Roger Moore, Romy Schneider, Brigitte Bardot, Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir were among its many famous guests.
In the 1950s, tourism in Lisbon didn't go much beyond the city centre and castle areas. Staying in this hotel at the Martim Moniz square, a couple of minutes' walk from the Rossio, thus meant staying smack in the middle of the fun part of town, right next to all the typical food joints, the theatre houses and Lisbon's bohemian nightlife spots. More than half a century later, a lot has changed in the city, but Mundial's reputation remains intact. The square earned and then ditched a “rough” image, and has now become a fusion food market.
As Lisbon grew, so did the Mundial, while keeping its old charm. The hotel remains a favourite of families, tour groups and business travellers. The staff are experts on managing big groups – their 350 rooms are very competently managed. The hotel has some of the city's best views, facing the castle hill on one side and the Pombaline downtown on the other. Their rooftop open-air bar remains one of the city's best kept secrets, a place where you can still have a late evening drink without having to wait for a table, a rarity these days.
The Varanda the Lisboa (“Lisbon's veranda”) restaurant has an appropriate moniker, with its view of the castle; it is open to the general public and offers a traditional Portuguese menu.
The hotel has private parking, wi-fi coverage in all areas and a buffet breakfast.
Time Out tip: Go up to the Mouraria and look for the Corvo, a bistro café with outdoors tables in a traditional square, where you can enjoy a focaccia bread and a glass of wine. There's brunch until 5pm on weekends.
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Praça Martim Moniz, 2
|Transport:||Metro Martim Moniz or Rossio, or tram 12, 15, 28|