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OW Lounge in LIS (Lisbon, Portugal) ?

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Mal

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BA site seems to claim there is a BA lounge there. Can't find any other references of a OW lounge or a BA lounge.

Anyone been to Lisbon recently?

BTW. I found an amazing price for 100 Sc's while doing my research. LHR-MAD-LIS (return) using Iberia - Just under $AU300 for 100 SC's. Something people might keep in mind if in London. Although from what I've read, flying on Iberia can be a real experience!

(OF course I found out this deal *after* I bought by BA tickets for roughly the same price and only 30 sc's! At least it's a direct flight instead)
 

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Although LIS does have some generic lounges which are used by some airlines, I can't find anything about access for OW pax. Doesn't surprise me... as much as I love PT, LIS is a very daggy little airport.

And yes, IB is a much worse experience than BA, almost guaranteed.
 

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Ta.

I've also asked on the BA forum at FT so hopefully someone there will have visited it recently (if it exists!).

LIS looks to be a really nice relaxing getaway for a few days. Had to decide where to go in Europe for 3 days while I have some spare time and LIS "won". This is mainly because I havn't been to Portugal and it looks like a great location. Seeing I'm there in late March, i preferred it to be a reasonably warm town which didn't leave too many places!!

If you have any tips as to things to do in LIS that aren't covered by the standard tourist sites let me know!
 

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I wouldn't lay any bets on any real warmth in March, I'm afraid... the weather can be disturbingly similar to Melbourne's in unpredictability... but much more humid. Definitely reckon on anything between 12 and 20C. Not likely to be warmer.

LIS is such a beautiful place (notwithstanding the very disturbing numbers of beggars and the hordes of hash dealers). The guidebooks (LP, RG) to LIS are pretty good at covering the things you really will enjoy. Plan a second trip already for the things you'll want to go back for. Actually, plan a third trip.

Unless it's raining, just walk around or catch the old trams and 'elevadores' and ride up and down the hills. If you really want to see something away from Lisbon, then do what almost everyone does and do a daytrip to Sintra, where the former summer palace is. (But save it for next time if you're in PT for less than three full days.)

Make sure you get accom close to the lower town (Baixa), as this is the most convenient for public transport and for walking. (Many of the mid-range tourist hotels are to the north of the centre, in decidedly unatmospheric areas -- go for the better central residenciais, pensões or other more pension-like establishments if you can, as they will be a more genuine experience.) Note that the topography of LIS is sooo hilly that almost anything central that isn't in the Baixa could require some serious hill climbing (typical areas: Alfama, Chiado, Bairro Alto)... though the views from hotels/pensions in these areas will often be better than something in the Baixa.
 

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aspro2 said:
I wouldn't lay any bets on any real warmth in March, I'm afraid... the weather can be disturbingly similar to Melbourne's in unpredictability... but much more humid. Definitely reckon on anything between 12 and 20C. Not likely to be warmer.

LIS is such a beautiful place (notwithstanding the very disturbing numbers of beggars and the hordes of hash dealers).
I've been to LIS several times (last there in June) and to say it's more humid than Melbourne is quite bizarre. The weather is really beautiful for Europe, usually coastal temperate, not too hot, but can cop Atlantic storms from time to time. I'd recommend Portugal as one of the nicest and least spoiled countries in Europe (but the Euro is quickly changing all that).

If you really want to appreciate Portugal (and I'd stay fairly close to the airport on the first night), hire a car (it's really inexpensive), drive up to Sintra and a little further north to see the medieval monasteries, then go to Cascais, and then across the bridge to Setubal and see great beaches
and the real Portugal.

If you're interested I can provide you with a lot more up to the minute info.
 

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clifford said:
I've been to LIS several times (last there in June) and to say it's more humid than Melbourne is quite bizarre.
It seems clifford and I will have to agree to disagree. Lisbon is, on average, during the hotter months slightly more humid. The difference I have felt on a number of visits is that Lisbon's very warm/hot days tended to much stickier than Melbourne's (notwithstanding recent sticky weather in Melbourne).

clifford said:
(and I'd stay fairly close to the airport on the first night)
I can't imagine why someone visiting Lisbon briefly would want to station themselves outside the centre. If Mal wants to do a whistlestop tour of every sight, hiring a car and all, then yeah, near the airport or a bit out of the centre is useful, but if the visit is about experiencing Lisbon, then...
 

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It sounds like Portugal is a nicer place than I thought :)

I've only got three night in Lisbon (basically around 3.5 days). My intentions is to spend 2 days there and maybe take a trip to Oporto (no, not the chicken burger chain!) and back. I have heard good things about that town. I've still got 2 months till I'm there so plenty of time to plan.

At this stage trying to decide between staying at the Sheraton (which I've heard isn't that close to town, but has good transport) or the Le Meridien which is right in the heart of town.

Decisions, decisions!
 

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Lisbon can get quite foggy in autumn.

I would stay in the centre of town. Most of the sights are fairly central. Enjoy your trip and dont drink too much port :)
 

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The trip to Porto is worthwhile, and I would recommend a daytrip on the Duoro river (usually train and ferry), which flows through the city. A visit to the port warehouses is an easy walk from the city centre. I took the train from Lisbon to Porto - the countryside is similar to rural Australia with eucalyptus forests.

Public transport is very good in Lisbon so I would not be too concerned with staying in a central Hotel. I stay at Pestana Palace, a very reasonable and elegant hotel with excellent amenities. Usually I walk into the centre of Lisbon, but trams are located within 100 metres.

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Not sure if the OP found the answer to the lounge issue. Note that some BA lounges in Europe are not operated by BA. These lounges (and CDG is a classic example, being operated by AF) permit access to BA members and people travelling in Club Europe on a BA flight. They do not reciprocate with OneWorld benefits, so a QF Club/Gold/Plat member does not get access when flying BA economy or even on a QF codeshare in business class!

So perhaps LIS is the same as CDG, where its not a BA operated lounge, but operated by someone else (another airline, airport etc) for which BA have contracted for their elite EC members and business class passengers to have access, thus not permitting OneWorld benefits to partner airlines.
 
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