Having read the TrAd reviews, my wife and I booked online for the first 3 nights of our Valentine's celebration, on our first visit to Lisbon. When we arrived, Paula (the lively and friendly owner) had decorated the breakfast room in a romantic style for the occasion - as I believe she does for all seasonal events, judging by the photo-board - and she had put a plate of home-baked heart-shaped biscuits in our room to enjoy with our bubbly. We had booked a double room with en-suite and, when we rang her, Paula explained that the room was small, which was very fair of her. As we'd travelled light, this was not a problem and we found it very cosy and comfortable (with its quirky-but-functional shower attachment over the bath). I would imagine that anyone with a few cases and outfits would be more comfortable booking one of the larger rooms. The breakfasts were a feast of freshly prepared fruit salads, cereals, home-baked cakes & pastries, traditional savoury snacks, cheeses, juices and hot drinks. Paula was relaxed about timings, so breakfast seemed to carry on until the last guest had finished eating / drinking / chatting. The hot drinks were available all day. Everything in the hostel was kept spotlessly clean by Paula herself, including the breakfast room & kitchen (a rare luxury, in our experience of hostels). She was also very helpful with suggestions about where to go and what to see, all in fluent English. Although our room overlooked Rua do Crucifixo, it seemed a very quiet street while we were there and yet it was only a minute or two from the indispensible route No.28 tram, the shops of Rua Augusta, the riverfront at Praca do Comercio, the cafes towards Rossio station and the Metro station of Baixa-Chiado (whose escalators also provide a shortcut to the Bairro Alto). We are both 50+ and not 'party animals.' The fellow guests we met covered a wide range of ages, yet all seemed to respect the relaxed, peaceful ambience. The climb from the street to the 3rd floor may be daunting for anyone with mobility difficulties, although the staircase is wide enough for 2 people side-by-side for support and there are a few half-landings where one can stop for a breather. There is no lift in the building, so it is not wheelchair accessible. If there had been rooms available for the rest of our visit to Lisbon we would have been more than happy to continue our stay in Pensao Royal and it will be our first choice for any future visits. Great value and lovely atmosphere.
- Also Known As:
- Pensao Royal Hotel Lisbon