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“Ok, but not brilliant” 3 of 5 bubbles
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SANA Rex Hotel
Ranked #159 of 247 Hotels in Lisbon
London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Ok, but not brilliant”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2011

Hotel was within reach of the Aerobus stop, but walking through the park at night on arrival was a little spooky. It was completely safe, but you don't know that when you arrive in a new place.
Staff didn't fall over themselves to be friendly, it was just basic courtesy. The friendliest person was the door man when we left who got us a taxi without hesitation, shame it was the first time we'd seen him in 4 days!
Room was functional but hardly any room to move, we didn't even unpack our cases for a 4 night stay as there was no where to put anything, just a tiny wardrobe with 3 hangers. Main issue with the room on the first floor was the lack of light or view, the window opened onto a small patio, which you couldn't access and which was overhung by a concrete overhang, so could just see a building opposite if you crouched down, definitely no view of the park on first floor, maybe if you're higher up. Breakfast was plentiful and good choice, with fresh fruits and breads, cold meats and cheese etc, but avoid the hot items. For four days the scrambled egg was completely cold, even when just put out. The sausages had the sort of texture that dissolves in your mouth and bacon was strips of watery fat held together with strings of meat, yuck! Location wise we felt the hotel was in a great spot for taking the opentop tourist bus, but a 45 min walk back uphill from the main restaurant and bar area. Sunday night was really hard to find somewhere to eat locally to the hotel, many places were closed. We did find a fabulous Nepalese restaurant 10mins away behind the Four Seasons, open on a sunday and great food and service, very reasonably priced.
Overall, Sana Rex was ok but I'm sure there's better in the city for the price.

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2010

Friendly staff and a pleasant lobby and bar. Also offers a good buffet breakfast. Most rooms have a balcony with view on Parque Eduardo VII, a huge park downtown Lisbon. The Sana Rex hotel is conveniently located in downtown Lisbon only 5 minutes away from a main subway station (Marquês de Pombal) and the main city avenue (Avenida da Liberdade) which leads to the old part of town. The rooms are small with typical European small beds and the hotel is located on a small hill which can be annoying if you are walking.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank mtl-wasa
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Sweden
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2010

Is situated a little walk from the Marques de lombal metro, it'll take around 10 minutes to reach metro. Downtown, to Baixa-Chiado, takes 5 minutes from Maruqes. If you want to hang out a lot i n the cosy Alfama area, which we did, it's a rather long way.

The hotel is very well kept, tidy, everyone speaks excellent english. the staff is very friendly and helpful.
The cleaning is perfect and I really recommend it, though it's not the most charming part of the city... Totally safe though, but a bit boring surroundings.

Small rooms.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank ristorantegirl
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Melbourne, Australia
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37 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2010

We got this hotel at a great internet rate, very cheap for a 4 star hotel. Rooms were really good and bathrooms were modern and clean. The breakfast was good and in a very interesting breakfast room. View from our balcony over the park. Aircon worked really well on hot nights. Easy walk down the hill to the metro station, so easy access into the downtown part of the city. Staff were really friendly and spoke great english.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank rognrikki
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Hertfordshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2010

Opposite lovely gardens. Easy stroll to metro. Excellent buffet breakfast, staff very friendly and helpful, mature. We had to extend our trip due to volcano and all staff could not have been more helpful. Bedrooms reasonable size and comfortable. Excellent Frascati Italian Restaurant two blocks from the hotel where again very good value and excellent service. Everything ideal for a good city break and would definity stay there again and recommend. Travelled with 89 year old mother and she was well looked after.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank sallyherts_9
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london
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2010

Very nice hotel and lovely staff right in the centre of Lisbon. Will stay again.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank sergioxa
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Brasilia
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42 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2010

The reservations on Sana Rex Classic were part of a very cheap package. I was a little worried about the accomodations, but after 6 days it proved to be a nice choice. Located in front of a quiet park (Eduardo VII), beside two 5 stars hotels, just a few steps from a taxi spot and a 15 minute walk from a metro (subway) station. The room they reserved for us was a very small one with a regular double bed. I asked for a bigger one and they gave us one with two single beds, but side by side. This second room was a little bigger and with a view to the park. Clean and cozy, altough yet small. The breakfast is humble but I can't complain: chopped fruit, fruit salad, 3 kinds of bread, 2 kinds of cheese, ham, eggs, sausage, bacon, iogurt, cereal, milk and coffee. The guys at front desk were nice. Bottomline: if you're planning to use the accomodations just to take a shower, sleep and have a simple breakfast, this Sana Rex Classic should be considered.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: SANA Rex Hotel
Address: Rua Castilho 169, Lisbon 1070-050, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Central Portugal > Lisbon District > Lisbon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #159 of 247 Hotels in Lisbon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — SANA Rex Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 68
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located right in the heart of Lisboa, near the renowned Parque Eduardo VII, SANA Rex Hotel takes its inspiration from the typically Portuguese spirit, offering a welcoming and traditional environment in each of its spaces: 59 rooms and 9 suites, reception, bar and restaurant for breakfast and groups. SANA Rex Hotel offers a fantastic view over the extensive green area of Parque Eduardo VII, the entire historic area of Lisbon and the River Tejo, which can be appreciated from one of the rooms with veranda or the panoramic meeting and events room. Near Marquês de Pombal, SANA Rex Hotel is just a short walk from the famous Avenida da Liberdade, the historic centre of Lisbon and the well-known shopping centres El Corte Inglés. The hotel’s privileged location allows quick access to access routes and public transport, with excellent connections to all points of the city of Lisbon. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Classic Hotel Sana Rex
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