Step back in time in this wonderful old hotel currently celebrating its 120th birthday. The public spaces live up to its name - they are palatial.
We stayed twice (at the beginning and end of our holiday in Portugal) and the rooms (junior suites on the 6th floor, as requested) were both comfortable and had nice views - the first up Avenida da Liberdade, and the second towards Castelo de S. Jorge. The rooms were clean and offered sufficient space, and were once obviously as grand as the public spaces, with their marble-clad bathrooms, for example. Today they are a little faded and in need of some renovation and repair, the plumbing in particular.
The location is hard to beat, sitting as it does at the top of the old city centre, and we had wonderful service from the morning concierge, who took the hassle out of restaurant reservations for us and provided useful advice. And the various recitals, from Fado to classical, that the hotel put on for guests as part of their birthday celebrations were a very nice touch and much appreciated.
Breakfast was a little disappointing - a wide range of food on offer, but nothing special.
Overall, it is a comfortable and convenient place to stay, but doesn't quite meet it's 5 star clasification in my view.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1892, the hotel has maintained its characteristic romanticism from the "Belle Epoque" and now revived by the discerning touch of renowned decorators. The Palace is a jewel among Portuguese hotels, combining regal and elegant architecture with modern comfort and personalized service. Whether resting in your room or socializing in one of the common areas, you'll find the balance perfect. All 82 rooms have just been completely renovated and elegantly furnished in a classic style. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Avenida Palace Hotel