...but it's not any more. You can see that it had a time of splendor by the décor, by the building itself and by the names associated with it (they say Amalia Rodrigues and even some foreign Princesses and Princes stayed in it). But now it's all old and rusty, with dark interiors and stains in the walls of the room. The room has a mini-bar, but with only two bottles of mineral water in it. The outside neon ads look like those of a night club more than those of a 4 star hotel (by the way, I would say this should be a three star hotel right now, the fourth star must be there "for old times' sake").
The reception when we got there wasn't the best either: the receptionist charged us 20 cents for a city map (which is something that I had never seen before) and then she seemed bothered because we asked for directions. To some other customers, she said that she couldn't give the information they required because "she wasn't from here".
The room was ok, except for the already mentioned stains in the walls. The bed was big and comfortable, and the bathroom was big enough and was clean enough. Breakfast buffet was quite good, the best part of our stay: it included some assorted pastries with butter and jam; scrambled eggs, sausages and bacon; fruit, juices, coffee and tea.
All in all, this hotel is not what it used to be, and it is quite obvious for anybody staying in it. If it weren't for its great location, I wouldn't recommend it. But it's very well located, so I guess you can give it a try if you are staying for a night or two and don't mind a bit of decadence.
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