We went to this hotel the first weekend of June, to view the beautiful city of Lisbon.
It was easy to find, since the hotel is well marked on the outside.
The situation of the hotel is not optimal, as the area is not really interesting for tourists. Nearby you have the bull fighting ring and shopping mall of Campo Pequeno. (We didn't see the ring though as we didn't want to enter... It really is ridiculous that bull fighting is still legal in such countries...)
The more important areas are very easily accessed through the metro system (more info below).
Check in was fairly quick with staff that was reasonably well proficient in English.
Rooms were very neat and properly furnished. The bath was a bit small, but manageable.
The air condition was also working just fine, which was already very helpful at the beginning of June.
The TV was another story though; the selection of channels was very slim and most channels had unstable streaming, so that a lot of times we were watching a black screen.
There is an internet corner or business corner as they call it. In this corner, there are PCs for internet access and a printer. Accessing the internet is not free. For 5 Euros you can surf on the internet for 15 minutes, for 7.50 Euros half an hour and for 10 Euros one hour
If you think about eating dinner at the hotel restaurant... DON'T! Really... DON'T eat at the restaurant!
We explored the center town of Lisbon and the nearby area of Belem, so naturally we were both starving and yet too tired to go out for dinner. We ended up trying the restaurant. I choose a hamburger, naturally a dish that can't really be screwed up. However, the burger was near undercooked and the French fries were so poor, they drooped down the minute you picked them of your plate. Of course, the oil was running all over the plate.
My girlfriend had the Mediterranean Fusili. What she got was a plate full of dry pasta, with some spare chunks of canned tuna and canned olives. There was no dressing or sauce on the dish. First she chipped a tooth on the pit in the olives, which could be forgivable. But soon thereafter she felt her stomach turn on the tuna. Needless to say, she ate half a dish and then felt nausea for the rest of the evening. We tried to explain (nicely) to the waitress that the food was horrible... she 'made her apologies' by giving one Coke for free.
The next day we were tired from a day out to Sintra, but we didn't think one second of eating in the hotel that evening. Instead, we went to the very nearby shopping mall at Campo Pequeno. In the center, there is a food court which supplies great food. Not just fast-food like the Burger King, but also decent semi-fast snack food, Mexican foods, sandwiches and pastas.
Do yourself a favor and consider that your last resort in such cases. You'll thank yourself later when you don't end up with food poisoning.
The sights we saw were of course the downtown area of Lisbon, with the castle of St. Jorge. Please don't buy those expensive tickets for the lift up the tower in the center. Instead, use your head to figuring out a route up the hill through the beautiful back-streets of Lisbon, since the plateau is accessible for free through those streets. The downtown area is best accessible through the metro system, just buy your day ticket for 5 euro's and you're set to go anywhere. It is also possible to buy multiple tickets in one go, so that you can plan your week(end)s public transport accordingly.
Ask for a town map at the reception desk of the hotel, this really is of great help when navigating the town and its public transport system.
Also, take the tram along the coastline to the nearby town of Belém for the Tower of Belém, but also the magnificent abbey of St. Jeromino.
Another site in Lisbon that needs to be seen is the Expo '98 grounds, east of metro station Orient. Make sure you visit the Oceanarium, which really is a great place to be on a hot afternoon.
A site we thought was possibly even more beautiful then Lisbon itself was the nearby town of Sintra. Just 40 minutes away from Lisbon by train, Sintra houses not only a magnificent town centre, but is also the home of two very impressive castles. One being a stone ruin of a Moorish castle, overlooking almost all of the Lisbon area (even into Lisbon itself on a clear day), and the other being a more 'modern' classical castle build with definite Romantic Moorish influences. Return tickets can be best bought at Rossio station (accessible through metro station Restaudore), for the ridiculously low price of 4.60 Euros per person. This is basically a must do!
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