I don't know why it is but the Holiday Inns that I have stayed in in Southern Europe in recent years just haven't inspired me - possible exception of Belgrade (but that was a first time in that city, so couldn't make comparisons). This one, Madrid by Real Madrid, Milan Lorenteggio - much of a muchness. They are in business locations; I'm a business traveller, but maybe like different things. They are maybe all of a certain age - fairly modern but possibly in need of update/
You know you are going to get a clean room, a reasonable size. And sure, it is. The rates are OK.
SO - this one. Reception / Concierge just fine. I arrived a little early and a room wasn't available, but that's understandable. No problem doing the paperwork then my sorting my bag out, and leaving it, then coming back quite a bit later. English spoken in reception not a problem (which is good - as Portuguese is not a talent for me).
When I got to my room it was comfortable - Holiday Inn beds always seem pretty good. Bath and shower all they needed to be for your average (1.8m 6' or less) person, although for me I have to crouch to get under the shower, and the ceiling feels uncomfortably close to your head when standing up for it. That's harder to fix, and a basic problem with having the shower above a bath for hotels. These days I rather prefer shower only.
Metro station is handy - for those that know the Lisbon Metro it is on the Yellow line so you will typically need to change if you want to get right down to most of the city centre (or, for that matter, the airport, but no big deal). Actually on the subject of the metro and the airport, the hotel is really pretty close to the airport, but it's quite a long way on the metro. A cab would almost certainly be quicker, but it's not a bad journey, and at €1.40 or so it's cheap.
I'm always pleased to find coffee making facilities in my room. In fact, I'll deliberately avoid hotels that DON'T provide it. Remember this. However, HI Lisbon Continental - only half a good mark for this. It's a double room (albeit booked for single occupancy) - what is the point of providing just ONE sachet of regular coffee, one of decaffeinated coffee and two teabags??? Oh and there were two cups, so one assumes they shortchange dual occupancies on their morning caffeine. I want a coffee before I go to breakfast - and actually if you don't provide one, I'll probably not even have a hotel breakfast, because I will go outside and look for coffee... That's a sell-up gone sour.
The WiFi - has possibly changed since previous reviewers, or I was at least partly lucky. It was rock solid for my laptop in my hotel room, although an iPhone dropped the signal quite often for unknown reasons.
I'd certainly not be worried about returning to this hotel, but it wasn't good enough to make me think I'd not look somewhere else first.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stay close to central Lisbon when you choose the Holiday Inn Lisbon-Continental hotel.A curvaceous high-rise building on a lively boulevard, the contemporary Holiday Inn Lisbon-Continental is a 10-minute taxi ride from Lisbon Airport. We're just a minute's walk from Campo Pequeno metro station for direct subway trains to Lisbon city centre. Settle in and surf the web with wireless Internet in your smart Guest room.Have a productive stay at Holiday Inn Lisbon-Continental, with 9 modern meeting rooms for up to 200 people and a 24-hour Business Centre. We're close to the banking district, Instituto Superior Técnico engineering school, and major companies like Ernst and Young. Lisbon Congress Centre is a 15-minute metro ride away, and the hotel offers ample parking and easy access to the IP7 motorway ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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