Although this was not a bad hotel, I would not stay here again. First of all, it's just too much trouble to get to. It's in a wonderful, atmospheric part of town, but once you get beyond that, it's just not practical for getting around the city. We were in a rental car, and getting to the hotel was positively terrifying. We had a stick shift, it was all up hill on really narrow, confusing streets, and the multitudes of tourists would NOT get out of the way. By the time we got to the top of the hill, the clutch was smoking. They do have a parking area, and they pick you up in a golf cart and drive you and your belongings to the hotel which was nice. After that, it was always a chore to get out of that part of town to an area where you could catch taxis, get on the subway or a tram, etc.
The first room they put us in was impossible. It was just above street level, had a lot of widows, and there were hoards of tourists waling right by. Incredibly noisy and no feeling of privacy. There was even a huge window right over the bathroom sink with just a flimsy shade over it. We asked for another room.
Our next room was small, but relatively comfortable. The breakfast was fine. Staff were very friendly and helpful. The hotel itself had some old world charm, but they have added a lot of newer touches that sort of ruin it. But the absolute WORST thing about this place was the fact that the whole hotel was over-scented. I'm one of those people who have trouble tolerating perfumes and artificial scents. I'm not so bad as others and I'm usually just annoyed, but I had to hold my breath walking through the lobby. I also had to request that room service not put any scent in the room as it was also over-scented. I've never had this experience in a hotel before. It's odd to pump an overpowering scent into a hotel. I mean...why?
Overall though, it was not a horrible experience. I would just pick another hotel though next time.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Solar Do Castelo Lisbon
- Solar Do Castelo Hotel Lisbon