We were surprised when we received details of our pre-cruise (Azamara Cruises) stay in Lisbon, as this hotel had been booked by the company. Most cruise companies tend to book 3 or 4-star hotels, not 5-star.
The hotel itself is tucked away in a quiet area of the city and is well worthy of its rating. We were given a room on the 6th floor with its own little balcony overlooking the pool area and the distant city centre. The staff were incredibly courteous & professional and always had a big smile for you.
Bearing in mind that we had not paid their standard rate, for a room we would consider luxurious, we felt that we had been looked after in just the same manner. The room itself was excellent, with a massive comfy bed, couches, table & chairs, marble bathroom with twin sinks and a large seperate shower cubicle (glass door, not a curtain that loves you far too much), a bistro set on the balcony and finally, if you were bored, a TV that rose up out of a cabinet along with a DVD player.
Preferring to walk as much as possible, we walked downhill into town (45 mins.) took a free 2.5 hour guided walk (Pancho Tours) with Alessandro (hope that's right) and then eventually walked back uphill again. No-one looked even remotely concerned when two exhausted, by then also a bit scruffy, people walked into Reception asking for a key !! If you do not like walking that much, get a taxi. I understand it's only about 4 Euros to the centre at the moment....
We never got to eat dinner at the hotel, but breakfast was excellent.
The Olissippo Lapa Palace is now earmarked for a revisit when we spend more time in Lisbon sometime in the near future.
Our thanks to the Staff and Management.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in the 19th-century, this luxurious palace is nestled on a hilltop overlooking the Tagus River and presents guests with the ideal base for an unforgettable stay in Lisbon. Tucked away in the city's diplomatic quarter, Lapa Palace is set in a beautiful sub-tropical garden. Sunbathe on a lounger in the pool area or pay a visit to the Spa, where you can treat yourself to hours of relaxation in the sauna. Traditional decor and elegant designs make each of the rooms a haven after a day of work or sightseeing. Marvel at panoramic views from the comfort of your balcony or enjoy a long bath in your marble bathroom. Thanks to the palace's convenient location, central Lisbon is only a short drive away. Park your car for free on site and indulge in fresh seafood at the restaurant. In the meantime, the concierge is happy to arrange various services for you, including the use of the VIP room facilities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Olissippo Lapa Palace Hotel Lisbon
- Lapa Palace Lisbon
- Lapa Palace Hotel Lisbon