One of the best hotels in Europe. Great value for money. Clean & comfortable rooms. Great breakfast.
- Free Wifi
- Room Service
A very solid performer, there aren't any superlatives one can use for it but conversely there is nothing one can complain about either.
Its conveniently situated on Avenida Da Liberdade, about five minutes from a bus and Metro stop (the airport bus stops there), about ten minutes from Placa Restaurades one of the main squares, and the same from the Funiculare that takes one to the Bairro Alto for restaurant selections.
The hotel itself is relatively bland, the hallway walls are faced in 1980's style red wood (not redwood however) but the lighting is cheerful. The room is medium sized by American standards with a side table and two easy chairs plus work desk and didn't feel crowded. The bathroom is a good size with a full sized tub including a shower emitting hot water and good water pressure, and the shower doesn't leak onto the floor. Their is a sink, toilet and bidet, along with better than average shelf space for toiletries.
The work desk in the bedroom is a good size for working on and has two desk height electrical outlets, for laptop and other accessories such as a mobile. Broadband is vai Internet and is free, the hotel advertises Wi-Fi in all public rooms but I didn't try that.
The bed was comfortable with extra pillows provided in the closet. The room had the usual European requirement to insert the key for electrical use. The one problem this caused initially is that the rooms air conditioning resets to 20 degrees Celsius and turns off each time one leaves. If one doesn't notice or remember to turn the A/C on each time one returns it can get warm. Unusually the windows open and even though our room was facing Liberdade we weren't bother by street noise, with the window closed it was total silence from the street. The only minor issue I had was that the bed reading lights were pretty ineffective.
The breakfast is either buffet style until ten thirty or continental in the bar until 12 noon. The buffet was okay, nothing special but acceptable. We didn't try either the bar fro drinks nor the restaurant so I cannot comment.
For someone on business it might be attractive as it is convenient to get to from outside the city and it has it's own underground car park.
The staff were generally helpful in making reservations or suggestions. The degree to which they were helpful was closely correlated to their knowledge of English. In addition we noticed that there were at least two receptionists that were fluent in Italian.
Overall I'd say the hotel has little charm or panache but it is a good solid performer that delivers a clean, functional good sized room in which everything worked and was convenient for transport and access to the major tourist spots.
Stayed 3 nights at this hotel. Conveinetly located on the Avenida da Liberdade at the top end (near the big roundabout)/nearest to Eduardo VII Park, Lisbon
the hotel is very clean and modern. It is not on the "plush" end. If you want plush try the Sofitel (in the same price range) that has a grand, luxurious entrance which is about 5 minutes walk from the Pombal Hotel.
the lobby is clean, marbled floor but a bit too small for my liking. Reception very friendly.
The breakfast lays on an average spread including english breakfast. Not much of a great selection and the breakfast area is a little small.
Rooms are clean and tidy. We stayed in a standard twin room - functional, simple and rather clinically. Pity these rooms do not have a kettle. I like to have a cup of herbal upon waking and sleeping.
Good points about the hotel is that it is very central to all major sights and is located in a safe enviroment. This hotel would suit a business traveller because it is an extremely functional hotel. Metro just outside. Metro is Marques de Pombal (blue line) which i find connects to all other attractions quite easily. The biggest shopping centre in Lisbon - "Columbo" is about 7 stops away - 10 mins.
if you use "Restauradores" as the centre point/meeting point then If you do not like hiking to the hotel every night then i suggest staying on the Avenida street but perhaps in the middle or at the other end of the street nearer to Restauradores which is where the centre starts which are where the majority of cafes, restaurants are.
If you want something a little cosier or has that luxurious feel then i suggest the Sofitel.
All in all a good functional hotel and at the centre for all major sites and attractions.