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“A beautiful hotel, in a quiet part of historic Lisbon”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Solar Do Castelo

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Solar Do Castelo
Ranked #4 of 247 Hotels in Lisbon
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“A beautiful hotel, in a quiet part of historic Lisbon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2012

We stayed here for 5 nights with our toddler and had a great time, the walk up the steep cobbled streets was at first daunting but there is bus 737 that takes you within 5 minutes of the hotel.
The breakfast buffet has lots of variety and is refreshed constantly by the attentive staff, who also occupied out daughter when she was being less than cooperative.
On arrival to Lisbon we took the airport bus then a taxi from the Baxia (town centre) but it would have cost the same to have taken a taxi as the return journey only cost 10 euro including extra baggage.
The room was a little cramped as we had a cot in there as well but not a problem as we spent all day out sight-seeing and they stored our buggy/pram/stroller near reception. Day trips on the train to Sintra and Cascais were great.

I would recommend saying here without reservation, if you do then you will enjoy your trip, and that is not simply down to returning home with a £100 worth of free Molten Brown toiletries!

Room Tip: We stayed in room 9 which you can see in the pictures, it faced onto the road/alleyway of the approa...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2012

I had the immense good fortune to stay at this bijou of a hotel during a four-day business trip to Lisbon last fall. From the minute I pushed open its immense front door, I knew I had found precisely what I was looking for: charm, quiet, and a sense of place and history. Solar do Castelo offers all of this to those lucky enough to stay here. Nestled as it is within the walls of the Castelo Sao Jorge, the hotel is perched high above the city. Reviews which mention the steep climb are right--but this shouldn't deter anyone enterprising enough to take advantage of the city's excellent transportation system or its plentiful, reasonably priced taxis.

Designed by one of Portugal's most celebrated interior designers--Graça Viturbo--the hotel is billed as offering a look in "Modern Medieval"...whatever! To a layman like me, that means a soothing interior of gilt, bronze and burgundy. It also means that within the first minute of my arrival, I had already asked if I could buy the carved wooden bowl next to the reception desk--a first-ever for me. (Alas, the answer was "no"!).

Be careful if you decide to walk back up to the hotel--not all roads lead up into the castle and the hotel. I learned this the hard way--in a slashing rain, no less. Still, the experience was most positive--and affords me another way to praise the hotel--because I called the front desk desperate for directions. The gentleman on duty patiently guided me down the hill, directing me up to the (only) street that could get me back to the hotel. Had he not been the only person on duty at that time, I'm sure he would have personally come to rescue me.

Thank you, Solar do Castelo, for making my first visit to Lisbon so delightfully memorable.

Room Tip: Room 16 overlooks the blue-tiled courtyard with its picturesque water fountain.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Property: Solar Do Castelo
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 Luxury Hotel in Lisbon
#5 Green Hotel in Lisbon
#8 Romantic Hotel in Lisbon
#31 Family Hotel in Lisbon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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 Boutique hotel in the historic center of Lisbon. The only hotel within St. George's Castle walls, at the top of Alfama, Solar Do Castelo is a small Mansion built on the site of the former Alcaçova Palace. With two floors and a mansard, an inner courtyard and garden, most part of the furniture was specially designed for the hotel in a Medieval Contemporary style. You will find welcoming rooms offering complete modern day comfort. ... more   less 
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