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
This hotel was likely excellent in the 80s - but not anymore. The air con was loud and the rooms (we had four) were dirty and I could feel the dust and moist coming from the air con and the indoor climate could be much better.
Breakfast was ok but once done you have a 40 minute walk to the city center.
Rooms were EUR 340 per room and at this rate you can find a much better option elsewhere.
Staff is nice and polite...
But... Time if running out for this place...
Fabulous hotel, set in beautiful gated area. luxurious in every way, wonderful staff with professional knowledge and expertise. Beautiful gardens to sit and relax in. i look forward to staying again soon.
We spent the last night of a two week trip to Portugal and Spain at the Lapa Palace and it was the best decision we could have made. By the end of our trip, we had already walked everywhere we wanted to in Lisbon. We finished our trip in Seville, but had a one night layover before flying back to the US so we booked a night here. It was quiet and luxurious. The room was amazing, the bed was super comfortable, and the service excellent. The pool area and gardens were beautiful. There was no need for us to leave the hotel, but we ventured out to dinner at an Italian restaurant in walking distance recommended by the concierge which ended up being one of the best meals of the entire trip...and that's saying a lot!
This is an outstanding hotel in a quiet neighborhood surrounded by all the world consul
buildings. the staff are professional knowledgable and friendly. The room and bathroom
were very comfortable and well appointed. Great balcony with view of the gardens and sounds of the waterfall.
The pool and gardens are magnificent. Good restaurant by the pool as well as a delightful bar area upstairs for drinks and casual dinner. There is a formal restaurant with lovely views.
There are a couple of very good restaurants within a 10 minute walk of the hotel. it is a bit hilly in the area but quite easy to walk.
I would stay here again for sure!
My family and I had adjoining rooms in this luxurious hotel. The rooms and the view were amazing. The staff treated us like royalty. It is a 20 minute walk from the city center, but well worth it. If there wasn't so much to do in Lisbon for our quick stay, we could have relaxed in this resort for days!