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Hotel Mundial
Ranked #103 of 255 Hotels in Lisbon
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 23 February 2014

This 4* hotel is located very central within easy reach of most tourist sites and restaurants.
Unlike some previous reviewers I found the staff very friendly and helpful, even to the point were they assisted me to check-in on-line for my return flight.
The rooms are more than adequate and very clean and modern, all the necessary toiletries are provided together with ample towels etc. One thing I would have liked is tea/coffee making facilities in the room. The TV actually had at least 5 English Channels including BBC1 & 2, BBC World News, Sky News and ITV.
Breakfast was reasonable with the usual fayre, cereals, fruit, bread, cheeses, cold meats, Eggs, Bacon, Beans, coffee, fruit juice etc. Considering the variety of nationalities of the guests I think it was more than adequate.
The lounge bar is very cosy and reasonably priced for a Capital city BUT the best bar is on the roof top, panoramic views day & night and they even provide blankets for the chilly times.
All in all a good place to stay on a City visit.
As an aside there is a very good transport system in Lisbon, consisting of buses, trams & a Metro. The No 28 tram (the tourist route) stops right outside the hotel.

Room Tip: All the rooms are quiet and the views from them are just typical city views.
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 February 2014

We stayed at the Hotel Mundial as part of a Globus tour. Despite our tour director on numerous occasions suggesting this would be one of the poorer hotels on the trip, we found it to be fine for our stay. We stayed at the hotel for two nights and had two rooms.

On arrival a welcome drink was provided for us in the hotel bar, either a glass of wine, a port or something non-alcoholic for the kids or those who don't want to drink. It was a very nice gesture and was something unique to this hotel on our trip. The bar itself, while not modern in design, had a bit of old world charm to it and a great atmosphere.

The rooms at the hotel are reasonably large by European standards and had all the amenities you might need. Comfortable beds, a desk, a TV with a variety of local and international programming, a mini bar and a large bathroom. Perhaps one of the big complaints was that there weren't very many easily accessible power points in the room to charge our devices. We had a view of the Plaza Martim Moniz from our room, a fairly large and busy plaza but noise wasn't a problem.

Internet in the hotel is provided by Vodafone and you can purchase an access card from the front desk. The minimum purchase is thirty minutes, which costs €2.55, and although I don’t remember the exact costs, there were discounts if you bought more usage. Globus guests received thirty minutes of free access per person, and since there were four of us the 2hrs of free use over our two night stay was more than enough. The internet was fast enough but the signal wasn't very reliable and it was best if you just found a spot and stayed there to use the internet. This may be more or less of an issue depending on where your room is located in the hotel.

Another interesting feature of the hotel is the wonderful Skylounge located on the top floor. It's a very hip, chic place to go and get a drink and it seemed a lot of locals come by for a drink there too. It's a fairly small space but they have music, drinks and great views. Unfortunately we never got the chance to have a drink there but we did go up just to see the view. I would recommend you do the same!

We had breakfast included in our package, the regular buffet breakfast available to guests. The restaurant was large and very long with two separate sets of buffet tables, each one serving the same thing. They had a variety of hot dishes including eggs, bacon, sausages etc. They also had cheeses, cold meats, fruit, boiled eggs, bread, pastries, juice, coffee, bottled water etc. The food was good and the restaurant staff were friendly and attentive. Not sure what the regular cost of breakfast is but if you can get it for not much extra, it's probably worthwhile.

Lisbon itself is a fairly compact city and you can get around to most attractions by walking or a short taxi ride. As you exit the hotel you will find yourself on the Praça Martim Moniz. We were told that the northern end of this plaza can be a bit dangerous and we never actually did venture up there but we can honestly say that we felt completely safe and didn't feel like we were in danger at any time around the hotel. Lisbon’s other two main central plazas, the Praça da Figueira and the Rossio are just around the corner and a very easy walk, while you can continue from there down the shopping streets to the Tagus River. I’m not sure if there are any convenience stores nearby but there is an Ali Baba kebab shop across from the hotel where you can get water and soft drinks fairly cheaply.

I would recommend you do some walking around the Rossio plaza area, go up to the Castelao de San Jorge and the nearby Se Catedral, then spend some time near the river in Alfama and Belem where you can visit the old town, the Monasterio de San Jeronimo, walk along the Tagus River and visit Torre de Belem, the Belem Tower. I'd also recommend you visit the famous and very popular Pasteis de Belem cafe which is about a minute or two walk from the Monastery. They are famous for their Portuguese egg tarts and they have a variety of pastries, pizza slices, sandwiches etc that are all fairly cheap. Service is quick and friendly and it is a bit of a Lisbon institution, well worth a visit!

For our two dinners in the city, we went to a Fado show one night at Café Luso and on the other night we took a ferry across the river to Cacilhas and went to a restaurant called Cabrinha, where we had a great dinner. Well worth taking a ferry out across the river to this place and having dinner at one of the restaurants there, it is a fun experience.

As I said before, taxis are an easy way to get around and are fairly cheap and easy to find. The people we came across were helpful and most spoke very good English.

All in all we enjoyed our visit to Lisbon and the Hotel Mundial was a good place to say. It was fairly centrally located, while many of the other big hotels are up on the Avenida de Libertade which is a little further away from the attractions. The hotel facilities were of a good quality and staff service was excellent. It's a hotel I would recommend for a visit to Lisbon.

I hope this review has been useful. If you have any questions feel free to message me.

Room Tip: Request a room facing Praça Martim Moniz. A very nice view!
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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8  Thank Stephen R
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Reviewed 18 February 2014

Spend 3 nights in this nice hotel but were slightly disappointed with the 2nd floor room that was stinky and dated and swapped to non smoking on the 6th floor overlooking the square, helpful staff and generally a good experience. Perfect location and walking distance from shops, Belem and major sights. Nice summer terrace on the 9th floor what a shame was closed some perfect evening to enjoy the sunset. Restaurant veranda overlooking the night city is good but not the greatest

Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
1  Thank lena812
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Reviewed 12 February 2014

Central location, near the underground. Breakfast OK. free wi-fi only in the lobby. some rooms are far-far away from the elevator and it may take 3-4 minutes to get to your room. Unfortunately not everybody from the Hotel staff speaks English

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 12 February 2014

My boyfriend and I stayed here feb 2014. The hotel was fine, best thing was the location: close to everything, Alfama with the castel just to the left, and two metros (Rossio and Maxim something) 2 min. walk away.
We had to change rooms two times while here, but the staff was fine about it, and even gave us some complimentary water and fruit for the trouble :-) First time we changed was our own fault since we forgot to write in advance and request a doublebed, and not two singles. Second time the reason was a broken window, and a very hot night to follow.
The included breakfast is just fine - realtively wide variety, but as my knowledge of southern european food goes this too is quite suckery and fat (I prefer wholewheat foods and more healthy breakfast). But what the heck, we were on vacation :-)
The personel is fine, but busy/formal, so dont try small talk with them.
We were happy with our stay, and I would say that this hotel is above medium and just fine as a base for exploring Lisbon.

Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 February 2014

Well-appointed modern hotel in a good central Baixa position in town. Comfortable, well-kept room, with firm beds (not to everyone's taste), but an unfathomable and uncooperative air conditioning control (with no instructions) that seemed always to blow out freezing air, until the hotel sent someone to set it. Bar comfy, with nibbles, and free wifi (otherwise +Euros 15 for 2 days' connection in your room). Staff usually polite and helpful, like most Portuguese, except for Buster Keaton on reception ... probably the Sales Prevention Officer. Didn't use the restaurant, but well rated in Trip Advisor. And LISBON'S A DELIGHTFUL CITY!

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 February 2014

I bid on price line and got this hotel. What a gem! The room they gave me was HUUUUUGE and comfortable. The decor was a little outdated but I loved that about this hotel. It had a little bit of a throwback feel. The bar served great virgin fresh squeezed drinks and I imagine great non-virgin drinks. The location could not be beaten. I would stay here again in a flash.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: Praca Martim Moniz 2, Lisbon 1100-341, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Central Portugal > Lisbon District > Lisbon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#43 Family Hotel in Lisbon
#65 Business Hotel in Lisbon
#80 Luxury Hotel in Lisbon
#91 Romantic Hotel in Lisbon
Price Range: £37 - £164 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Mundial 4*
Number of rooms: 350
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