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Just outside of Sao Sebastiao de Pedreira, a short walk from the park
Just outside of Sao Sebastiao de Pedreira, the VIP Executive Saldanha 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 tree-lined streets (itself being on one) and several restaurants. 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 54-room VIP Executive is a mid-range hotel about equidistant from both the airport and the central tourist area of Lisbon. The rooms are average size and feature contemporary, chain-like decor: wood floors, IKEA-like furniture, and gold and red accents. Frosted sliding doors lead to the small bathrooms; families may desire more privacy. While the hotel has few on-site amenities (no spa, fitness center, or full restaurant), it does have cheery public spaces, an inexpensive breakfast buffet, and free Wi-Fi. All in all, it's a solid value.