The Lisbon Marriott Hotel is the stereotype of a hotel that would have been considered classy in the ’80s, but hasn’t been updated since. The lobby has a huge revolving door – something about them always makes me nervous – a bar and restaurant immediately opposite the entrance, and a large check-in desk to the side.
My friends had already been there for a night when I arrived, so I bypassed the check-in desk and went straight to their room. The family who joined me in the elevator mistook me speaking English to mean that I was American – that, or the fact I actually pronounce the “R” sounds at the end of words after living in New York for a year threw them – and they said “This must be the American floor!” when they realised we were going to the same level. They didn’t seem impressed when I told them I was Australian, and chose to look at the floor for the ride instead of speaking to me.
Our room had two double beds, and a small fold-out bed for me, a large TV, a balcony, and a huge bathroom. As hotel rooms go, this one was pretty basic, but it was perfect for us three Australians who planned to use it as a crashpad in between exploring the nightlife and heading to Nos Alive Festival.
While I didn’t experience any problems first-hand, my friends told me their requests for room service and clean glasses were ignored, and they had to go downstairs to get the things they wanted themselves. Our mini fridge did not cool our drinks properly, and the choice and availability of food in the restaurant was limited.
Our balcony had a pleasant view of the hotel pool and some nearby buildings, but as this hotel was not located in the main part of the city, we unfortunately could not see the coastline or the ocean. The taxi service at the hotel was reliable and consistent, and cheap. We were able to get taxis within five minutes of needing one, and all of the drivers we had were helpful and honest with our fares. The best was the one who didn’t speak any English, but still sang along to “Jessie’s Girl” with us when it came on the radio.
I recommend this hotel for those not fussed about luxury and for a short stay in Lisbon, especially if, like us, you book at 7am flight and need to be near the airport. It is not in the main part of the CBD, so you will need to rely on taxis or have your own car to get around. Uber is available but didn’t seem cheaper than a taxi, and there are always taxis waiting to leave the hotel so there was no need to use it.
Overall, my short stay was pleasant, but if I was to return to Lisbon to spend more time there, I would definitely look for a hotel in a spot closer to the city and its attractions.
The author stayed at her own expense.