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Solar Do Castelo
Ranked #3 of 255 Hotels in Lisbon
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Reviewed 7 February 2013

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.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 January 2013

If you want to taste the old Lisbon this is the place to be. It is built in St. George Castle and everything there is just GREAT. We were very exciting about the breakfast and the room which was very clean and quite big. The staff was there to help you in everything you need. The only negative is that you need a cab to wherever you wanna go 'cause its a bit away from all things...even though we were very satisfied!!

Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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HeritageLisbon, General Manager at Solar Do Castelo, responded to this reviewResponded 1 February 2013

Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for sharing your stay with us.
We were very pleased to know that you appreciated our hotel and our staff.
As you refer Solar Do Castelo is located within St. George Castle walls, on the top of Alfama which is Lisbon’s oldest quarter. This special location makes this hotel a serene refuge in the birthplace of the city of Lisbon. You can have a nice walk down Alfama and reach Baixa in approximately 15 minutes.
You can also use the public transports to reach downtown and other historic quarters of Lisbon. At the entrance of the Castle there is a bus stop and the tram 28 passes very near (Santa Luzia Belvedere).
It was a pleasure to have you with us and we hope to welcoming again in the future.
Yours sincerely,
Diogo Laranjo
General Manager

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Reviewed 8 January 2013

We stayed 2 nights in this amazing boutique hotel which is just beside the castle in Lisboa. The staff are exceptionally friendly and helpful. The room is beautifully decorated. There is a beautiful courtyard with 3 peacocks walking around. Not to forget the daily delicious breakfast that serves until 12 noon. Also there are nice afternoon tea and coffee. Yes, it is a steep walk up to the castle and back to the hotel after exploring the city. But there are buses and taxi that can take you up to the castle area and lots of nice restaurants with great views over the city and coastline near the hotel. Will definitely recommend this hotel who wishes to have a romantic escape in Lisboa.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 December 2012

We stayed here for four nights to visit Lisbon. Perfect location, a bit difficult to find and extremely difficult for cab drivers to drop you right in front of the entrance. Inside you feel it from the first moment, lovely surrounding, right next to the castle. Some rooms are a bit small with less space for baggage, but the rest including breakfast was perfect...

Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 December 2012

What a beautiful little boutique hotel in St. Georges Castle. We were told this was once the kitchen area of the castle and it has been redirected into a beautiful boutique hotel. Now a lot of rooms and personal service way beyond expectations. The setting is marvelous and you get a real taste of old Lisbon. Cobblestone streets lead to the hotel which has service to it's doors. Once inside it is so tastefully furnished and comes complete with complimentary full service breakfast. You are always the hotels first priority. The living room is relaxing and you can see the Peacocks walk across the garden and rooftops. I would never consider staying anywhere else in Lisbon if you want to get to know the real Lisbon. Also, hire a driver who is a native of Portugal for drive you around. The natives are so proud of their heritage and they cost is extremely reasonable. We stayed here for 6 days and each day was better than the day before.

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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 November 2012

Very nice hotel, very quiet place, extremly silent at night, friendly helpful staff, nice breakfast, possibility to stay and eat outside if nice weather, 15 minutes walk to downtown (down and uphill though)... We would choose this hotel again!

Not recommended with small children

  • Stayed: November 2012
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Reviewed 12 November 2012

Just came back from a weekend stay at the Solar do Castelo. As other reviewers have noted, this boutique hotel/inn is nestled within the Castelo de Sao Jorge on top of Lisbon's highest hill (all 7 of them). Its exclusivity (only 14 rooms) works for it, as the rooms open mainly to the courtyard which was at all times tranquil and pleasant. On my early arrival (before my room was ready), I was invited to refresh myself with a complimentary tea/coffee. My room was beautifully made and as others have highlighted, the complimentary (unlimited) port and Molton Brown toiletries were excellent touches. The hotel also supplied comfy slippers and robes which I usually only see in something like the Hilton - small touches that really contribute to the quality of your stay.

The overall highlight of the hotel was the decor and the sitting room - this is the main room in the lobby which opens out onto a pleasant courtyard that is inhabited (at times) by a beautifully plumed peacock. Having breakfast there, with the sunlight streaming through the wonderfully decorated room, a cup of freshly made Nespresso and some Marmalade and cheese was one of the highlights of my entire stay in Lisbon. Tranquil, gorgeous and wonderful.

The only thing I would highlight is that the Solar do Castelo is nowhere near any form of public transport (except the 737 bus which I never saw coming or going), so the mobility challenged will not like the walking up and down the hill. Luckily the walking just helped me to work up an appetite for all the pasteis, cod fishcakes, cheese and wine that I consumed on the trip. Will be back for sure.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled solo
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Address: Rua das Cozinhas 2 | (ao Castelo), Lisbon 1100-181, Portugal
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Region: Portugal > Central Portugal > Lisbon District > Lisbon > Castelo, Alfama & Mouraria
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Lisbon
#4 Green Hotel in Lisbon
#8 Romantic Hotel in Lisbon
#31 Family Hotel in Lisbon
Price Range: £120 - £302 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Solar Do Castelo 4*
Number of rooms: 20
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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