10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Was a good deal but a little longer walk
"We booked on relatively short notice and were relatively happy with the hotel. We read other reviews so knew to expect something closer to 4star for 5 star hotels in Portugal/Lisbon. This was our first visit and first stop out of 3 hotels in Portugal. We stayed at the Sofitel later in the week for a little bit more and LOVED it. Probably would have stayed there if we planned just a little bit earlier. The Meridien is a great deal and a good stay if you are trying to book on short notice and save a little bit of money for a nice hotel.
We arrived at 8:30am and were able to check in which was fantastic although we ended up in a standard room with 2 twin beds with a tiny window even though we had booked a deluxe double room. They did not have any avail for non-smoking at the time and were not very forthcoming about trying to get us a room later in the day if one came up once we were in our standard room. Beds are kind of hard - another review had said this and I can vouch for that fact.
The showers were very, very nice - rainfall type water spout along with shower head option with great water pressure. We could have showered all day long - just couldn't figure out how to turn on the bathroom airvents (in any of our rooms at 3 hotels in Portugal - I'm sure it was something simple but we just didn't get it).
The hotel is pretty walkable to the down town area but definitely a little more out of the way compared to some of the other hotels. It took about 25-30min to walk - we used the uphill return as our exercise after dinner each day :)
The breakfast is pricey (21 euro) but was the nicest breakfast buffet of the 3 diff hotels we stayed at. They had a bit of everything including the very tasty napolitana de chocolate pastries - I would have tried to eat more if I had realized how expansive it was compared to others."
- Travel date: Sat 2nd of September 2006
Excellent Le Meridien
"Just returned from a four night break at the Le Meridien Atlantic Park and it was an excellent hotel.
We were well looked after from room service to the restaurant.The hotel is slightly out of the centre,but taxis are cheap compared to other european cities.
Bar prices are a bit steep so I would recommend that you drink some place else.
Overall a great experience and good value for money."
- Travel date: Mon 28th of August 2006
Good price, nice hotel
"Overall I have to say this hotel is a winner. We paid â¬85 per night per room which is very little for 5-star hotel. The location isn't brilliant, it's a bit of a walk from the main area of the city but if walking isn't a problem then this is a great option. Plus there is a metro stop only about 5-6 min walk away which takes you to city centre and the same line will take you to a El Corte Ingles and the huge Columbus Mall if shoppings your thing.
The hotel itself is fine, the rooms were very nice and definitely a bargain at â¬85. However, as with many hotels, the eating/drinking in the hotel is ridiculously expensive so best advice is to use the hotel for sleeping and do your eating/drinking elsewhere. Theres a nice cafe (Coffee Pot) near the Metro Stop (Marquis Pombal) that serves decent snack foods and drinks. (Long Island Ice Tea â¬4.50, in hotel â¬12)"
- Travel date: Sat 19th of August 2006
"we spent 7 nights at this hotel and had a great experience there. We had booked through booking-- and had managed to found a very low rate (85 euros per night whereas an average room would cost 350 and our junior suite would cost 1000!). Value for the money was therefore a very good point if compared to other nearby 3 stars hotel, which definitely had nothing to do with Meridien in terms of comfort and cleanliness...
Rooms really are as they appear in pictures: wide, well furnished and equipped (minibar was incredible, as well as hitech supplies: we had a Sony radio-cd player), not to talk about the bathroom: real luxury I dare say. Both maids and people at the reception were kind and ready to help. A small though nice last thing: you get chocolates at night when you go back to your room ;-)
An only thing: the hotel is up an hill so from Marques de Pombal underground station it may take more than 5 minutes walking uphill... but if you are tired taxis in lisbon are definitiley affordable, so consider using them.
Would stay there again."
- Travel date: Thu 17th of August 2006
Not good hotel !
"My wife is in wheelchair and was very difficult for us to move through this hotel because of its inexperience staff not understand special needs. Not happy with result of trip and management not helpful either, when ask to speak with someone always 'busy' 'on phone' 'call back' but never do so.
We only stay there 2 days out of 6 and go to other hotel where staff much more helpful. Pay more, but get much better result. Not recommend this hotel."
- Travel date: Tue 8th of August 2006
Great Hotel and Child Friendly
"We booked two rooms for the weekend of 7 July, each for Eur 117 from the Starwood website. As we had our three young children with us, we asked for interconnecting rooms on check-in. While these were not available, we were given two rooms across the corridor from each other. The rooms were reasonably sized, furnishings were good and the air conditioning worked very well.
As a SPG Platinum member, I was a bit disappointed that we had not been given bigger rooms. However, within an hour of checking in, various items started being delivered to both rooms, presumably due to my membership status. Firstly, upgraded toiletries were sent up, followed by a bottle of port and finally some appetisers before dinner. The appetisers were really excellent and included local cheeses and desserts. Wine and appetisers were also sent to both rooms the following night.
We ate in the restaurant that night. They had a fixed seafood menu for Eur 35 which was really excellent - lobster, smoked fish, grouper, soup, dessert, etc and a glass of champagne to start. The restaurant also has a good children's menu. The staff in the restaurant were excellent - very friendly and full of recommendations.
While the restaurant is not cheap by local standards, the quality is very good and pricing is fair in many ways. For instance, for the breakfast buffet, they charged us full price for the adults but there was no charge whatsoever for the children.
We also had a post dinner drink in the bar one evening. The atmosphere was good, as Portugal were playing in the World Cup that evening. However, if the match had not been on, I think it would have been lacking in atmosphere and not a place for anything other than a quick drink.
The one big downside of the hotel is the lack of a swimming pool. Given the heat in Lisbon in the summer, it would have been nice to swim when we returned from sightseeing in the evening.
One piece of advice as well regarding car parking. The car park beneath the hotel is extremely cramped and while it was fairly empty when we were there, parking would have been a real challenge otherwise. Be warned - particularly if you have a large car.
Overall, this is a really good hotel, in a very pleasant location and with very helpful and friendly staff. I would definitely stay there again, whether on business or pleasure."
- Travel date: Mon 24th of July 2006
"We got an unbelievable rate of 98 rate per room per night on the hotel's website which included a buffet breakfast. The location could not have been better as it is within a stone's throw from the Marque de Pombal metro stop. We could easily walk to the Placa de Commercio from the hotel. The room wasvery luxurious and the bathroom had separate his and hers basins. The power showers worked wonderfully and the bathroom was also stocked with good toiletries and super thick towels and bathrobes. The room comes with a working table. Unfortunately we did not get a view of the park but at the rate we got we weren't complaining. The beds were wonderful and extra pillows were available in the cupboards. The breakfast was out of this world!! Champagne, smoked salmon, cereals, pastrieds, scrambled eggs (done plain or with smoked salmon), hard boiled eggs, lamb and pork sausages, cut cuts, cheeses, muffins, bagels, freshly squeezed juices...needless to say we didn't need lunch. The concierge was extremely helpful who showed us the route to walk to the starting point of the Tram 28 route which brought us up to the Balto Alto, down to the P de Coomercio, then up the Alfama (all this for a mere 1.20 euros!!). We were granted a late checkout, and there is a taxi queue just outside the hotel. Defintely would stay here again."
- Travel date: Sat 15th of July 2006
"Just loved the Meridien Atlantic Park Hotel in Lisbon. Yes, it's a bit of a walk to the main city areas but it doesn't really matter as it's downhill and you can get a (very cheap) taxi back. It is certainly better than the Ritz next door - what an ugly building. We did have a drink there to be nosey but very stuffy and dated!
The Meridien is very modern and very clean - we got an upgrade and our room was on the 17th floor with far reaching views over the city and sea! Room was excellent with King sized bed, Egyptian cotton sheets, huge fluffy pillows, bathrobes, lovely toiletries.
The only slight "niggle" is that the breakfast is expensive - so go to a cafe instead!
Cafe Nicola is very good and popular with locals. The "dock" area of Lisbon with its trendy bars and restaurants is worth a visit as is Cascais on the train along the coast.
Would definitely stay here again, in fact just planning a return trip...!!"
- Travel date: Sat 6th of May 2006
"My husband and I stayed at the Le Meridien in Lissabon from 12.April over easter up to the 18.April for six night`s. We stayed in a superior room , non smoker on the 11th floor and we enjojed it very much. The room was clean, the bathroom nice with body lotion and other things, the bed ( queensize ) was a dream ( I sleept much better then at home ) and the view from our room over the city was magnificient. The stuff was very very helpful and always friendly even when it was crowded on the rezeption. We had wonderful days in Lissabon and we want surley come back again and staying another time in this hotel.
The only point that was not so good ( the breakfast was and the minibar are expensive )
they charge for a american breakfast buffet â¬ 21,50 per person and for a coke 0,2 l nearly â¬ 6,-. But this hotel is absolutly worth to stay with."
- Travel date: Thu 27th of April 2006
Good hotel - Location, u can do better.
"Stayed there for 5 nights. Pleasant checkin.
We wanted a room with 2 beds. We got it.
Note however that the 2 single beds are quite small.
We were on the 10th floor. Views were very good.
U can still walk to the centre but I wish we'd stayed closer.
All in all good hotel but "that little plus" was missing for a five star hotel, reason why I booked it.
If u get a good deal (moneywise), I am pretty sure u will have a good stay!!!"
- Travel date: Tue 11th of April 2006