32, Rua Das Janelas Verdes, Lisbon, Portugal, 01200
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Singles, Escaping the crowds, Relaxation, Romance, Special occasions
Expert review of York House
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pan-European food is served in the hotel restaurant and courtyard, but I found the food overpriced and average.
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.
Couples looking for a quiet romantic break.
Look out for the excellent group rates if travelling with friends.
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- 32, Rua Das Janelas Verdes, Lisbon, Portugal, 01200
- Business Centre, Room Service, High-Speed Internet, Restaurant