Friday, 9 February 2018

Lisbon, Portugal (Double Tree by Hilton – Lisbon, Fontana Park)

After a very restful sleep I woke up to a cold room. Tried to get the heat to come on but the option for heating the room, via the thermostat, would not come on. I made coffee and wore the complementary hotel guest robe to keep warm. A morning shower was out of the question in the mostly marble bathroom. It was like a meat locker in there! After having the cup of coffee I went down for breakfast.

I found the buffet breakfast selection to be excellent. It was quite a spread. I wasn’t too hungry but I found enough variety to fill me up. The wait staff were very attentive and made me feel welcome and comfortable. And it was sure nice to be warm again!

On the way back to my room I stopped by the reception desk and let them know my heating was not working. They said someone from maintenance would stop by shortly. About 5 minutes after I got back to my room a guy from maintenance was knocking at my door. He too couldn’t get the heat to turn on, but said that he would have to do more research to get it working again. I guess, since this is a new part of the hotel, they haven’t worked out all the kinks yet.

One of the things I had to do today was my wash. I looked via Google for a nearby laundromat and found one about five minutes from the hotel. I gathered up my laundry in my carry-on bag and headed out the door. On the way out of the hotel, I stopped by the reception desk again and asked about other rooms that might be available. I had a feeling that my current room wouldn’t work for me. After all, I’m going to be here for the next nine days, and I’d like to make sure that perhaps another room might be more to my liking.

A member of the reception staff showed me a room in the older part of the hotel. They said it was on the top floor, but it was a little smaller than my current room. I agreed to take a look. When I walked in, I knew I’d like this room better. It had a great view and a cool bathtub. Said I could exchange rooms when I return in about 90 minutes. That was easy! On my way out the door to the laundromat I was given one of the Double Tree’s warm cookies that they give all new guests. Chocolate chip!

I’m getting fairly confident and adept at figuring out the various automated laundry equipment in the laundromats. This was was similar to the one in Barcelona. Still, it was just a bit different where getting the washer to work was a slight challenge, but another customer saw what I was doing wrong and helped me out. Also, the signage and payment station display were in multiple languages. I noticed while I was there, customers were helping other customers. I like that!

I used two washers since almost all of my clothes by now needed to be washed. And even though the dryers were large, I used two dryers to ensure that my clothes would be dry after one cycle. I was out of there in little over an hour. I selected the 30 minute wash cycle and the 18 minute dryer cycle.

I took a picture of the fountain in the traffic circle outside of the laundromat. Not a great picture, but at least captured a picture of some of the art found throughout most of Lisbon.

Was able to pack up everything in my room in 10 minutes and was at the receptionist desk ready to move to my new room. My keys were ready when I arrived and immediately went up to get settled in. About 20 minutes later I was unpacked and ready to relax. Nap time! All I needed to do now was figure out how to operate the automated shades to block out the light. Done!

The hallway on this floor was very unusual. All the rooms are on one side of the hallway, with semi-gloss black walls and ceiling, and the room numbers on the floor.

Picture of my room. Also have a nice balcony with two chairs and a table.

After my nap I took care of a few emails and a blog post. By this time I was thinking that I should eat something. I really wasn’t super hungry and decided to find my reliable McDonald’s and eat a cheeseburger.

The nearest McDonald’s was a seven minute walk away. It did give me a chance to walk around at night to see what was nearby. Around the corner from the hotel was a mall with a number of familiar stores, saw several restaurants, and quite a few people walking around and enjoying the evening. I realized it was Friday night and most of the restaurants and bars were filled with customers.

After I ate the cheeseburger, my stomach wasn’t liking it. When I got back to my room I put a fizzy antacid into some water and drank it. That seemed to help a little.

Took a picture of the sunset from my window. Yes, I’m going to like this room!

I watched a couple of on-line TV programs and then decided to go to bed. After a couple of hours I woke up and my stomach was still not happy and so I took another antacid. That seemed to help.

Tomorrow I’m planning to walk to the Santa Justa Lift. This public elevator, installed in 1902 and designed by a student of Gustave Eiffel, takes people to a height where you can see much of Lisbon. Also, need to get a haircut.


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