We stayed here for just two nights in February, following on from a business trip of my husband's near Sintra. I arrived on Friday evening and we took a taxi - the driver was obviously not too familiar with the hotel and dropped us (and luggage) off quite a way from its location, assuring us that it wasn't far. We felt lost and a bit stupid and started walking without much hope, but eventually phoned the hotel, who sent someone out on foot to find us and escort us back - not really too far at all, but very helpful nonetheless.
Once inside this rather hidden little gem, we felt the stresses of the day fall from our shoulders. The decor and lighting are really beautiful - modern simplicity, but with real respect for the building's history. As has been mentioned numerous times, the staff are courteous, knowledgeable, friendly and very helpful. Our receptionist seemed to know that we would just want a simple meal that night and directed us to a nearby tiny shop-restaurant run by a lovely couple. Just a few things on the menu, but exactly what we wanted.
Our room (a superior double in the attic) was a little on the small side, as was the bathroom (nowhere to put all the copious stuff I need at my age!). The shower was a bit awkward, with the spray from the showerhead aimed straight at the door which didn't quite close. But it was cosy and clean, and the cooing of the pigeons above probably helped us to sleep! A carafe of port was provided in the room - not my favourite tipple, but such a lovely touch.
Breakfast was not included and seemed perhaps a little steep at 14 euros. However, once I was into my second glass of freshly squeezed orange juice, I began to feel more relaxed about it. If only the weather had been a little warmer, we would have sat outside in the courtyard which would have been wonderful (and will bring us back in the spring) and its all there until noon.
No problem getting around - yes, it is steep and wouldn't suit the elderly or infirm, but we felt it kept us fit and deserving of all the gorgeous culinary delights Lisbon has to offer. The 28 tram is a must, and not too far away at all.
Can't wait to get back there - and thank you, Solar do Castelo for such a great introduction to this beautiful little city.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Solar Do Castelo is truly a romantic shelter in the birthplace of Lisbon - within the walls of São Jorge Castle at the top of Alfama. It is a small 18-century mansion surrounding a noble patio, built on the site of the former kitchens of the Royal Palace. Apart from the genuine antiques, most part of the furniture was specially designed for the hotel in a medieval contemporary style. In this magical place you will find welcoming rooms offering complete modern day comfort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Solar Do Castelo Lisbon
- Solar Do Castelo Hotel Lisbon