Olissippo Lapa Palace
What We Love
- Three pools cover all the bases—indoor, outdoor and kiddie—plus a sauna
- Lush, sub-tropical garden setting on a hill above the River Tagus
- Oozes history—the Tower room was the Count’s dressing area
What To Know
- Each room is decorated in a different style—consider whether you’re feeling more art deco or colonial
- Located in the quiet embassy quarter, a 15-minute walk or 5-minute taxi from the city center
- The Villa wing was built in 2002; rooms lack the royal backstory, but each has a balcony
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
From antique ceramics to free WiFi in every room, the drama of this 109-room converted palace is in the details. Suites swagger with gold-leaf walls and the original royal furniture; the Rio Tejo bar has a terrace overlooking the river, a pianist performing in the evenings and over 42 different kinds of tea; and there’s rare blue lobster on the menu in the Mediterranean-themed Lapa restaurant. It’s this kind of elegance that makes the hotel the crowning jewel in a neighborhood chock full of embassies and consulates.
In the Area
At the top of Lapa hill, the palace is surrounded by diplomatic buildings (and bodyguards), the gorgeous Basilica de Estrela with its stunning views of the city, and the Jardim de Estrela gardens. Wind down the hill to enjoy central Lisbon’s cobbled alleys, famous galleries such as the Ancient Art Museum, and renowned restaurants, like the Bica do Sapato, which serves modern Portuguese fare in a warehouse on the banks of the river and would be a sought-after reservation even if it weren’t co-owned by John Malkovich—but it is.
How to Get There
A fantastic hotel. The rooms very clean and nice. The staff very friendly. The bar with very nice live music at night. We really enjoy it very much.
The restaurant very good also.
We were near the pool and it had lovely views.
On my recent stay in Lisbon, my boyfriend and I were looking for a quiet stay in Lisbon for our first few nights as we got settled, and he had an important sporting event he was competing in. In my research, I came across the Lapa Palace, and I'm so glad that I did. Situated in Lapa, which is a bit removed from the hustle and bustle of the city, this spacious property lived up to its name. We were greeted with a royal welcome, and that service lasted the entirety of our stay.
One of the biggest perks of staying here was their impressive breakfast! Whenever I'm traveling, abroad in particular, I like to have a hearty start to the morning. Their spread was impressive and the service equally accommodating.
Unfortunately, because we were there during the off-season, certain components of the property were undergoing renovations, such as the pool, but I would definitely stay during my next visit and enjoy these amenities as well.
Overall, a wonderful stay!
This is my second trip to the Lapa Palace and I can tell you now that it is going to be a bi-annual pilgrimage for me. The location and the hotel is luxury personified. What makes it even more special is the quality of the staff. It is like meeting your family. The warmth and friendliness is the best I have come across in my travels to many countries. A special mention for Miguel Ventura Neves and Pedro Lagario who have made our stay truly special with meticulous attention to detail and care both times we have stayed. Fabio Contes managed our breakfast and pool side drinks. They in themselves make me want to come back. It would be remiss of me not to mention Óscar Rodrigues who always entertains the bar patrons by playing the piano all evening. He truly knows how to create a magical atmosphere and has entertained me many a night. I can easily write many more paragraphs but in the interests of not boring you, for me this is the only hotel in Lisbon to stay at.
Olissppo Lapa Palace has a wonderful view of the river but is in a secluded quiet location. Fortunately, uber is readily available and you can get nearly anywhere in Lisbon in less than 15 minutes. The highlight of the Lapa Palace is the tremendous staff. They went out of their way to make our stay memorable. They even noticed my birthdate on my passport and sent me a birthday cake and bottle of champagne!
I will now judge all other hotel stays by this one! The facilities and room were beautiful, the food delicious and the staff professional, friendly and welcoming. We were treated as if we were VIPs! The location was not in the general touristic area, but, in turn, the area was quiet and residential. And, it was a beautiful walk to the old part of town
The concierge arranged a day tour which worked out perfectly— we decided together what to see. The driver informed and entertained us as he drove. He also suggested a superb restaurant for lunch which we would not have known about.
We will return for sure!