“Do you know a nice place to stay in Lisbon?” I’m frequently asked. As a matter of fact, I do.
Depending on what purpose I am in Lisbon, I choose to stay in the old city centre or in the new and trendy Expo-area, also called Parque das Nações, the area where in 1998 the World Fair took place. Since then this spot is loved for its modern arquitecture and leisure qualities.
When I have tickets for a concert in the Pavilhão Atlântico hall, an early flight or in case I need to pick up friends from the airport, the Expo-area is quite convenient to spend the night. Within ten metrominutes I go from metro- and Railway station Oriente/Parque das Nações to Lisbon Airport and by car I only need to follow the Avenida do Berlim to the end to arrive at Terminal 1. I can highly recommend Tryp Oriente in this area. Rooms facing the Tejo tend to be more expensive, but I know a good alternative: a room facing the railwaystation, the third floor up! At night you overview the beautiful new railwaystation and from your window it’s easy to make a lovely picture.
In this Expo-area you not only find a huge concert hall, but also lots of restaurants, a side-walk near the Tagus river, a huge aquarium and a bright shopping mall, called Vasco da Gama.
If you are in the mood for historic sideseeing or you want to be near Lisbon’s Bairro Alto I advice three other hotels. A couple of years ago I organized a long-weekend-trip for twenty Dutch colleagues and we spent three comfortable nights at Hotel Turim Suisso Atlântico. Although it can be a little bit noisy due to the famous yellow tram – that brings you from Restauradores to the Miradouro in Bairro Alto – and the lively nightlife in the neighbourhood, we slept well.
Another hotel, or better, apart-hotel, in down town Lisbon is Hotel Vip Executive Éden Restauradores. In this redecorated theatre you find apart hotel rooms. Each room has a small kitchenette, so for a family or a small group of friends it’s a good central place to stay. The rooms need refurbishing, but the plus is, undoubtably, the swimming pool at the roof. At night you can sit here overlooking the city, seeing Castelo São Jorge at the hill opposite, and during warm days you plunge into the water for some refreshment.
And last but not least, I can recommend Hotel Borges. Located near the statue of Fernando Lisboa this old hotel is the closest to Bairro Alto and in Chiado, the shopping area with more exclusive brands.
Due to Lisbons’ excellent public transport system you can easily reach the hotels I mentioned. Spend 6 euros to buy a Lisbon Viva Card and you will be able to travel 24 hours in metro, bus and yellow tram. To give you an idea of fares: if you buy a single ticket for the famous yellow tram up the hill at Restauradores you spend over 3 euros. So you have a lot to win buying the Lisbon Viva Card for public transport.
To travel to Hotel Tryp Oriente in Parque das Nações you take the red line to Oriente. Lisbon Hotel Suisso Atlântico and Hotel Vip Executive Éden are on walking distance from metrostation Restauradores and Hotel Borges is on top of metrostation Chiado. Nice detail: Hotel Borges is in Rua Garret. So start reading Night Train to Lisbon ( Pascal Mercier) or watch the movie before you go and you will give your trip to Lisbon a whole new dimension!
Hotel Tryp Oriente in Parque das Nações, two metrostops away from airport
Hotel Turim Suiço (Suisso) Atlântico in city centre, at Restauradores square
Hotel VIP Executive Éden in city centre, at Restauradores square
Hotel Borges also in city centre, real close to Bairro Alto
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Concerts in Meo Arena (Pavilhão Atlântico) in Parque das Nações