The hotel is in a quiet suburb but it is easy (and fun) to get downtown on the No 28 tram and taxis are not too expensive. The room was fine, a bit small but very clean. There is free WiFi. For continental Europe there was a reasonable choice of food for breakfast: cold meat, fruit, pastries, etc. The roof terrace was wonderful, it was great to relax with a cold drink after a hot day. There were, however, a few niggles. The air con is not yet working but the House has only one fan and whoever had it was hanging on to it. With daytime temperatures nudging 40 deg C it was too hot to sleep, even keeping the room shutters closed during the day. The shampoo in our bathroom wasn't replaced and I had to rummage round in a cupboard to find some more. The staff were very keen to help us find our way around Lisbon, but the advice wasn't always good. For example, we were told that the Zapping pre-pay transport card isn't valid on trains (it is), and that the quickest way to Rossio station (for Sintra) is the Metro to Rossio (it isn't - this involves two changes and Rossio isn't even the closest Metro station). We were also advised to go for one of the open air barbeques in Alfama. This turned out to be a massive rip off. Sardines, unidentified meat, salad, bread and cheap wine, with dirty cutlery and plates, cost 20EUR each. We should have checked the price before we ate, but it would have been nice if the hotel had warned us that Lisbon street food is not the bargain it is elsewhere in the world. These are minor niggles. We had a great time in Lisbon and the House has bags of style and charm, but good service needs just a bit more than that.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In what used to be a big family's home in the best neighbourhood in Lisbon, The HOUSE is a "boutique B&B" that offers its guests a sophisticated but relaxed ambiance inside, and a terrace with a breathtakingly beautiful view over Lisboa. Come, you will feel at home in The HOUSE. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The House Hotel Lisbon