As Janelas Verdes Inn
Rua Das Janelas Verdes 47, Lisbon, Portugal, 1200
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Escaping the crowds, Great views / scenery, Relaxation, Romance, Special occasions
Expert review of As Janelas Verdes Inn
Formerly the home of Portuguese novelist, Eça de Queiros, and allegedly the inspiration for his novels, O Ramalhete and Os Maia, it’s filled to the brim with fussy antiques and Old World charm. This is the kind of hotel that makes you want to pop on your slippers, pour another glass of port and fall asleep in the library, surrounded by the analogues of the great minds of yesteryear. All of which blends in with the location of romantically regal Lapa, where palatial grounds rub shoulders over cobbled hills and alleyways.
Up the steep riverbank that is Lapa, the hotel is in the swankiest neighbourhood in town. However, there isn’t a great deal immediately on the hotel doorstep, save for some very grand homes and embassies. Within walking distance are the clubs and bars of Docas and Santos, plus the sights of Belem are a few minutes by cab. But if you want to be in the thick of it, this isn’t the place for you.
The 29 rooms come with grand oil paintings of colonial Portugal’s fleet, old wood panelling and antique furnishings. High thread-count sheets top deep comfy beds, while the best rooms have uninterrupted views of the sparkling river.
The top-floor library harks back to Portugal’s ‘Age of Discovery’ with its worn leather armchairs, grand terrace and telescope, for looking out beyond Atlantic and dreaming of what lies beyond the horizon – or spying on some the neighbouring embassies, if you like.
There’s no restaurant. But the hotel does serve an excellent continental buffet breakfast in the outdoor patio, or dining room, weather depending.
Just the aforementioned library.
Absolutely faultless, although the small reception can make things crowded at check-in and check-out time.
Mainly couples on a romantic break.
The suites here are the same price, and of generally better standard, than many of the top range hotels. Prices also drop by 25 percent in the off season.
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- Rua Das Janelas Verdes 47, Lisbon, Portugal, 1200
- Free tags / Keywords:
- romance, boutique, Charm, Period, historic
- Business Centre, Room Service, High-Speed Internet, Fitness Centre, Restaurant, Parking