first class, they are truly gutted to be back in the amber list.

    • Talay says:

      Thanks, I’m looking at options for Lisbon.

      Gutted to see no move in the Red List. Amber List for Wuhan Flu covidbollocks means nothing to me.

      I’m guessing Lisbon was not a face nappy set of nonsense unlike Asia ?

  • Talay says:

    Stayed at the one in Southampton, decent enough, if a bit agricultural. Comparisons for those nights were Premier Inn Cumberland Place and Jurys Inn.

    Moxy at par rate wise with Jurys fails. It also fails against Premier inn. It would need to be 25% cheaper or more (given the low actual costs) to make it worthwhile.

    Dragging your suitcase through a public car park is not difficult but unnecessary at the alternatives.

    How it trades at 100% to 200% of the alternatives is unbelievable.

  • Kevin D says:

    Thanks Rhys. I have several Moxy stays booked later in the year. Enjoyed your article.

  • James says:

    I have stayed in a few Moxy hotels over the years – Heathrow, London Excel, London Stratford City, Slough and Milan Linate – and they have all been very consistent in what they offer; generally on the cheaper side with generous common areas to compensate for small rooms, an ironing room on each floor, 24/7 grab and go for food/drinks/essential items, lockers and usually a small gym.

    I didn’t find any inflatables or horns in the ones I’ve stayed tho.

    And in terms of what the “parents” originally intended:
    – Aloft is a sibling of W hotels (their bars are called w xyz for a reason)
    – Four Points is a sibling of Sheraton hotels (used to be called Four Points by Sheraton)
    – elements is a sibling of Westin hotels
    – moxy should be a sibling of one of the legacy Marriott brands, probably Marriott itself

  • Richie says:

    Good review, very useful, thanks.

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