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Olissippo Castelo
Ranked #60 of 255 Hotels in Lisbon
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 28 April 2012

We were welcomed by Joana (I think) who is a credit to the hotel. She couldn't have been more helpful, checked that we weren't too tired and then out with a map to explain the local sights, transport and ticketing - brilliant.
The hotel is right behind the castle in Lisbon, and well up a steep hill. However, it is easily accessed by the trams which go within a few hundred metres.
We were upgraded to a suite and what a wonderful one it was! Modern spacious, separate lounge area, large balcony area with table and chairs, x2 TVs, x2 aircon units, free usage of the safe. Breakfast was a very reasonable continental with a wide choice and a small hot selection of eggs, sausage and bacon. But, oh, the coffee was a bit bitter in contrast to the excellent coffee almost everywhere else in Lisbon.
The hotel is quiet and backs on to the castle walls - so, sadly, the views are back into the city.
All in all, highly recommended, and we may well pay for a suite next time!

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 April 2012

A really good hotel. Lovely rooms which if they're all like ours was enormous, excellent breakfast and really friendly helpful staff who could speak English and had no trouble recommending places to go, eat and ways to get there. Only criticism would be about the rooms which although non-smoking had clearly been smoked in and hence had a bit of a smell. This is probably more a reflection on the Portuguese than ghe hotel where the no smoking rules seem there to be ignored pretty much everywhere!

Great views too, some good places to eat and drink near by and not far from the tram. Perfect.

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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 April 2012

Lovely hotel in great location. Pleasant room with a private terrace, great for relaxing in the sunshine after climbing up the hill. No problems with breakfast being served in smart lounge/bar -continental is better than cooked. Joane at reception was very helpful - you can trust her restaurant recommendations. We would certainly stay there again.

Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 April 2012

Stayed here for 5 nights and highly delighted.
Lovely spacious room with terrace and view.
A quiet location and quiet hotel made for a good night's sleep.
Very good breakfast buffet, only criticism would be the dining area was very crowded at peak times.
Pleasant and helpful staff

Room Tip: The bar in the theatre across the road is a superb spot for a night-cap
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank GasheadBristol
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Reviewed 25 January 2012

A beautiful boutique hotel nestled on the hill behind the Castelo. Our suite was opening onto a large terrace with two day beds and fantastic views of the nearby churches.
No noise as the street is not opened to traffic. Only taxis and residents can travel around.
Large bedroom with a well appointed bathroom.
Nice buffet for breakfast, a very welcoming staff and very helpful as well.
Great way to explore Lisbon on foot although the climb back can be a bit tedious.
A lot of restaurants and cafes around to keep you entertained at night.

Room Tip: Ask for a suite on the third floor which has a terrace. Other rooms have only balconies
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  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 December 2011

Great location in the heart of the old town,very near the castle.It`s a nicely renovated old building and the interior has obviously been desigend with flair even if some of the furniture looks rather nicer on superficial inspection than it actually is.
Check-in and check out were good.
Room was very large,very clean.En-suite bathroom a reasonable size.Plenty of toiletries and towels
.Secure car parking,at a charge,but very secure.Not easy to find by car.I managed it on a Sunday,best time to try because on a busy weekday it`d be tough especially with sat-nav being fooled by various changing one way streets .
Room safe,mini-bar,tv a few English language news channels.No tea or coffee making facilities of course.
Breakfast was fine.Not a great setting because it`s basically in reception which also doubles as a bar area at night.
Staffing a slight problem--there`s not enough!We found for example the barmaid having to double up as a cook so waited in the bar 10 mins to be served a drink while she cooked a small meal for another guest.Not her fault but slightly irritating when the reception clerk was sitting 5 yards away at his reception desk at 10.30 pm when no-one needed to use him ,no-one arrived and the phone didn`t ring!Maybe the newspaper he was reading was especially engrossing!

Quite an expensive hotel for what you actually get but you pay so much because of the location and the fact this is Lisbon.If you want the shopping area of Lisbon however this hotel is a bit of a treck so you need to be sure it`s the old town and castle you want to see otherwise there are good hotels near the shops and that`s where most of the restaurant choice was --although there are a few decent ones near this hotel too.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 December 2011

Olissippo Castelo Hotel, Rua Costa do Castelo, 126, Lisbon 1100-179, Portugal.

Is the best hotel in Lisboa for sure! I had pre booked 9 nights and flight and a hotel from Norway but i switched to Olissippo Castelo Hotel in the pittorescue Alfama. A bautiful and a special part of Lisbon. I have been here twice before and honest to say it would be my best hotel experience total! Right to be avarded "travelers choice 2011". When i arrived i was upgraded from a kindy lady to a bautiful room with a big speciaus terrace overlooking the bautiful old town of Alfama. The staff was so varm and welcoming, all from the reception, to the bar, to the room service, laundry and the staff in general. I have been so grateful and it's a 5* hotel for a 4* price - with something extra. Just down the street it's a genuine local resturant who also serve brilliant food, drinks and everything you can wish for. Just take a stroll trought the streets and this is the genuine Portugal. A short walk or a cheap taxi (4-5 EUR) drive to down town, the night life - or anything you could wish for. So far it's have been mine best hotel experience, food, interesting people and the best part of town. You never forget this hotel, and the memories! Excellent value, very nice genuine staff and a perfect location.

I'm so happy to recommend and pleased bautiful hotel! and will for sure come back anytime!

My Best wishes!
Mr Norwegian

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Olissippo Castelo

Address: Costa do Castelo 120, Lisbon 1100-179, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Central Portugal > Lisbon District > Lisbon > Castelo, Alfama & Mouraria
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#29 Romantic Hotel in Lisbon
#53 Luxury Hotel in Lisbon
#73 Business Hotel in Lisbon
#76 Family Hotel in Lisbon
Price Range: £96 - £163 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Olissippo Castelo 4*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the heart of Lisbon and ideally located aside the walls of St. George Castle, the Olissippo Castelo Hotel affords one of the most impressive panoramic views of Lisbon. The hotel is located in the famous Bairro do Castelo, between the well known Mouraria and Alfama quarters; it is also the perfect starting place to discover the Patron Saints Festivities that take place every June. This very special hotel combines the familiar atmosphere with the most modern technology and above all luxurious facilities and exceptional service together with traditional art of Portuguese hospitality.Over 4 floors (served by 2 lifts), the Olissippo Castelo includes 2 Suites, 2 Suites Jr, 10 Standard Rooms and 10 Superior Rooms, fully equipped with individual air-conditioning, direct dial telephone line, mini bar, satellite TV, personal safe, hairdryer, internet connection and ample wardrobes. Our Bar offers a service of light snacks and drinks, and Room Service until 23:00. The hotel also provides laundry service and Garage for 6 cars. ... more   less 
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