Doubles from: $55 to $88
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
Though it’s nothing fancy, we like the 68-room Residêncial Florescente. It's clean, friendly and popular, with a central location on a pedestrian-only street (that's crammed with tourist-trap restaurants).
Most of the Florescente's doubles are decently sized with ample closet space, although some are quite tight (request ahead for larger rooms). Rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV and telephone, and furnishings are standard hotel fare (read: floral patterns and wall-mounted headboards). Triples come with either a double bed and a single bed or a double bed and a sofa bed.
Rooms in the front have pleasant street views. (You don't have a balcony. It's more like an iron rail in front of double doors, but it's still cute!) Note, however, that the restaurants downstairs with tables in the street stay open until about midnight. If you plan on sleeping earlier, you might want to request a room on the back, or pack earplugs.
The Florescente's interior is cute, with hallways lined with pretty tiles and skylights that let in natural light. And there's a full-sized elevator, a notable plus for a hotel of this size.
During our last trip to Lisbon (late 2010), we spent three nights (undercover!) in a very small double facing the back with a small balcony (other doubles we saw, howerver, were much larger). The bathroom was comparatively spacious. Service was friendly, if a bit harried.
The Florescente is located down the street from the much more basic Pensão Lafonense, next to the Restauradores metro stop and a five-minute walk to Rossio Square.
A buffet breakfast is included in the room rate. Wi-Fi access is free and works throughout the hotel.
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor and is recommended based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Breakfast Included
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Private
- Bathtubs Available
- Cable TV
- Handicap accessible rooms
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About the Residencial Florescente 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.