Arriving to Lisbon, after spending a week in chilled out Ericeria was a little intimidating, until we got to this hotel. Just around the corner from the city centre hub, located above the river side, a long Red building, with white windows...look for a door, a big brown door...with a tiny little sign beside it "Monte Belvedere". Ring the bell, and then look up. You'll be greeted most likely by a happy face popping it's head out the window, probably going to throw you some keys to open the door, or you'll hear them bouncing down the stairs, letting you in, as though you're family, big arms, big smiles and big laughs welcome you.
I wish I got her name, but the girl was so good helpful and energietic. She sits us down, pulls out the map and says.."how long are you here for..." and then upon hearing the bad news that we have to do Lisbon in 24 hrs..."AYE Y Y Y!! Noooo!!!! Ok then, this is what you must do!" she has a highlighter in her hand and it starts circling, drawing and making special notes, again so proud to show off it's city.
She shows us our room, which is brand new and modernly designed. The windows are huge and open onto the streets below, with charming music from the roof top restaurant next door sneaking it's way in.
Then she takes us to the roof, which has tables set on it, as well as lounge chairs at the end. Clear glass protects you from falling off the roof, and allows the stunning roof top views to overwhelm you. Overlooking the river, and roofs...thousands of roofs, sinking into the sunset.
She offers us a 5 course meal that pairs Portuguese wines with each one. It was very good, and well paired.
The room was perfect size and the bathroom had a very nice shower that was strong! Towel dry racks and a cute little table that offered soaps and hair dryers to the guests. A large flat screen tv, dresser drawers and extra linen were provided.
The next morning a very helpful man had taken over, and he helped book us the tour of Lisbon. And after checking out and going to see some of the city, I wanted to change into something a little less warm, and he let into one of their suites to allow me to change!
Very helpful and warm staff, with great sense of humour, which I greatly appreciated, as it was coming to the end of a very emmotional trip and finally having some happiness around made it so much better!
Thank you again and I highly recommend this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Some say it has the best view of Lisbon! From our panoramic restaurant where breakfast is served every morning for our guests, you will not be indifferent to the Cristo Rei embracing Lisbon, the river Tagus [Tejo], the 25th of April Bridge with lights showing where the Atlantic Ocean begins and also the Basilica da Estrela that stands out between the rooftops of Lapa… However, the main feature of Monte Belvedere by Shiadu is not simply its amazing view! Its 13 rooms, some of which with a magnificent view of the river Tagus , have all the comfort you need for an unforgettable stay and our dedicated staff will welcome you, making you feel as if you were at home. Every day you will enjoy our delicious home-made breakfast prepared just for you! Near Monte Belvedere by Shiadu you will find the Northwind Statue [Estatua do Adamastor] (fictional character created by Luis de Camoes, in his master works The Lusiadas). The higher part of Santa Catarina is one of the most beautiful places of Lisbon and only two steps away from the city buzz. With views over the river Tagus it is said that since the 17th Century this plateau, once known as Monte do Pico or Monte Belvedere, is famous because of its lookout point. According to legend throughout the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, from here one could see the moving ships: this is why still today there is a proverbial saying that is: “Ver navios no Alto de Santa Catarina” [“Watching the ships from the top of Santa Catarina”). Follow your instinct and we will be waiting…. ... more less
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