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November 26, 2004
(Heads up: join Starwood’s Preferred Guest program before making reservations and enjoy the privileges of a preferred guest room.)
A very large marble bathroom offered a deep tub and massaging shower. The toilet and bidet were in a separate glassed area. Bath amenities were deluxe. Fluffy robes and slippers were another nice touch.
At 145€ per night, accommodations were certainly not a bargain, but the price was in line with other major hotels.
Avoid the restaurants at the Sheraton Lisboa. There are two dining options here. The Caravela Restaurant services a buffet breakfast and buffet and á la carte lunch. We made the mistake of having a "light" breakfast there the first morning we were in Lisbon. The full breakfast buffet is 24€-whew! (At $1.25 to the Euro, this is a $30 skimpy breakfast.) Granted there are many choices, and the food appeared fresh and good. We opted for the continental breakfast buffet with only pastries and fruit. Our tab was still 12€ each and definitely not worth it. The following day we discovered several wonderful and reasonable typical Portuguese pastry shops in the shopping center across the side street from the hotel and had breakfast for under 5€.
The Panorama Restaurant on the hotel rooftop is promoted heavily by the Sheraton Lisboa as a gastronomic experience. Thinking we might splurge there one evening after a tiring day, we ventured to the top. The view is spectacular. Soaring floor to ceiling windows afford sweeping panoramas of city and harbor lights. The prices for drinks and food are also soaring. We quickly decided to return to the Restauradores district, where we had enjoyed delicious meals on previous evenings.
Final heads up: Do not make an international telephone call from your room at the Sheraton Lisboa. With add-on and taxes (19%), two brief calls to our parents in Florida resulted in a total of 61€-over $80! And don’t count on a quick email home from the Business Center. It is also a pricey communication channel. Make your calls and emails from public telephones with international calling cards or from a cozy Internet café over a powerful Espresso!
For further information about the Sheraton Lisboa (if I haven’t talked you out of it), visit www.sheraton.com/lisboa.
From journal Lisbon Is Like a Mysterious Gypsy Woman
Cinnaminson, New Jersey
July 4, 2004
The hotel has two restaurants in the basement. Restaurant "Caravela" as the name suggests has walls covered with azulejos in white and blue of the sea, palm trees and boats. "Alfama Grill" has several modern paintings on the walls. There is also a liquor store and a hairdresser in the basement.
From journal Travels in Portugal - The best of Lisbon - Part III