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Outside of the city center, near the airport
The VIP Executive Villa Rica hotel is located in Campo Pequeno, a neighborhood removed from the city center of Lisbon. People stay in this area to visit the Campo Pequeno bull ring, to be close to the airport, or to save money on accommodations outside of the city.
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 171-room VIP Executive is a mid-range hotel outside of Lisbon's city center. Though tourists may not love the location -- unless they are visiting the nearby bull ring -- the hotel attracts business travelers who are working in the area and want close proximity to the airport. The hotel has numerous amenities: an indoor pool, a fitness center, a small business center, and two restaurants, as well as a coffee shop that is often bustling in the mornings. Rooms are clean but bland; they feature blonde wood, IKEA-like furniture, and tube TVs. Its extensive list of features still makes it a solid choice, but it's worth comparing rates with the Villa Rica's more upscale sister hotel, the VIP Grand Lisboa, which offers more contemporary rooms and a small spa.