Historical Traveller Reviews of Lisboa Marriott Hotel
Great price ($65 with Priceline) but not the best Marriott
Since I discovered Priceline about a year ago, I have found the Marriott chain excellent and have booked rooms at incredible prices. However, the Lisbon Marriott does not compare with hotels I have been to in Paris, Budapest and Prague. Check-in went smoothly, the room was fine although not as immaculate as I am used to (dust in the electrical plugs, on the bathroom woodwork and in the corners of the room). However, this is not what I found really disappointing. Staff at the Concierge Desk were not particularly friendly nor helpful. I phoned ahead to check on health clubs and beauty care and was told in a very curt manner that this information would be given to me when I arrived. When I arrived at about 11 pm the first evening, there was an older man at the Concierge desk who didn't have a clue about nearby health clubs so I didn't even bother to ask about beauty care. The next day, there was a long line at the Concierge's Desk (with the same man there) of people from a Tupperware convention so I asked the doorman - who sent me in a taxi to the Solinca Health Club at the Columbo Shopping Center – huge and worth a visit if you are into shopping. My main complaint is about room service. I ordered a soup and salad one night and a man with literally about 4-10 teeth in his mouth brought me portions that were just right for a five-year old child. When I complained, the same guy with a big toothless grin (who obviously only knew a few words in English) brought me a second soup and roll, . To make a long story short, I would most definitely go back here but wouldn’t order room service if my life depended on it. However, the Breakfast buffet (Healthy breakfast) was wonderful with all sorts of cereals, fresh fruits, meats and cheeses, all for 11.50 Euros; a bargain.
Top Class Hotel!!!
We stayed @ the Lisbon Marriott for 3 nights(Oct 27-30) & loved it. We got a great deal on the Marriott Website (58euro per room/per night). I could not recommend this hotel highly enough to anyone. It's first rate. We had caught an early flight from Dublin & arrived @ the hotel at approx 11 a.m. yet we were able to check in without ant fuss or delay. The hotel itself is large & is located about 5 mins from the airport & 5 mins from the city centre. I don't think its location should be an issue for anyone. A taxi to the city centre costs approx 4/5 euro the same to the airport. The nearest metro station (Jardim Zoologico) is a 5 min walk from the hotel, with the surrounding area residential & safe. As such I would have to disagree with the previous post. A day pass for the metro should set you back 3euro & it takes about 5-10mins to travel into the centre (Baxia-Chiado).
With regards to the hotel room itself, we found it to be large, spacious & spotless. The king sized bed was magic!
Lisbon is a friendly, welcoming & picturesque city with lots to see (take the tram tour from Praca do Commercio) & a great nightlife (Barrio Alto has to be seen & experienced to believed!) & the Marriott is in my opinion a great hotel to base yourself in for any visit to the city
Lisbon Marriott not in city centre
House keeping was not up to scratch; items not replaced such as face cloths, glasses left dirty or no glasses, safe broken and not repaired. Room not cleaned on one occasion had to ask and insist that it be done within an hour as we had come in from a trip, and wanted to rest.
Hotel is large and clean and staff speak English but expect the Marriott to work like clockwork.
Hotel about 3 kilometres from city centre. Nearest metro stations, about ten minutes walk, and not really in pleasant areas. Lisbon is very run down.
from A TripAdvisor Member
Excellent hotel. Between airport (5 min taxi €5) and city center which is 30 min. walk or a 5 min taxi drive. Nice pool and restaurant. Luxurious rooms.
Walking to the city center you'll pass by the "El Cortes Inglès shopping center, worth a visit!
Great vacation, nice people, fantastic coffe,
We stayed as the Marriott in Lisbon for 4 days in July 2005. It is a very nice hotel with a wonderful pool area. Our room was large, clean, and pretty. The staff were friendly and helpful. The hotel is not located in the historical or tourist area but we were within a 15 minute walk to the metro at Jardin Zoological Station and we had no trouble getting in and around Lisbon. The metro was inexpensive, very convenient and easy to use. It is a hilly walk but it help me not put on any weight during my vacation, which was good. There was only a Chinese restaurant and the Marriott restaurant around the immediate vicinity of the Marriott but again if you didn’t mind walking within 15 minutes was a nice upscale housing area with many small restaurants that were wonderful (and not touristy). Also, there was a taxis stand parked outside the Marriott waiting to transport the guests We stayed at this Marriott both going and coming on our trip to Northern Portugal. A very nice thing was the intercity bus terminal and commuter train station (Seis Rios) was near the hotel (across the street from the Jardin Zoological metro). It was very easy and inexpensive for us to get from Lisbon to Porto by bus (it was 14 Euros per person each way). This bus was large, very clean, air conditioned and filled with families and Nuns so I felt very comfortable traveling this way. Within walking distance of the Marriott (but in opposite directions to each other) was the zoo (Jardin Zoological) and the Gulbenkian Museum (which is a must see-Wow). This Marriott was definitely a nice place to stay with great internet rates.
If you're from the states and travel quite a bit you will love this hotel. If you travel a bit you'll be able to stay on the concierge level and I must say that the folks at the hotel are more than helpful. The hotel is a bit outside of the city, but if you're the least bite advertuous you'll do yourself a favor and catch their metro (train) and go into the city via their transit. It's only 1euro and definitely worth the ride. Don't spend your money on a cab. It takes all of 10 mins. to walk to their metro and like I said....well worth it.
If you don't get to stay on the concierge level, it still worth the trip. Everyone at the hotel is helpful (yet it depends ont he concierge staff in the main lobby) and more importantly they all speak English very well.
The room is typical for Marriott rooms and more like what you experience in the states. If you're looking to immerse yourself into the culture don't stay here. If you're looking to replicate yourself in what you're use to in the states I recommend this stay HIGHLY!!!!!!!!!
ve ever stayed in...
...I use this hotel for business so I'm afraid I can't comment on the suitability of the location for tourists. The hotel itself is wonderful - fabulous luxurious rooms, very tastefully decorated with everything you could need. The beds are really comfy (not such a good thing if you need to get up for work!) and the staff are always friendly and happy to help. If I ever go to Lisbon for pleasure rather than business I will definitely consider staying here.
A word of warning - when getting in a taxi from the airport make sure you ask how much it will be and don't pay more than ten euro. I've known people who have been charged 30 euro (because they were in suits).
Marriott Location is fine
from A TripAdvisor Member
The hotel is a decent 4-star hotel. It is very close to the airport. When the driver uses the meter, it should cost less than 7 Euro. The metro station is about 6-7 minutes walk (in front of the Lisbon zoo), and it is on one of the main lines. At the same station, you could catch the train to go to Sintra. On the way to the metro station, you could find several wonderful small restaurants, cafes, and a wine store.
Wonderful hotel, lousy location
A terrific hotel with great rooms, service and food but a lousy location if you want to embrace Lisbon. You will need to take a taxi to get to the most desirable spots--but the good news is the taxis are quite cheap and line up outside of the hotel. Be forewarned if you plan to drive to the hotel, it is VERY difficult to find from the airport. Although you can see it from the highway, the access roads needed to reach the hotel may baffle you. I would suggest calling ahead and getting VERY detailed directions--or you might begin your stay on a sour note.
I have nothing but good things to say about the Lisbon Marriott. The facilities are top notch. Spotless and ample rooms with upscale furnishings. Big bathrooms with extensive amenities and quality toiletries. Turndown service. The staff is unbelievably courteus with nothing too dificult to them if that pleases you. Not within walking distance from the historical center but a taxi ride to downtown is only 4 EUR.
Top Local Tips for Lisbon
Taxis are the way to go in Lisbon
Take taxis everywhere. The only time it's not cheap is the ride to your hotel. Other than that, expect it to be cheap, and your cabbie probably speaks better English than they'll tell you. From the airport, expect to pay 20 Euros to your hotel. In town, expect to pay 2-4 Euros or 5-6 for longer distances.
One day travel card
Get a one day travel card to cover metro, trams and bus. Available from the metro station in a self serve machine with English instructions! We paid 3.95 Euros in September 2007, and it was great value. Try to avoid the merto during rush hour unless you like playing sardines!
Try to take in a traditional dinner and Fado show. Although they have become touristy, it's still a great experience!