Lapa Palace

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Address: Rua do Pau da Bandeira, 4, Lisbon, 1249-021, Portugal

Star rating:
5 star hotel

4.8

A bastion of luxury in Lisbon’s affluent Lapa district.

Lisbon’s premier A-list hotel is an essay in regal charm and opulence. A converted 19th-century palace perched upon one of Lapa’s river-facing hills. Here, guests could be forgiven for thinking they’d been whisked away to another era.

Location
4.4
90%
Eating/drinking
4.7
90%
Leisure facilities
4.3
90%
Service
4.7
90%
Value for money
4.2
90%
Bedrooms
4.6
90%
Public areas
4.9
90%

Location

High up, amongst the palaces and palm trees of the aristocratic Lapa district, this is just the place for self-importance, luxury and historic beauty. Unfortunately, the only problem is there’s little in the way of restaurants and sights on your doorstep, meaning you have to rely on the often-inflated cost of the hotel taxi service.

Bedrooms

The suites on the 7th floor, with their four-poster beds and private turrets, are the finest in town. The standard rooms are sufficiently opulent with private balconies overlooking the Rio Tejo or the tropical garden below.

Public areas

The echoey lobby and hotel corridors maintain a hushed regal charm with all-marble interiors and antique furnishings. I particularly liked pottering around the towering ficus trees and waterfalls in the tropical garden around which most of the hotel is set.

Eating and drinking

The Restaurante Lapa serves excellent high-end Italian food – the seafood dishes were particularly good when I visited. There’s also a poolside restaurant, Le Pavillion, which serves juices, sandwiches and light dishes in the summer. Tea junkies should check out Rio Tejo Bar, which has 42 different varieties from around Asia.

Leisure facilities

There’s an outdoor and indoor swimming pool, a sauna, Turkish bath and a small spa and gym.

Service

As you’d expect in such a place, the service is exemplary.

Who stays there

Anyone with the cash, from dignitaries to rock-stars.

Price advice

The prices can reduce by up to 50 per cent in the off-season.

Amenities

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with younger children
  • Foodies
  • Honeymooners
  • Celebrity spotting
  • Great views / scenery
  • Relaxation
  • Romance
  • Special occasions

Pros & Cons

  • Romantic and peaceful
  • The height of luxury
  • Slightly isolated from urban amenities
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