We stayed at two hotels in Lisbon because we wanted to start with something quiet and romantic and then end up in the loud and vibrant middle of the city. Our first hotel is an old 1800′s residential palace — Pestana Palace — brought back to life and in Belem a bit west of the center and near the river.
I was very happy with this pick and I do think it deserves its 5 star rating and with that I feel this is a great value. The room (first floor near the gardens) was fantastic and the room opened to a well kept and grown out garden. The pool area was very well done with a booth to order cocktails. The food was perfect. And breakfast sitting outside on the patio absolutely perfect with light jazz playing from speakers in the trees.
I now understand that Madonna stays (or stayed) at Pestana when she is in Lisbon. It is a bit off the path but we walked from there to the river front many days. Also i forgot to add that I thought the service was top notch. Anything we wanted.
There was a miscommunication at the hotel and on Friday night late there was no bike tour reservation for us. (All on them I swear… my Portuguese is superb albeit a bit more classical than you’ll find in the lower regions of the country and I admit to having trouble reciting with proper emotive inflection Elliot’s Four Quartets...) At 8am we get a call and it is all set up. There will be only three in the urban cycling tour — our guide and the two of us!
I say this story to say that the hotel staff went all out to fix a miss communication that in reality was probably my fault. To read more see http://dainehring.com
- 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