Travelled in May 2014. Things that are worth noting about this hotel:
o We arrived to the airport late at night (just after midnight). We walked from Alameda metro and as a couple (me and the wife) were propositioned by prostitutes. This hotel is in a red light area - on two of the three nights we were there, there were a couple of prostitutes in the bus stop just outside the front door. I'd suggest that this isn't really a family hotel on this basis.
o There's a strip club opposite.
o Walking down to the Saldanha metro station during the day, condom wrappers were notable on the ground.
Away from the red-light-district side of stuff, be aware that the drinks prices on the roof terrace are outrageously expensive - when we were there, cans of canned soft drink were €3.50 each, with Red Bull coming it at a staggering €5.00 per can. The pool itself is relatively small, and not deep - it's built up onto the roof, and the raised area around the pool surprisingly small (thus meaning that you can't really get a lounger by a pool with any level of ease).
Location is pretty poor - it's on a fairly noisy main road, and with the cobbled streets means that you get a lot of road noise. In public transport terms, you're about 5-10 minutes walk from both of the nearest metros. Go for Saldanha if you can - it's fairly flat. Alameda is a pain due to the uphill walk from the station to the hotel.
Breakfast - not great. Passable, but not brilliant.
The hotel was pretty clean, overall. The cleaning staff seemed to be doing a good job of things on that front.
Somewhat worrying was that a large pane of glass above the main entrance to the hotel was shattered and hadn't been replaced - given that this glass acts as an awning of sorts, it worried me that should a shard of glass fall, that it could have cause serious injury to a member of the public/guest walking underneath it.
We visited friends staying in the Novotel in Lisbon. Given that they're the same price, I'd very much recommend that people consider a hotel such as this rather than the Holiday Inn. Much nicer location, quieter, and seemingly better value for money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Holiday Inn Lisbon Hotel is situated in the heart of the citycenter between Av da República and Pr. de Londres by the Instituto Superior Técnico .With several underground stations around and 10 minutes away from the International airport, the Holiday Inn Lisbon Hotel is the ideal place for your stay should you travel in business or leisure. The Hotel is famous by its spacious standard and executive rooms as well as its suites with direct access to high speed and wireless internet. Each of its 169 spacious rooms, including 17 Executive bedrooms, 13 Family rooms, 2 disabled rooms, 8 junior suites and 1 Presidential Suite, are equipped with cable TV, direct-dial telephone, desk, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, Pay Tv, hairdryer, gives you a good value for money. Business center in the lobby. Rooms with High speed internet on request. The modern meeting space is ideal for business meetings and social events and can accommodate up to 400 delegates Appreciate the Portuguese and Mediterranic gastronomy at our restaurant 'Vasco da Gama'. The 'Almirante' bar is the ideal place to relax after a busy day together with a parking, fitness center and a gift shop, the Holiday Inn Lisbon Hotel is the right choice for the right stay. Our rooftop terrace and outside pool (from May to September) is the perfect place for sunbathing and to enjoy the beautiful view to all Lisbon. ... more less
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