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Turim Alameda Hotel
Ranked #173 of 255 Hotels in Lisbon
Reviewed November 7, 2011

When you book a cheap hotel from Expedia you are generally looking for something clean, reasonably quiet and quite close to the main sites. Often that's what you get and it's perfectly adequate. We arrived at the Turim Almeda and were pleasantly surprised to get so much more.

The hotel is on a back street opposite the University and doesn't look much from outside. Inside however it is very modern, almost arty, and our initial reaction was just 'Wow'. The staff were excellent, they couldn't help enough, the rooms were clean, spacious and very comfortable, and the breakfast was fabulous.

Location was perfect for us, not right in the centre but very close to the underground and local bus stops. Bus to and from the airport stops at the top of the road too. Walking down into the centre of Lisbon only took 25 minutes and was a great way to get your bearings and see many different parts of Lisbon.

I'd thoroughly recommend the Turim Almeda and would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 2, 2011

Spent a week here. The hotel is quiet, the rooms are clean and the staff extremely friendly (with good English). The price we paid (roughly £50 a night for the room only) was good value - the prices quoted in the room wouldn't be! We didn't have breakfast (10 euros per person) as there are many cheaper options in the neighbourhood (coffee & home-made cake in a 'Pastelaria' - approx. 2 euros!).
The nearest metro station is about 10 mins walk, but there is a climb back up, so this might not suit those with mobility problems - but we'd definitely stay again

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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 31, 2011

Booked through hotels.com for 7 nights in late October: $77/night Mon-Sat; $109 Sundays - included breakfast buffet. Unbelievable value - about half of what I would have paid for a hotel in the Old City. I believe I stayed during the first week of off-season, when prices all over Lisbon dropped.

In terms of location, the hotel is about 5 Metro stops away from the action in the Old City. Lisbon is a small city; I could get anywhere by Metro in 10-15 minutes. If you are the type who has to return to your hotel room throughout the day, this might not be the place for you. However, if you are the type who travels with a backpack, you cannot beat the value here.

Getting there from Airport: The airport cabbies all try to cheat you. So take an AeroBus to downtown instead - they are quick and cheap. Cost is 3.50 Euros, cash only (be sure to ask for your change!). Watch the electronic display for the Saldanha stop (I think it's the 5th stop). Most tourists stay closer to downtown; so the trip is short, <10 minutes. Stay close to the door on the bus.

When you get off at Saldanha, you will be in this big circle. Saldanha is a hub with multiple spokes running to it. You just rode in from the north - the hotel is a few blocks northeast of Praça de Saldanha. There are no signs leading to the hotel. The locals have never heard of it. If you ask for directions, ask for the Pingo Doce supermarket on Avenida Rovisco Pais (same street). Better yet, while in the circle, look for the familiar McDonald's arch. The corner nearest to that McD sign is the street you want (Rua Duque du Avila, which becomes Avenida Rovisco Pais). Walk down for about 5-7 minutes. On your left you should see a big university (Instituto Superior Tecnico), and you should pass the Pingo Doce on your right.

Check-in was effortless. Front Desk is staffed 24/7 by multilingual staff (all speak Portuguese, English, and a few other languages); Nuno and Susana are both especially good. No troubles with any wake-up calls or taxis. Entire hotel is smoke-free. Two tiny but fast elevators. Your room passcard triggers the electricity for your whole room; so you cannot forget your card (and you can't run the A/C while you are out either).

I had a room on the 5th floor with no balcony. I heard the concierge explain to another guest that the balcony rooms are more popular and do sell out first, but they are considerably smaller. This is not a touristy area - so there are no great views anyway. About 7 rooms per floor. Quiet, the only thing I heard was people opening and closing their front doors (deadbolt). The typical guests are retired European tourists (not tour groups); so this is not a rowdy hotel.

My room was extremely clean and simple, but impeccable: a double bed, 2 night tables, a small ottoman, a TV mounted on the wall, long glass shelf (in lieu of a table), a mini-bar, a closet with 5 hangers and 1 drawer and a room safe, a kettle (with some tea bags/sugar), 2 cups/saucers, 2 cocktail glasses. I asked the front desk to empty the mini bar, which is large enough to store 3-5 x 1L bottles or cartons. Also no clock or radio; use CNN on TV. The room is not designed for dining-in or reading.

Didn't need A/C or heat in late October (temp was around 20°C), but I checked that they worked well and quietly. You can open the window as well (no screens).

The mattress is ok, although I prefer extra firm. There are 2 extra pillows and a comforter in the closet. Nice crisp cotton sheets.

TV has a few English channels: France 24, BBC News, and CNN Europe. There is also EuroSport channel, which sometimes broadcasts in English (but mostly in German). Volume on TV is capped at 35% of maximum.

The bathroom was large, modern, and spotless: marble floors, big tub, strong water pressure in shower, lots of hot water, bidet, telephone. Some toiletries provided (soap, shampoo, lotion - which they will replenish) - more available at front desk. Hair dryer and vanity mirror. Lots of fluffy, clean towels.

My one issue was that the battery on my room safe was dead when I arrived. It took 2 days to get the technician to replace it. In the meantime, I kept my valuables in the hotel safe at the front desk. This was no trouble, but be sure to know the contents of what you are storing in the hotel safe, as items are not compartmentalized.

Buffet breakfast runs from 7:00-9:30am daily. Staff is very friendly. They will check for your room passcard or client card daily. The menu does not seem to change much, but was always fresh and replenished quickly: 2 types of scrambled eggs (one with meat, one without); bacon; "sausages" (boiled hot dogs); sliced cold cuts (salami, ham, chorizo); sliced cheese; breads (Portuguese rolls, sliced bread, croissants) that you toast yourself; cold cereal and milk; mini-danishes; cold waffles (the kind you can get from a supermarket); sliced cakes; whole baked apples w/ cinnamon and sugar; individual yogourts; butter; jams. As for fresh fruit, there were apples, oranges, kiwis (halved). North Americans might miss the following buffet staples: hash browns, pancakes, tomatoes, oatmeal, strawberries, pineapple, melon, bananas.

At the buffet there is a machine dispensing coffee, hot milk, orange juice, and hot water - I've read many complaints about this, but it's a buffet; so what do you expect? You will probably a have a few bicas or caffe com leites through the day anyway. I brought some tea bags from home and used the hot water. I also kept a bottle of freshly squeezed juice in my mini-bar.

I thought the breakfast buffet was a good start to the day, and more than enough to get you by until your next visit to a cafe. It added to the superior value of this hotel. If not included in your room rate, skip it (it's 15 Euros!), and have breakfast at a cafe or pastelaria, or even the nearby McDonald's. Definitely worth booking this into your hotel reservation if <7 Euro surcharge.

The hotel has a happy hour from 18h-20h every night. Bar rates are half-price on everything except wine. I didn't try it, but half-off on port looked good.

Commuting to Old City: Alameda Metro is closer to the hotel and on the green line (Linha Verde). You can get to the Old City without transferring. The walk from Alameda Metro to the hotel is steep: not bad if you have a backpack, but a definite no if you have luggage, even on rollers. This path leads to the university and is well-travelled until about 23h00 and always well-lighted. If returning to the hotel alone late at night, I would say the Alameda Metro is a safer option than Saldanha Metro (on the red line, Linha Vermelha). (The neighbourhood is very safe, but the Saldanha Metro has much less traffic.) If returning to the hotel at a decent hour, take Saldanha Metro to avoid the steep climb from Alameda.

Around the hotel: The university is the lifeblood of this neighbourhood and makes it quite lively and safe. It also encourages local restaurants to offer cheap lunch specials. Caffe Imperio, next to Alameda Metro, offers a great 5.50 Euro special - 1 main dish, 1 trip to the buffet (salads, sides, some hot dishes, a full pasta bar), 1 trip to the bar (beer, wine, soft drink, juice, or water), and 1 dessert - you pay up front, and the hostess will give you tickets for each part of your meal, no tips. This is a great budget option if you are making an intraday stop at the hotel, if you don't mind being surrounded by college students.

You can get almost everything you need at the Pingo Doce supermarket a few streets west of the hotel: fresh fruit, milk, juices, water, toiletries, groceries, detergent, decent hot counter, bakery. It has normal prices, not bumped up like some of the downtown locations. Use Pingo Doce to stock your mini-bar wisely!

For better pastries in the area, go to Pastelaria Sequiera at Saldanha Circle. They sell a delicious Bolo Rei (a Portuguese Christmas cake) that makes an excellent souvenir - it travels well. Very friendly staff, but they only speak Portuguese. Friendly locals will translate for you, though!

All in all, this is an excellent value hotel. I would recommend it to anyone and would stay there again in a minute.

Room Tip: Some rooms have balconies, but they are smaller. If you order a room with a double bed, there is not...
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 22, 2011

Just back after a four day stay at the Turim Alameda. The room rate was particularly good. This is an efficient hotel that easily meets expectations. Almost everything is done well - particularly the front desk staff who were very helpful. I would have given a five star rating but breakfast was uninspiring - coffee and fruit juice were poor quality but this was easily overcome by a visit to one of Lisbon's many pastelerias

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 21, 2011

A little gem situated only 10–15 mins from the airport.
Reception was friendly and efficient with a lovely modern lobby/foyer with a nice lounge and bar. My room was great and it had a big balcony to watch the sunsets from.
This was the cleanest hotel I’ve stayed at in Europe and only a couple of subway stops from the main drag in Lisbon. A hint though, when catching a train to the central part of town, go downhill to Alameda station; when coming home get off at Saldhana; it’s a hell of a hill climb after a long days sightseeing. There’s a university nearby so you’ll find lots of café’s, shops and a supermarket just down the road.
Free, fast WiFi (in rooms & lobby) was great. Breakfast was varied and plentiful and again, staff were very pleasant. A great place to stay in a very good, safe location.

Room Tip: Unlike most hotels in Europe you can actually sit on the balcony, ask for a room with one.
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 14, 2011

We stayed in the hotel for the conference that took place nearby, so the location was perfect for us, but the hotel is quite far from the city center. However the travel to the center is convenient and quick (few subway stops). Nearest subway stop is about 700m downhill across exciting lawn that itself is an interesting sight in Lisbon.
Our stay in the hotel was excellent but we didn't try their cuisine (even breakfast). The room (and bathroom also) were perfectly clean, with appropriate service, the place is quiet and convenient.
Exceptional value for the price.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 2, 2011

I would recommend the Turim Alameda to the no nonsense traveller who is out to get a certain standard on a budget. Being situated a few stops - metro - away from the old town and the more happening places in Lisbon, the hotel offers very affordable prices to attract visitors, and it seems to work. When you stay here you are greeted by very service-minded front staff, you get a clean and beige room, you can enjoy a alright breakfast, and you leave pretty satisfied. Yes, the hill up from the Alameda station is pretty steep, but I have to say that if you are afraid of climbing hills Lisbon might not be the town for you - they say that Lisbon is the city of seven hills, but I suspect there might be more... And any visitor must at some point go up-hill, even though they have tried to limit the amount of hills by installing various lifts and elevadores. The size of the room is OK, and the same with the bath. Over average. Just nice. Lisbon? Absolutely adorable!

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank FlyinBee
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Additional Information about Turim Alameda Hotel

Address: Avenida Rovisco Pais 34, Lisbon 1000-268, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Central Portugal > Lisbon District > Lisbon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#36 Family Hotel in Lisbon
#86 Romantic Hotel in Lisbon
#116 Luxury Hotel in Lisbon
Price Range: $60 - $186 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Turim Alameda Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 100
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