Great service in Lisbon
"Corinthia Hotel Lisbon"
My husband and I stayed at the Corinthia Hotel in Lisbon for a conference. My sciatic nerve was pinched during my flight and I was having excruciating pain shooting down my leg. I was wheelchair bound when I got to the hotel. We called the US embassy who provided us with the number of a doctor, Dr. Ribeiro, who was great. He diagnosed the problem and then gave the prescriptions to the concierge who not only filled out the prescription for us but was able to find a nurse to administer the cortisone shot; all these within 2 hours of the initial call to the doctor. Wish health care in the US is that simple. I wish also to thank the very helpful lady at the concierge, Marta (I think, she wears glasses); she also arranged for a wheelchair and put us in a room for the disabled. All the staff there were extremely helpful, including the bellboys, the doormen and the wait staff. I highly recommend Corinthia for their excellent service. Thanks, Corinthia, for a pleasant stay.
"Columbo Mall, Lisbon"
Since I was wheelchair bound, I couldn't do much of the sightseeing. I therefore spent time at Columbo mall which is supposed to be wheelchair accessible. For the most part, shopping was good. I especially enjoyed Zara for their great prices. We also ate at the Tipico Medeiras restaurant in the mall. The food and sangria there was good. However, even tho we were told the metro is wheelchair accessible to the mall, we had problems finding the elevators. I had to physically climb the stairs in great pain. An attendant in the vicinity who could assist travelers would be great.
"Appetizers brought to your table are not free"
Just be aware that if you are served appetizers like ham, bread, olives, etc., without you ordering it; they may not be free. You are immediately charged if you eat those. We were charged 15 euros for bread and olives and proscuito that were brought to our table. We were told that we have the option of not eating those and then we will not be charged.