Pestana Palace Hotel

Rua Jau 54, Lisbon, Portugal, PT-1300-31

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Pestana Palace Hotel

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#7 of 30
expert-rated hotels in Lisbon
Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Location:
4.3
4.3
Bedrooms:
4.4
4.4
Eating/drinking:
4
4.0
Public areas:
4.9
4.9
Leisure facilities:
4.4
4.4
Service:
4.5
4.5
Value for money:
4.1
4.1
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Families with younger children, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Design and architecture, Great views / scenery, History, Romance, Special occasions

Expert review of Pestana Palace Hotel

A unique and historic fairytale palace.

A gilt-edged museum of period flamboyance where guests are transported to another century. History, culture, extravagance is all topped off with a dose of modern luxury in this very special hotel.

Location: 

While you’re not too far from the city centre (five-minute taxi) and the river’s quite close, the hotel is in a bit of a no-man’s land, which creates an isolated feel that sort of suits the palatial ambiance. However, this means there’s isn’t a great deal in terms of restaurants and shops in the immediate vicinity.

Bedrooms: 

The opulent, period suite I stayed in was so heavenly, I felt embarrassingly under-dressed and positively oafish, lounging on my chaise longue in a t-shirt, shorts and flip-flops. Once more appropriately dressed, in my fluffy robe, I felt like a European Count, surrounded by all that marble and period drapes, candle chandeliers, antique cabinets and wardrobes, and gilt-framed oil paintings. The standard rooms are, of course, smaller and less grand, but they still maintain the palatial charm of the hotel.

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Public areas: 

Even if you’re not staying here it’s worth coming to have a wander around this place – it's more impressive than many of the city’s museums. The hotel is set around a serene landscaped botanical garden, the lobby has a double-winding staircase (with red carpets, of course) and stained glass windows, there are antique-furnished living rooms and there’s even a chapel where guests can get married.

Leisure facilities: 

A marble swimming pool stands where a lake used to be, which has an ornate fountain sprouting out of the middle. There’s also a reminder of the 21st century in the modern spa, indoor swimming pool and children’s play area.

Service: 

Very attentive. Nothing was too much trouble.

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Who stays there: 

Honeymooners, couples and the odd family.

Price advice: 

September to March are good times to visit, when the price of the suites is greatly reduced.

Pros: 
Unique and historic
Cons: 
Expensive standard rooms in peak season

More information on Pestana Palace Hotel:

Price from:
£100
Type:
Hotel
Address:
Rua Jau 54, Lisbon, Portugal, PT-1300-31
Amenities:
Business Centre, Room Service, High-Speed Internet, Fitness Centre, Restaurant, Parking, Swimming Pool
Neighbourhood:
Santa Amaro

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