As Janelas Verdes Inn

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Address: Rua Das Janelas Verdes 47, , Lisbon, 1200, Portugal

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4.6

Oodles of delicious charm are found in this boutique 18th-century palace.

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.

Location
3.9
90%
Eating/drinking
3.5
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
4.5
90%
Value for money
4.3
90%
Bedrooms
4.2
90%
Public areas
4.4
90%

Location

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.

Bedrooms

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.

Public areas

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.

Eating and drinking

There’s no restaurant. But the hotel does serve an excellent continental buffet breakfast in the outdoor patio, or dining room, weather depending.

Leisure facilities

Just the aforementioned library.

Service

Absolutely faultless, although the small reception can make things crowded at check-in and check-out time.

Who stays there

Mainly couples on a romantic break.

Price advice

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.

Amenities

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Honeymooners
  • Mature travellers
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Great views / scenery
  • Relaxation
  • Romance
  • Special occasions

Pros & Cons

  • Quiet and romantic location and setting
  • Plenty of charm and character
  • Slightly removed from the city centre action
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