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Reviewed 17 August 2013

This review is based on just one night at the hotel. I will start with the negatives and end on a positive note.

Cons:
-Location: Hotel is within castle walls, no buses or trams allowed up. Only walk all the way to the top or take a taxi.
- VERY BUSY area during the day; swamped with toursist and high prices. EXTREMELY quiet at night; no restaurants open after 8pm; no bars or nightlife in castelo district.
-Breakfast is 14euro more per person per day.
Pros:
-Absolutely beautiful and serene hotel
-Professional staff 24/7 reception able to help with suggestions, taxis, etc.
-Coffee & Tea station, reading section and desserts available along with self service bar.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Nicole O
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HeritageLisbon, General Manager at Solar Do Castelo, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2013

Dear Guest,
Thank you very much sharing your feedback following your short stay with us and for your kind comments about our premises and our staff.
Maybe it was for the fact of staying just one night with us that prevent you from knowing a little better our neighborhood and the accessibility to the Castle.
The Solar Do Castelo is located in the medieval village inside St. Jorge Castle’s walls. It is mainly a residential area with some small shops and cafes that are open during the day. After sunset you can presence and live the ambiance of a small Portuguese village: calm and relaxing. Just outside the Castle’s walls you can choose from several little restaurants and bars, some of them with real nice views. You don’t have to walk more than 5 minutes to reach some of them.
Concerning public transportation, bus number 737 will take you up to the Castle entrance and tram 28 stops at Santa Luzia Belvedere which is quite near the Castle.
We look forward welcoming you again to the Solar do Castelo with a bit more time to enjoy our neighborhood.
Your sincerely,
Diogo Laranjo
General Manger

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Reviewed 14 August 2013

Beautiful hotel right next to the castle. Very busy tourist area during the day, but the hotel is always peaceful. The area shuts down at night with not too many restaurants or shops open. The front desk was super helpful and I would definitely recommend!

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Lindsay A
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Reviewed 7 August 2013

An oasis in the middle of the hustle and bustle. Helpful staff, wonderful breakfasts and clean, comfortable room. The terrace is secluded and although no views is tranquil and restful. Complimentary carafe of port went down very well. Loved it!

Room Tip: Ask for ground floor
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank CatherineP16
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Reviewed 3 August 2013

Its true -- the peacocks rule the roost at Solar do Castelo. However, if you are travelling in summer when the windows will be closed and the a/c turned on, they will not bother your sleep.

This is a charming hotel and it would be a shame to pass it over because of the peacock reviews. We had a standard room facing the courtyard and were delighted. The so-called balconies the next grade up are tiny and not worth paying extra.

Enjoy breakfast in the courtyard, complimentary port in your room and late afternoon tea.

A great base from which to explore the Al Fama neighborhood. The staff has good restaurant recommendations.

Room Tip: Choose either a standard room overlooking the courtyard, or get the pricey rooms. Mid-range is not worth it.
  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank DishesToDieFor
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Reviewed 28 July 2013 via mobile

We had 4 nights at SDC. We really enjoyed our stay.
If you're getting a taxi from the station or airport ensure you have details of how to get the hotel. We had several taxi drivers refuse to take us saying they didn't know where the hotel was. However we suspect they just weren't keen on the drive up the narrow, steep cobblestoned streets.
The hotel itself is very nice and right next to the awesome castle. The staff were lovely - friendly, helpful, etc.
The air con is our first room malfunctioned so they gave us a fan before moving us and our gear to another room.
Breakfast was very good. Seats outside we popular but inside is just as good.
Beware the self service bar. We ran up a big bill. Totally our fault though!!
We Loved the peacocks too. They added to the whole experience.
This hotel is worth a visit if you want to stay in the historical area.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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1  Thank AussieJulesW
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