VIP Eden is regarded by some as a grand statement and others as a grotesque monstrosity, this controversial Lisbon hotel is hard to miss. The space formerly belonged to the Eden cinema and much of the Art Deco façade has been restored.
The effect is marred only by tacky plastic palm trees that dominate the building and are totally incongruous; it’s less of an oasis and more of an eyesore. However, a central location and self-contained apartment facilities make this a popular choice with businessmen and longer-stay travellers.
There are 75 studios (suitable for two people) and 59 apartments (sleeping up to four people), all with kitchen and desk facilities. A rooftop swimming pool and bar are appealing features in summer months. Rooms are clean and thankfully less ostentatious than the hotel exterior. A good choice for groups travelling on a budget.