When judging this hotel, remember it is an old building in the busiest part of Lisbon and I only paid €40 a night for single occupancy of a double room (breakfast included). The main points are that it is clean, well located and the staff are extremely friendly and helpful.
I had requested a quiet room and was given one on the 5th floor on the opposite side from the street. Unlike most modern hotels, the bed was quite close to the door and the hallways are tiled, not carpeted, so I could sometimes hear people walk by. On my last night I was woken twice by a woman in noisy high heels running along the corridor at 00:30 and 1:30. It is hard to blame the hotel for that! The room was big enough and had a small balcony (see photos). The room appeared to have been redecorated in the last year or two. The air-conditioning unit worked fine with a minimum temperature of 16 degrees and swing and sleep functions. There was a blanket and bedcover on top of the sheet, and another blanket and bedcover in the wardrobe. It seemed like the sheets were changed on each of the three days I was there. The bathroom had soap, showergel etc and lots of hot water – but no holder for the shower head! Unusually however, there was an emergency pull cord. In the lobby there are individual safes that are free to use – just ask at reception. There is also a room if you need to store your baggage and a vending machine for water & chocolates. Use of their internet computer was, I think, 10 cents a minute (€6 an hour).
Breakfast was self service - two cereals, bread rolls, ham, cheese, preserves & yoghurts plus fruit juice and hot drinks. Pretty basic but reasonable given the price.
Outside the hotel the area is mainly pedestrianised and, at night, there are over a dozen streetcafes within a very short distacnce. No wonder the hotel doesn’t have a bar or restauraunt! I used the Rossio metro (turn right outside hotel and walk for 3 minutes) as it was on the green line that I needed but the Restauradores stop was just as close if you need the blue line . The airport bus also stops there - €3.50 single fare – details in hotel. I bought a combined metro/bus/tram day ticket for €4.20 – which was worth it if you were taken over three journeys. This included the pre-war trams (a must!) and the funiculars. The ticket machine has English instructions. One of the best hotels I have stayed in on the continent – and certainly the best value for money.
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