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Outside of the city center, near the airport
The VIP Grand Lisboa 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 295-room VIP Grand Lisboa 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 numerous business travelers who are working in the area and want close proximity to the airport. Hotel features include eight meeting rooms, a small spa, a fitness center, and a rooftop pool. There are also two restaurants, one serving a breakfast buffet and the other serving lunch and dinner in an upscale setting with dim lighting. Rooms are contemporary; all have sleek, dark wood furniture and large flat-screen TVs, but they are on the small side, and the lack of full shower wall or curtain makes it difficult to bathe (there is a privacy shade for the glass wall the shower shares with the room, at least). All in all, this hotel is a solid upscale option for those who do not need to stay in the city center (a metro stop is just a three-minute walk away).