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“Cool hotel.”
4 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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“Cool hotel.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2009

Very cool hotel. Modern design in the old kitchen of the castle. Stainless cable stairs, glass doors from lobby to interior courtyard (complete with peacocks.)

This is just a cool, well priced hotel. It's on top of the hill at the castle. Do not drive a car. I repeat DO NOT drive a car. You'll hurt yourself, damage the car, and rip more than a few peoples' laundry off the line in the process of getting lost trying to find the hotel.

The castle is actually a restaurant now, with a great view, and very good, reasonably priced food. Highly recommended.

Hotel is small, clean, unique, an excellent value, great location, and recommended.

It's just simply cool.

  • Liked — location, architecture, unique.
  • Disliked — Bed was a bit hard.
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2008

Solar do Castello it´s inside the walls of the saint george castle, that is in the old part of Lisbon.
It was fabulous. Me and my wife went to lisbon to celebrate our 50th years weeding.
We stayed in a beautifull room with view to the charming garden. In the morning they have a american buffet in the living room. All the staff are very nice, but Martha and lissete were amanzing with us. They recomend 2 restaurants with fados -that it's portuguese music - that had a very tasty food , Casa de Linhares and Faias.
Unfortunatly, the only thing that we didn't love was... to leave.

Stayed November 2008
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2008

We could only spend 2 nights at the hotel, but it was great. An oasis of calm looking out over the castle and city.

The staff were excellent, providing advice and useful tips as well as organising restaurant bookings and even retrieving a mobile phone that had fallen out in a taxi – delivered back to us the following morning before we left for the day.

The rooms have been described as small – but ours was perfectly fine for two people and a few nights. Bathroom was small, but had everything one needed including very large and soft bath towels.

Breakfast and afternoon tea was in the delightful courtyard – a great place to relax after a hard days walking all over the city.

Location wise, hotel is next to the castle, so very nice restaurants all within walking distance, from top of the range to simple (but good) food restaurants.

Getting into the main part of town is easy, just walk down the hill, of if that is too much hop on the mini bus. Getting back – take the mini bus as it’s a long climb up the hill.

Would we come back – definitely – this is a place for leisure

  • Liked — Great staff and great setting
  • Disliked — having to leave
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thessaloniki
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2008

We were on our honeymoon. We have booked some other hotel on Lisbon city centre which really disappointed us. We already knew about Solar do Castello from a site on the net and we decided to take a closer look in order to switch hotels.

So we did and we were so lucky that Solar do Castelo had a marvellous room available for us. At first sight we were just impressed by its functional design and a balance of being modern but simultaneously keeping its traditional roots.

It is situated on the side of Sao George Castello in a wondeful neighbourhood. You just want to keep walking... Solar do castelo has an amazing patio where we took our breakfast as well as sat there on the afternoons and evenings when we were exhausted from our city tours.

Room service: Great!
Atmosphere: Great!
Breakfast: Great!
Receptionists were willing to advise us about our Lisbon city tours and were very friendly!!!

It was more than noticable that every little detail (hotel design & services) was given a lot of attention. We left Lisbon with the best memories of its monuments, neighbourhoods etc but also of our staying at Solar do Castello. We just could not find any suggestion for the hotel management when we were filling up the leaflet. We just could not think of anything not appropriate or something that had disappointed us.

As I already said: Just Perfect for our honeymoon!

A just married couple from Greece (32 yrs old)
Mando & Nikos

p.s. do not be afraid of its distance from a metro or railway station because there is a frequent bus Nr 37 which will take u in 10 minutes at most to Rossio Sq.

Stayed July 2008
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2008

We (husband and I) just came back from a short vacation in Lisbon. We stayed at Solar Do Castelo, which is right within the walls of Sao Jorge Castle, up on the hill overlooking a good part of downtown Lisbon. We would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a unique experience in Lisbon. The hotel is very nicely decorated and very clean. The staff is beyond nice and helpful! The breakfast (plentiful and tasty) in the inner courtyard is a must. The hotel is safe as well.
However, and I am not assigning a minus for that by no means, be aware that it is quite a trip up and down the hill. So, if you are not the kind of traveler who likes to adventure on cobble stone streets and stairs, you might want to look for a lodging situated at a lower 'altitude'. We (active kind, 40sh and 50sh) found the trips up and down interesting, getting to find out little cafes and restaurants that you have no idea about unless you do adventure on narrow, curvy streets, that sometimes only locals know about. If you do stay at this hotel pay attention to all the open doors and corners that you see in your way. You never know when you find a little gem of a restaurant, where you can savor some delicious Portuguese fare... Definitely wear good walking shoes in Lisbon and you'll have the time of your life. The city is gorgeous and it will reward you tenfold for all the walking!!!
One more thing about the hotel: if you happen to be awaken early in the morning by some strange sounds, please know that those are the castle's residents who are doing that to you... peacocks! They are as loud as beautiful! But, hey, have you ever had a peacock alarm?! Enjoy!

  • Liked — location
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
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roma
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 20, 2008

If you want to stay in a hotel that have a good athomospher, familiar staff and good service, you have to stay here.
We spend the honney moon at Solar do Castelo and was amazing!!
All the staff were really good. They treat us by the name and have always a smile to give .

The rooms are very beautifull, we stay in room 10, a superior...more romantic that this?? I dont now!!

  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
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Zürique
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2008

I'ts a great hotel, it's near to the Saint Jorge Castle, very beautifull.
All the staff are really kind and helpfull. The rooms have a good size, and the breakfast at the garden it's really nice. We will come back.

  • Liked — The staff and the rooms
  • Disliked — nothing!!
  • Stayed May 2008
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Thank Brian016
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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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