I got booked into the VIP Villa Rica for a work meeting of about 50. The staff were totally unable to cope with our (modest) number - the restaurant downright refused to serve a colleague on the first night, the reception staff was insolent, the "spa" (whirlpool) was out of order, the pool didn't open until 9, so we weren't able to go for a swim before work. Things got better on day two, the rest of the staff was absolutely lovely (special mention for the outstanding Paula, Paulo and Hugo) and we ate out (see my review for O Poleiro, which is 10 minutes away on foot). Generally, our impression was that the hotel management did not have enough staff on the floor.
The hotel is close to the Metro station and a short walk away from the bull fighting stadium (every Thursday - check it out if you are so inclined) and very close to the airport (meaning you hear a lot of planes). There is no wifi on the rooms, but bring a cable for wired internet access.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- VIP Executive Villa Rica Hotel stands out for its exterior design whilst breathing light, nature and art in its interior. The size and tranquility of the rooms, the brightness of the areas, the marble in the bathrooms, a large lobby with natural light, News Shop, garage with three floors, Bar, Restaurant, a Health Club which features a gym, indoor heated pool, Turkish bath and Sauna, makes this hotel is the choice for your stay in Lisbon with all the quality.For those who bring your laptop, free internet in the rooms is available. The VIP Executive Villa Rica has nine conference rooms, with space to accommodate from a business meeting to a Congress with hundreds of participants. Situated on one of the main arteries of the capital, at the top of the 5 de Outubro Avenue, it has an outstanding set of easy and quick access to all areas of the city. It is close to the Entre-Campos railway station and the respective Metro station (3 minutes walking), it is only 10 minutes by Taxi from Lisbon International Airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rica Hotel Lisbon