Behind-the-scenes at Gat Rossio

“Exactly 10 years ago, we welcomed our first guests at the Gat Rossio hotel in Lisbon,” explains Alexandra, the Manager. “Today, our team works in a hotel that maintains maximum occupancy levels,” adds the chain’s Sales, Marketing & Revenue Manager, Eva.

To mark this 10th anniversary, we have asked current and former team members at the Gat Rossio hotel and head offices to put their personal experiences and views into words.

Tell us a little story about the first decade at Gat Rossio

Bibiana, CEO and one of the founding partners of Gat Rooms, takes us back to ten years ago. “A Portuguese developer came to Barcelona to propose building a Gat hotel in Lisbon.” At the time, people said, “Lisbon? Are you crazy? It’s a sad, old city!” But they followed their intuition, ignored the negative remarks and plunged into a new project. “Gat Rossio is the result of the long and complicated refurbishment of an old Pombaline building in the Baixa neighbourhood, which was done with great excitement and enthusiasm.”

A decade later, the hotel has not only provided moments of joy and some great stories but is also breaking occupancy records –with a cumulative rate of 97% in 2018– and its prices continue to rise every year. “Luckily, we ignored everyone and came to Lisbon, which is a marvellous city that is continuously growing,” she concludes.

The hotel’s Manager, Alexandra, has plenty of happy stories to tell as she started working at Gat Rossio when the stairs up to the rooms had still not been finished. “I feel as though I have been part of everything that has happened at the hotel,” she says. She remembers how she signed her first contract “on a box of rubbish in the street when the hotel was being prepared for its opening” and when they welcomed the very first hotel guests.

Eva, Sales, Marketing & Revenue Manager at Gat Rooms, explains her first visit to the hotel two weeks before it opened: “The windows were open and magnificent sunlight flooded the hotel, which was still full of plastic, paper and sawdust. The city air brought in the smell of grilled sardines, along with the sound of the music being played at the local festas. I took a tour of the hotel, and still remember the creak of the new wooden staircase and how the staff greeted me with a smile. I have never lost that feeling of being right at home here.”

Elena, Housekeeping Manager, talks about situations she has experienced in her work guaranteeing our guests’ wellbeing, such as “running to the pharmacy because a baby is ill, comforting someone who has lost a loved one or creating romantic moments.”

Marília Felix, former Head of Reception, describes the day she entered the hotel lobby and found it full of water due to the flooding that the city was suffering. “The water came up to our knees. My fondest memory of that day is of the team’s support and how quickly we all rolled our sleeves up to get the hotel clean again.”

Ricardo, current Head of Reception, recalls his first few weeks at work: “A lady told a colleague and me that the manager had obviously chosen to employ us as we were “gatos” (Portuguese slang for handsome): my eyes are green and my colleague’s are blue.”

Edson, receptionist and night auditor, tells us how one day, he complimented a lady on her hat. After a lengthy conversation, the lady gave him the hat to take home for his daughter.

Joao Mariano, who is also a receptionist, says that any kind or friendly gesture from guests is “always the greatest reward.”

How would you define the Gat philosophy?


For Bibiana, Gat is all about honesty, which she says guarantees great value for money. “You sleep in a bed worthy of any 4-star hotel, yet you’re in a 3-star, at the heart of the city, with a spectacular breakfast service and charming, efficient staff at affordable prices. It’s also about the team that manages Gat Rooms, who are loyal followers of the Gat philosophy, and the Gat guests, who choose to stay with us for all the reasons I have just stated.”

For Alexandra, the philosophy is also about being more than a hotel: “It’s a family in which we have all grown together and guests go from being our clients to becoming part of our history.”

Eva thinks that the essence of the philosophy lies in the team, who are “people whose personality resembles that of a cat (“gat” means cat in Catalan, the language of the chain’s founders): they are very cosmopolitan and loyal to their work, inquisitive and always looking to improve, and friendly in nature, although they always persevere until they achieve what they’ve set out to do.” She also compares the nature and cleanliness of cats to the chain’s commitment to sustainability, the environment and healthy eating.

For Elena, it is the philosophy of success: “Going into combat with determination, living life with passion, losing with class and winning with courage. The world belongs to those who dare.”

Marília Felix describes the hotel as friendly and welcoming.

For Edson, relaxation is a priority at Gat Rossio, and an emphasis is put on cleanliness and calm, equality among staff and a young image.

According to Joao Mariano, it’s about being in the city centre, the friendliness of the staff and ensuring a smooth stay for guests.

Ricardo describes it as an extremely welcoming philosophy based on pillars such as an excellent location and accessibility in every sense of the word.

Long live Queen Gat!

10 years at Gat Rossio

June is going to be a month packed with celebrations at Gat Rossio! In honour of our upcoming anniversary, we are launching several online contests and other offline activities to celebrate how far we’ve come in the last ten years.

“We want former and current clients, former and current employees and even our suppliers to have some fun, win lots of prizes and really feel like part of the Gatrooms family”.
The Gat Rossio Team

Photography workshop & tour
On 2nd June, we will be hosting a workshop led by professional photographer Pedro Pina. A 1-hour theory session will focus on getting the most out of your camera or Smartphone, followed by a three-hour tour of Lisbon’s most photogenic corners and an hour-long presentation of the pics taken. The best photographs will be displayed at the hotel.

#10yearsgatrossio giveaway
During the month of June, use our promotional code Meoow10 to enjoy a 10% discount when you book a stay with us for any dates between 1 June–31 December 2019. To top this offer off, a magnificent gift to help you discover Lisbon will be waiting for you when you check in.
Read the giveaway rules at https://whereis.gatrooms.com/10yearsgatrossio-contest/ and book your stay at http://b.link/gat10.

Photography contest: #mygatmoment
Whether you’re staying with us this month, have visited us before, or are one of the Gat Team, we would love you to take part in the contest we have dreamed up to bring out everyone’s creative side. You could win a two-night stay for two at Hotel Gat Point Charlie in Berlin!

1. Make sure you like @gatrooms on Instagram or Facebook.
2. Take an original, creative photo of a memorable moment you have enjoyed at the hotel.
3. Use the hashtags #mygatmoment and #10yearsgatrossio when you share your pic on Instagram or Facebook during the month of June. Don’t forget to tag @gatrooms!

Check out the contest rules at https://whereis.gatrooms.com/mygatmoment-contest/.

On the top of it, you will receive a present at your arrival!

Thanks to Fest Ticket, Lisbon Story Centre, Todo mundo, Bela Vinhos e Petiscos, Oceanário de Lisboa, Boost Portugal, Portugal Wild Trail, HiPPotrip, Eco Tuk Guide, U’n’Me, Aura Lisboa, Eating Bear Lisbon, Cervejaria Ribadouro and Noite Musica Magazine, for your partnership and for offering discounts or giving away full services to our guests!

Gat Luck!

#10yearsgatrossio #giveaway

Contest rules #10yearsgatrossio #giveaway

1. Objective
Gat Rooms is holding a giveaway on Instagram from 1-30 June 2019 to celebrate Hotel Gat Rossio’s 10th anniversary. The prize is a discount code for booking a stay at Hotel Gat Rossio in Lisbon and the chance to win a free gift to be collected on arrival.

2. Organization
The giveaway is organized by Gat Rooms Hotels and is in no way endorsed or sponsored by Instagram.

3. Entry restrictions
To take part in the giveaway, participants must:
– be aged 18 or older;
– follow @gatrooms on Instagram

4. Entry instructions
1. Like the giveaway post.
2. Tag 3 friends who you think might like to travel to Lisbon.
3. During the month of June 2019, use the discount code when you book a stay at Hotel Gat Rossio between 1 June 2019 – 31 December 2019, inclusive, at http://b.link/gat10.

5. Prize
In addition to the discount, guests who use the promotional code for their booking and tag 3 friends on the giveaway post will receive one of the following prizes on arrival:
– Discounts in restaurants
– Complimentary drinks in traditional venues
– Discounts on books
– Discounts on guided tours
– Free HIPPOtrip ticket for 1 adult
– Lonely Planet travel guide
– Discounted tickets to Super Bock Super Rock festival
– Free 2-night stay for two people at Gat Point Charlie, Berlin
– Discount on a 2-night stay for two guests at Gat Point Charlie, Berlin
– Promotional merchandise and gifts
Prizes will be selected randomly by a giveaway picker tool.

6. General terms
– Children are forbidden from entering the draw.
– All discounts and experiential prizes must be redeemed between 1 June 2019 – 31 December 2019 (inclusive).
– Prizes are not exchangeable.

7. Other specifications
– Gat Rooms reserves the right to collect and use the personal data provided by giveaway participants for internal purposes.
– Gat Rooms reserves the right to use the participants’ contact details to send them commercial information on the hotel.

8. Acceptance and publication of the contest rules
– Participation in the giveaway implies the acceptance of the rules of the draw. These rules will be available through the link in @gatrooms Instagram bio and at Reception in Hotel Gat Rossio.

“Foreign Countries” – art exhibition

At Gat Point Charlie Hotel we are hosting an art exhibition called “Foreign Countries” by Núñez del Prado y Eriván Phumpiú. Come to the Hotel Gat Point Charlie (Mauerstrasse 81-82, Berlin) to check it out!

 

About the authors:

Alonso Núñez del Prado and Eriván Phumpiú Cuba grew up in Lima, Perú, but currently, they call Berlin their home.

Their art is performed with an own creation, personal and intimate language, that, yet, connects directly with its society.

The common links in their works are the intense colours and spontaneous movements, which reflect their personalities.

Nonetheless, each artistic proposal is different since the colour and the movement is used for independent purposes.

 

Travel Smart in Berlin: Prenzlauer Berg

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After the reunification of the two Berlins, working-class citizens settled in Prenzlauer Berg, transforming it into a hub of political resistance that soon became the city’s bohemian quarter. Although the area has grown and matured since then, it retains this alternative spirit even today.
In terms of architecture, it is dominated by old buildings, large squares such as Helmholtzplatz –which houses cosy little restaurants such as Wohnzimmer, which means “living room”– or the green spaces such as Volkspark Prenzlauer Berg, 28 hectares of parkland that has a great kids’ play area and is ideal for jogging, flying kites and even sledging in winter.

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Legendary coffee houses such as Anna Blume, Café Liebling or No Fire No Glory are a testimony to the culture of “coffee and a good book” that has taken root in this neighbourhood.

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The vibrant cultural offering here is camouflaged among industrial buildings such as the Kulturbraurei (a beer factory that was converted into a nightclub), shops and performing arts schools or the circular Singuhr-Hoergalerie, a sound art gallery housed in a former water tower.

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The Berliner Prater Garten, one of the oldest and nicest beer gardens in the city, can be found on Kastanienallee avenue.

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In terms of markets, Prenzlauer Berg has several to offer, including the one held on Kollwitzplatz, which specializes in mostly organic produce on Saturdays, or the Sunday flea market in Mauerpark, which also hosts the city’s biggest outdoor karaoke party from spring to autumn.

To make your exploring of this northern part of the city all the more exciting, we recommend renting one of bikes for a true “Gat Experience” in Berlin–the first stop on this route is only 20 minutes from Gat Point Charlie. You will find all the information you need on this service at Reception.
We wish you a happy day of discovery!

Photography contest: #mygatmoment

Contest rules #mygatmoment

1. Objective
Gat Rooms will hold a photo contest on Instagram from 1-30 June 2019 with the aim of encouraging people to take creative pictures at Hotel Gat Rossio in Lisbon. The winner will enjoy the prize of a two-night stay for two people at Hotel Gat Point Charlie in Berlin.

2. Organization
The contest is organized by Gat Rooms Hotels and is in no way endorsed or sponsored by Instagram.

3. Entry restrictions
To enter, participants must:
– be aged 18 or over;
– follow @gatrooms on Instagram or Facebook;
– be a current or former guest at Hotel Gat Rossio or a current or former Gat Rooms employee.

4. Entry instructions
1. You must follow @gatrooms on social media to be eligible for entry in the contest.
2. Take an original, creative photograph of a memorable moment at Hotel Gat Rossio.
3. Post your picture on Instagram or Facebook between 1-30 June 2019.
4. Add the hashtags #mygatmoment and #10yearsgatrossio and tag @gatrooms. Make sure your post is public so that we see it.

Contest Winners

There will be two winners: one former or current employee and one former or current guest.
A jury appointed by Gat Rooms Hotels will select the winning photographs from among those posted correctly according to the instructions listed above in point 4 and taking into consideration the originality, creativity and quality of the image.
The winners will be announced and contacted on @gatrooms social media accounts on 8 July. They must accept the prize by responding to the first message by no later than 22 July 2019.
The names of the winners will then be published with their photographs on @gatrooms social media accounts.

5. Prize
Two prizes of a two-night stay for two people in our hotel Gat Point Charlie in Berlin will be awarded.

6. General terms

– Gat Rooms will assume that any photograph that features a minor will have been taken and published with express parental consent.

– Gat Rooms reserves the right to use any photograph shared by any participant in the contest for future promotions or publication on its social media accounts.

– Gat Rooms reserves the right to disqualify any participant who fails to comply with the entry restrictions and contest rules.

– Gat Rooms reserves the right to delete submissions that are shared from fake or questionable profiles. Photographs with a clear promotional purpose or that fail to comply with current legislation will not be accepted.

7. Other specifications
– The Gat Rooms jury reserves the right to select and alternative winner if the winner announced does not confirm their desire to accept the prize, rejects it or fails to comply with any of the conditions set out in these contest rules.

8. Acceptance and publication of the contest rules
– Participation in the contest implies the acceptance of its terms. The invitation to enter indicates the website address at which these rules can be accessed, and a copy will be made available at Reception in Hotel Gat Rossio.