Reasonably priced modern hotel in the historic district
Rooftop bar and restaurant with panoramic city views
Traditionally styled rooms, some with terraces and castle views
Free breakfast served in a room with courtyard views
Solarium with shower and sundeck
Lobby bar and 24-hour front desk with safe and luggage storage
Business center and meeting rooms with audio-visual equipment
Free Wi-Fi throughout property
Free garage parking
Currency exchange and concierge service
Noise from elevator and ambulances
Decor could use a refresh
No fitness center
The Hotel Mundial is a big, modern, mid-range hotel with reasonable rates in the historic center of Lisbon, with transportation links a five-minute walk away. Its 350 rooms offer views that include the Sao Jorge Castle, though room decor is a bit dated. The hotel has a lively rooftop bar and formal restaurant, both with stunning views of the city and the sea. Breakfast is included in the room rate, and it's served in a room with a courtyard view. There's also a solarium with a shower and terrace seating, but there's no fitness center, and guests have complained about noisy elevators and the noise of wailing ambulance sirens from the nearby hospital. For a more stylish option in the same neighborhood, travelers could consider the Internacional Design Hotel.
Generic, mid-range hotel attracting an international crowd of tourists and business travelers
The Hotel Mundial is a big, bustling property with a concrete-and-glass front and a generic-looking lobby, with sofas and chairs on a shiny black tile floor clustered around low tables. There's a lobby bar with hot-pink and gray velour armchairs -- a good perch from which to watch the comings and goings of this bustling hotel. The most stunning feature of the property is its rooftop bar, which offers breathtaking views of the city and sea. Although the hotel tends to draw an older clientele, the nighttime crowd on the rooftop, which often has a DJ on the weekends, skews younger. A sundeck with an outdoor shower, slatted wood floor, and white loungers and umbrella tables surrounded by artificial turf is another spot for guests to gather. The hotel is designed to take advantage of the city's dramatic vistas. The formal Varanda de Lisboa, for example, a spacious dining room with white table cloths and windows, overlooks the city and sea. Breakfast is served in a room with delicate trellis-work wallpaper and a view of a planted courtyard.
In the historic center of Lisbon, less than a five-minute walk to public transportation
The Hotel Mundial is in Lisbon's historic center, less than a five-minute walk to the tram, bus, or metro stations, and a 15-minute walk to the sea. Martin Moniz Square, a lively area with shops and restaurants and -- unfortunately -- pickpockets, is about a two-minute walk from the hotel, and bustling Rossio Square is a six-minute walk. The spectral remains of the Carmo Convent and the beautiful riverfront Praca do Comerico are a 10- to 12-minute walk away. Club de Fado, celebrating the regional dance, is a 13-minute walk. Sao Jorge Castle, a hilltop Morrish period site, is a 20-minute walk or a 10-minute drive. The historic Alfama neighborhood is a 10-minute drive or a 12-minute ride on public transportation. Lisbon Airport is about a 20-minute drive or a 30-minute trip on public transportation.
Traditionally styled rooms with minibars and castle views
The 350 guest rooms at the Hotel Mundial are traditionally styled, bordering on old fashioned, with dark-patterned wall-to-wall carpeting. Rooms are average in size, although guests complain that the smallest rooms lack adequate space between the desks and the closets. Some of the rooms have sliding glass doors that open onto small balconies with excellent views, including of Sao Jorge Castle. Decor uses one color as an accent, such as emerald green or slate gray, which is echoed in the patterned duvets, tufted headboards, and drapes with sheers. The furniture, in blond or cherry veneers, is traditional and slightly worn. All rooms have air conditioning, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, minibars, and safes. Bathrooms, with beige matte-finish tiles, can be small, especially in the less-expensive rooms. They have traditional white porcelain fixtures, including tub/shower combos with a rectangle of frosted glass, and bidets. They come with hairdryers, and the hotel's own brand of toiletries. The dim fluorescent lighting casts a gray glow on an otherwise well-appointed space.
Free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, formal restaurant, and a rooftop bar with a weekend DJ
Amenities at the Hotel Mundial are pretty standard for a mid-range property, with a handful of extras thrown in. A basic breakfast of pastries, juice, and coffee is included in the room rate, but the standout feature is a rooftop bar serving drinks, tapas, and other casual fare, with music provided by a DJ on the weekends in good weather. The Varanda de Lisboa, the property's formal restaurant, serves multi-course meals with an emphasis on regional cuisine. There is also a lobby bar with extensive hours for drinks. The hotel has a 24-hour front desk with concierge and rental car service, and free luggage storage. There is also a currency exchange. Laundry services are provided for a fee. There is a business center with computers, fax, and copiers, and meeting rooms with audio-visual equipment that can hold up to 180 people. Free parking is available in the garage. Wi-Fi is free throughout, and there's a fax and copier for guests' use. The front desk will provide wake-up calls and 24-hour room service.