My wife and I stayed here for a four-night break, and were delighted by the experience. Our room was in the new building, and hence had a delightful view of the older part of the hotel over the courtyard centred on the fountain. The room was pleasant and clean, the bed was gigantic, the bathroom quite large, and there was generous wardrobe space. We both enjoyed the complimentary decanter of port, which was always pleasant to come home to! Breakfast (an excellent buffet) was in an elegant room with a glass wall onto the sunny courtyard - where you can of course breakfast when the weather is suitable. Staff are friendly and helpful, and are ready to suggest good places to eat in the locality. (Try Claras em castella)
And as for the locality - well, you are in the outer ward of the castle, a maze of quaint little streets where people actually live, and which has not yet been completely transformed into a tourist trap. You are a few minutes away from the great cathedral, the Sé. A walk down into the centre of Lisbon is easy, and if you find it too tiring to walk back up the hill, you can take the famous tram 28 or a bus, or even a taxi.
(On taxis: if you want to get right up to the door of the hotel, don't get a giant 'people mover' model which won't manage the narrower streets, but settle for a smaller saloon, otherwise you may have to walk 100m or call the hotel golf cart. From the airport to the hotel should cost no more than 20 euros for two passengers + luggage - make sure the driver uses the meter.)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Solar Do Castelo is truly a Romantic Boutique hotel in the historic center of Lisbon. The only hotel within St. George's Castle walls, at the top of Alfama, Solar Do Castelo is a small Mansion built on the site of the former Alcaçova Palace. With two floors and a mansard, an inner courtyard and garden, most part of the furniture was specially designed for the hotel in a Medieval Contemporary style. 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