As beautiful as Lisbon is, it's incredibly difficult and exhausting to navigate, which only makes Solar do Castelo and its location up and away from the hustle and bustle all the more inviting. In fact, the highlight of our time in Lisbon was sipping vinho verde and beer in the hotel's calming Moorish courtyard. Several of the castle's peacocks like to visit during the day, so we also spent a good bit of time waiting for a loud take-off or landing.
The service here was outstanding. Everyone we spoke with was quick to volunteer their services--to make dinner reservations, to call a taxi, to deliver an iron and ironing board. And they also followed up to see if we needed anything else. The breakfast, including freshly squeezed juice, fruit, pastries, breads, meats and cheeses, was also a plus.
The hotel doesn't have a bar, but they do have a fully stocked honor bar. You can have reception deliver drinks to you or just make them yourself. For us, it was another nice touch that allowed us to feel right at home.
The only aspect to this hotel that might turn off some would be the location. If you want to be near nightlife and restaurants, then you'd be better off staying in the Baixa/Chiado or Bairro Alto or near Avenida Liberdade. In addition, be advised that many of the Alfama's streets are on steep inclines. Making the hike up takes stamina. Other options are a 5 euro cab ride from the city center or a bus from Praca de Figuera.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Solar Do Castelo is truly a Romantic Boutique hotel in the historic center of Lisbon. The only hotel within St. George's Castle walls, at the top of Alfama, Solar Do Castelo is a small Mansion built on the site of the former Alcaçova Palace. With two floors and a mansard, an inner courtyard and garden, most part of the furniture was specially designed for the hotel in a Medieval Contemporary style. You will find welcoming rooms offering complete modern day comfort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Solar Do Castelo Lisbon
- Solar Do Castelo Hotel Lisbon