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“Super kind and caring place, we will choose to stay whenever we return to Lisbon :))”

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Pensao Sao Joao da Praca
Ranked #226 of 255 Hotels in Lisbon
Reviewed 27 September 2009

We have spent 4+2 nights in this wonderful Pensao in July 2009.
If you look for something modern, trendy and party-place then look for something else, probably in Barrio Alto.
If you look for a cosy place where you can feel the caring but being free as well then Pensao Sao Joao da Praca is for you.
The staff is superb, excellent, kind and helping. They always have a warm smile for you and no matter what question you turn to them with or what time of the day you go to them, they try to find an answer or a solution. Special thanks to you, José-Manuel and thank you, Anna, we hope you are all well and the place runs smoothly.
The rooms we had are spacious and friendly (207 and 307 if we remember well) - they are neat and clean, you can feel really good with the wooden floor and the views to the sea. (The only problem I had was that the bed was short for me - I'm 6'3". But this was a problem everywhere from Lisbon to Porto, and we stayed in 8 hostels/hotels/pensaos at least throughout our trip.)
You get clean towels and linen every day and the breakfast is included in the price which we found moderate. (The breakfast place looks like a family run restaurant, 50m from the pensao and the owner is a grumpy man with a wife who probably smiles once in every 2 weeks... The breakfast is satisfying, you get 2-3 rolls, cheese, jam and lots of coffee or tea.)
The surrounding area of Alfama is classic old-town and the proximity of Chatedral Sé makes Pensao Sao Joao da Praca feel more special.
I would recommend this place to anyone and everyone with good heart, we had a really good time there.

Agi & Daniel

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 April 2009

like others, I suggest you go for the cheap rooms with communal bathrooms.

Our accommodation with bathroom en suite was not worth the extra money as the shared facilities are better - we suffered the unpleasant smell of drains in the bedroom and, as the bath did not drain away, we couldn't use the shower.

When we pointed out to the manager that we had paid 25 euros extra per night for our own bathroom, that there was a problem with the drains and that the shower was unusable, the charm soon disappeared.

This is really a pity as we had enjoyed great hospitality all over Portugal

If you stick to the basic rooms and shared facilities, this pensao is a good deal - doesn't seem to me like it's worth paying any more and raising expectations.

*I have ticked that I wouldn't recommend this place because of the manager's attitude to our concerns with the room - I would rather direct friends to places where there is a genuine concern for customer service.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 March 2008

This comfortable pension is very clean and well run with helpful staff. The location is excellent...on a quiet street but only about a 5 minute walk to the main strip. 10 minute walk to Barrio Alto bars. We stayed in a double room with private bath. It's a little worn out and not fancy, but very comfortable and clean and a great price: 45 euro. If only you could find places like this all over Europe for a similar price. The cafe next door, Cafe Pais, is hands down the best cafe around. Open from 11-8 p.m. DO NOT miss it! Cozy couches, good food, great place for Vhino Verde and backgammon.

Stayed: March 2008
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Reviewed 12 September 2007

First of all, it's a pension, not a hotel. Paying 30 euros for a double room in the very centre of the old district of Lisbon at the weekend in summer when virtually everywhere is full doesn't mean you can expect 5-star luxury.

Having said that, it's across the street from the back of the cathedral (tourists all enter at the other side, so you don't get hordes passing by your window) - the cathedral wall really was 10 metres away from my window. The street itself is fairly quiet with almost no traffic, and the air has a (scruffy / faded) charm.

The staff are reasonably friendly - contrary to the previous review, they do all seem to speak English - I also heard one of them speaking French as well.

Not all the rooms have a private bathroom - you may end up using one down the corridor. It's an old building that shows its age - e.g. doors that need a bit of fiddling with the key to get them to unlock, and forget about any idea of soundproofing ! Room 208 has a basin + balcony onto the street but is right next to reception and you can hear every word they say....but, this does all lead to the sense of staying in an old characterful building rather than something in concrete + steel + glass from 10 years ago. There's a great cafe next door that does good meals

All in all, it's a high quality budget option. Not a place to take someone to impress, but if you're watching the pennies it'll do nicely

  • Stayed: September 2007
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Reviewed 10 March 2006

Charming guesthouse with large, high-ceilinged rooms, in a good location (behind the cathedral, making it easy to direct taxi drivers, and on a tram route). Excellent value for money. Very clean. Not all reception staff speak English - afternoons and evenings are better.

  • Stayed: February 2006
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Stayed: November 2017, travelled solo
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Reviewed 31 October 2017
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  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled solo
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Address: Rua Sao Joao da Praca 97 2 | Alfama, Lisbon 1100-519, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Central Portugal > Lisbon District > Lisbon > Castelo, Alfama & Mouraria
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Ranked #226 of 255 Hotels in Lisbon
Price Range: £25 - £34 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Pensao Sao Joao da Praca 2*
Number of rooms: 14
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