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.
Eating and drinking
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.
Who stays there
Couples looking for a quiet romantic break.
Look out for the excellent group rates if travelling with friends.
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
- Escaping the crowds
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Unique and full of character
- Romantic and peaceful
- Service should be better for the price
- Poor food