Olissipo Lapa Palace Lisbon
Sunday 2nd June found us at Manchester airport at 11.20am for the TAP flight direct to Lisbon. Flight unremarkable met on arrival by Azamara agents and transferred by private limo to the Olissipo Lapa Palace hotel high above the Tagus, on the edge of the Alcantara district. The hotel appeared quite luxurious but so many lobby areas of hotels are the same worldwide and the rooms are a disappointment. The person who greeted us was a delightful girl and check-in was quick and she personally took us to our room on the 5th floor No. 524 which was fantastic, and the concierge was already waiting outside with our bags and showed us the facilities in the room.
The room was a good size with a decent amount of wardrobe and drawer space and a safe. There was a large balcony with table and two padded chairs. This not only overlooked the swimming pool and garden, but also provided a great view of the Tagus in the background. The king sized bed was hard, as always in Portugal, and so we used spare pillows to lie on.
The bathroom was amazing. It was completely marble with the hotel's name etched into the marble floor in the centre. Over the large bath was a Portuguese tiled mural (Azulejos) depicting the River Tagus and the April 25 bridge. There was a separate large shower enclosure, and as one would expect in a good standard continental hotel, a bidet. Adjacent to one of the two sinks, was a large magnifying mirror which was height adjustable. The toiletries were L'Occitaine and consisted of shampoo, hair conditioner, shower gel and body lotion.
There was a twice daily chambermaid service with towels changed both times, a mark of class. Another indicator of the standard, was the provision during the turn-down service, of a foot mat and slippers at each side of the bed. Even Silversea Cruises no longer provide the former and this means that your bare feet need never touch the carpets.
We changed and went to the pool, collecting a towel before choosing two padded loungers. The pool area and the pool itself were clean and in good order. It was large and the water was pleasantly warm, and.although there is a heated indoor pool, we did not use it.
Being a Sunday the local restaurant we wanted to patronise was closed. We therefore opted for the hotel restaurant and chose the black pork which was absolutely superb. Because of the preparation time of around 25 minutes, we were given two beautifully presented complimentary amuse-bouche.
Breakfast was not taken in the dining room, but in a separate area with an outdoor terrace. There was a good array of food served in a buffet style, especially the bread and pastries, which included the little custard tart (pasteis de nata) which is a speciality of Lisbon, and originated from a pastry shop in Belem – a suburb of Lisbon. These were kept warm for added delectation. As well as a toaster, there was a circular little carousel for warming croissants etc, a novel idea.
There was a small Internet room but we did also see a notice that free wifi was available.
We arranged with the Azamara rep in the hotel for all our bags to be taken to the ship whilst we got a taxi downtown for other business. The ship was berthed at the Santa Apolonia cruise terminal, the closest to the centre of Lisbon. The new cruise terminal has yet to be completely finished, in fact there appears to be no sign of any construction work, despite claims it would be operational in 2013.
This hotel is by far the most superior we have used in Lisbon, and we would recommend it unconditionally. However there is only one drawback, the hotel is perched on a hill overlooking the River Tagus and is therefore not situated “downtown”. It Is several kilometres distance from the Alfama district and the station at Rossio. However there is a stop at the back of the hotel, roughly a five minute walk, for tram No. 25 which will take you to Praca do Comercio, in the centre of Lisbon..
- 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
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