Our decent-sized room with two twin beds had operable windows, a small TV loaded with many channels, a minibar, a hair dryer, and a manual safe in the closet (ask for the key at the front desk, for a nominal fee). The bathroom is showing a bit of age, as the cold-water faucet in the sink has a drip, and you must really slam the flush handle of the toilet. The toiletries are OK, with small soap bars typical of this level of hotel all over Europe.
Our breakfast was complimentary with our room, which was a special rate offered through the Internet. The breakfast room is hidden in a lower level, and apparently you can order lunch and dinner here, too, if you''re in the neighborhood. The breakfast buffet is vast, and you can eat as heartily or as lightly as you wish. There is even a small table with "lighter" versions of juice, yogurt, and jam. Otherwise, you can indulge in ham and scrambled eggs, various breads and spreads, sliced meats and cheeses, cereals, fresh fruits, and a good selection of morning beverages. Overall, the cold food selections are better than the warm ones here.
For some reason, it took forever to check out very early on a Monday morning. The clerk at the front desk said our credit cards were not reading on the device (we tried three different cards), so he had to "call it in" and he filled in some form manually. It was a good thing he dialed a taxi during this delay.
The Sana Capitol is a decent, basic hotel, so as long as you do not expect too much, you will have a pleasant stay here.
December 29, 2002
From journal Bill in Portugal - LISBON