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The McMillans arrived today from Bourdeaux, so it was a lovely reunion of the full complement.
Tomorrow we are off to Fatima, which is the highlight for me when we were planning this trip. I hope it is all what I expect it to be.
Our walking distance to date would be well in excess of 20km. With children in tow, this is amazing! Well done children!!.....and the oldies!!
JC signing out.
Well, arrived in Lisbon yesterday afternoon with pressure sores on my bum after nearly 20 hours in the air. The plane was packed with masses of Chinese people on a tour, most of whom spoke very little English so not much chit chat went down (for my part anyway haha). Beautiful sunny day. Got a taxi to my hotel, Residential Florescente, which is quaint and lovely, located on a pedestrian street in the old town with loads of cafés, museums, monuments, metro stations etc in ...
... streets and various bars. Sightseeing highlights included the magnificant flock of Peacocks, Kat was especially impressed, the local yoots dressed like discount trannies and a collection of pants hanging from the side of a building.
Back at the penthouse whilst deliberating the plan for the evening, it soon became apparent that we'd dropped a ...
Today I took the double-decker bus to Cascais and the coast of Lisbon. Breathtaking views. I sat on top of the bus and it got very chilly. I was glad I had bought a windbreaker with me. I would find out when I got back to the hotel that the sun really took a liking to my face. I know I should have bought sunscreen for my face but....well what can I say? The sunburn I received was worth the experience of seeing the ...
... market to hold ourselves over for the evening.The front desk provided us our keys to the “Penthouse” room, which was up several flights of stairs. Typically not a big deal, but is pretty annoying when you are lugging around ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Novotel Lisboa Lisbon
Nice hotel, like the rest of the Novotels I know. The staff is nice and helpful. Good breakfast. However, there are a few things I didn't like. There are planes going over the hotel at all times, and the noise can be heard in the rooms. In the first room I was given (307) there was a terrible noise coming out of the heating, even when it was off. The restaurant has a very poor menu, unless you choose the buffet. Make sure you haven't asked to be woken up in the morning, or else you may get the surprise of a phone call at 6:30 in the morning! Apart from this, a very good place if you're going to Lisbon.
We stay there 5 nights. And it was excellent. No problem at all.
The hotel is not located in the centre of Lisboa but still not too far away. Anyway there is 2 metro stations very nearby (if you managed to find them) but the best turn right outside the hotel, take the road in the front of the theatre which is going down, then at the big junction cross the road to the coach park, you will find the entrance of the station there. 5 minutes walk.
A big El Corte Ingles (department and food store) is very near by.
The rooms are completely new, a nice modern feelings. Very large convenient desk, a sofa, comfortable bed , plasma screen and big wardrobes, safe and fully stock minibar.
Bathroom is quite big to compare than other hotels. Very modern too, just love it. Bath and rainforest showers.
Our room was spotless every day and very well soundproof.
Lobby and restaurant are very bright and modern. We had breakfast every single day. A nice extensive buffet. Nothing really too exciting, good choice and everything you need for every taste.
The review before mentionned restaurant price being pricey and did not actually even went there. Well I had dinner once and sorry to say but prices very not more expensive than any other restaurant we went to. The food was excellent, and very well presented.
And it was the only restaurant who ask us "smoking or not", everywhere we went I was terribly bothered by the smoke. If you are a non smoker be ready to enjoy a dinner in the smoke! Every single places we went we had to pay for butter, bread, the small dish they bring to you at the beginning except at the Novotel were those items were free.
Overall the restaurant at Novotel was excellent quality.
I will definately book again. Prices were very cheap, we book via Accorhotels website with their special hot deals and only paid 65 euros a night !!!
Definately a place to stay.
Have just returned from Lisbon - first time visitor. Found this hotel to be very good - large rooms ( booked on hotel website and got an upgraded large room with settee), big bathroom, choice of TV satellite TV channels, Absolutely spotless throughout, good breakfast. Didn't bother with dinner at hotel - looked quite pricey and loads of places downtown at reasonable prices. Likewise - avoid the mini-bar! Despite comments about being ripped off by taxi-drivers, it wasn't a problem. Fare each way from/to airport was about 7E. Metro is only a few minutes away, but route from hotel isn't clear from maps. . Best way is to turn left after leaving hotel - then first left. The road goes behind hotel and onto a busy road. Follow the road until you come to coach stop and Metro is just behind. Public transport in Lisbon cheap and frequent - no need for a car. Would go back to Novotel if they charge such good rates. I paid £98 for two people for 2 nights incl. breakfast.
Wir kommen gerade aus Lissabon zurück, wir waren hier zum ersten Mal. Das Hotel war sehr gut - große Zimmer (über die Hotelsite gebucht und bekam ein Upgrade, das Zimmer war groß), großes Bad, Satellitenfernsehen, überall makellos sauber, tolles Frühstück.
Haben nicht im Hotel zu Abend gegessen - es sah recht teuer aus und in der Innenstadt findet man viele Restaurants zu vernünftigen Preisen. Man sollte auch die Minibar vermeiden! Wir hatten die Kommentare über die Bescheißerei der Taxifahrer gelesen und uns ist das nicht untergekommen. Wir zahlten für den Hin- und Rückweg zum Flughafen je 7 Pfund.
Die Metro ist nur ein paar Minuten vom Hotel entfernt aber auf der Karte ist der Weg nicht besonders ersichtlich. Am Besten hält man sich gleich links wenn man aus dem Hotel kommt, dann nimmt man die erste Straße links. Die Straße führt hinter dem Hotel vorbei und dann kommt man auf eine vielbefahrene Straße. Dieser Straße folgt man bis man zu einer Haltestelle kommt und dahinter ist gleich die Metro. Der öffentliche Nahverkehr ist in Lissabon preisgünstig und verkehrt häufig - man braucht keinen Wagen. Würde für denselben guten Preis wieder ins Novotel kommen. Ich zahlte 98 Pfund für zwei Übernachtungen (einschl. Frühstück) für zwei Personen.
Is Internet Important?
Usual Novotel stylee, except please be aware there is no high speed internet in the rooms, although reception claims there is. There is no modem available at reception, as claimed by notice in room. There is Wi-Fi in the lobby area, but that's it! If you want to listen to Howard Stern online whilst writing your reports, you're outta luck. Shame really, but now I'm looking for another hotel with same rate but high speed internet or Wi-Fi in the room. Sheraton is lovely but a bit too pricey for the company, except for 1 or 2 days.
Up to scratch
Hotel "does exactly what it says on the tin"
Previous reviews sum this hotel up.
Recently upgraded,clean, spacious, friendly.
Decent location right beside underground (5 stops to city centre)and just off motorway to airport.(15 mins. and 20 euros )
Booked this along with flight (klm) for best deal.
Although busy with football fans (celtic v benfica) service was fast and friendly.Rooms spacious especially bathroom.
No complaints with this place at all.
Fine, clean and modern hotel
This modern and attractive hotel is very nice and comfy; large room and modern bathroom; flatscreen TV, good beds, etc...
The rooms are also soundproof and have a good aircosystem.
Breakfast is very good as in all Novotels.
Staff was very helpfull and friendly.
We booked this hotel using the Accor website and got a good (citytrip)deal: 75 euro/night/room for 2 adults and a child (15), breakfst included.
Taxis stop all the time at the hotel entrance and the metro is just 2 minutes walk away.The airport is just a 10 minute taxiride.
We had some meals at the hotel restaurant and we must say that we got better value than in town....
A Nice, Modern and Functional Hotel
The Novotel Lisboa is a perfect hotel for Leisure and Business travellers alike. The check-in procedure was not as expected, though, due to the fact that some extra questions were asked, which were not necessary. The lobby is pleasant, with plenty of light and nice architecture. The bar is spacious and comfortable, but some of the service left a little to be desired. The rooms are very nice, with comfortable beds. There is plenty of space in both the main room and the bathroom. There is a spacious bath and shower, with a good jet. However, there were numerous marks on the tiles, and floor. The door handle to the main bedroom actually did not lock on our last night, and we had to call the receptionist up to sort it out. Although some of these quarms are fairly minor, they are still worth mentioning. The restaurant is very nice, and provides an extremely good buffet breakfast. Dinner is also very good, and is good value, too. The hotel's location is also good. The PRAÇA DE ESPANHA Metro station is very near and easy to get to.If you walk around the hotel and under the bridge, it is just beyond the bus area. There is just a short ride on the very efficient Metro on Linha Azul / Blue Line to RESTAURADORES and BAIXA-CHIADO for the centre and main sights. I would highly recommend this hotel.
Modern hotel with good connection to downtown
We have just come back from a wonderful trip to Lisbon. We stayed in the Novotel Lisboa which was a very good choice. We had booked the room via internet before [-------] for a rate of 66 Euro per night, (directly taken from the credit card without possibility to cancel the reservation). The best option to get to the hotel from the airport is taking a taxi which costs you around 10 to 15 Euro. The hotel is situated not too far away from the airport in a kind of business area where you will find other big hotels next to such as Mercure and Ibis. Hotel staff was very friendly and helpful. The room (5th floor) was very nice, with a lot of space and a nice bathroom and with a flat screen satellite television. The windows where well isolated so we did not hear the noise of the airplanes that pass very low. (We did not try the breakfast buffet but it was 7,50 Euro). To get to downtown, the best option was taking the metro at Praca Espanha which is the blue line that will take you until Baixa-Chiado. When you come out of the hotel, head left and before passing the Banco Popular, cross the street and walk down the street to the left. Down you cross the street and you will already see the metro stop.
Nice rooms at the Novotel
You can't go wrong with a Novotel. I made my booking on Hotels(-) and got a very good rate as a single traveller, 180 euros for three nights, when the rack rate is 120 euros per night. My rate included a decent buffet breakfast. Lunch is buffet only, never tried dinner. The rooms are well kept, bright, airy, cool, big modern bathrooms, very clean, quiet, and cool modern decor. The location is a bit strange, but not far from Praca Espana metro station. To get to the hotel from the metro station, you have to hike across a roundabout, up along the road past a theatre, over a freeway bridge, then the hotel is just across the freeway. However taxis are pretty cheap so if you have a lot of luggage it's worth taking a taxi there. There are not many staff on desk duty, and the customer is certainly not their biggest priority, shuffling papers, stapling, and other paperwork duty certainly take precedence, but this has been my experience all across Portugal. So give yourself plenty of time to check in and out!