The Borges offers dusty no-frills accommodation in an old building that’s in desperate need of renovation. Think of it as a two-star rather than the advertised three stars to avoid disappointments. I paid 65€ a night, without breakfast, which was probably more or less what the place was worth.
The first room they tried to give me (434) was awful. It was basically a long, narrow corridor with a bed and a sofa bed. The receptionist also claimed there would be a bathtub in the room, but there wasn’t.
I was then given room 101, which was a lot better. It was large, but very worn-out. There were frosted glass windows to an inner courtyard of sorts, although it looked more like a dumpster. The fitted carpet was dusty and the room had a stuffy smell to it. The bed was a bit too soft, but adequate. Wifi worked reliably and was fast enough for videos. There was a small fridge in the room, too.
The bathroom was probably renovated in the early 1990s and felt worn-out and shabby. There was a bathtub and a handheld shower with adequate water pressure. A bit surprisingly, the bathroom came with a few amenities, such as shaving kits and dental kits.
Noise insulation was non-existent and at times, the room felt and sounded like a waterfall when people in other rooms took a shower or flushed their toilets.
A basic breakfast with hot and cold items is served in the beautiful breakfast room from 7:30 to 11. The price is 10 euros.
The hotel is centrally located a few steps from Praça Luís de Camões and tram 28, within walking distance from Baixa and Praça do Rossio. It’s right next to the entrance of the Baixa/Chiado metro station. To reach the airport by metro takes about 45 minutes.
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