We stayed here for 10 days as a base for a relaxing holiday with lots of time by the pool and day trips to all the Lisboa city sights plus Sintra and Caiscais. The staff were great and added a nice human touch to compliment the lovely gardens and wonderful decor / furnishings in the hotel. We wanted the dual benefit of 1) being close enough to the city attractions without being in the middle of all the hustle and bustle and 2) a great pool area so that we could quietly relax in the garden surroundings when not sightseeing. Pestana Palace was perfect for us in both regards.
Accomodation was on a B&B basis and our room (2228) had lovely garden views. The room was ideal and kept very clean by the staff and very cool by the air conditioner! The breakfast had a great buffet selection and an outdoor seating option as an alternative to the formal / ornate dining room.
We knew the hotel was on the outskirts (that was an advantage for us) but it has a courtesy shuttle mini bus that does a Lisboa circuit four times a day plus a taxi was always just 'two claps' away from the hotel doormen :)
The hotel has its own fine dining restaurant but we preferred to work from their recommended restaurant list and double check with TripAdvisor before asking reception to book us a table. A few restaurants are walking distance (Solar dos Nunes) but majority were a short taxi ride. Our favourites were Casa do Leão, La Paparrucha, 5 Oceans and Sacramento. We also went to Faia for the Fado but I personally thought it over-rated based on our experience.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Pestana Palace and Lisboa and we're missing it already :)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pestana Palace Hotel & National Monument, member of the "The Leading Hotels of the World", is a 5 star hotel in a 19th century palace located in the city of Lisbon, and its gardens, with a variety of plants and subtropical trees, are classified as "National Monument". ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pestana Palace Lisbon
- Hotel Pestana Palace