York House

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

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4.4

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
4.1
90%
Eating/drinking
3.7
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
3.7
90%
Value for money
4
90%
Bedrooms
4.4
90%
Public areas
4.4
90%

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.

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.

Who stays there

Couples looking for a quiet romantic break.

Price advice

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

Amenities

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Honeymooners
  • Mature travellers
  • Singles
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Relaxation
  • Romance
  • Special occasions

Pros & Cons

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