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Lisbon Hotel - need recommendations

I have spent hours looking for a place to stay and I'm feeling a little desperate and am begging for help. I will be staying in Lisbon at the end of my 3 week trip, for 3 nights. I have a late night flight out, so I will need to store my luggage on my last day. I would like to be as central as possible, I want clean and quiet and a private bathroom. Everything I've looked at that still has availabilty either has no elevator or is up a steep hill, and that's after I stretched my budget to €95/night.

HELP PLEASE !!!

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Chani,

I feel your frustration... I also spent multiple hours trying to find reasonable accommodations in Lisbon.

I'd read that Portugal is less expensive than Spain and Italy, however, I had to increase my hotel budget, especially for Lisbon and Porto!

We'll be staying at My Story Charming Hotel Augusta

Good luck!

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Hi Chani, While in Estoril in 2016, we made last minutes plans to visit Porto. On Booking.com we found The House Ribiera Porto which had just opened and had few reviews. We took a chance because it was in the location we wanted and we were very pleased with our choice. We walked a block downhill to the riverfront, walked across the bridge to Vila de Gaia and enjoyed touring the port houses across the river. You can see our review on Booking .com for early June 2016. I checked the Feb. rates and I think they would fit your budget. Best of luck in your search. Sherry

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Chani,

I stayed at the My Story Lisboa Tejo and would certainly recommend it. However one point to note is that it's changed hands since my visit, but I'm assuming the service and comfort level are the same. As I recall, they provided a fantastic breakfast. The hotel is in a fantastic location close to Praça da Figueira, and an easy walk to the waterfront. There are lots of restaraunts in the area, easy access to the Trams, Taxis nearby for the trip to the airport and an easy walk to other sights.

Good luck!

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Hi Chani

Agreeing with Ken's recommendation of My Story Lisboa Tejo. I just stayed there this past October, after it had changed hands, and it was a great place to stay. As he said, perfect location for sites and places to eat and in a very flat area. We used Uber to and from the airport and no issues with the rides or the price. Not sure of what your dates are, but I would certainly give it a look. And, it does have an elevator.

Leslie

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I'm sure the My Story hotels are great, but they aren't exactly budget. I see I will have to go over €95/night - maybe I can manage €110 or even €120 for 3 nights, but not €150 and for sure not €180.

I guess I should have checked hotel prices before I booked my flights.

Does anyone have budget recommendations for Coimbra, Tomar, Porto or Sintra. Thanks.

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Last May, I spent four nights in Lisbon at the Pension Residencial Geres. It's a fairly inexpensive place in a terrific location close to Rossio Square. It is NOT a nice place! I'd call it run down but fairly clean. I did not regret staying there, because I also saved money, and I was by myself and willing to put up with some stuff in exchange for the great location. But, some people would be put off by the place for sure. It's truly a case of "You get what you pay for." I had to stay in two different rooms over four nights because I waited too long to book - the first two nights were in a private room with a private external bathroom - meaning walk down the hall to a locked private bathroom to which only I had the key. The last two nights were in a private room with its own ensuite private bathroom. Again, it was inconvenient but I didn't mind.

In Porto, I stayed at a private room (+ private bathroom) at the Being Porto hostel in the Ribeira district, maybe a 10 minute walk from the Sao Bento train station. Porto is much smaller than Lisbon, so location is a little less important, but I still found this an excellent location, and the place, while not amazing, was quite a step up from the dumpy Pension Residencial Geres in Lisbon. It had a warm, welcoming vibe. It was also cheaper than the Pension Residencial Geres in Lisbon.

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In Coimbra, I stayed at the Hotel Domus a few blocks from the little Coimbra train station (not the big "Coimbra-B through station). It was a small family-run place (the manager lives there with is family) with ancient furniture but clean and comfortable in an awkward "haven't redecorated in decades" way. On the upside, it was super cheap. Coimbra is not a tourist town, and there aren't a lot of really nice hotels. There are some cheapy places like this (I think I paid 40 euros/night; walked up without a reservation off the train). I spent two nights, and realized only when I got to Porto that I'd left my tripod in my room back at the Domus! I decided to train all the way back to get it. The owner was nice enough to keep it for me, at least.

If you don't want to stay at the Domus, you shouldn't have trouble finding a place nearby that fits your budget. It was barely a ten minute walk from the center of the old town and super convenient if arriving by train (if you arrive by bus, be prepared for 15-20 minute walk from the bus station back to the train station. I took the train from Tomar with a change in trains.)

I stopped in Tomar for a few hours off the train (detour) headed to Coimbra and also day tripped to Nazare (from Coimbra by bus) for a few hours.

Tomar is super small. Because there is no official bag storage at the train station, I left my bags at the Hotel Trovador a block from the station. They were really nice and refused to take any money just to hold my bags for a few hours. I never saw a room, but at least I can say it's probably a very friendly place to stay. However, even though it's just a short walk from the train station to town, I'd still probably stay in or near the center of town if possible. The town is pretty small, anyway. I'd want to be in the center unless it was expensive, at a B&B or something if not a cheap proper hotel, near the The Church of Saint John the Baptist down below the convent and castle.

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Hi Chani,

Here are the places where we will be staying on our upcoming trip:

I considered staying at 'Chalet Saudade B&B', recommended by Larry (Carmel), and Sintra Bliss House,
recommended by Pab (Elmwood, IL), but then found a good deal at Tivoli Sintra Hotel

In Porto we'll be staying at My Story Santa Catarina Apartments

Hope this helps!

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Chani,

I didn't realize the My Story Lisboa Tejo had increased their prices so much. I don't recall paying that much for a single room there, but I'd have to check my records to find the exact price. I tend to book hotels more on pragmatism than on price and if one hotel is a bit pricey, the cost tends to even out of over the entire trip.

Did you check the RS Portugal guidebook for other suggestions?

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Chani

Review my earlier post where i mentioned several Airbnbs below your budget price and one of them has an elevator like you requested. They are all centrally located within walking distance of all major sites in Lisbon.