I routinely check this site before foreign hotel selection and this is the first review I have written. We have travelled all over the world and generally stay at 5 star hotels where ever we go. I have to say the Belmonte is the coolest, most unique hotel we have ever stayed at. The location, atmosphere, room, service and history of this hotel are simply not to be matched. Now, this is not your typical 5 star luxury hotel (although it is pricey) - the room we stayed in was the Gil Vincente suite. Fairly simple but clean and spacious with large bathroom, really nice room with sitting area and fireplace. But the real feature, at least for this suite, is the rooftop terrace with stunning view of the harbor and old Lisbon where you can eat breakfast, enjoy an evening drink or view the stars at night. The hotel is situated near the top of the hill where the castle is located, close to the entrance to the castle. It is a fairly steep climb up the hill, but easily walkable. Also close the the Alfalma area where there are numerous resturaunts. Make sure to go to one of the places where they have a Fado singer - simply awesome.
Also, as some of the other reviewers wrote, the layout and size of the hotel do give you the feeling that you are the only people in the hotel many times. Although you don't generally see the staff around, they are extremely responsive to anything you need.
All in all, well worth the price. A great experience. If you go to Lisbon, you have to stay at this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the Belmonte there is no crowd, no noise, no chocolate on the pillow, no television, just fresh air, space, light, your own laughter and music. For an experience beyond compare, far back to our roots, to our childhood, to fantasy, let Palacio Belmonte be your house while discovering the wonderland of Portugal. Palacio Belmonte offers 10 suites, all different, all unique, some with terraces, winter garden or built in a Roman tower with 360º view or in a Muslim one on top of a 40 meters high rock, all equipped with fully modern bathrooms, natural ventilation, a Mediterranean garden and black marble swimming pool to relax, read or dream. House of the Earl of Belmonte, Cabral and the Marquis of Atalaia for the past 500 years, the Belmonte is a stunning sculpture, a 2197 years synthesis of Portuguese history. It became a few years ago the House of a Landscape Collector. He then decided to open his house to a very few for whom luxury is synonymous of encountering one's emotions. Palacio Belmonte prides itself on delivering memorable unique customized experiences for those who choose to stay with us. For this reason Palacio Belmonte suggest experiences that can be personalized for you, whether it be a fabulous sunset in a yacht on the Tejo River, a private tour to unique architectural features of old Lisbon, your own private Fado singer, a special day out with wine, olive oil tastings and Lusitano horses in the Alentejo or maybe a dinner at the unique local "Tascas" in which you will experience the real authentic Portuguese hospitality. The Belmonte is the most veiled secret in Lisbon... And definitely a place to experience! History, Architecture, Culture, Sustainable Development... Here you will not find a standard accommodation but a single life option! While receiving the highest level of service, you will be merged by this deep philosophy of well being, exclusivity, simplicity, natural comfort, intimacy and introspection. Palacio Belmonte is a real alternative way of life... Come join us! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Palacio Belmonte Hotel Lisbon