Stayed here for 5 nights November 04.
Not sure where to start...if you enjoyed living in halls of residence during university years this is probably a good place to stay.
We found it quite noisy - not neccessarily from the guests but street and traffic noise.
Good points: clean bed linen, and bath/hand towels changed daily, and bathrooms cleaned daily. Not bad location - close to Marques Pombal metro and Rato metro is a 10 minute walk.
Rooms are cramped, the beds are sooo uncomfortable (springs very close to the surface of the skinny mattresses) and the bed frames themselves made from chipboard which squeaks terribly at the slightest movement - which ensures a very restless night waking yourself up each time you turn...... I was in a twin room, and my roommate resulted to putting the mattress on the floor to avoid the dreaded squeaks! Our room was also quite drafty.
We had trouble getting our heater to work (which we eventually managed to resovle ourselves) - and were met with quite an unhelpful attitude by the man on reception who claimed he couldn't do anything about it as he was on his own ....
We also had the water cut off for a whole morning (9am - 1pm) with only half a days notice, which was inconvient. Water temperature was also variable and sometimes took a good 10 mins for warm shower water.
Breakfast is available till 9.30am, not great selection - stale buns and bread (toaster available), cheese, ham, boiled eggs and cornflakes.
Disabled access would definately be a problem as you have to negotiate 10 or so stairs after reception to get to the lift to the accomodation levels (of which there are 6).
I wouldn't stay here again, and would recommended paying a little more for alternative accomodation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Expo Astória, also known as “The Art Hotel”, represents a new concept of hotel inspired by art and design, combined with comfort and well-being. Located at a privileged area of Lisbon, a few minutes away from Praça do Marquês de Pombal, Avenida da Liberdade and Parque Eduardo VII, it stands out due to the Art Deco architecture of the building and by its excellent, customized and hospitable service, which seeks to kindly meet the needs of each customer. Adorned with art and design pieces, the interior of the hotel presents itself as a trendy and elegant space, offering a welcoming and contemporary environment, where each detail makes every guest feel special. The rooms provide to the guests a cozy and delightful design, conceived so they may comfortably enjoy their stay. If you wish to discover the city of Lisbon and its wonders, Hotel Expo Astória is an excellent starting point. ... more less
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