Travel Blogs from Lisbon
While legend says Lisbon was founded by Ulysses and was called Olisipo after him, it was more likely that the area was founded by the Phoenicians as far back as 1200BC.
Over the centuries, the city has had its fair share of bad luck. In the 1300s, the Black Death devastated the population, while in 1755 a large portion of the city was destroyed by an earthquake – many of the destroyed buildings were rebuilt by the Marquis de Pombal.
... filled floor mosaics and unbelievable carved fireplace. The highlight, though, were the whimsical gardens that featured numerous lakes, fountains, grottoes and--coolest of all--underground tunnels that led to and from the various lakes, fountains and grottoes. We took the overland trails among the sights, as well, but the secret passageways (some of which were pitch black and required use of our ...
... to the waterfront. The Bairro Alto is on the hill to the west, and includes our area (the Chiado). The Alfama is on the hill to the east. Because the city is so hilly, there are many funiculars, ancient "elevators", and even escalators to take pedestrians to the upper and lower parts of the city. We saw some wonderful city views at the top of Elevador de Santa Justa - a 150-ft tall iron outdoor ...
... finished el Camino de Santiago a week ago who I spent an entire day with talking about the experience, who reaffirmed my dream to take on the Camino; like Victoria, another American girl, who I’ve been practicing salsa with every night; like Diane, our Brazilian cook who has been teaching us Samba along with feeding us some of the most delicious meals; and like many who have come and gone throughout the week who I’ve partied with, talked ...
... I am quite ready to tell All and Sundry that Snowden is NOT hiding in plain sight in Lisbon. In fact, as soon as they come in, I will tell them both just that. I'm sure they will be wearing black... Enjoy the photos of my fruitless search! PS Just watched the replay of the Djokovic-Mayer match at Wimbledon; it wasn't quite the slam-dunk the Wimbledon app's "News" implied. (For both of you who ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsResidencial Florescente Lisbon
Good hostel with good breakfast.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Residencial Florescente Lisbon
Perfect for Lisbon!
Florescente is the perfect base from which to see beautiful Lisbon. My boyfriend and I stayed there twice for three nights each time in August 2003. It was perfectly clean, bright, airy, colourful and comfortable.
The staff were very helpful, professional and generally pretty friendly despite the occasional display of surliness. The wide variety of rooms makes the place suitable for people on all budgets and the location is perfect! I would highly recommend this pensione.
Charming value for money - an excellent choice
I read the reviews on Florescente and booked it for six nights in october. The reviews are right, it's a wonderful place, very well situated in the middle of everything. We had a room on the first floor with the window facing the street - the street noise didn't disturb us.
The bathroom was rather small but we only payed 45 euro per night which is a real bargain. Everything was OK except the breakfast coffe which tasted awful. This was no problem, there were plenty of places where we could have a nice cup of coffee. The restaurants on the street were OK but the best chicken we had up in Alfama and we also took the furnicular at Rasturadores to Bairro Alto where there are many Fado restaurants - wonderful experience. The nearest neighbour of Florescente is a theater and we saw My Fair lady - Minha linda senhora - in portogues, it was a very good show. We bought tourist cards for metro, bus and tram and spent hours in the trams in a traffic situation that is so complicated that it can't be described, it has to be experienced. If and when we go back to Lisboa we'll be most happy to stay at Florescente!
Excellent value for a capital city
Low cost and excellent value hotel which is very well situated in the tourist area and close to many restaurants. Bedrooms are on the small side but are clean. Breakfast room is smart and breakfast itself good although I didn't like the coffee. Staff are friendly enough but don't seem to speak English. I would certainly use this hotel again.
What a FABULOUS & quaint place to stay!
This was the cutest most wonderful place I've ever stayed! Found the reviews on TripAdvisor.com, knew nothing about Portugal or where to stay, and this place turned out to be a DIAMOND in the Rough! It's on a quaint cobblestone road, where no cars can pass. There is a breakfast included in the price --we were there 9/1-9/3 and it was 60 Euro/night. It was such a great value...nice room, great private bath and terrific A/C! Awesome location and great places to eat right there on the same street as hotel. If you turn right out of hotel, eat at Bourjardin (i think that's what it's called) it was fabulous! They specialize in chicken, but I'm a vegetarian, and they had great choices for me too! LOVED IT and when I go back, I won't look anyplace else. This is where I'll stay!
Great little quaint hotel!
This hotel was so cute, I would stay here again in a heartbeat! The rooms and the bathrooms were VERY clean and spacious and I loved the cute little verandas in each room!! Breakfast was good as well and the staff was very friendly and accomadating. The residencial was in a terrific location!!
Great location, fine value
This is a fine value at a wonderful downtown location. I wouldn't look any further if you are seeking clean, affordable rooms within a moments walk of all major downtown locations. Be warned: our room and bed were SMALL; though it was located on on the quiet side of the building and we had virtually no extraneous noise. Breakfast was sufficient.
Additionally, we advise looking beyond the restaurants on that street for authentic Portuguese fare. We ate close to the hotel and found fried meats and fish that were over salted. If you can find "Resto", high up on the hill in the Alfama, you'll be greatly rewared! Enjoy Lisbon!
We had a new room on the 6th floor with a view of the castello.Paid 60 euros a night at the end of May2003. In the US this room would cost $200 a night. Probably should have a 3 star rating.
What a find! See you all here!
Stayed Sept / Oct 2002.SO glad I found this little hotel. Amazing value considering it's only rated 2 star. Couldn't get anything more central, being in a pedestrianised zone right beside Rossio Sq., and Restauradores Sq. and 10mins from Sta Apollonia Station. Rooms not spacious but for £25 per night in a capital city, superb value. Satellite TV and hair dryers very useful and excellent A/C! Looks a bit run down from the outside and they need a lift from Reception to 1st Floor where the lift actually starts! Heavy bags are awkward on the stairs. Need to eat? Restaurants all along the street outside. All equally good and reasonably priced. Good brekkie in the hotel too which is unusual for Portugal.Internet facility in the NW corner of Rossio Sq. Try to go when it opens at 0800 or after 6pm, as it's queueing at most other times. Not surprising as it's VERY cheap to use there and not limited.
Good choice of pensao / residencial
We stayed there in Sept. 2002
Most rooms have been renovated recently; however the staircase and outside of the house still need work. So don't get shocked at first sight.
Some rooms are smaller ones, so ask to see a choice before booking.
The place is very centrally located, but quite quiet for being in the center of town.
We will go back there and can recommend it for people trying to find a cheap but decent place to stay.
Great place--Residencial Florescente, Lisbon
We stayed at Residencial Florescente in October 2002. The hotel was clean; excellent breakfast included. Very decent size room and a huge recently renovated bathroom--by any hotel standards. Comfortable new beds. Very helpful concierge. Excellent central location (however, if you mind street noise, ask for a room facing back). Very-very nice place.