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Your Vote of 3 Lisbon Hotels

I’m traveling to Lisbon with my 25-year old son the week of May 15, and based on suggestions we narrowed it down to 3 hotels and would like this community’s vote of which hotel you’ve stayed at and liked. Our criteria is in a safe neighborhood, comfortable room, prefer not a small boutique hotel, nearby sights (meaning not deep in a total residential neighborhood but not above a bar), and walking distance to public transportation. Which is your first (and even 2nd) vote?

Hotel Mundial
Lisboa Pessoa
Hotel Avenida Palace

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Hi
Hotel Avenida Palace building backs onto the Rossio train station, so that's a no for me
Hotel Pessoa is on top of hill, so that's also a no for me.
Hotel Mundial is on flat ground and no train, so that would be my choice.
Happy travels

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Thank you so much for your response. I’m not familiar with Lisbon as it is my first trip, and is it louder being near the train station or is it busier with more traffic? Can you expand just a little more for me. Appreciate it.

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Hi
The are trains are electric so they're not as noisy as diesel trains but still make some noise.
The Rossio train station is the first/last stop of the Lisbon-Sintra commuter line so there will be a large volume of people and associated noise.
The worst for some people is the vibration associated with trains which is transmitted thru walls.
If you're ok with the above-mentioned then Avenida Palace would be better public transit wise because you would be attached to the train station to the Sintra line ( if you want to visit Sintra).

All 3 hotels will have road traffic with the worst being Avenida Palace since it's by Avenida da Liberdade (large avenue in Lisbon) and Rossio Square which is also busy.
The Mundial would be the second worst traffic wise.
The Pessoa hotel is in a more residencial area so it should be much quieter than the other two as long you don't mind the uphill walk .

You will find that drivers in Portugal make liberal use of their car horns, don't be alarmed it's normal, so Lisbon can be quite noisy at times.

That area of Lisbon is good for walking about ( in spite of the hills) however it's full of tourists which attracts pickpockets, keep your valuables and ID in the hotel safe and only carry enough money for the day's expenses and a copy of your ID.
Hope that's helpful.

Happy travels

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This was useful information. Thank you for expanding, and we can’t wait to go.

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We just returned on Monday and we stayed at Hotel Alegria and I loved it. It is one block off Libertade, a beautiful street with a tree lined median and metro right there. They have a park right outside the hotel that has a kiosk for drinks/snacks and we had a wonderful time watching children play and people with their dogs---it was just really nice and super peaceful. On Friday evening they had live music and a little wine truck. I really liked relaxing there at the end of the day, or before going out to dinner. I would stay there again---the room was very spacious -- it's in Rick's book, however, my husband booked it before reading about it in Rick's book. And it was unbelievably reasonably priced (particularly if you were to test positive for COVID before going back to the U.S., God forbid). Sorry, but it was something that could have happened and I feel better having a bit of a plan--although I don't know they would have been able to extend our stay!