Our initial impression was disappointing due to the 42 steps up to the courtyard and reception, but we were met by a pleasant man who took charge of our bags. The courtyard is the heart of the hotel, green and cool and welcoming on a warm Lisbon day. The staff was pleasant and most helpful. Internet was not working when we were there, but they happily shared the office computer at a moment's notice. Our "design" room was light and bright, but could have used a picture or two on the walls. The bathroom was modern. Our friends stayed in a "deluxe" room - it was one of the older, traditional rooms, filled with lovely antiques, and more spacious than ours. We chose not to have breakfast as it was just the "same old stuff" for 15 euros each. But there is a lovely pastry shop a few doors down where we went for coffee and a light bite. The hotel restaurant is expensive and not very good, but there are quite a few lovely local places with walking distance which we discovered and enjoyed. The necessary buses and trolley into the center or to Belem are a few steps away from the entrance (and taxis are inexpensive in Lisbon). This hotel is not for everyone, but its secluded location offered us a relaxing place to return to at the end of a busy day. I would not recommend it for families, but rather for couples or several couples/friends traveling together. It is clean and well staffed, a more traditional European hotel with a sense of history. The trees in the courtyard must have decades of stories, if only they could talk.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Historic 17th century Convent converted to a homey Pension encompassing a patio & gardens overlooking river. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- York House Hotel Lisbon
- York Hotel Lisbon