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In Sao Sebastiao da Pedreira, a short walk from the parque
On a quiet street in Sao Sebastiao de Pedreira, the Real Parque is a bit removed from the main action of Lisbon, which is centered south of the hotel near the water and Avenida da Liberdade. But it is in a quaint area with some tree-lined streets (and is on a tree-lined street itself). An upscale shopping center and a park are within walking distance (although, with the traffic, guests may prefer to drive). But many sights are easily accessible (and not far away) via public transportation.
Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is a beautiful, colorful city overlooking the Atlantic. Like Rome and San Francisco, Lisbon is a city built on seven hills; but it has an Athens-like vibe with white-washed, red-roofed buildings, a fishing community, and laid-back people. Though many buildings were destroyed in the Great Earthquake of 1755, Lisbon still has a rich history (including historic buildings and cobblestone streets).
Originally referred to as the "eighth wonder of the world," Lisbon was a major importer of exotic goods from Europe and Asia. But nowadays, Lisbon can be overlooked due to the popularity of the quaint, seaside beach towns nearby. But those who love the city can tell visitors the many things they miss when skipping over Lisbon; it is a city of iconic historic buildings (such as St. George's Castle), extensive museums, and fabulous shopping -- particularly for gold, silver, and antiques.
The 153-room Hotel Real Parque is a mid-range hotel a bit outside of the bustling center of Lisbon -- but still within walking distance of several sights, as well as the metro station. There is nothing special about the rooms here; they are spacious, and some have large balconies with sweeping views of the city, but the decor is dated (picture old tube TVs, hard beds with floral runners, and tired, striped curtains). And the hotel doesn't offer much in the way of on-site amenities, aside from the dining options: There is a nice restaurant, as well as a bar, attractive coffee shop with an extensive menu, and a convenience mart with magazines and cigarettes. The hotel also offers 24-hour room service and free breakfast. Rates are cheap, but guests may consider comparing prices with the nearby sister hotel, Hotel Real Palacio, which has a bit more charm, as well as its own health club.