We stayed in the Lisboa Tejo hotel. It was excellent choice as it located in heart of the city center. Service was very friendly, checking was quick.
From here was easy walk for sightseeing, shopping, dining & drinking, whatever you plan to do in this lovely place.
Hotel itself was average for old European cities. Room was small but comfortable. Breakfast served in hotel cellar and unless you come during the crowded moments it was nice.
WiFi in lobby was for free.
Traveling in the past we’ve always stayed in hotels and have enjoyed the conveniences that come with a hotel, from the breakfast buffet, daily maid service and concierge services. We had always heard about renting an apartment and because we generally are traveling on a tight budget we decided to give it a try. Picking the area we wanted to stay in was easy, Alfama is the oldest district of Lisbon and by far the most charming district. I found the apartment on flipkey.com, it was small but clean and very functional, it had everything we needed, a working kitchen, a clothes washer, and even a computer with internet access. The owner had lived there prior to getting married which is a major advantage, with the weeks leading up to the trip we were communicating with him about the area so by the time we touched down in Lisbon, it was like we already had a friend in the city. We were able to immerse ourselves in the meandering alleys that pass for streets in Alfama. Going to the shops and cafes near by, catching a Fado performance just down the hill from our little apartment.
Imagine waking to the sound of a cart clattering as it was pushed over the cobblestones. Opening the window to be greeted by a hearty “bom dia”, I look down to see the downstairs neighbor leaving for work and I reciprocate “bom dia!” then I turn and look to the right and catch a glimpse of the sun’s light twinkling off the surface of the Tejo, as if it refacting through a bed of crystals. That impression of my first morning in Lisbon will be with me forever.
The location is the most unique quality. You are surrounded by a very colorful neighborhood, from the people to the food, the music, the red roof homes, it allows you get the flavor of the city. It’s in the middle of a historic district, so you're within walking distance to many of the major tourist site of the city plus it is convenient to public transportation.A short walk down the hill you can catch a bus or up the hill to the Tram 28.
A great thing about Lisbon is in the abundance of her homey little hotels. Little hotels in this instance are the character-full pensaos or B&Bs occupying either the entire house/building or an entire floor or two in an apartment or office building. There are the accommodation that cater and answer to a traveller's need of cost saving. Plenty of choices in this city. Even if one narrows its ultimate choice to a room within old Lisbon, choices that are there in the atmospheric neighborhoods of the city - Bairro Alto, Alfama, Santa Clara, Mouraria, Chiado, Alcantara, to name a few - including the Baixa, the flat grid-like low-lying part of the city where there are more crowds especially from shopping and eating. Noisy in many parts of it can become, fortunately, Lisbon in general closes down earlier than most places (11P - 12M) with exception surely that of Bairro Alto, the most bohemian of the neighborhoods.
So if you're looking for convenience and practicality in the choice of a hotel, I would pick something in the Baixa, the lower section of Lisbon. Convenience in terms of location (easy access to services of public transport, commercial businesses, restaurants and cafes, supermarkets and vantage starting point to major sights.
A good choice in the Baixa is the Pensao Residencial Florescente on Rua das Portas de Santo Antao, 99. The street runs the entire length from the northern end of the Rossio (also and officially called Praca Dom Pedro IV - an obelisk at the square's center) parallel to the sprawling Avenida da Liberdade upwards to Praca Marques de Pombal. The Residencial Florescente is two blocks away from the Teatro de Dona Maria II past the many seafood restaurants swarming with holiday crowds jostling for an outdoor seating especially during evening hours. A smaller theatre/concert hall is right across the pensao. It is a clean, safe, simply fully-furnished, recommendable concierge service and above all, very reasonable. If you stay here during the low season up to the shoulder travel, a good standard single room situated in the back can be had for 50Euros including an ultra hearty breakfast and an ensuit toilet and bath. The beds in these single rooms are big enough to hold a couple; so two could request a single room and pay a minimal supplement that could mean great savings. My 5th floor a year ago - Room 509 - was terrific equipped with TV, AC/Heater, telephone, lots of cabinet space, fresh towels and toiletries and a bathroom to write home about with huge old tub. But the grandest perk of this room and very likely from all the the rooms on the upper floors (5th and 6th) on the back facing south is priceless smack- in- your -face view of the the castle (Castelo de Sao Jorge) up the hill in the Alfama. The back rooms enjoy quiet atmosphere for sure save the hum of the city's energy.
The Residencial Florescente is steps away from Casa do Alentejo, the long-established regional restaurant highly decorated with old blue and yellow tiles especializing in the cuisines of Portugal's Alentejo region which is a great dining experience in Lisbon. The whole of Casa do Alentejo is a Moorish-inspired structure, old as the city itself and worth checking out to admire its thoroughly North-African influence and ambiance. A block away from the Florescente across Praca dos Restauradores is the very convenient main office of the Portuguese Tourism. Next door on the corner is the funicular Elevador da Gloria, the old 1920's lift up to the hilly Bairro Alto where one would find one of the city's outstanding overlook or miraduoros commanding fantastic views over the Baixa and towards the Castelo and the Alfama and Cacilhas town sparkling in the sun beyond the legendary River Tejo. The pensao is also superbly situated just one block away from the bus stops on the Avenida da Liberdale including and especially the stop for the AeroBus, so practical and convenient and cheap alternative for travel to and from the airport. A post office (correio) is likewise on this side of the square. If you want to travel by train to Sintra, the Rossio train station is also nearby at the top of Praca Dom Pedro IV where one can catch the Lisboa-Sintra-Lisboa express several times in the course of the day.
There are two convenient supermarkets close to the residencial. Pingo Doce is on the street behind the Praca Dom Pedro IV and the Mercado de Figueras is on the far east end of Praca da Figueras. Convenient pharmacies are on both sides of the square. And the river front is just 5 minutes on foot following the pedestrianized Rua Augusta.
As for restaurants: Avoid the pricey and touristy restaurants on the busy Rua de Santo Antao and the ones right on Praca Dom Pedro IV ( the Rossio) but look for the small family-run restaurants tucked away and packed in on tiny side streets all around the Baixa.
Nearby metro stations are on Praca dos Restauradores, Praca Dom Pedro IV and Praca das Figueras.
The Residencial Florescente tho clearly looking every bit of a standard hotel especially looking at its facade, the interior is quite pleasant with incredible old hand-painted tiles lining its walls, vestibules and corridors. Its unique quality is most definitely in her easy access to all things a traveler would think of having as central.
I booked a vacation rental through the TravelingToLisbon service on my most recent trip to Lisbon and had such a great experience, I will likely use them EVERY time I return to this lovely city.
The booking process was simple, the representative was friendly and helpful and the apartment was amazing! I rented a one-bedroom apartment that had a very large living area, dining room, bathroom and full kitchen in the central part of Lisbon for 7 days for 227euros!
Check-in and check-out were super simple and the paperwork is minimal.
They have apartments throughout the city so you can choose based on your needs, but my apartment was near all of the must-see sites, public transportation, taxi stops and stores so it was super easy to get around, walk around and get the essentials I needed right outside my door.
Instead of being cramped in a hotel room and paying for amenities I never use, I had a ton of space and was able to have friends over before our nights out, serve cocktails and food and seat everyone comfortably. The TV, stereos, books and CDs made it easy to feel like you were in your own place when I was relaxing there by myself.
This particular apartment had Portuguese tiles throughout and natural wood accents that were absolutely gorgeous. In fact, my Portuguese friends said they hadn't seen that type of decor in a long time and were happy that someone was maintaining it instead of plastering over it to make it more modern looking.
I liked it so much I didn't want to leave!
I booked a room for several nights at this three stars hotel.
My room was small with bathroom en suite. Despite of its size it was fine for me. The only downside was about the bathroom. When I had a shower, the bathroom floor flooded every time. The bath tube didn't have a box, but a curtain.
Breakfast was buffet style. Every morning there were almost the same things. Bread; two kinds of pastries, jam, honey, butter. There were also cheese, cold cuts, and eggs. You had to help yourself the American coffee from a machine. It was bland.
The personnel at the reception was kind and helpful.
This hotel is fine for its location. In fact it is situated some meters from two metro stations. Parque and Marques de Pombal tube stations. There is a bus stop to Rossio and Cais do Sodrè some meters from the hotel.
Tower block apartment close to Pavilhão Atlântico Concert Hall an ideal place for me in town to see Leonard Cohen Oct 2012. This apartment just a short walk away, from the venue and the rest of the attractions at Parc des Nachoes, the Expo site.
Apartment itself is fantastic, a studio for me on the 19 floor, great views over the city and everything I needed (plus more) for a short stay. Full kitchen, comfortable bed and lovely shower room.
No doubt where I will stay next time I visit Lisbon.
This was an interesting find; and fairly good value for money. It is a hotel where you get a room key and have to hand them in as you leave the building.
There is free wifi and fairly modern plumbing.
The breakfast was good, although you do have to order it from waiting staff - no buffet here!
Stayed here for 4 days, it was a amazing place, great location for everything. All the designer shoppes were within walking distance, like a block over from one another. The bus stop is in front of the hotel, the hard rock cafe is accross the street.
Great rooms, nice sized, nice bar on the roof...with a pool on the roof looking down. Staff was ok great deal for a great price. Would go back again without hesitation. Air conditioning, Babysitting (on request), Bar, Major credit cards accepted, Safe, Kitchenette, Outdoor swimming pool, Car rental, Conference Room, Hair-dryer, Wake up service, Laundry service, Snack-Bar
We had to stay here because the flight agency we had booked with had double booked some of the seats. Lucky for us it was amazing and I would go back again!
Featuring breathtaking views of Lisbon and the Tagus River, this 4-star hotel offers rooms with a flat-screen TV. Facilities include a free shuttle service to and from Lisbon’s airport and city centre. The air-conditioned rooms at Altis Park Hotel are decorated with wooden furniture and carpeted floors. All rooms have a minibar, satellite TV, and an en suite bathroom
Great view, Great staff, Great Enviroment
Dom Manuel I
Av. Duque D'Ávila 189, 1050-082 Lisboa, Portugal
+351 213 593 010
Nice hotel, not very big - around 60-65 rooms, a bit old but with style. It has four stars but it should be three star hotel compared to other countries (except in Italy or Spain).
It is very clean, rooms are nice and staff is very pleasant. The best thing about this hotel is great location near metro station , few stations from very heart of town. It is situated in silent street and of course price is very good. Cost was 250 USD for 5 nights with breakfast in double room. That was great price at that time - July 2009.
It has Wi-Fi wireless internet access and cable TV.
there is no pool, spa or anything like that
We rented an apartment in Alphama for 2 nights in Aug. 2010 and we really enjoyed staying in a portuguese house and the walks in this beautiful neighborhood.
The apartment was in a relaxed area in the middle of Alphama with the local children playing outside and the old women barbequeing sardines in the narrow streets. And no cars!
The apartment is over 2 floors, the 2nd and 3rd floor. Roof balcony at 3rd floor. Kitchen with washingmachine, 2 dobbel beds (1 in the livingroom at 3rd floor and 1 in the bedroom at 2nd floor). Dining area with french balcony (street view).
Roof balcony with views of the Tagus River!
Casa de hospedes Estrela is a small boarding house in the lower part of Alfama.
This is a plce for budget travellers who like it local.
The place is simple and it´s run by a local family.
The bathrooms are shared and the rooms are quite simple, but if this is ok with you then it´s really quite a nice place and the location is unbeatble as it´s facing the Tejo river and it´s in wonderful Alfama.
It´s a place i would recomend to those who don´t mind it simple, but want to stay somewhere cheap and local.
Pensao LKuar is located right in the heart of Barrio Alto and is an ok choice if you are looking for a place in this very happening part of town and is not after luxury, but just a cheap decent room for a relatively low price.
I was there for a night and was quite happy with my room that had a good bed and a bathroom and that is just what i need and not much else really, when i am travelling on my own.
The lady at the reception was friendly and helpful and all in all i had a good experience there.
It´s not the sort of place i will rave about, but it is certainly ok and i can recommend it and i would go back there too one day.
Travellers House Hostel in Lisbon is quite simply one of the best hostels I have ever stayed in. Not surprising when you read reviews and see the ratings the hostel has gained through Hostelworld and Hostelbookers. The hostel has regularly come top of European and World Hostel rankings.
The staff are extremely helpful, accommodating and welcoming and the layout of the hostel immediately makes you feel at ease and at home.
The hostel is situated in a renovated historical building right on Rua Augusta, smack bang in the middle of Lisbon’s historic centre and only minutes walk to Praca do Comercio, Barrio Alto and Alfama as well as conveniently close to transport links.
Inside the hostel has thought of everything from a chill out music lounge with beanbags and a library, TV room with cushions, comfy dining area and a small kitchen, from where the breakfast (included) is served. The bar is by way of an honesty sheet, where you take what you want, sign for it and pay when you check out.
The rooms and shower-rooms are spotlessly clean and maintained regularly and there is 24 hour hot water (although you may have to leave the water running for a while before it gets hot. The rooms are reasonably spacious and there are under-bed lockers with in-built safes to keep your belongings and valuables. There is also an individual reading light which for me is very important - (A small thing but many hostels fail to include them)
The best thing about the hostel is the effort the staff make to chat and socialise with the guests and there is an activity every night which the staff organise and take part in. These activities range from chorizo and wine nights, piri piri chicken and sangria nights to happy hour (keg of beer and €2 gets you as much as you want until the keg is gone!) followed by pub crawl through the barrio alto. Sounds like a major party hostel? It’s not. It has a well balanced vibe between good socialising and peace and quiet. You are encouraged to enjoy yourself within the hostel but after 12 it gets quiet and if you want to keep going the Barrio Alto is only a short walk away.
The hostel also has reasonably priced studio apartments.
Can’t really fault the hostel because it has so many pluses but the kitchen is a little small for self catering if there are other people using it.
Only the really savvy and well-heeled traveller to Europe knows that one of the best finds there in so far as best bargains overall - is the remarkable city of Lisbon. Where else could one purchase a bottle of good wine for 4 Euros, a cup of fantastic coffee for .60 cents and dinner at a typical Portuguese restaurant for 15 Euros which includes half a caraffe of house wine and delicious home-made dessert? Or wander into a first class museum for a fee of a mere 5 Euros.
And as for accommodation at a very decent respectable and clean hotel in a nice neighborhood, this too can be had for a price that would startle a most die-hard skeptic as a prisoner would seeing a skylight tucked way up in his cell.
But then again you have to be a savvy and resourceful traveller to find these things. And yet in Lisbon one need not do too real hard work, researching or leg-work to discover the true bargains. They're mostly known and also well sign posted.
So, pointing back to inexpensive accommodations in the city, Lisbon is littered with highly affordable ones. Boutique-type hotels and B&B's are everywhere and are springing up at each turn.
One of the newer ones I can recommend here is the Hotel Anjo Azul (Blue Angel Hotel) in Lisbon's most colourful and bohemian of neighborhoods - the Bairro Alto. It is the neighborhood uphill from the Baixa and facing across the other ancient district of Alfama.
The Anjo Azul is a charming three-story hotel of a former turn of the century apartment building perfectly situated in the midst of Bairro Alto's astonishing warren of snaking narrow streets and alleyways. The building is of course totally renovated presenting each individual room with modern comfort and amenities such as gleaming bathrooms and bath tubs. If I'm not mistaken, there are only four rooms/bedrooms on each floor with the exception of the ground floor bedrooms which occupy the back of the building while the front as one comes in is reserved as a reception area. To me, the best rooms are the single ones on the ground floor level which happen to have each a big patio with a feeling of almost a secluded privacy. And these single rooms are the most affordable at about 50 Euros per night. The second and third floor bedrooms are for double and triple occupancy which definitely cost more but only a tad higher starting at around 80 Euros. Also, the upper floors both facing the little street as well as those situated in the back have the views over old apartment buildings and the open sky of Lisbon. At these economical prices one pays for these type of great comfort, it definitely is a good bargain.
The Anjo Azul also owns the Pensao Globo, a B&B, which is just as likable and comfortable but with smaller rooms but also in a very old building and even quieter street close to the stop of the funicular Elevador da Gloria and next to a still functioning abbey, in case you inquire and would find out the Anjo Azul being at full capacity. And as luck would have it, the Pensao Globo is even more inexpensive than staying at the Anjo Azul (actual room prices can be inquired at Anjo Azul).
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