Perfect little oasis hidden up the cobbled streets at the top of the hill, the hotel is part of a former palace backing onto the castle walls. The hotel's finish is to a very high standard and a beautiful mix of old & modern. We stayed in room 2, overlooking the castle grounds and it was surprisingly quiet - the only noise came from the birds & peacocks (which live in the castle grounds but really aren't a problem). The location is great for exploring the Alfama district (for Castle, Catherdral & Miradouro Santa Luzia) but also close enough to Baixa / Chiado / riverfront Centro commercial & Barrio Alto. If you have mobility problems though, I'd recommend hotels in the flatter area of Avenida rather than this one, due to the cobbled streets and fairly steep walk up the hill. Lisbon is built over a number of hills though so you can't avoid them completely but there is lots of public transport to choose from including trams, the metro, tuk tuks & buses!
The staff at the hotel were very welcoming & helpful, ringing up restaurants to make bookings for us and advising on places to visit. They speak multiple languages and really made our stay all the more pleasant. Breakfast offered a good selection of food and was well presented - lovely to be able to have breakfast anytime between 8am and noon. The honesty bar was well stocked and the hotel has a lovely courtyard to enjoy your drinks. The rooms are clean, wonderfully presented with lovely bathroom, decent space for clothes, a safe and free wi-fi, a nice final touch is a decanter of port in the room with two glasses. All in all, I'd thoroughly recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a small and friendly hotel in a great location for exploring Lisbon.
- 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