Praca dos Restauradores 78, Lisbon, Portugal
Doubles from: $31 to $55
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
If you can handle a lot of stairs and bare-bones furnishings, then the Pensão Imperial could be your cheapo dream come true.
The pension's 16 rooms are tidy, though a bit grungy. Furniture is a grab bag, and there's no air conditioning (fans are supplied in summer). Rooms are priced according to size, view and facilities. Six rooms have only a bidet and sink, while the rest have a private shower (and some have their own toilet).
Located on the top two floors of a six-story apartment building, many of the Pensão Imperial's rooms overlook Praça Restauradores and its Metro stop. While this is scenic and extremely convenient (Baixa, the Bairro Alto and even Saldanha are within easy walking distance), it can also be pretty noisy, given the street traffic and downstairs café (open until midnight or 1 a.m.). Light sleepers should request a back-facing room.
For die-hard Cheapos, the bargain rates and awesome views will make up for the wheeze-inducing climb.
No breakfast is served at the pension. Not everyone on staff speaks English.
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor. This review is based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Bathroom: Private
Praca dos Restauradores 78
Baixa, Lisbon, Portugal
+351 213 420 166
About the Pensao Imperial neighborhood
The grid-shaped Baixa neighborhood was completely rebuilt following Lisbon’s an earthquake in 1755. Today the area functions as the city's chief shopping hub. Two large streets, rua Augusta and rua de Santa Justa, are pedestrian-only. Baixa is an easy jumping-off point for seeing the rest of the city. Praça Rossio, sitting at the top of Baixa, is the city's most active square.