Pensao Portuense

Rua das Portas de Santo Antao 149 - 157, Baixa, Lisbon, Estremadura, 1150-267, Portugal
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A central hotel in old Lisbon

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on July 16, 2014

This is another one of those rare finds in the heart of the Baixa, Lisbon's lower part and main hub for commerce, transport and entertainment. There are not too many selections of cheap lodging left in this part of old Lisbon as this ever-renewing and expanding city moves forward to keep pace with the rest of Europe. The Hotel Portuense which is a pension/residencial or bed and breakfast type of accommodation is ideally situated on a quiet part of the notoriously busy and mostly touristic restaurant row of Rua das Portas de Santo Antao. To navigate this very busy street in order to get to the hotel can be a bit irritating and trying on one's nerves. However, it's only one short block that one has to literally determinedly push oneself amidst a jumble of mostly tourist crowd and loud touting restaurant sales people in order to find and reach the pension...and then the scene swiftly changes into one that is quiet and relaxed. The hotel is a turquoise-painted five-story building renovated in the 1990's.

The Hotel Portuense is a clean, quiet, nondescript and safe lodging and family-owned which gives it a homey atmosphere. The family literally can be found working by turns at the place. The two brothers Sadiq and Hussein can be relied upon at the front reception desk at any given time and always helpful and friendly. There are front and back rooms to the building appointed with single, double and triple occupancies. Their single room in which I stayed on a recent Lisbon visit is a decent size with parquet floors, big bathroom and wide windows. I stayed in the back where it is expectedly quiet and lots of blazing natural light. But the management could do something about the thick curtain in place now to keep the room ultra dark at night by adding a thin flimsy second curtain alongside as a backup to maintain one's privacy necessary during the daytime. But even the front rooms which overlook the street and a residential building with a little garden appear to be well-situated. The pension is equipped with a small elevator, heating and air conditioning components and breakfast is free. Although, in terms of this, don't expect much in the way of variety in offerings with only the meager bread and croissant with the standard coffee and teas. I feel the management can offer a bit more by giving customers a little extra such as cheese and cold meats which are practically the standard fare nowadays in most bed and breakfast places.

All of Baixa or lower Lisbon is a mere minute or two from the hotel and this convenience is true as well in so far as the metro, trams, buses including the AeroBus to the airport on Avenida da Liberdade just a block away from the hotel and not to mention the widest selection of restaurants and cafes that can ever be found in all Lisbon. And the old funiculars Elevador da Gloria and Elevador da Lavra are a short steps away.

A selection of grand churches (Catholic) abound in the area and the preeminent theatre the Teatro de Dona Maria II is just at the top of the street in the Rossio Square. As far as essentials such as bottled water, snacks and toiletries, etc. the supermarket Pingo Doce is nearby as well as the fresh produce market Mercado da Figueira.

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loved it!!

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on June 14, 2012

I enjoyed my stay here so much!! it is well situated and my room was a single cozy room and extremely clean!The staff unbelievably kind!!! There was always a smile on everyones face.
Kathleen will be back =)

Unique Quality: Its near everything in the downtown area!! Its great!

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A heartwarming experience

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on July 16, 2010

I cannot praise this hotel enough, especially the incredibly informative and helpful Hussein.
The staff were always welcoming and helpful in every way. After we were pickpocketed Hussein calmed us down, allowed us to phone our home credit card company at no charge and showed us the way to the tourist police office.The hotel itself is a charming little blue pension right behind Rossio Square. It is convenient and comfortable. It is not a luxurious 5 star place but that is not our style of travel. We like a friendly small place which is clean,and that is what we got.If you are happy with that too I highly recommend it.

Unique Quality: the friendliness of the staff, and the location which is excellent, but still quiet .In the same street there are loads of nice little restaurants to eat at.

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Warm hospitality!

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on June 22, 2007

Very central (one street from Rossio), safe, very kind,helpful staff, nice rooms, good price!
we will stay here next time, for sure!

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Budget Lisbon Accommodation

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on July 23, 2005

Pensao Portuense is an excellent choice for anyone looking for budget accommodation in Lisbon. At 42 Euro per night for a double room it is one of Central Lisbon's best value options. Located Rua das Portas de Santo Antao, a busy street full of restaurants, it's only a short hop to to Avenida da Liberdade, Baixa and a short climb to Bairro Alto.

We stayed here for five nights during our recent visit to Portugal. We had originally booked in for 3 as we were unsure of our itinerary but as we liked Lisbon so much we returned for two more days after Evora. The staff are very friendly and kindly let us store bags overnight when we went to Evora.

Our room was sufficiently large and had TV, bathroom and air-conditioning. The view on to the alleyway behind was a little disappointing but you can't have everything! Breakfast is also included in the above price.

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Friendly, very central, safe

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on October 10, 2004

I'd found the Pensao on the Internet and we changed e-mails before my arrival. They were very kind and gave all the details I needed to find the place late afternoon, after my plane landed in Lisbon. I had a small room, very clean, with bathroom, air-conditioning and a TV ( speaking Portuguese, what was good for me because I started to learn the language) - and the most important that it is in a very central place in Rua Portas de S. Antao - 2 minutes from Restauradores, Rossio and Avenida da Liberdade.
This street is the main restaurant street in the lower town and it was a fun to walk along.
The breakfast was continental, included in the price.
I'll go back next year - can I tell more?

Unique Quality: Friendly atmosphere, central location

Directions: Baixa, Metro or bus stop Restauradores

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Address: Rua das Portas de Santo Antao 149 - 157, Baixa, Lisbon, Estremadura, 1150-267, Portugal

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  • Continental Breakfast
  • Wheelchair Accessible
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  • Free High Speed Internet

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