Well placed for walking the Alfama, Baixa and Bairro Alto districts, though having been there I would have rather stayed in one of a couple of other hotels even better placed, that looked nicer.
As other reviewers have mentioned, the buffet breakfast is very well provisioned, but the signature dish for a good Full-English, the bacon, was decidedly odd. It looked like bacon I suppose, but its taste and texture was more like I would imagine steamed ham would be. Still, plenty of places nearby do steak and eggs for breakfast, or second breakfast.
Our room, booked through British Airways on a cash-plus-avios deal, was the largest room on the floor according to the fire escape map. Plenty of room to shuck off the days baggage, and at our age, the welcome sight of two single beds. Beds were comfy, but to be honest after walking around Lisbon all day we could have slept on boulders. The bathroom looked nice enough, but there is a hidden gotcha - the shower temperature is very dependant on whether the room next door has just flushed the toilet, and a couple of times I had just started to rinse the delicates when it changed to scalding hot. Plenty of room near the loo to put your favourite book, and they are quite happy to change the towels every day even if you're there for a week as we were.
Ate in the breakfast restaurant for one evening meal, and it was nice even though they brought the wrong meal - the menu del dia instead of the a la carte meal I had ordered. Head waiter spotted it immediately and got it changed. The other restaurant is hugely overpriced for the sort of people staying in this hotel, and I never saw a single person eating there on our way up to the roof bar. Talking of which, they had a private function on for a couple of evenings, closing off half the floor space including the castle view and the part sheltered from the wind. We were there in June, and I would recommend you take a cardigan or light jacket to the roof bar, as the wind can be quite chilly. The view of Baixa and Bairro Alto is, of course, quite stunning.
The bar off reception is comfortable and reasonably priced, though drinks are cheaper out in the town just about everywhere.
To sumarise, we had a pleasant-enough time there, but having spied the area out I would stay somewhere different next time. There's a couple of nice hotels directly off Rossio, for example. The Mundial is not a 4*, more like 3*.
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