York House

32, Rua Das Janelas Verdes, Lisbon, Portugal, 01200

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By Guyan Mitra, your Lisbon expert

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#13 of 30
expert-rated hotels in Lisbon
Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
Location:
4.1
4.1
Bedrooms:
4.4
4.4
Eating/drinking:
3.7
3.7
Public areas:
4.4
4.4
Leisure facilities:
0
N/A
Service:
3.7
3.7
Value for money:
4
4.0
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Singles, Escaping the crowds, Relaxation, Romance, Special occasions

Expert review of York House

Plenty of character and history is found in Lisbon's most charming boutique hotel.

Hidden amongst the colourful palaces of Lisbon’s most affluent district, Lapa, this converted 17th-century convent is a wonderfully cosy abode with a delightful ecclesiastical feel. This is one of Lisbon’s best options for those seeking romance, charm and personality in their hotel.

Location: 

In the quiet and affluent neighbourhood of Lapa, you’ll be rubbing shoulders with Lisbon’s ambassadors and dignitaries. A ten-minute cab-ride to the city centre, I did feel that there was a lack of any urban buzz on the hotel doorstep – but that’s also part of the appeal.

Bedrooms: 

The 36 rooms vary in size and style but all emit a convent feel by maintaining some of the old features. My room had criss-crossing oak, floor-to-ceiling beams and deep-set windows with strong wooden shutters, while thick-stone and whitewashed walls keep the rooms cool in summer.

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Public areas: 

The heart of the hotel is its oasis-like, palm-shaded courtyard, in which I was quite happy to lose a few hours sipping tea and leafing through a John Le Carré novel (who always stayed here when visiting Lisbon) novel. A steep and winding stone staircase, which twists throughout the hotel like a major artery, connects all the rooms.

Eating and drinking: 

Pan-European food is served in the hotel restaurant and courtyard, but I found the food overpriced and average.

Service: 

Given the hotel’s status and price, I found the staff to be aloof and not of great help. Not awful but certainly could do better.

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Who stays there: 

Couples looking for a quiet romantic break.

Price advice: 

Look out for the excellent group rates if travelling with friends.

Pros: 
Unique and full of character
Romantic and peaceful
Cons: 
Poor food
Service should be better for the price

More information on York House:

Price from:
£71
Type:
Hotel
Address:
32, Rua Das Janelas Verdes, Lisbon, Portugal, 01200
Amenities:
Business Centre, Room Service, High-Speed Internet, Restaurant
Neighbourhood:
Lapa

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