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Olissippo Castelo
Ranked #59 of 255 Hotels in Lisbon
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 3, 2012

Olissipo castello is located just beneath the castello and has wonderfull views on the city of Lisbon. Steep climbing on foot could be difficult for older people, but the location is very quit. Very professional staff, welcoming and advising as much as you wish. Rooms are spacious and have wonderful views from great terraces ( ask for it). There are some minor flows which need to be updated. On the general side, Lisbon and certainly the neighbourhood of the hotel have become dirty with lots of garbage on the street. The economical problems are visible on the streets

Room Tip: asf for room with terrrace
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 27, 2012

Overall, very nice 5-night stay in this hotel. All my queries at booking were satisfied. Bedroom size was functional and good, wi-fi worked perfectly, hot water in the shower without having to wait for five minutes. Very relaxed yet professional atmosphere, smiling and helpful staff. The location is good - very quiet area, but people walking with difficulty should avoid this all area, unless you take a taxi, not exensive at all.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

In the US, you would say it is a boutique hotel, small but with attention to the decoration and details. I read some comments about the difficulty of finding the hotel. Actually it is not that bad, you can either take the tramway that will drop you 300ft from the hotel or you can walk up the hill (15 minutes from Baixa) following the tramway tracks.

The rooms are large and beautifully decorated. We had a terrasse/balcony even larger than the room with a beautiful view on part of Lisbon.

The service is excellent and the employees at the reception take time to advise you on sightseeing and help you find good restaurant. The hill where the hotel and the castle are located, is probably the best place to stay in Lisbon as it is one of the few areas that survived the earthquake, so you are in a really old neighborhood.

Room Tip: Take a room with a balcony, it is a little more expensive but it is worth it
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

Sorry to come back to it but those threadbare towels really do let down an otherwise excellent hotel ....how strange that the management misses such a silly fault that could be rectified easily at such a low cost. The location is superb, with easy access to lots of interesting little restaurants and bars in a very historic and somewhat edgy part of Lisbon, but strolling about in the evenings is very pleasant and not in the least threatening. The rooms are spacious and it really is worth getting one with a balcony even in November - the views are great. Housekeeping standards are very good and the staff very helpful and attentive. Finding a table at breakfast is a bit of a lottery and it is difficult to understand why it is so difficult to match the number of guests to the tables available, but the food is good with plenty of variety.
Lisbon is generally very friendly but beware the trip on the 28 tram, a supposed highlight of a visit. Our friend was the victim of an attempted pickpocketing, but they picked the wrong bloke and they were lucky to escape, but sadly no-one turned a hair not least the driver, which suggests that such events are not uncommon. On the other hand step forward the taxi drivers of Lisbon for "five stars". Cabs are plentiful, quick and very cheap, and if like us there are four of you, then it is very good value to use them .....and they don't try to pick your pockets!!

Room Tip: 206 or 207.
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 28, 2012

Comfortable room

The hotel reception staff where very helpful and provided lots of information

My only criticism would be there are not enough tables for breakfast, if you arrive down after 9.00 expect to wait for a table.

The area round the hotel does have a couple of derelict buildings, ones covered in scaffolding and there is a bit of graffiti, this makes the area sound far worse than what it actually is. We felt safe walking to and from the hotel.

The hotel is 10 mins walk from the Se and Castle.

The hotel is at the top of a hill, you will need to walk up and down hills in Lisbon.

We would certainly stay at the hotel again

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

Would recommend this hotel without hesitation. The room was spacious, extremely clean and modern. The breakfast was excellent, I have absolutely no idea why or what people are complaining about. As has already been mentioned several times, Joanna on reception was very knowledgeable about the local area and always willing to give advice.

The hotel was at the top of a hill but is still easily accessible and was a stones throw from the castle.

Would love to return here someday.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

Had they just had towels not as warren out, not that thin, a Wi-Fi which actually works without having to key in 12 digits every few minutes, and a breakfast that would not look as common as the one any other local 3* hotel would serve – it would have been a perfect choice.
We had a specious room, quite, with a very nice view, good bathroom, bed and linen. Most of the stuff was very friendly, and they willingly helped us with our queries. Location is great if you give up your car (as parking is quite impossible) if you enjoy walking or using the 28th tram (which can get somewhat crowded at times).

Room Tip: i gave up balcony and stayed on the top floor. great view.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Olissippo Castelo

Address: Costa do Castelo 120, Lisbon 1100-179, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Central Portugal > Lisbon District > Lisbon > Castelo, Alfama & Mouraria
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#29 Romantic Hotel in Lisbon
#52 Luxury Hotel in Lisbon
#73 Business Hotel in Lisbon
Price Range: $127 - $217 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Olissippo Castelo 4*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the heart of Lisbon and ideally located aside the walls of St. George Castle, the Olissippo Castelo Hotel affords one of the most impressive panoramic views of Lisbon. The hotel is located in the famous Bairro do Castelo, between the well known Mouraria and Alfama quarters; it is also the perfect starting place to discover the Patron Saints Festivities that take place every June. This very special hotel combines the familiar atmosphere with the most modern technology and above all luxurious facilities and exceptional service together with traditional art of Portuguese hospitality.Over 4 floors (served by 2 lifts), the Olissippo Castelo includes 2 Suites, 2 Suites Jr, 10 Standard Rooms and 10 Superior Rooms, fully equipped with individual air-conditioning, direct dial telephone line, mini bar, satellite TV, personal safe, hairdryer, internet connection and ample wardrobes. Our Bar offers a service of light snacks and drinks, and Room Service until 23:00. The hotel also provides laundry service and Garage for 6 cars. ... more   less 
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