Far enough from the pricey centre yet accessible enough by public transport, the Turim Alameda is 4 star hotel discretely tucked away in a side-street of North Lisbon. With a solid reputation on TripAdvisor, it seemed like a good choice for my 5 night stay in the beautiful city of Lisbon, Portugal.
The surrounding area of Alameda is hardly prime location, and the street you’re on definitely isn’t anything fancy in itself. I certainly wouldn’t expect a 4 star hotel on it anyway — but walking into the hotel I was pleasantly surprised and realised that looks can be so deceiving.
I prepared a short one minute video of our check-in experience and a brief room tour. Check it out:
Despite its modest size, both the reception and lounge/bar areas on the ground floor have an elegant feel to them with comfortable sofas, very nice decoration and a mellow vibe.
The reception staff were super friendly and checked us in immediately even though we were early — and they even arranged for us to have two rooms on the top floor of the building which was a nice gesture.
Opening up the door to our room on the top floor, I was glad to see that it looked just like in the photos. The brown/creme colour scheme looked simple & classy, well maintained and was more than spacious enough for a couple. You get your typical wardrobe space, a desk, minibar, plenty of lighting and there’s even a built-in speaker system in the room and toilet. (It’s set to play some relaxing tracks by default, but you can also change to a different radio station, adjust volumes etc.)
The bed felt very comfortable so sleeping at night was no problem at all. Whether that was down to pure fatigue from all the walking around or the bed’s genuine comfort is something I can’t tell you, but I slept like a baby every night.
I’m not sure about you, but the bathroom is one of the most important parts of a hotel room for me. While this room’s bathroom ticked all the boxes — it was clean, had complementary toiletries and was spacious — its biggest let-down was the poor water pressure. And when I say poor, I mean really poor; it felt like water was just about making it to the 7th floor and slowly being squeezed out of the shower hose.
On the flip-side, I appreciated having music play while I showered or used the loo, so that was a plus.
WiFi is a must-have for a geek like me; I want to easily be able to upload photos to Instagram and catch up on social media after a long day out. Regrettably, the Turim Alameda’s WiFi was a bit too slow for my liking and made watching any videos, uploading photos or… well, anything web-based apart from searching Google difficult.
I was also surprised by the size of our TV. I typically enjoy being able to watch TV before bed, but the Turim Alameda’s TV was much smaller than the standard 32-inch size I’ve seen in other hotels, and from a 4 star hotel it would have been nice to see a more modern, larger TV.
A magnificent view
Although the hotel’s tech and poor water pressure let me down, I was loving the top-down view of Lisbon from our room. Opening up the large window we had clear views over the city’s skyline, and although it wasn’t a view of the main monuments or anything noteworthy, the vast view was lovely on a blue-skied, sunny day.
Turim Alameda hotel: Final thoughts
Despite its shortfalls like poor WiFi and water pressure, I had a good experience at the Turim Alameda. It’s nicely designed, well kept and the staff are very friendly & helpful.
You won’t be smack-bam in the middle of Lisbon with the Turim Alameda hotel, but considering the public transport links close by and cost-effectiveness of services like Uber (rides into the centre costed us about €6-8), it’s really not a huge problem.
Would I stay here again? For sure.
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