Quality breakfast spread with cava and local specialities
Excellent views of city from some rooms
Gorgeous terrace popular for sunbathing or an evening cocktail
Very close to transit connections and a major park
Meeting rooms and common spaces for business travelers
Wi-Fi is free and available throughout the property
Not close to the city's historic center or attractions
Common areas remain dated and in need of renovation
Corporate vibe and popularity with business travelers might not appeal to all
Tea- and coffee-making facilities can vary from room to room
Noise in front-facing rooms can bother guests who sleep with windows open
No fitness center on-site
The 193-room , right next to its smaller sister hotel HF Garden, is a mid-range property in a not-quite-central but nonetheless convenient location. Partially overlooking the Eduardo VII Parque, this HF features a decent restaurant with a gorgeous terrace, a lobby bar, an outdoor lounge, and several meeting rooms. But otherwise, there are few on-site amenities. Rooms were renovated in 2015, and have streamlined decor, flat-screen TVs, kettles, and free Wi-Fi. Some add private balconies. Though this HF can offer a good value, visitors should compare prices with the next-door .
Mostly contemporary hotel that attracts a corporate crowd
The hotel is welcoming and expansive, with a largely corporate vibe -- and clientele to match. Common areas weren't updated during the most recent batch of renovations in 2015, so they're a bit more dated than the rest of the property -- think red marble walls and brass fixtures in the lobby. An outdoor terrace, however, is lovely, with wicker seating and greenery. Multiple areas for business travelers to sit on their laptops or have quick meeting are convenient, but the staid atmosphere and removed setting from sights isn't particularly attractive for tourists.
This hotel overlooks the attractive Eduardo VII Park. Though it doesn't have the most central location, it is within walking distance of several sights and neighborhoods. The beginning of Avenida da Liberdade is just a short walk away, and an upscale shopping center and a park are within walking distance. Many other 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 whitewashed, 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.
15-minute drive to Lisbon Portela Airport, or 14 minutes via public transportation
One-minute walk to the Marques de Pombal metro station
One-minute walk to Eduardo VII Park
Four-minute walk to Avenida da Liberdade, Lisbon's main artery lined by high-end shops
15-minute walk to Amoreiras Shopping Center, or nine minutes via public transportation
19-minute walk to Rossio, a main square, or four minutes via public transportation
21-minute walk to to Barrio Alto, or 11 minutes via public transportation
23-minute walk to Chiado, the main shopping district, or five minutes via public transportation
Eight-minute drive to Santa Justa historic elevator with great views, or 14 minutes via public transportation
Eight-minute drive to the Museum of Ancient Art, or 15 minutes via public transportation
Eight-minute drive to Casa dos Bicos, or 10 minutes via public transportation
10-minute drive to Alfama, or 15 minutes via public transportation
10-minute drive to St. George's Castle, or 23 minutes via public transportation
14-minute drive to the Coach Museum, the largest museum of royal vehicles in the world, or 22 minutes via public transportation
15-minute drive to Belem Tower, or 35 minutes via public transportation
15-minute drive to Jeronimos Monastery, or 30 minutes via public transportation
Mostly contemporary rooms with minibars and flat-screen TVs
Though quite generic, rooms are contemporary (renovated in 2015), with comfortable beds decked in white linens, dark-wood furniture, and accent tones of gray. Aside from the lowest-category rooms, units are fairly spacious by European standards. Views from the rooms, some of which come with private balconies, are generally good -- those staying in suites should request one with a view toward the bustling but beautiful Marques de Pombal. Given that those rooms look out toward a busy road, guests should keep windows closed to avoid noise.
Like the rest of the room, bathrooms are fairly bland (beige and white tones), but they have up-to-date shower/tub combos or walk-in showers, hairdryers, and free toiletries. In-room free Wi-Fi signals are reliable, and safes are sized to be large enough for iPads. Minibars come stocked, but it's fine to store personal drinks in there as well. However, tea- and coffee-making facilities tend to vary from room to room, with some being fully stocked, some with a kettle, and some with nothing at all.
Quality breakfast spread and great terrace for sunset drinks
One of the best parts about staying here is the excellent breakfast spread downstairs in the mornings, consisting of cava, fresh fruit, Portuguese treats, and some international options. Tables are cleaned and turned quickly, and the food is kept hot and topped up. Breakfast is included in some room rates. Past breakfast, taking advantage of the hotel's massive sun terrace for sun bathing or for a cocktail on summer nights from the lobby bar is a treat. There are multiple meeting facilities here that can accommodate small to medium meetings, seminars, and parties.
Wi-Fi is free and available throughout the property. Covered parking is available on-site for a daily fee. Unfortunately, no fitness center is on-site.