Hotel Residencial Florescente
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I chose this hotel for my annual trip-with-a-companion because it was easy to get to by Metro or Aerobus from the airport (we were landing mid-evening) and within easy (for us) walking distance of the things I suspected my friend would want to see. Had I been travelling by myself i would have chosen somewhere a bit further away from the busy-with-visitors Rossio/Restauradores area.
The Residencial Florescente is on the largely pedestrianised Rua Portas de Santo Antao, one short 'block' to the south of Placa Restuaradores and just a couple of minutes walk from bot Metro and Aerobus stops. It has rooms on 5 floors, with a lift, a pleasant sitting area, free computers for guest use and free wifi (which I didn't try out). There's a small bar and a larger breakfast room, with a restaurant which adjoins the hotel (not sure if it's still owned by them).
My double room was on the second floor, my friend's twin room on the fourth floor. I can only speak about my room, which was accessed via the narrowest corridor I've ever come across in a hotel. I imagine more than one guest has to turn his/her suitcase sideways...and possibly turn him/herself sideways...to get to the room, although neither of us needed to..
Both our rooms were clean and comfortable, with sufficient hanging and storage space, towels and toiletries. There was also plenty of hot water, although I found i had to run the taps for quite a long time before it arrived.
Rooms have air con as well as windows which open. Although air con wasn't needed when we visited, I think it would be pretty essential in the summer months. Both of us had rooms at the front ad this might pose a problem for some people. Rua Portas de Santo Antao may be pedestrianised but it is also full of restuarants, all of which seemed to be very busy indeed even on these mid-April evenings...and all had tables outside. Noise from the restaurants, and the attendant buskers (I loathe pan pipes!) carried on well past midnight to be followed in the early hours by noise from street cleaners and rubbish collectors, and at 7am by restaurant owners setting out their tables again. The tall buildings over the cobbled street means that all noise echoes.
I was fine because I always use ear plugs. After 3 nights, my friend was somewhat sleep-deprived. If you think the noise might disturb you then either take ear-plugs or ask for a room to the rear of the hotel and keep your fingers crossed. I asked a few days in advance, by email, but it didn't work.
The rate included breakfast, which was fine: the usual range of cold meats, cheese, cakes, rolls, preserves, fruit, cereals supplemented by scrambled egg and bacon. The served coffee was perfectly ok and there was also an espresso machine for making one's own, stronger, version. It was a bit sad to have orange squash rather than orange juice, but there we go.
There are no room safes but security box keys are freely available at reception, with the boxes in a room only accessible by front desk staff cards.
Staff were pleasant and had good English.
This hotel is a sound, reasonably-priced (for the centre of a capital city) base for a first visit to Lisbon, offering clean, adequately comfortable accommodation within easy walking distance of many, many places to eat, shops, elevadores, trams and buses....and also within easy walking distance of the castle and the Alfama district, if you are a reasonable uphill walker. It was full for all three days we visited, indicating how popular it is with visitors but also resulting in some people having to wait for a breakfast table to become free.
Directions: Get off the Aerobus or Metro at Restauradores, spot the Hard Rock cafe, walk down the sidestreet by it, turn right and the hotel is on your right. Takes two minutes at most.
A Good Value Central Hotel
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.
Unique Quality: 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.
In the city centre
This nice "pensão" is very well situated and just a few metres away from Praça dos Restauradores (some bus stops there, some of them, for the Airport), Praça Rossio and Rossio Railway Station.
There are many restaurants along the street but the hotel is at the end of it, so, much less noisy that it could be expected (or not noisy at all).
Single room, B&B: 40,00 € (Jun. '09).
Directions: - Metro: Restauradores (Blue line) and Rossio (green line).
- Map: www.residencialflorescente.com/localizacao.php?op=3&lg=eng
- Fax: (+351) 21 342 77 33
Great place - central location
The room was small, but clean. Very quiet location although almost in the city centre.
Breakfast was the same all 6 days, but good - salami,cheese,marmalade,butter,2 sorts of cereals, jogurt,coffee,tea,milk.
The staff is very friendly and helpful.
Directions: Only 5 min from Rossio square.
Rossio metro station on Green line or Restauradores metro station on Blue line.
We stayed here in November 2007. We booked this hotel on spec, thinking it sounded reasonable. We were especially attracted to it as Skoosh was offering a very good deal (3 nights for the price of 2).
We were delighted with all aspects. Its location is extremely good for both walking and catching city transport, it's just minutes walk from the bus and tram terminal in Praca Da Figueira. To reach it from the airport is an easy 3 Euro ride on the 91 city link bus, get off at Restauradores and cross over the square, go down the side road by the Hard Rock Cafe and turn right, it's on the right next door to the Theatro Rivoli; two minutes walk from the bus stop.
The hotel seems to have had a recent update, all the public areas are clean and bright. The staff that we encountered were pleasant and helpful, enduring our attempts at speaking Portuguese, but they spoke good English.
The room we had (408) was also clean and well furnished with two comfortable beds and a TV and AC. It has a large (2.5m x 2.5m) bright bathroom with bath/shower, plenty of towels even a hair-dryer, everything you'd need. We asked for a quiet room, 408 is on the back with no view but it was extremely quiet all night. Those on the front overlook the pedestrianised street where you can watch the world go by but it's not a particularly interesting part of the street and the rooms do suffer from the noise of early morning rubbish/bottle collections as well as the "normal" city street sounds.
If you carry a laptop there is FREE wifi connection, if not there is a computer in the public lounge that you can use, I think there's a charge for this.
The breakfast, which was included, was good; limited in the range of items but not in the quality or quantity, you can fill up with as much as you can eat of fresh bread rolls, meat/cheese, jam, cereal, fruit juice and tea/coffee/chocolate.
All in all a good well priced hotel (We'd even have been happy to pay for every night), with a practical location, highly recommended.
Unique Quality: Very practical location.
Clean and quiet (on the back).
Large well equipped bathroom.
Free wifi connection.
Directions: From airport get off bus at Restauradores, cross over and go down the road by Hard Rock Cafe, turn right, it's on the right; less than two minutes from the bus stop.
From Rossio walk to the right of Teatro Maria II, it's up that street on the right.
Well situated along a main tourist street lined with restaurants behind the Restauradores Plaza and metro station. Clean rooms and nice, big, marbled bathroom. Excellent startpoint for prowling for food at strange hours. Within walking distance to Rossio Square where it's a buzz of activities as well.
Breakfast is in a quaint room decorated with tiles and paintings (pointilism) of Lisbon. The steward is conscientious and makes sure food is well stocked and tables cleared quickly.
Directions: From Restauradores metro, look for slope leading down towards backstreet.
Nice hotel in Lisboa
The location is wonderful, it's in the city center and you can reach everything by foot.
The hotel is very humble, but clean and friendly.
It's not far from Rossio and Restauradores (underground), if you're travelling by plane, take a City Bus from the airport (do not travel by taxi), it costs something like 2Euros, and the ticket entitles you to travel all day long on all means of transport!
Unique Quality: Excellent location and good rates.
I would recommend, it is central to the most important sites of Lisbon, as well as metro and buses to the airport. The rooms are tiny though, but efficient and clean. The people who work the front desk are courteous and helpful. Prices should be about 50 euro per night.
Consider a stay at a Pension in Lisbon also, they are cheap and run efficiently from what we saw. They are all over Lisbon and run typically by women.
Directions: Pedestrian Street behind Square
Me and my boyfriend stayed at the Residencial Florescente in Lisbon 5 nights. It is the best hotel if you want a simple, but clean room with bathroom, tv and aircondition in the middle of downtown Lisbon!
Unique Quality: Location, location, location! You can walk everywhere.
moderately priced, clean accomodations
This is a nice, clean place right in the heart of Baixa. It is right near Praca dos Restauradores and Av. da Liberdade.
The street where it's located is the Fine Arts region of town. Musicals, ballets, operas are all shown here.
The rooms are moderately sized with clean private baths. Tv, air, hairdryers all included.
Breakfast is included, although it is mainly just bread, meats, cheese, cereal, coffee, juices, milk
It's not the cheapest around, but you get what you pay for.
The staff is also very friendly and helpful
Unique Quality: nice flowers in front of the building, some rooms have nice views
Directions: from Restauradores, the street is one block east, directly parallel
Unique Quality: This was to be my weekend pension if I had to checkout of my usual place. The centre of the restaurant street at the Restauradores end of Rua Augusta (rua Portas). Smart clean rooms and good security.(they wouldn't let anybody just walk in).
Inexpensive places to stay
Lisbon has several pensions around its main squares. Two good choices are Residencial Florescente on a street parallel to Restauradores Square, and Residencial Saldanha by Saldanha Square.
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Hotel Residencial Florescente
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Address: Rua Portas de Santo Antao, 99, Lisbon, Estremadura, 1150-266, Portugal
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Amenities at Hotel Residencial Florescente
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Room Service
- Bar / Lounge
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