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“Excellent small hotel!”
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Solar Do Castelo
Ranked #4 of 253 Hotels in Lisbon
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Reviewed March 29, 2012

We began our stay in Portugal here at the Solar do Castelo. It was such a find, right next to the castle. The breakfast room was very inviting with overstuffed furniture. Our room was a good size, and the bathroom was really large. Loved the peacocks that strolled around the patio. It was very quiet. They recommended a great little restaurant just around the corner- seats only three. Had the best food there! We would highly recommend this spot to anyone who wants a quiet stay in Lisbon.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 24, 2012

We originally booked in to a sister hotel but were transferred to Solar do Castelo at no extra cost and were more than happy with the new location. Solar do Castelo is a boutique hotel located next to the Castelo Sao Jorge but easily accessible by tram and bus for anyone wishing to avoid the quite steep climb up. Our room was spacious and charmingly furnished, the bathroom was modern but with a traditional Portuguese feel and the common areas were comfortable and stylish. Peacocks from the castle were often in the hotel courtyard (where you can have breakfast and tea), adding extra atmosphere. Breakfasts were very good and there is an honesty bar for drinks at any time of day. Service in the hotel was at all times excellent, with staff happy to make reservations an give advice on restaurants and things to visit. We would recommend this hotel without hesitation.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 12, 2012

We stayed at this lovely hotel for a short break in late February. It is tucked away situated just opposite the castle and as soon as the main door is opened it reveals a tranquil oasis. The staff were very friendly, polite and helpful in recommending restaurants. There were a couple of housekeeping issues in the room and they were immediatley taken care of. The rooms are not large, but you have to appreciate the age and location of the building. A decanter of Port in the room was a lovely touch.
Breakfast was a feast and was available until late morning so that you do not miss the lack of a restaurant at other times. The honesty bar is a great idea - my husband especially enjoyed Nespresso coffee being available.
All in all we had a super stay here and would thoroughly recommend it - we looked at other hotels whilst in town centre and were really please that we picked the Solar do Castelo.
One tip for Lisbon and certainly this area pack a pair of really comfortable walking shoes!
Try the Claras em Castelo restaurant which is really handy for the hotel, booking is essential as there are only 3 tables - but you will have a good meal with good hosts.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank HayClan55
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Reviewed March 12, 2012

We stayed there for three nights at the beginning of march. The hotel is located on the top of one of the seven hills near the center of lisboa and near the castelo de sao jorge. The hotel is very small, like our room. But everything was designed with love to the details. Everything was clean and the stuff was very friendly and they gave us a lot of tips and informations for our stay.
In the middle of the hotel there is a lovely patio where we could have breakfast and where we sit relaxed every evening drinking wine - open air.
The breakfast was fine - everything was fresh, especially the orange juice we liked a lot.

The most we liked was the bottle of port wine (really good quality) we had in or room - free of charge and with greetings from the management.

A 5 minute walk away, there was a bus station and after a short drive of 10 minutes we arrived in the center of lisboa.

If you are searching for a nice place for a short trip - the solar do castelo should be your first choice.

Room Tip: We had room no. 19, small but nice designed and comfortably.
  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 7, 2012

Personal service, nice breakfast, lovely interieur, cozy little yard, the hotels self service 'honesty bar' / pay what you drink says it all, the castle as neighbour - a perfect stay...especially if you are on a trip with partner.

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Reviewed February 5, 2012

We stayed there for four nights the end of December 2011 and the the New Year. The hotel is well located close to the old disctricts, all within walking distance. My husband and I appreciated the friendliness, cleanliness and courteousness of the staff. Our room was a bit small, but since the hotel has only about 20 rooms and is part of the historic Castle (a big tourist attraction), it seems understandable. We shall gladly choose this place next time we are in Lisbon.

Room Tip: All rooms are equally fine.
  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Danuta_12
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Reviewed January 29, 2012

Stayed there in January for a few nights weekend romantic getaway and really enjoyed the whole experience at Solar do Castelo. The room was clean and comfortable and the place is well-decorated. Service was always friendly and helpful, and their courteous staff spoke French and English with us, answered all our questions about trains, transportation, getting to Belem, dining in the Alfama, etc. The breakfast buffet was the best we've experienced at any hotel. Complimentary porto in the rooms was a nice touch. Peacocks from the castle were hanging out on the wall facing the hotel when were there and there plenty of good restaurants and small streets to wander within walking distance. It was a great decision to pick this place. A big "obrigado" (Thank you) to all the staff. Highly recommended.

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1  Thank Justin C
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Address: Rua das Cozinhas 2 | (ao Castelo), Lisbon 1100-181, Portugal
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Location: Portugal > Central Portugal > Lisbon District > Lisbon > Castelo, Alfama & Mouraria
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
#4 Green Hotel in Lisbon
#4 Luxury Hotel in Lisbon
#8 Romantic Hotel in Lisbon
#31 Family Hotel in Lisbon
Price Range: $174 - $1,432 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Solar Do Castelo 4*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Solar Do Castelo is truly a romantic shelter in the birthplace of Lisbon - within the walls of São Jorge Castle at the top of Alfama. It is a small 18-century mansion surrounding a noble patio, built on the site of the former kitchens of the Royal Palace. Apart from the genuine antiques, most part of the furniture was specially designed for the hotel in a medieval contemporary style. In this magical place you will find welcoming rooms offering complete modern day comfort. ... more   less 
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