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“best budget option in Lisbon” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Pensao Londres
Ranked #127 of 248 Hotels in Lisbon
Montreal, Canada
2 reviews
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“best budget option in Lisbon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2012

I stayed in a total of four hostels and hotels during my stay in Portugal and Pensao Londres was by far the best. The rooms are well-equipped, the staff is friendly, and the rooms are an incredibly good deal. I paid 5 euros more per night than I did in the private hostel rooms I had been staying in and got five times that back in comfort and service. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Berlin, Germany
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2012

Nice old building in the center of Barrio Alto, close distances to all mayor sightseeing spots. Nightlife around the hotel, but well insulating windows. Beautiful view on Tajo river from upper floors. Rooms a bit small but cosy with real furniture, no plywood hotel stuff.
Nice breakfast with croissants and lots of strooong coffee.
Helpful receptionists speak good english and are a wealth of information.
Clean!!!!!

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2012

Visited in October 2011.
Staff were always very pleasant.
+ points:
Good location for day/ night-life - walking distance to main sights/ team-stop, nice bars & restaurants nearby.
Nice enough breakfast provided in the rate.

- points:
2 single beds, not a double
'Private bathroom' was a cupboard within the room and had a serious plumbing issue which made the stay not entirely pleasant!
Noise at night with other guests coming back from night-time adventures.

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Berlin, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2012

The location is great, the rooms are clean and those with views over the city and river are very nice, especially at sunset. stuff is very nice and helpful. the rooms with private bathroom are not that great because at times it can become very smelly, the fault of old sewage systems; and also the bathroom is small and cramped. In winter it can be annoying with the air con heating, because ceilings are high. some rooms can be also very noisy, especially one in front of the elevator. neighbors can be heard through the thin walls. However, for small budget, it's quite good.

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2012

I was looking for a reasonable pensione in a decent part of Lisbon for 3 nights, and did a fair amount of research, and often the same name kept coming up - Pensao Londres. I paid 25 Euros/night for a single room with a small balcony, but a shared bathroom. However, the room had its own sink and bidet, and I never had to wait for the shared bathroom (large, but a bit old and tired). The room had limited cable TV and free wireless internet (there's also a laptop that guest can use free just by the breakfast room). The room rate included a modest breakfast (cereal, coffee, juice, a croissant, a bread roll and some cheese and cold cuts) that never changed. The staff are very friendly, and there is someone at reception 24/7.

Aside from these pleasant benefits, the Pensao Londres is also located in the up-and-coming Bairro Alto area. Literally right across the street, hidden in a laneway, is a hip bar called Lost In, which has a great view of the city. Just a few doors down from the hotel is another hip bar called Bar Chine. Despite the proximity to some nightlife, it is a reasonably quiet area.

Downsides? Well, try NOT to get a room on the second floor, as this is where the reception desk and breakfast room are. As reception is "open" all night, there is a buzzer letting recption know that someone requires entry late at night. Light sleepers may have difficulty sleeping.

The location is quite convenient, but requires going uphill which is tough with luggage. I benefitted from advice given by another reviewer on Trip Advisor regarding the use of the AeroBus (great value) and the funicular vehicle (Elevador da Gloria) using the same ticket.

All in all, the hotel presents great value, but it is a very basic form of accomodation.

Room Tip: Ask for a high floor, and try avoid the second floor
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Torun, Poland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2012

Pensao Londres is a perfect choice for those who have a very limited budget and want to spend time in Lisbon - the most charming among European capital cities. For 25 EUR for a night I got a lovely room with an amazing view and fairly good breakfast. The location is very good. You can walk from the hotel to almost every spot in Lisbon (apart from Belen) passing by one of the most incredible view spots in the city. It's also easy to get to Pensao Londres from the airport - a good description is to be found on hotel's website. Rooms are nice furnished, but not very big. Shared bathroom can be a problem but I could live happily with that. Generally, I can truly recommend the place to anyone.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Pensao Londres

Property: Pensao Londres
Address: Rua Dom Pedro V 53 | Bairro Alto, Lisbon 1250-092, Portugal
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Region: Portugal > Central Portugal > Lisbon District > Lisbon > Bairro Alto, Bica & Cais do Sodre , Encarnação
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Hotel Style:
#4 Best Value Hotel in Lisbon
#80 Romantic Hotel in Lisbon
#84 Family Hotel in Lisbon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Pensao Londres 2*
Number of rooms: 39
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