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“Just perfect- best location and breakfast in Lisbon” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Pensao Royal
Ranked #76 of 230 Lisbon B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
London, England, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“Just perfect- best location and breakfast in Lisbon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2012

Stayed for 4 days with my girlfriend in early December, and Paula couldn't have been more helpful!
From the very beginning to the end she always wanted to help in any way, and it was amazing to think that it is just her who runs the whole show.
And those breakfasts! I can't remember a better breakfast, and the cakes are the best in the whole of Lisbon.
Really great stay, many many thanks, for all the help and kindness.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2012

My boyfriend and I stayed at Pensao Royal mid-October for four nights. I had chosen the Pensao based on reading Trip Advisor reviews, and it was everything I'd read--a sweet and quirky place, a generous and knowledgeable host, a jaw-droppingly good breakfast, an awesome location, and a great value. I couldn't be happier with the experience. My only sadness is that I know I will never find another hotel/B&B/anything that is so exciting and generous. Paula really is lovely, and she knows her stuff!

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Rome, Italy
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2012

We spent 3 days in Lisbon and it was a perfect experience with Paula's suggestions.
She manages all the Pensao on her own and she's always ready to make your trip as its best with a great breakfast, great welcome and the best tips about restaurants, trasports and museums (absolutely you must trust her!!).
All the rooms were very clean and with its private WC. Perfectly located in Chiado district, close to everything interesting and in a very quiet street (very helpful for your sleep)
If I ever will come back in Lisbon, definetely I will stay at Pensao Royal

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2012

There's not much to add to what has been said by everyone else. Pensao Royal is quirky but it is also special. Three things stand out: the outstanding location, the extraordinary breakfasts, and, most of all, Paola, who is the perfect host.

The Pensao is about 50m from the Baixa/Chiado metro station (and the metro now goes to the airport). It's a short walk to most of the main sights, and the immediate vicinity is pleasant.

You've read about the breakfasts, and they don't disappoint. Paola gets up in the small hours to make an amazing array of cakes, pastries, tortillas, fruit salad etc. We counted 14 home made items on a single morning and there are new things every day. Combined with the table settings, this is breakfast as theatre.

Finally, Paola is a wonderful person who seems to spend her life looking after her guests, advising on trips, restaurants and travel plans. Staying with Paola is like staying with a knowledgeable friend in Lisbon. It was certainly her who made our visit of four days so successful. Unsurprisingly, the Pensao is plastered with thank you letters from appreciative guests.

This is not the place for you if you are looking for a standard hotel; if you are looking for something unusual but special, you won't regret it.

Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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cornwall
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31 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2012

As all the reviews before me say, this place is quirky but fab. Breakfast to die for. Paula, the owner is wonderful, and so accommodating, it is like having your own personal travel agent. If anyone goes, please look out for a brightly coloured yellow sunshine luggage tag and report back as to where it is. Paula fell in love with it when we arrived, and I just had to present it to her when we left. The only down side for me, was the noise at night, but then I am not a city person. This was soon remedied with some ear plugs, (kept out hubbies snoring as well)!! Colouful, clean and the perfect spot to explore the city of Lisbon and beyond, with a metro station literally across the road. Trams and buses at the bottom of the road. Highly reccomend the public tranport system, it is so cheap and more importantly reliable. Had we known our way round better on the Metro, when we arrived, we wouldn't have been ripped off by the taxi driver at the airport.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2012

Paula is an amazing host. She looked after us as if we were family. Her breakfasts were divine and she even cooked us her award winning dish. The hostel is in a great location and well maintained. Paula gave excellent advise on places to see and where to eat at. Thanks Paula you made our stay in Lisbon very enjoyable. The care package was delicious. Sharon and Jeanette.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Thank jedec
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England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2012

Centrally located for most sights, buses, trams & 2 minutes walk from Baixa Chiado metro. Buy the excellent value 24 hour travel ticket from the station, even valid on the Santa Justa Elevator. The aerobus ticket from the airport to Rossio Square is also valid for 24 hours & Pensao Royale is 5 minutes walk away providing you don't stop for a delicious Pasteis de Nata (famous custard tart) & coffee!
Spotlessly clean, comfortable beds, surprisingly quiet (on third floor no lift), quirky decor and one of the best breakfasts I've ever experienced. You can choose from a typical selection of boiled eggs, cheese, meats, cereal, juice, fresh coffee, home made chicken pies, sauasage rolls, potato omlette, quiche, prepared fresh fruit & cakes to die for! Can recommend the coconut cake and tart tatin - all prepared by the owner Paula who is not only an excellent cook but very helpful with suggestions for days out & evening dinner.
Wouldn't stay anywhere else!

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Pensao Royal
Address: Rua do Crucifixo 50, 3rd fl, Lisbon 1100, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Central Portugal > Lisbon District > Lisbon > Baixa, Rossio & Restauradores
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Ranked #76 of 230 B&Bs / Inns in Lisbon
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Number of rooms: 5
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