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“A wonderful gem of old fashioned hospitality and charm” 5 of 5 stars
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Casa De Sao Mamede
Rua da Escola Politecnica 159, Lisbon 1250-100, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #37 of 217 Hotels in Lisbon
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
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“A wonderful gem of old fashioned hospitality and charm”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

How refreshing it is to find such a hotel in this day and age. Although we had problems booking, due to language problems, on our arrival, Maria (aka Christina) the owner, sorted everything out immediately, and combined with the fact that it was our 40th wedding anniversary, graciously gave us an upgrade at no extra charge.

What must have once been a large private house, with a large stainglass window of St Mamede on the main staircase and throughout decorated with Portuguese tiles, now makes a home from home for the discerning traveller wanting both quality and a convenient, but equally quiet, base for visiting the centre of Lisbon.

Our room was delightful, with a spacious bedroom and a large bathroom with shower, bidet and old fashioned stand alone bathtub. The decor throughout our suite, and throughout the hotel, was elegant and tasteful. The buffet breakfast had a wide choice and one could start the day well nourished with coffee, tea, fruit juice as well as a choice of cereals, cheese, cakes etc. The staff on the door were all welcoming and helpful, only too pleased to advise on the best routes to get to places and most spoke English very well.

I can't praise this hotel enough and thoroughly recommend it. My wife and I had a most memorable and pleasant Ruby Wedding, much due to our stay here.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

My husband chose this hotel for its old world charm, and location. We were greeted by the owner who gave us a choice of rooms; we decided on Room 109, with its four poster bed and a bath (and bidet) on the first floor. You got to it through the little library with its large candelabra. Our window looked onto the side street with its charming cobblestones. There was no issue with noise at all, and anyway we had shutters and thick curtains if we had needed them. We slept with the window open as the weather was perfect. The only thing we heard were the church bells opposite on Sunday morning. The mattress and pillows were fantastic, the bathroom had plenty of hot water and everything was spotless. The breakfast was included in our very reasonably priced tariff. The breakfast room is lovely, with windows opening onto the church, and we had a choice of fruit, cereal, yoghurt, tea, coffee, breads, cheese, ham, and sweet pastries. We could walk down the hill to most places we wanted to see. It is a little tired in some parts, but Casa de Sao Marmede is real, and it feels like you have come to stay with family, not in a hotel.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

Having lived in Lisbon we weren´t looking forward to visiting the city and having to stay in a hotel, but this hotel made us forget all this.

First of all it is centrally located and everything is pretty much within walking distance. From Avenida Liberdade to Principe Real to Santa Catarina to one of Lisbon´s most famous neighborhoods Bairro Alto, you just walk out of your hotel and within a 5-10 minute walk you are there.

Secondly, the hotel has managed to keep its Portuguese charm. Like other reviewers said it still has old Portuguese style interior decoration and the hotel just breaths older, perhaps forgotten (?), times. This does mean that not everything may be up to par compared to a fashionable boutique hotel, but who cares when you stay in a beautiful historical hotel in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

And thirdly, the people at the hotel were very friendly and helpful. They showed us several rooms from which we could make a choice, which is quite unique and I don´t know any other hotel, besides the Chelsea Hotel in NYC, where they let you do that.

All I can say, if you are going to Lisbon and are looking for a reasonably priced hotel with a lot of charm, this is your best bet.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

We stayed in Lisbon in May 2011 as we were going to the Moto GP in nearby Estoril. We had actually booked in to another hotel nearby but it was awful. We were a little worried as is meant we would have to try and find something quickly ( my husband and i don't like to do things last minute and like to have everything organised well in advance) so we left our stuff in the room and went out to look for something else. Luckily i had a lonely planet guide and the Casa De Sao Mamede wasn't far away. It was the best thing we could have done. The people at the hotel were so friendly and welcoming. They had a room and we were shown to it to see if was what we were looking for. It was lovely-more like a small suite. Period decoration but all mod cons. We took it straight away. We went back to the other hotel and picked up our stuff. We lost the first nights deposit, and the Casa De Sao Mamede was more expensive but it was worth it. We had a great 5 days there. It was nice and quiet at night for sleeping. Wooden shutters and heavy curtains at the windows so no annoying light first thing in the morning. Breakfast was nice and plentiful and served in a nice room. Would definitely recommend it.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California
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331 reviews 331 reviews
112 hotel reviews
Reviews in 139 cities Reviews in 139 cities
368 helpful votes 368 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2011

This is a very reasonably priced hotel, well located within easy walking distance of the fascinating Bairro Alto district in Lisbon. The hotel is located in an historic mansion. Fortunately, it has not been modernized in the antiseptic, chrome-plated way so many older hotels in Europe seem to have been in the past 10 years. It is perfectly comfortable for those who realize that part of the pleasure to a trip to an historic city is to stay in an historic hotel. The bed was comfortable, the bathroom was quite good, and the breakfast was one of the larger buffets we had on our trip. An important bonus was the availability of parking just a block away, where we were able to leave our car safely for a full five days. Above all, the hotel staff was extremely friendly and helpful. If, as I hope, we return to Lisbon in the future to enjoy more of this amazing, beautiful city, we will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2011

This was a great place with just a few caveats. The staff was very helpful,nice and willing to go out of their way to make it a good stay. The location was fine, the breakfast nice and the overall ambiance was very enjoyable. The only negative about the place is we thought the beds were a bit hard and found them uncomfortable.

Also, do not take the advice of the man who works nights about the time you need at the airport. We almost missed flights by ignoring the airline advice to allow 3 hours and listening to him assuring us that was not necessary. Believe me, in Portugal, it is.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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casadesaomamede, Manager at Casa De Sao Mamede, responded to this review, September 29, 2011
Dear madam,sir,
Thank you for your rewiew.
I already talk with Mr Batalha about the time to arrive at the airport.He wil be more prudent. In fact
the air traffic is increasing and times are changing. So you need more time.Mr Batalha always wants to be helpfull .He was not up dated.
Please accept our appologise.
About the beds we are going to see the possibilities of havind diffrent types to respond to the clients demands.
We hope to receive you soon ,This September the whether is absolutly fantastic . October is wonderfull in Lisbon . The colours are fantastic.
Yours very truly,
Maria Marques
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Lisbon, Portugal
1 review
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2011

Casa de São Mamede is almost a second home for me.
I lived there for many years as many other artists, writers, actors. But since then it has been renovated for the best. In the last decade, while organizing Doclisboa International Film festival I always insisted that our special guests (film directors, film critics, photographers, people with good taste) would stay at Casa de São Mamede. And they loved it as I do. It has an authenticity and an old charm that contemporary hotels have generaly lost. It is in Lisbon city centre, close to Bairro Alto, Principe Real and the magnificent Botanic Garden. Hope you like it too.

Stayed October 2010, traveled on business
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Address: Rua da Escola Politecnica 159, Lisbon 1250-100, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Estremadura > Lisbon
Amenities:
Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#38 Romantic Hotel in Lisbon
#40 Business Hotel in Lisbon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"Casa de Sao Mamede" is a small family hotel (26 rooms). Built in the XVIIIth century as the residence of a magistrate. This beautiful building has maintained all the charm of an old family home. It is one of the first buildings to be constructed in the traditional system of "birdcage" - earthquake proof construction used after earthquake of 1755. Having been adapted to a hotel unit in 1948 it knew how to keep throughout the years, the treatment, the tradition and the atmosphere of a true family house. Always trying to preserve the past we did not relinquish however the comfort requirements that contemporary life demands so all the rooms have: private bathroom, telephone, digital safe, satellite television, double glass and air-conditioned with individual command. The fact that we're dealing with a small hotel type unit allow us to grant a more personalized treatment to each customer. ... more   less 
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