My mother (mid-60's), niece (early-20's) and I (40) stayed at Residencial Florescente February 13-16, 2014. We arrived via airplane and took the Aerobus to the Restauradores stop/plaza. We then walked about 5-10 minutes (we got lost) to the hotel. Please note that the ground is not flat, but it is cobble stone. While it's beautiful to look at, it's hard to roll your luggage over the stones, but that's what you get in a beautiful and old city.
Once arriving at the hotel, we walked up one step into the lobby. The staff was always very helpful and spoke some English. The hotel and lobby itself was very nice and well taken care of. It also has a restaurant attached and open for breakfast (where hotel breakfast buffet is served), lunch and dinner. After checking in we took the elevator up to the 5th floor to our room.
Our room was very large and our main bedroom, spare/sitting room and bathroom all had balcony's and wonderful views of the city. The bathroom was modern and also had a bidet, which was a nice treat. The main bedroom had two twin beds. And, the 2nd room was a spare/sitting room with a couch that was made into a bed by housekeeping after we arrived. The room was nice, clean and the views were beautiful.
Breakfast was very good and consisted of tea, coffee, bread/rolls, jam, cheese, meats, fruit and special items that the hard working staff were constantly putting out. The breakfast room consisted of about 20 tables and usually was enough room to accommodate the hotel guests and the turn over. We ate at the hotel restaurant one evening and received good service, good food and we were able to watch the chef make our food in the open kitchen.
Location was great. We found it to be central to the town elevators or funiculars, trolley's, taxi's or local buses which took us to different parts of the city. We were pleasantly surprised by our location and hotel.
There was a musical show each night and we could hear the music and people down below the hotel before and after the show. It did get somewhat loud on Saturday night, but I guess that's to be expected. The hotel is also located on the Portas De Santo Antao or the "Eating Lane", so there are lots of restaurants trying to get you into their restaurants as you walk by.
We ordered a taxi with reception the day before we departed to the airport. It was nice to have a taxi waiting for us and a fixed price. To our surprise our taxi was a mercedes and a female driver in her 50's in heels. Nothing wrong with that, just surprised us.
Overall, the hotel was a great find and the price made it even better. If we ever return to Lisbon, this will be our hotel again for sure!
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- Also Known As:
- Residencial Florescente Lisbon
- Residencial Florescente Hotel Lisbon